MOSAIC Community Gardens Have Outgrown Email Updates‏

Howdy Gardeners and Faithful Supporters,

The community gardens are taking root in a huge way in the downtown Pottstown area!

We have tons of regularly scheduled garden days, summer camps, workshops and other events happening at both gardens in the upcoming months.  We will soon have regular office hours planned and posted so anyone who wants to know more about MOSAIC, organic gardening or food nutrition advocacy programs can stop in to learn more!  Our produce cart will be back in rotation again this year each Saturday and/or Sunday and other random days throughout the growing season.

That said, we have outgrown the ability to notify everyone via email of each event as they develop.  The good news is…if you “Like” us of Facebook or visit our site mosaicclt.org you will still be kept up to date with the latest MOSAIC information!

Reminders, such as “Don’t forget to water your plot” and other quick notes will be sent using Facebook as well.

Don’t have a Facebook account???   GET ONE! :)  I say that with all the love of a big, juicy red tomato!

Thanks so much for GROWING with us!  We really appreciate it!

See Ya’ at the Gardens,

Laura Washington


MORE Great News From The MOSAIC! October E-Letter‏

Hello Gardeners, October is set to be one of our best months yet! :-)

The Produce and Information Stand will Open Again this Saturday at the Garden!

Thanks to our generous garden members and our generous garden plots, we have plenty tomatoes, green peppers, herbs and local fruit for sale!

Stop by and pick up the latest copy of Organic Gardening or other information on food justice and where to buy fresh, wholesome foods in our local area!  We have a list of local organizations and companies who offer nothing but the best. Pick up a copy during your garden visit this Saturday!

The stand and information stand will be open for business on Saturday, October 5th at 9:30 AM sharp!

Be sure to get there early so you don’t miss out on some of the super-fresh items being offered Saturday!  This may be your last chance…

MOSAIC is Popping UP Everywhere!  Catch Us “If You Can” at these LOCAL EVENTS!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

MOSAIC has a table at this year’s Schuylkill River Festival

12pm to 6pm at Riverfront Park, 6pm to 8pm Art and Music on High Street. Music, Art, Kayak Rides, Stone Skipping Contest, “Artcicle” Recycled Bike Event, Historic Walking Tours, Petting Zoo, Food, Beer Garden and More!

Saturday, October 19, 2013 and Friday October 26, 2013

MOSAIC has a table on the 19th and is lending a helping hand on the 26th along with the HillSchool as part of the CARES endeavor!  CARES, which stands for Community, Awareness, Responsibility, Empowerment and Sustainability is a two-day event pioneered by the Hill School, the Borough of Pottstown and Pottstown School District.  

The events were designed to increase community activism, spruce up Pottstown’s core neighborhood, and create momentum for additional efforts. 

The 19th is an information and awareness event being held at the Hill School. The event will offer a variety of services and resources, including a blood drive. If you would like to register to donate, please visit http://vols.pt/M8yrqe and select the time that’s best for you. Thank you!

October 26th is the day planned to spruce up Pottstown!  Please email me to find out more and to learn how you can be a part of this great opportunity!

Garden Plot – Either Wrap it Up or Keep On Watering and Weeding IT – Let’s Get ‘Er Done!

Now is a great time clean up your garden plot if your garden is no longer producing or if you have been unable to water, weed and tend to your plot on a regular basis.  Remember folks, this is your responsibility. :-)

For those who would like to keep on gardenin’…there are vegetables such as lettuces, greens and root vegetables they flourish in cooler weather.  Get your plot ready to add these items once the tomatoes plants have run their course.  In the meantime, garden plots need to be watered now just as much as they did in August.  Our days have been warm, sunny and dry.  Show your plants and plot a little love..

GARDENERS, FRIENDS and VOLUNTEERS of MOSAIC

Please contact me if you would like to volunteer your time to help set up, break down or gather produce for the stand or…if you would like to help “close up” some things in and around the garden.

As always, I’ll see ya’ at the gardens…

Laura


Mosaic Garden Adult Workshop Organic vs Conventional Gardening

20130709_19174820130709_192412IMG_0430Hi Gardeners,

Though it rained a bit, the skies cleared up quite nicely around 5:30 so we made the decision to move forward with the first adult gardening workshop of the season!

Our garden assistant, Tina, discussed why organic gardening is so beneficial! Then, Tina showed the group how to turn old t-shirts and jeans into beautiful, fun hanging plant baskets!

Below, are detailed notes of the workshop made available to each of our gardeners.  Please take an opportunity to read the information to gain an understanding and increased appreciation of the MOSAIC’s commitment to organic gardening!

Happy Reading, Happier Doing!

Laura

You may click on the blue link to read the notes from tonight’s workshop:

Mosaic Garden Adult Workshop Organic vs Conventional Gardening


Mosaic Gardens July E-Newsletter

There are great things going on at the garden this week…this month…this year…YOU should get involved! You’ll be happy that you did!  Happy Gardening! :-)

 
When:   Tuesday, July 9, 2013     6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
What:    Adult Workshop 1 – Organic vs. Conventional Gardening
             Project: Hanging Planter using Recycled Fabrics
 
Tina is ready and set to facilitate a workshop/group discussion on Organic vs. Conventional Gardening.  She will also provide instruction on how to make a hanging plant bag using recycled fabric!
 
Please plan to attend the class that day (even bring a friend) to understand the benefits of organic gardening and how a recycled old shirt, pantyhose or other materials can be used to create a wonderful vertical garden.
 
Below are more details regarding the workshop…we hope to see you there!
 
In order to make the RECYCLED FABRIC HANGING PLANT BAG…
 
Gardeners Will Need to Bring:
 
Old shirt, pants, or piece of fabric – must be BREATHABLE such as Cotton or Linen
* NO polyester, NO synthetic fabrics (won’t breath)
 
twine, ribbons, or other tying material
 
The MOSAIC Will Supply:
 
“S” hooks, planting compost/soil, and seedlings/plants
 
 
When:   Saturday, July 13, 2013
What:    Garden Work and Play Day, Kids Composting Workshop and the MOSAIC Community Gardens Gardening and Home Beautification Contest Awards
 
Garden Work and Play Day begins at 9:00 AM
 
The garden needs your help in order to look its best!  There is a great need to weed, water and to rotate the compost pile….there is good, rich soil and the bottom of the heap.  Let’s get under there and use it!
 
Kids Composting Workshop begins at 9:30 AM
 
Children will learn about where soil comes from and why worms, bees and other crawly creatures are good for us and our plant!
 
MOSAIC Gardening & Home Beautification Contest Awards Ceremony begins at 11:30 PM
 
The contest entry deadline has come to pass…see who takes top prize in this year’s MOSAIC Community Land Trust’s Garden and Home Beautification Contest!  Cash prizes will be awarded in each category!
 
This Saturday is an awesome day for the entire family to come to the garden!  Plan to spend your morning playing in the garden, watching your children learn more about soil and celebrating those who have taken the time to make Pottstown a more beautiful place to call home!
 
and other honorable mentions…
 
Early Season Surveys are Now Due
 
If you haven’t already, please take an opportunity this week to fill out an early season survey.  This information is vital in understanding your experience in gardening prior to joining the community garden and today.  Copies of the survey are located in the shed.  Kindly fill one out today and place it in the envelope marked ‘Completed Surveys’.
 
MOSAIC Produce Stand
 
The produce stand is just about complete!  The children of the garden will be using the stand to sell produce and other goodies from the gardens and the art program.  Please let me know if you have vegetables throughout the growing season you would like to donate to our youth program that they may sell.  The proceeds will be used for additional youth programs/activities.
 
Garden Tending (Need Help?)
 
Please contact a myself or a fellow gardener if you will be away, or have a crazy work schedule and need someone to look after your plot.  With the temperatures soaring, your garden plot needs a lil’ attention everyday. Remember to water before 10:00 AM or after 3:00 PM (watering soil only and not the actual plant) for the best results.
 
Adult Gardening Workshop 2
 
Just a heads-up…the next Adult Gardening Workshop is on Preserving Your Harvest.  You will how to know when your produce and herbs are ready to be picked, how to store them and unique ways to use ‘em!  Please plan to attend each workshop as valuable information, gardening fellowship and fun activities are in order!  Details regarding this event will be sent out real soon!
 
Please do not hesitate to call email me if you have any questions or need additional information about the gardens.
 
I hope you have a fun and productive day!
 
See ya’ at the gardens,
Laura

Adult Gardener Workshops

Hi everyone!

I am pleased to announce that a series of Adult Gardener Workshops will begin this Tuesday at the garden!

Tina Anderson, our awesome garden assistant, will facilitate a workshop/group discussion on Organic vs. Conventional Gardening.  She will also provide instruction on how to make a hanging plant bag using recycled fabric!

Please plan to attend the class that day (even bring a friend) to understand the benefits of organic gardening and how a recycled old shirt, pantyhose or other materials can be used to create a wonderful vertical garden.

Below are more details regarding the workshop…we hope to see you there!

When: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Who: MOSAIC Community Land Trust – Community Gardens
What: Adult Workshop 1 – Organic vs. Conventional Gardening
Project Option 1: Hanging Planter using Recycled Fabrics
Where: 423 Chestnut Street, Pottstown

In order to make the RECYCLED FABRIC HANGING PLANT BAG

Gardeners Will Need to Bring:

Old shirt, pants, or piece of fabric – must be BREATHABLE such as Cotton or Linen

* NO polyester, NO synthetic fabrics (won’t breath) twine, ribbons, or other tying material

The MOSAIC Will Supply:

“S” hooks, planting compost/soil, and seedlings/plants

Please call me at (484) 300-2410 of you have any questions or need additional information.


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