Highlights of the 2016 Season

Here at Mosaic, we just want to tickle your senses and tantalize your taste buds (your food AND gardening taste buds that is)!

Here are some of the best moments of our 2016 season – though there were many, many more…there are only so many we can show you. 2016 saw the opening of our newest garden at Barth Elementary School, and a beautiful new fence around our Walnut Street garden. Thank you to the many community members and service groups who worked in any of our community gardens and the many wonderful volunteers who staffed our table at community events and the Pottstown FARM Market every Thursday.

Also, be on the lookout for the upcoming changes and new membership packets for 2017!  We are working tirelessly to improve our process, making it easier than ever for you and your family to become members of MOSAIC Community Land Trust and its COMMUNITY GARDENS!

Mosaic Community Land Trust


The Latest at Mosaic!

Mosaic Members and Faithful Fans,

We had an awesome time two weeks ago introducing more and more families to the gardens as they made their way from Haunts on High to the community gardens on Chestnut Street. Families were in full costume as they enjoyed a bowl of homemade soup, jam and s’mores by the fire!  In all aspects, it was a warm afternoon to share information, reflect on the season and spend time with family and friends.        

Thank you to all those who volunteered and stopped by that day!

 

Join us for a social evening at our newest garden location, Elizabeth B. Barth Elementary School, to find out more about the organization or to reserve your garden bed for the 2017 growing season.  The FREE evening social takes place on Friday, October 28 from 5-7 PM. We will be inside the school – meals will be served and information offered!  Please plan to join us!

 

Mosaic is hosting a FREE canning workshop on Saturday, November 12 from 12-2 PM in the Community Room at Bright Hope! Learn how to preserve some of the produce we grow! Call to reserve your spot in the workshop, open to all community members, all ages! :(484) 300-2410

 

And last but not least, some general housekeeping to those who have yet to clean out your garden bed, NOW IS THE TIME.  Please contact us via email if you need support, assistance or more information.

Contact our garden manager, Laura Washington, at 484-300-2410 if you have any questions or need additional information.

Thank you,

Mosaic Community Land Trust

 


Free Butterfly Garden Class!

Mosaic Gardeners, this is a rare opportunity for you!

A presentation on how to attract butterflies will be given by local butterfly expert Ron Richael, an 23 year urban butterfly garden veteran from Pottstown. Ron recently took 1st place in the Bees & Butterflies category in our gardening contest last month. The presentation will be held at Agway in Pughtown, located on Route 100 just south of Route 23 (5 miles south of Pottstown) at 1:00 pm on Saturday, August 13th.

He will describe the top 11 nectar plants that attract butterflies in the Pennsylvania area as well as the host plants that butterflies need to complete their life cycle. Also he will explain how to attract butterflies with fruit. Hopefully, Ron will bring along a cage with live butterflies from his backyard.  Come & learn the secrets of a successful butterfly garden from Ron Richael, author of Attracting Butterflies – A Handbook for Butterfly Gardening!

Follow Ron’s video production of Pottstown Butterflies on YouTube by searching Pottstown Butterflies #1, #2, & #3.

If you have any caterpillars, eggs, or butterflies please bring them to the event.


Free Gardening Class!

 

Have you always wanted to to grow a vegetable garden, but weren’t sure how to begin?

Join MOSAIC Community Land Trust for our free class:
“How to Design, Plan & Start a Home Garden”!

Wednesday, February 24th at 6:00 pm in the Martha Porter Community Room at the Pottstown Public Library. Let us know by e-mail to Tracy Purdy (tracy.purdy@temple.edu) or Laura Washington (wash5000@msn.com) if you plan on attending.

Bring a friend and join us for a fun night of dreaming of Spring and designing your new garden!

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Mosaic Community Gardens News‏

Hello Garden Folks,

Mosaic wants to keep you, your family and your organization in-the-know about the gardens and CLT activity!  Great things are a-happenin’!  Take a look…

Mural (423 Gardens) – The mural is just about done!  Please stop by our 423 Chestnut Street gardens to take a peek at the almost-finished work of Promiseland Murals!  Nice work Carrie!

Permaculture Garden (301 Walnut Street) – We’re getting there…Eric Schmidt of Colonial Gardens and his crew will be working on the garden early next week to tidy up the walking paths with wood chips and beautiful boulders!  The information board will be installed in the upcoming weeks.

The Office is OPEN! The office will open this Saturday from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.  Please make note of it and stop by to say hello or to pick up a garden contest flyer!

Speaking of garden contest…We are on the hunt for more residential, neighborhood and junior gardener entries.  The entry form is attached so you may enter the contest or send the form to a friend or neighbor who you believe has a garden worth bragging about!

In the News…Mosaic is doing great things around Pottstown, things worth writing about! J  (control & click on the links below, Tom Hylton’s recent Mercury “advertorial” is included in an attachment, thank you TOM for your support!)

Garden Mural Undertaken with Great CARE

Green Thumbs Up for Pottstown Home Garden Contest

 

Calendar of Events:

Garden Days

Our next Garden Work and Play Days are set for Sunday, June 14 and Sunday June 28 from 11-2.  On the 14th, we will begin our day at the 615 Chestnut Street Gardens and on the 28th we will begin our day at the 423 Chestnut Street Gardens.  I hope you will join us to plant, weed, water and chat during these times!

Our Next WORKSHOP…

Sunday, June 14 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM at our 615 Chestnut Street Gardens!

How to Grow Spuds in a BAG – Learn how to grow potatoes in a reusable tote!  The workshop is set to teach you easy ways to grow great gardens in small spaces!  Everyone who attends will be given a lovely tote, some good growing dirt (50% organic garden soil and 50% of your very own garden compost) and a bunch of fingerling potatoes to plant your very own bag!  You can take the bag home or sit it at the end of your garden bed!  Be there, bring a friend!

Table Events

Thursday June 18 TCN Non-Profit Conference Montgomery County Community College 9:00AM – 12noon.

June 13, July 18 and August 15 Bicentennial Celebration 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM each day

Please let us know of your interest in manning a table during any of the upcoming events.  If you are unable to volunteer, please consider attending one (or all of the events)!

Don’t Forget!!!!!!   Water and weed your plot and other areas around the garden.  Remembering to water your garden plot before 10:00 AM or after 3:00 PM will avoid plant wilting and help your garden to reap its best harvest.  If you have time, please remember to water the perimeter beds or your neighbors garden.  Plants need water daily during a heat wave such as this and weeding should be done in your plot/around it at least once a week to avoid being overrun by pesky weeds! This is the true spirit of a “community garden”, the entire community watering, weeding and caring for the entire garden! Let us all build on increasing our community garden spirit!

We still need plastic bags at both gardens! Having grocery bags at the gardens helps to make the job of gathering and weighing our harvest easier (don’t forget to log your harvest and visits in the log book located in the shed).

Be on the lookout for new garden locations…we are always interested in scoping out a potential garden location.  Please let us know if you pass by or live next to an area that you think is blighted…we may decide to make it beautiful!  We are looking for projects large and small!

Lastly, we still have a few garden beds left for the season, let your neighbors and friends know…they may want to join you by becoming a garden member this season!

Thank you.


MOSAIC Community Land Trust Celebrates Young Children

A community celebration for families with young children was held on Saturday, April 18, at Pottstown High School from 1-3 pm. MOSAIC joined over 40 community agencies to share our plans and resources with young children and their families, and provided fun family activities. More than 1500 people attended. It was a great day to let the community know about MOSAIC CLT!

We talked with community residents about our homeownership and revitalization strategies, and invited the children to create their own Mosaics with dried beans and glue! We had fun talking about our gardens, growing your own beans, and learning about health and nutrition with MOSAIC CLT!

PEAK, Pottstown’s school readiness initiative and Pottstown Memorial Medical Hospital for this community outreach sponsored the event.

MOSAIC CLT invites you to join us as we make owning a home a reality for your neighbors, and as we strengthen our neighborhoods. We hope to see you and your young gardeners at our 423 or 615 Chestnut Street gardens this spring, summer and fall! Come grow with us!


In Community Garden News…‏

Gardeners, listen up!

There will be lots of great things happening in and around the gardens, we are hoping you’ll join us.  Please review this email in its entirety…we have lots of “ground” to cover! 🙂

Garden Essentials and Reminders:

Garden Guide – Please take an opportunity to review the Mosaic Community Garden Guide attached.  The guide explains the general rules of the gardens, other do’s and don’ts along with garden planting tips.

Garden Gate/Locks – The garden gate locks should be locked at all times when there is no one in the gardens.  The locks are opened by combination and should not be given to anyone who is not a garden member nor should a non-member or children under the age of 18 be left unattended.  The lock must be on the combination to lock and unlock the lock.  If the combination is not properly set, it will not lock just as it will not unlock.  Please make note of it.

(484) 300-2410 – Please save this number to your phone under Mosaic Gardens and call if you have any questions or concerns regarding the gardens/lock.

Garden Log Book – Each time you visit the garden(s), you must sign in and out in the garden log books.  The log books are located in the shed at each garden. Fill in each of the areas, the date, your assigned plot number, how many people in total are with you during your visit, the time in and out along with the activity, i.e. weeding, planting, harvesting.  We also ask that you weight your vegetables and report the total number of pounds in the book as well.  This information is an important piece of our grant reporting process for continued funding – please be sure to DO IT every time!

Garden Accessories – The water, tools and other items in the garden are there for your use.  Please keep our costs down by ensuring that the water is turned off after use and that the tools are returned to their rightful spot and not left in the gardens.  Each year, items that are accidentally removed from the garden or left out to rust and/or fall apart during the winter months have to be replaced.  Always take a look around before “closing up shop” in order to keep our gardens neat and tidy!

Garden Plot Assignments will be send out in a separate email…be on the lookout!  Many of the plots have orange plot markers with the plot number and the family or organization’s name on the marker.  There will be more assignments happening in the next few days so check your email often!

Calendar of Events:

You best mark your calendars, you wouldn’t want to miss out… 🙂

April 25

Mosaic Community Gardens – 2-4PM “Before the Last Frost” Early Planting Workshop and Planting Day (both gardens)

This Saturday, Mosaic Community Gardens will host its first workshop titled – “Before the Last Frost Seed Planting”.  We will host the workshop from 2:00 – 3:00 PM at the gardens located at 423 Chestnut Street and host the workshop from 3:00 – 4:00 PM at the gardens located at 615 Chestnut Street.

Tips, advice and additional educational resources will be provided that day.  We will also provide participants with an opportunity to plant seeds most appropriate for planting during the earlier weeks of the season. 

We want to help you get a head start in the gardens!  Bring a friend, co-worker or family member so they too may experience this fun activity in the garden!

May 2

Community Fun Day Health Fair – 11-5PM Olivet’s Boys and Girls Club

May 9 

Mosaic Community Gardens – 2-4PM “After the Last Frost”  Planting Workshop and Planting Day (both gardens)

May 23

Mosaic – New Project! 301 Walnut Street’s – Edible Garden Park (mark your calendars – more information to follow)

May 24

Pottstown area students paint lower section of mural (mark your calendars – more information to follow)

May 2015

Mosaic Community Land Trust’s Annual Meeting (mark your calendars – more information to follow)

June 2015

Mosaic’s third annual Home Garden Contest is in full swing!  Visit http://www.mosaicclt.org to find out more about entering the contest for your chance to win one of the cash prizes!  $2,500 in cash and prizes is at stake!

Please email us by replying to the email if you have any questions or need additional information. 

Thanks a bunch (of radishes)! 😉

Laura