Making a House a Home

We are pleased to announce the closing of the first home in the Mosaic Home Buyers Program in partnership with Genesis Housing!

This lovely remodeled home on Queen Street in Pottstown will be the first of many properties Mosaic hopes to make more affordable for those looking to buy their first home. Genesis handled the rehabilitation of the property, while Mosaic provided closing costs to the buyer to assist them in purchasing it. In addition Mosaic took care of the installation of landscaping to beautify the outside of the home and will provide access to the gardening experts at Mosaic for help and advice for the first year as the new owners settle into their home.

Going forward, the Home Buyers Program will become the Mosaic Community Land Trust Homes Program. After participating in a home buyer education program, interested buyers will be directed to available Community Land Trust (CLT) homes for purchase. See the Mosaic website for more information on CLT homes and how they differ from other types of homes.

Interested in learning more? Contact Mosaic at mosaicclt@gmail.com or through our website, mosaicclt.org.

 

 


Good News/Bad News

With the unseasonably warm weather as a reminder that the growing season is almost here, we write to inform you about big changes at Mosaic Community Land Trust and our community gardens.

The Good News…Beginning in 2017, Mosaic membership dues will be paid on a one-time basis, as we will no longer require an annual membership fee. Once you are a member, you will remain a member unless you request otherwise. The plot lease fees for the community gardens remains unchanged. In lieu of membership dues, we invite you to consider a donation to Mosaic so that we may continue our efforts to help improve the Pottstown community. If your employer participates in charitable contribution matching, please remember to notify them of your donation. You may donate via Paypal or with a credit card on our website, https://mosaicclt.org/donate/, or by sending a check made out to Preservation Pottstown, Inc., mailed to:

Mosaic CLT, 10 South Hanover Street, Pottstown, PA 19464.

2016 was a big year for Mosaic! Some of last seasons activities included:

  • Opening a highly successful new community garden on the grounds of Barth Elementary School in Pottstown.
  • Involvement in the inaugural season of the Pottstown Farm and Artisan Market (FARM) each Thursday throughout the growing season on High Street.
  • Partnering with Genesis Housing on improvements to our permaculture garden on Walnut Street and North Charlotte.
  • Working again with ArtFusion and Olivet for our summer youth program.
  • Mosaic joined Habitat for Humanity on the Rock the Block neighborhood improvement event last Spring.
  • Involvement in the housing coalition facilitated by TCN and the Hobart’s Run initiative with the Hill School.

We look forward to strengthening our community through our continued involvement with these efforts, and hope to add our first land trust property to our portfolio during 2017. For more information on our property initiative, see https://mosaicclt.org/about/.

 And now for the bad news…Mosaic regretfully announces that our Garden Manager, Laura Washington, is leaving Mosaic, but will continue to be involved in strengthening Pottstown through her efforts with ArtFusion and the Dragon Boat organization. We will miss her enthusiasm and energy, and wish her all the best in her new ventures! Accordingly, the search is on for a new Garden Manager. If you or someone you know is interested in the job, please contact us by March 17th for more information at mosaicclt@gmail.com or call at (610)287-7828.

Thank you for your continued membership and support in Mosaic. We know that together, we can strengthen the Pottstown community and improve our way of life!


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


Join us this Saturday July 18th for the next Pottstown Bicentennial event!

The next Pottstown Bicentennial event will be this Saturday, July 18th at Riverfront Park.  MOSAIC Community Land Trust is excited to join the community to celebrate this historic milestone.

Please stop by and visit us at our table from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm at Riverfront Park!  Hope to see you there!


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!


FREE Pottstown Housing Counseling Classes Offered By Genesis