Butterfly Garden Workshop

Interested in adding a butterfly garden to your landscape? It’s a wonderful addition to any yard, and helps in butterfly migration, but must be done with care. Join Mosaic for a free community workshop on attracting butterflies to your garden and creating a habitat that has everything these beautiful creatures need to thrive!

This workshop is being taught by famed local butterfly expert Ron Richael on April 29th at ArtFusion, 254 E.  High Street, Pottstown. The workshop will begin at 6:30. The workshop is free, and would be great for families, school or community groups, or individuals, but you must register by e-mail to mosaicclt@gmail.com or by calling (610)287-7828. Please register by April 27th, 5:00 pm.

Bring a friend, and in the mean time, enjoy this 2014 documentary by Ron on Pottstown Butterflies!


Last Chance to Register for Free Garden Workshop!

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Our free garden workshop with Master Gardener Gretchen Lea on the topic of beautifying our gardens will be this Thursday,  March 30th at 6:30. Gretchen has lots of great ideas on adding special touches to our outdoor spaces to make them the envy of the neighborhood, so you do not want to miss this event!

It’s not too late to register, just e-mail us at mosaicclt@gmail.com or give us a call at (610)287-7828!  Meet us at the ArtFusion Gallery, 254 E. High St., Pottstown. Invite a friend and get warmed up for Spring!


Upcoming Mosaic Gardening Workshops!

Please join Mosaic for a set of free gardening workshops to get you in the mood for Spring!

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Master Gardener Gretchen Lea will be leading a workshop on beautifying our gardens on March 30th at 6:30. Gretchen has lots of great ideas on adding special touches to our outdoor spaces to make them the envy of the neighborhood!

Famed local butterfly expert Ron Richael will be teaching a workshop on attracting those valuable and vanishing pollinators to your garden on April 29th at 6:30.

Both workshops are free to the public and will be held at the ArtFusion Gallery, 254 E. High St., Pottstown. All are invited, but must register by phone or e-mail prior to the day of the workshop by contacting Mosaic at mosiacclt@gmail.com or (610)287-7828.

Bring a friend and join us to kick off the growing season right!


The BB&T Bus is Coming to Town!

Monday, March 27th

10 AM – 3 PM

YWCA Tri-County, 315 King Street, Pottstown

The BB&T Bus will offer internet access and financial resources including:

1)      TCN Mobile Job Lab (10 AM – 12 Noon) will provide free resume support, LinkedIn Profile Creation, Job search, Career Link and other County Services

2)      Genesis Housing (10 AM – 12 Noon) will provide info on credit, credit scores and budgeting.

3)      YWCA  Tri-County (1 PM – 3 PM) will provide info on Financial Empowerment, English as a Second Language classes, High School Equivalency classes and testing for High School Equivalency Certificate

4)      BB&T Bank info on banking basics, checking and college savings accounts

5)      Resource Table with info on insurance, Habitat and other social service programs.

For more info, see http://www.genesishousing.org/

 


Attention Green Thumbs!

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Do you or someone you know have a penchant for gardening? Do you live in Pottstown Borough or Boyertown? Then enter the Home Garden Contest! To enter, go to the website and fill out an entry form, then GROW FOR IT! https://www.homegardencontest.com/

 

 


Sunset Fridays and Other Garden News!

Happy Thursday!!!! 🙂

GARDEN DAYS

Sunset Fridays! Mosaic is looking to try something new!  We are hosting a set of Open Garden Days each Friday evening from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. We are super-excited about spending time at each location on Friday evenings.  Plan to chat with your neighbor about gardening and other cool things, work in the garden, listen to music and enjoy a light snack while visiting.  Here’s the line-up:
Friday, July 15 6-730 PM at the 423 Garden location 

 

Friday, July 22 6-730 PM at the 615 Garden location

 

Friday, July 29 6-730 PM at the Barth Garden located at 467 West Walnut Street (West side of Pottstown)

 

MOSAIC has Weekly Office Hours

Weekly office hours will begin Monday, July 11 from 1 – 4 PM.  A Mosaic representative will be in the office each week to answer any questions and provide information on our garden projects and housing initiatives.

GARDEN CONTEST

The home garden contest in Pottstown received 31 ENTRIES this year!  Astounding news! Garden judging and the awards ceremony for our entrants and their guest takes place this month!  Stay tuned for the official announcement of our winners in next month’s newsletter!

 

Mosaic Community Gardens CANNOT GROW WITHOUT YOU!

The Mosaic Gardens are buzzing with activity this year!  That said, please be sure to visit your garden regularly in order to weed, water and care for your plants in order to reap the best harvest this year.  Your garden needs to be watered at least 3-4 per week in order to survive in this heat!  Remember to water before 10:00 AM or after 3:00 PM to avoid “cooking” your plants (not good).  Also, the perimeter beds need care too!  Each gardener is responsible for weeding their own plot but also ensuring that the area around their plot is weeded too.  Many areas of the garden, at each location need TLC…please keep that in mind each time you visit.

Calling all public speakers, facilitators, organizers and other creative people!!!  Your help is needed for information sessions, workshops and summer activities.  Mosaic is flexible and will work around your schedule.  Come share your talents with the rest of the world (or at least share it with the folks at the gardens)!  Workshops can be held anytime during the year!

 

Mosaic continues its quest to recruit garden committee members and volunteers!  Our next garden committee meeting date for July is in the works – we hope you will attend!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to assist with the following tasks at the gardens:
423 Chestnut Street Gardens

One bench and two picnic tables/benches need a handy person to show them some love.  Mosaic will provide all of the supplies in order to make the gardens furniture beautiful again once we know what’s needed!

 

Purslane everywhere!  The gardens need additional weeding around bed borders and in common areas.  Please visit the gardens to help weed.  Purslane is hardy, edible “weed” but it is infamous for choking out other plants!  Please keep that in mind.  EVERYONE has to help in order to avoid a garden takeover!
615 Chestnut Street Gardens

Same goes for this location.  The gardens need additional weeding around bed borders and in common areas.  Please visit the gardens to help pull weeds. EVERYONE has to help in order to avoid a garden takeover!
Mosaic plans to sell surplus produce from each of the gardens to benefit our programs! We are looking for a few good volunteers to run with our produce cart this summer!  Join this fun activity happening several days throughout the growing season! The produce cart allows us to sell any surplus vegetables donated back to the gardens, to teach youth members how to build a business selling produce on a small scale and gives the garden an opportunity to provide area residents with information regarding their health and wellness.

There are plenty of great opportunities available for all skill-sets and areas of interest!  Our need for additional committee members and volunteers has never been greater, the benefits and rewards have never been better!

Please sign up to support the “growth” of the Mosaic Community Land Trust Community Gardens today!

It’s EASY!  Simply reply to this email or visit our Facebook or website to sign up or to receive detailed information regarding all of the opportunities to support Mosaic Community Land Trust and Mosaic Community Gardens!

We also want to take the time to thank XL Insurance, Allegheny East Conference Seventh-Day Adventist Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Hope Community Church, The Hill School, Cub Scout Pack 263, Colonial Gardens, Genesis Housing, National Penn Bank, Pottstown Area Health and Wellenss Foundation, Pine Hill Tree Farm, First Presbyterian Church and a boat-load of neighbors, families and friends for your support of and work in the gardens!

See Ya’ at the Gardens,

MOSAIC CLT


New Community Garden at Barth Elementary

In partnership with the Pottstown School District and funded by a grant from the Pottstown Health & Wellness Foundation, Mosaic Community Land Trust is pleased to announce the opening of a new community garden at Barth Elementary School. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held June 10th, and the planting of the first garden plots took place that same day.

The following day, volunteers from Barth and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, along with gardeners from the neighborhood, built a new shed, composting bins, dug a space for a new butterfly garden, and weeded and planted the garden beds. A big THANKS to all those who came out to the garden both days!

Stop in and see this wonderful new space in our borough! If you are interested in gardening there (or at either of our other two gardens), there are still a few spaces available to lease. Contact our gardens manager, Laura Washington at wash5000@msn.com.