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.
Mosaic Community Land Trust
Pottstown’s Community Field Day will be held Saturday, August 27th from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM at the Chestnut Street Park at Washington & Chestnut Streets in Pottstown (rain date is Sunday August 28th from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM).
The Field Day is a day for families to spend time together learning more about low-cost, outdoor and indoor activities available in our area. There will be games, activities, and information about many Pottstown organizations, so plan to make field day part of your weekend!
Mosaic is also collecting used books for children and teens for a book giveaway event to be held at the Pottstown FARM market in mid-September.
If you have books you would like to donate, please drop them off at the Mosaic table at the Community Field Day event this Saturday or the children’s activity table at the FARM market, Thursday evenings anytime between 4:00 to 8:00 pm. The table is located at the Ellis Building (next to the Army Navy Surplus Store on High Street.)
Thank you for helping us build a better community!
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.
Happy Thursday!!!! 🙂
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.
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,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hello, Mosaic Members!
We need volunteers from among our members and friends this week to finish last minute preparations at the gardens. If you are able to help, please let Laura know as soon as possible (email@example.com):
423 Chestnut Street
Each of the picnic tables need to be sanded (in small areas) and resealed/painted in order to last for seasons ahead (2 picnic tables with bench seats)
The new tool shed floor needs to be painted/sealed in order to keep moisture out
Clean, organize and sweep shed
Spread wood chips to complete the rear garden walkways – Volunteers are working to spread this Tuesday at 10 AM. I plan to be the ‘team lead’ during this volunteer effort.
301 Walnut Street
A ‘retaining wall’ made of pallets needs to be build behind the newly-painted mound of succulents in order to keep the plant waste, asphalt and other debris off of the house next door to the garden. There are two small pallets already located there in addition to fence scrap in hopes that someone can put these items to good use.
Spread mulch in order to move the leftover pile from the volunteer day, Rock the Block – Volunteers are working to spread this Thursday after 5:00 PM. Also, pick up any litter or debris located in the garden and sweep the driveway. We need a ‘team lead’ as I am unable to attend this evening.
615 Chestnut Street
Move large items (over 50 lbs) from the shed there to the tool shed located at 423 Chestnut Street (volunteers who can heavy lift and have a truck – there are about 6 items and shouldn’t take longer than about 30 minutes with two people)
Clean, organize and sweep shed
Open Garden Days – Saturday, May 14 & Sunday, May 15 from 11 AM – 2 PM
Experienced gardeners/CLT members are needed at each open garden day to greet new members, assist them with completing any paperwork and helping them to get acclimated to the garden, the shed, compost area and garden combination locks. Volunteers are also needed to answer any questions members may have about the gardens and/or CLT. I am planning to be at the 615 Gardens on Saturday and at 423 on Sunday. We will need at least one other person at the opposite garden that day if possible.