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 email@example.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!
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
BINGO IS BACK!
Join Mosaic Community Land Trust at this year’s JINGLE BELL BINGO! It’s a fund raiser for several valuable community organizations, including Mosaic CLT. Bring a friend and join us for bingo, raffles, snacks and a cash bar, and lots of fun and festivities at JINGLE BELL BINGO!
To purchase tickets, see the TriCounty Community Network website link:
Thank you for supporting the work we do! We can’t do it without you!
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,