Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Get Back to Your Studies: Work Hours Canceled

Work hours are canceled for tomorrow to allow everyone some extra time to focus on their studies, finals, and other remaining academic activities this semester.
Good luck finishing up the semester.  Enjoy your holiday and break.  We can't wait to see everyone back in the garden in 2012. 

Stay tuned for more information about scheduling and planning for 2012.  As always, please email publichealthgarden@gmail.com if you have ideas, questions, or concerns.


Holiday love from the Eco-Goats! Can't you tell they are wishing you good luck on exams? :)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Work Hours Today: Bundle Up

We are getting ready for winter break at the Public Health Garden.  Stop by today for work hours starting at 4 pm to help us cut back dead tomato plants and move some additional soil into the raised beds. 

I couldn't think of a better way to take my mind off the stress of final projects and finals.  Please come procrastinate with us and help the garden get ready for winter.

Bundle up!  It's cold out there.



Sunday, December 4, 2011

Soil Situation Update

Thanks to our dedicated soil shovelers, we were able to rectify the soil situation in our middle bed, lay that landscape fabric, and get the bulk of the soil and compost back in again. Special thanks to Phillip and Russell for the love and leadership they continue to bring to the garden.

As always, pictures of our efforts can be viewed on our Facebook and Flickr pages.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Volunteer Hours Today

We've got a lot of soil to move today and could use all hands on deck tonight from 5pm-7pm, or as early as 4 pm if you happen to be free. Email publichealthgarden@gmail.com if you have time and want to get started earlier. We can really use all the help we can get! As always, we have less labor-intensive tasks on our to-do list too.

Dress for the cold and consider the fact that whatever you wear will be exposed to compost and soil. Expect to take home some salad greens too! See you soon!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Post-Thanksgiving Stretch

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  We know the end of the semester stretch can be a huge push with papers, finals, projects, and holiday shopping.  When you need to get your mind off these items, please be sure to join us at the Public Health Garden (we'll be out there every Thurs. afternoon). 

Some great ways to relieve stress:
  • hauling soil,
  • cleaning up leaves,
  • winterizing the garden,
  • discussing sustainable agriculture,
  • sharing recipes with friends,
  • applying for leadership position in the garden :)
That last one didn't quite fit, but please stay tuned for leadership applications for the garden team!  We are going to be looking for folks who want to get more involved.

See you out there!  Good luck recovering from your Thanksgiving food coma.  

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Good Times at The View Cooking Demo

The Public Health Garden Gang, led by Ilona Holland and Eric Ruesch, had a fantastic time cooking at The View with Ziyad, Brian, Shane and all the residents who attended the demonstration on Thursday night. Check out pics from the event and of the following deliciousness on our Facebook page:
  • Asparagus wrapped in bacon with a balsamic/honey glaze
  • Italian style Bruschetta
  • Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes
  • Veggie Pasta with roasted Red Peppers
  • Pepper Flake, Sesame Seed and Parmesan Pasta
  • Honey and Basil drink

Monday, November 14, 2011

Compost This Week


Thanks for the Institute of Applied Agriculture's Ellen Polishuk (and a little help from Crystal at the campus farm), we will have a big pile of compost ready to move and mix into the raised beds during work hours this Thursday November 17, 2011.

As always, we will provide gloves and shovels and suggest you wear clothing you don't mind getting dirty. See you guys soon!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Fall/Winter Schedule Update: No Monday Hours

As we enjoy the fall and prepare for winter in the Public Health Garden, we are scaling back our regular work hours so that our student volunteers have time to prepare for their exams, papers, and projects that come with this time of year.

So, starting today, there will be no more Monday work hours in the garden this semester.

Please join us on Thursdays for work hours and regular planning meetings 5-7 pm.

Our SustainAPPLE Campus Community

Like the glorious moment of crawling into bed after a mid-summer, 14-hour day outside in the heat, this time of year is a welcome break for those of us in the business of growing (in this region, that is). With the peace of mind that garlic and cover crops will take over for the winter, our volunteers will help us with our last harvests in the coming weeks, and that our next grant proposal has been submitted, we are able to kick back and reflect on the wonder of our first growing season.

Sure, project progress is visible to passersby in the clean lines of the patio and carefully built cedar beds, but for those of us deeply invested in the mission of the garden, the real measure of progress takes a different form. That form recently came to our attention in the shape of an apple.

Symbolically, apples carry a long line of lure about health, knowledge, tradition and cultivation. Certain things are deemed "as American as apple pie." Some believe that "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" while others associate the fruit with temptation, places in space and time, and a simple, healthy addition to school lunch.

For us, apples seemed like the perfect seasonal offering for our First Annual Harvest Festival. The day before the event, the whole garden gang was invited along on my family's annual October trip to Larriland Farms - which in and of itself was a magical realization that my family life and career path had officially merged to become a lifestyle rich in relationships, rooted in the same soil. Despite the pressure of midterms, deadlines and milestones still looming, project president Allison Lily (pictured) picked enough apples to fill baskets for the raffle and fill the bellies of festival attendees while I watched my little niece enjoy her first handfuls of apple fritters.

On the day of the festival, students and staff hung around eating apples. Delicious, raw, whole, freshly-picked apples. Sure, they weren't from our young apple trees on site - but someday they will be. And someday - perhaps even next year - the land in front of Eppley Recreation Center will transition from turf to the orchard of our dreams/blueprints. Our hillside apple trees will be the first of dozens in this particular corner of an edible campus and our garden gang will hand the land over to the next group of pioneering of Public Health Gardeners and sleep easy knowing we left this land far more productive than we found it.

What I'm trying to say is that the true fruits of are labor are only just beginning to reveal themselves. As proud as we are of the construction progress and yields of this first year, we are far more proud of the future and potential that this little patch of land will go on to provide. We truly believe that every student who participates in this living classroom will garner an appreciation for that which this university was originally founded: agriculture and the exchange of knowledge about it.

And who knows, maybe future University of Maryland students will even be able to bring home enough campus-fresh apples for Thanksgiving pies.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Yum!

This is just the kind of deliciousness you can expect when you stop by and chat with the Public Health Garden gang! David McHale stopped by on October 31st, we sent him home with tons of tomatoes (some ripe, some still green) to encourage his love of cooking, and he sent us the following sweet email:


Oh my gosh these tomatoes are delicious. Mixed them in with a few from my yard, I can't wait until the rest ripen.

Cheers,
David

Maryland Outstanding Blog Awards

As the growing season comes to a close, Allison and Deb are headed back to the blogosphere to share everything they learned this growing season, try out recipes, examine kinks in our food system, and keep the agricultural conversations going. The Public Health Garden is happy to announce that both of their personal blogs as well as the blog you are reading right now are up for the Maryland Outstanding Blog Awards with The Baltimore Sun.

If you love this stuff as much as we do, please feel free to cast your votes for the blogs. Every page view, comment, 'like' and vote encourages us to continue posting. And speaking of posting, guest posts are still and always welcome on our blogs - especially this one!

Here are the links to vote:

Public Health Garden (Best New Blog)
Just Saying (Best Lifestyle Blog) (also up for Best Food Blog)

You can vote once per category per day through November 10th. 2011.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Tonight!

Join us for garden hours tonight from 5-7!  Come by for a quick clean up in the garden, and perhaps even spreading a very, very late cover crop (who knows, perhaps some of the seeds will sprout?!). We will then go inside and hang out with cake to plan and catch up after all the craziness of Oct.


See you there.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Yoga Tonight


Yoga in the Garden with Ilona Holland TONIGHT (Oct 31st) from 6-7:00pm. If it is too chilly, yoga shall take place in the School of Public Health's multipurpose room 0128.

For direction, visit our "How to find us" tab.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Gardening 101 Today

Please join us for our Gardening 101 Workshop with UMD Extension Master Gardeners!  Today's Gardening 101 Workshop will be held in 2234CC of the School of Public Health! See you there at 5:30.

Harvest Festival Fun


Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate the edible garden initiatives on campus during our First Annual Harvest Festival on Monday, October 24th: National Food Day. We harvested our first big bag of leafy greens, got some soft neck garlic in the ground, and dined on delicious spreads made with love and produce grown in our very own garden.

If you entered the raffle but found yourself at another garden or indoors on account of rain during the drawing, be sure to stop by tonight during regular volunteer hours (5pm-7pm) for another drawing.

As always, all pictures from the event are available on our Facebook page.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Insect Ecology with Don Weber

The Institute of Applied Agriculture invites you to learn more about Pest Management in the context of Sustainable Agriculture. Don Weber, Research Entomologist and Lead Scientist at the USDA Agricultural Research Service, will delight the audience with his research on insect ecology and commitment to improved pest management.

1123 Jull Hall, Building 227
Tuesday, November 1, 2011 @6 p.m.
Reservations Not Required
Contact Ellen Polishuk for more information.
epolishu@umd.edu

Monday, October 24, 2011

Two Salad Boxes in Harvest Festival Raffle


On Saturday, the Public Health Garden welcomed Master Gardener Coordinator Jon Traunfeld and his 'Grow It Eat It' expertise for a Salad Table/Box construction workshop. Students, friends, staff and attendees made 11 Salad Boxes and two Salad Tables.

Our new Salad Tables will be on display tonight for the Harvest Festival and two of the workshop attendees donated their Salad Boxes to today's Food Day raffle. Each box comes complete with seeds, instructions and a t-shirt.

For more information about Jon Traunfeld, University of Maryland Extension and the Salad Table/Box initiatives, visit the Grow It Eat It website.

And to see pictures of our team constructing the boxes and tables on display today, check out our Facebook and Flickr pages.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

"Determination is Invincible"


We had SUCH an incredible volunteer turnout tonight that we managed to get ALL the gravel moved and check a bunch of other tasks off our to-do list.

Garlic bed ready for planting? Check.
Rake and move leaves to decompose in a productive place rather than on the patio? Check.
Pull as many leaves as possible without encouraging soil erosion? Check.
Silt fence install? Check.
Tidy up the place? Check.
Get to know a few more amazing people? Check.
Chat sustainable food production? Check.
Discuss details of upcoming workshops and the Harvest Festival? Check.

Speaking of checks, check out pictures of our hard-working gang via our Facebook page. And a sincere thank you to everyone who offered their time, service and cheer tonight.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ready for Thursday Volunteer Hours?

We are ripe with hands-on educational opportunities but could use a few more hands on deck to aid with preparations for all the upcoming workshops and festivals. If you are free on Thursday from 5:00-7:00pm, come on over and help us move gravel, prepare soil mixtures, identify and yank weeds, and plan, plan, plan! Rumor has it, our IAA collaborator and raised bed planner extraordinaire Ellen Polishuk is offering extra credit to Sustainable Agriculture students who pitch in.

And just for fun, does anyone recognize the squirrel pictured above? He currently lives on campus in the Animal Science corner and has two physical characteristics that set him apart. One is visible in this pic. The other makes him identifiable from a little further away. Be the first to name it (the characteristic, not the squirrel) and we'll let you enter the Harvest Festival raffle twice.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Right On Schedule

Thanks to an incredibly diligent construction manager, our raised bed irrigation system hurdles are already mostly taken care of and our incredible volunteers were able to move more than half of the gravel this evening. Find more fun pictures on our Facebook page. Goat speed, team. Goat speed.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Let's get reeaaady to gravel!! (on Monday, that is)

Those of you who came to volunteer hours last night (and spent most of them in the basement of the School of Public Health due to the tornado warning) know that weather and other factors prevented us from going forward with our original gravel shoveling plans. The good news is, the inclement weather turned out to be a blessing in disguise because we just recently learned that we need to complete a step for the irrigation infrastructure of the raised beds before gravel, landscape fabric, soil and plants can go in.

The gravel has been delivered and if all goes according to plan, we shall spend our Monday volunteer hours moving it into the beds and chatting about the upcoming Harvest Festival.

October Events


Mother Nature gave us some beautiful days early in the month, some rain this week, and will grace us with more beautiful fall foliage in the weeks to come. In case you need an excuse to spend time outside, the Public Health Garden has a great schedule of events lined up. Click here for a larger version of the schedule. If you are interested in attending one of the workshops or yoga in the garden, be sure and RSVP to publichealthgarden@gmail.com

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Get Ready to Move Gravel

We've got big plans for Thursday volunteer hours this week. And by big, we mean big piles of gravel!

Before we can lay the landscape fabric and fill the raised beds with soil, seeds, plants and love, we've got to get a little more gravel in 'em and we could use all hands on deck to move it into each bed.

So come on down Thursday at 5:00pm. We've got lots of shovels and gloves and a few other less labor-intensive jobs too.

Monday, October 10, 2011

No (Official) Volunteer Hours Today

Happy Monday! In light of several holidays and several very busy club founders, we will not have our regularly scheduled volunteer hours this afternoon.

If you have volunteered with us before (signed a waiver) and were really looking forward to some garden time, by all means stop by and pull weeds and take home any ripe veggies you find.

Friday, October 7, 2011

October Fun

The PHG Team's October calendar is filled with educational workshops, events and work opportunities so we enjoyed some light harvesting and fall planning during our volunteer hours this week while saving up our energy for the coming weeks. We met some great insects too! Thanks again for all your help and enthusiasm, folks. Be sure and mark your calendars for the following events:

  • Thursday Oct 13th: Volunteer hours dedicated to moving gravel into the raised beds to fill the beds with the gravel
  • Thursday Oct 20th: Compost/soil mixture delivery! Volunteer hours will be dedicating to getting the mediums mixed as per the IAA Sustainable Agriculture Class's instruction and moving it into the beds
  • Saturday Oct 22nd: Salad Table Workshop with the UMD Extension (9:00am-12pm) -- RSVP required (flyer and details coming soon)
  • Monday October 24th Food Day: Our First Annual Harvest Festival! We'll have lots of food, music and fun and will be planting in the upper terrace.
  • Thursday October 27th: Gardening 101 Workshop with the UMD Extension (5:30-6:30pm) - RSVP required (flyer and details coming soon)
  • Monday October 31st: Hint: We may have a litter extra fun alongside fellow student groups :-)
  • Wednesday, October 5, 2011

    Chili Cook Off This Weekend

    This weekend, the Public Health Garden will be at Behnke Nurseries for the Chili Cook Off.  Please stop by and join us!

    Details below:



    Saturday, October 8, 2011Beltsville
     4th Annual Official Red-Hot Chili Cook-Off 
    to Benefit the Beltsville Rotary Club. If you or your group would like to step up and compete in the chili cook-off, contact Stephanie Fleming by email at sfleming@behnkes.net or leave a message at (240) 473-6709.

    Sunday, October 2, 2011

    Want to join our growing team?


    The PHG team has lots to do to prepare for our 1st Annual Harvest Festival, cover crop planting and the next stages of garden development. We are looking for a few more standout volunteers to help out at the Harvest Festival, this season and in the future so if you're interested in all things farming, fundraising, planning and planting, please come (or continue to come) to our bi-weekly volunteer hours (Monday 3:30-5:30pm and Thursday 5:00-7:00pm) to get familiar with our space and goals.

    Positions that are or will be open in the coming months:
    • Volunteer Coordinator
    • Contributing Blogger
    • Treasurer
    • Community Crop Manager
    • Pest Manager

    Tuesday, September 27, 2011

    Arboretum Walk: Edibles in the Landscape

    Who: The University of Maryland Arboretum and Botanical Garden in collaboration with UM Landscape Architect Bobby Tjaden (who also happens to be the Public Health Garden Construction Manager)

    What: A guided, educational and awe-inspiring tour of our student teaching and community garden ripe with ideas for experiential education on public health issues. The garden, which has become a central meeting point and community building tool, demonstrates sustainable agriculture and environmental best practices, exemplifies the value of environmental stewardship, encourages physical activity and a balanced diet, and serves as a living classroom for faculty, staff and students. .

    When: Wednesday September 28, 2011 12:00pm-12:45pm

    Where: On site at the Public Health Garden, of course! Meet on the upper terrace - between Eppley Recreation Center and the School of Public Health

    Why: Because edible landscapes and living classrooms are an integral part of our future!

    Sunday, September 25, 2011

    Monday Volunteer Hours @ 3:30pm


    In order to maximize attendance, our Monday volunteer hours will now begin at 3:30pm (instead of 1:00pm). We've got lots of brainstorming to do about cover crops, erosion control and what to plant in our ADA accessible community beds so come on down and share your thoughts!

    Beds Built


    Woo hooooo!! After five hours on site with tons of hard-working volunteers, five of six beds are built and roughly sanded. The last bed will be built once the rain garden portion of the site is constructed. There aren't enough bagels and cream cheese in the world to thank everyone who came out and helped us this morning. Thanks again, folks.

    See all our fun pictures from today and many other days on our Facebook and Flickr pages.

    Friday, September 23, 2011

    Everybody Eats Food

    Check out the article today in the Diamondback by Ben Simon, a UMD senior government and politics major. In it he writes: "I am urging you to give growing your own food a shot." We couldn't agree more! 

    Come on out to the Public Health Garden and take some food home with you.


    Thanks to the Diamondback for your continued support.

    Monday, September 19, 2011

    Come Help Us With Constructi​on

    UMD: If you have skills with power tools and have some of your own (or a friend that meets either of these criteria), please come help us in the Public Health Garden this Sunday. We are hoping to finish building three of the beds in our upper terrace. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
    Here are the details:
    • What: Construction Sunday in the garden to build three of the raised garden beds
    • When: Sunday Sep. 25 8 am - 12:30 pm
    • Where: Public Health Garden at UMD (between Eppley Rec Center and School of Public Health)
    • Bonus: Breakfast and lunch provided, as well as any veggies from the garden we can harvest! Plus the satisfaction of a wonderful job done to help us get closer to our goals in the garden!
    You must RSVP (email: publichealthgarden@gmail.com) to let us know if you will be coming and if you have tools to bring along so that our construction manager can plan our activities and we can plan for how much food we need to have available.

    "Terps Leave Small Footprints"

    The new PHG sign! In the lower right-hand corner of the photo, you can see the back of the sign: evidence of it's re-purpose from a Maryland highway. Pretty cool, huh?

    Office of Sustainability Info Fair

    While an incredible group of PHG volunteers prepared garden beds for fall planting, a few of our executive team members got to attend the Office of Sustainability Info Fair and swap stories and experiences with fellow and future Sustainability Fund grant recipients.

    In 2010, 30 proposals were submitted for funding and the Public Health Garden grant, written by Rachel Tennant and supported by Glori Hyman of the Institute of Applied Agriculture, was one of nine to receive funding. Today, the students, faculty and staff who have worked tirelessly on their respective projects got together to celebrate their steps towards a sustainable campus and offer advice on the grant-writing process. After remarks from the Office of Sustainability and Sustainability Council, recipients were awarded certificates (printed on re-purposed manila folders) and new project signage (mounted on re-purposed aluminum road signs from Maryland highways).

    Visit the Office of Sustainability website to learn about the green fund projects currently underway as well as how to get involved with the 2011-12 grant process.

    Fun at the First Look Fair

    Special thanks to each and every one of the volunteers, team members and supporters who helped promote the Public Health Garden at the University's First Look Fair last week. Our group is growing fast and we can't wait to meet all our new recruits!

    Friday, September 16, 2011

    When life gives you water, make watermelons!

    Happy Friday! If only we had this glorious weather yesterday during volunteer hours, huh?

    Lucky for us, a few volunteers braved the chilly rain last night and helped us get some herbs in the ground, solidify some plans for the next cultivated areas, and find good homes for our harvest.

    Special thanks to Brendan and Russell for their extraordinary interest, enthusiasm and hard work.

    Wednesday, September 14, 2011

    Carpenters, come on down!

    If you've got wood-working skills or an interest in acquiring them, we'd love a little extra help building the rest of the raised beds Thursday evening (September 14, 2011) during regular volunteer hours (5:00pm to sunset). The sooner they are structurally sound, the sooner we can fill them with locally produced compost and get a whole new set of fall crops growing.

    New volunteers: Please arrive on site ten minutes early to review our safety rules and sign the volunteer waiver.

    Tuesday, September 13, 2011

    PHG Took 2nd Place at Colonnade Society Event

    Yippee!! We had an incredible time with the Colonnade Society Members and Guests, University President Wallace Loh, Ted Leonsis and all the inspirational folks we had the honor of mingling with last night and throughout the months leading up to this event.

    Find photos of the event on our Facebook page and stay tuned for upcoming posts sharing what we learned about the importance of philanthropy, leadership the pursuit of happiness in business and in life.

    Monday, September 12, 2011

    Volunteer Hours Today 1pm - 3pm

    Come on over and help us pull all the Yellow Nutsedge that popped up over the weekend!

    Sunday, September 11, 2011

    New Seedlings!

    We are so thrilled to have cleared two new plots for our fall planting.  We pulled out some of the remaining squash and melons, as well as some sunflowers to make room for greens like mustard and kale.

    As our babies grow, we are thinking of making new signs to help remind visitors not to step on the plants as they come up out of the ground.  Here is an example of a great sign from Arcadia, a wonderful farm in Virginia. 

    Learn more about our recent visit to Arcadia on sister-blog Adventures in Container Gardening.  

    Start thinking about more ideas for fall planting, because we are going to be very busy this Monday during work hours from 1-3 pm.  With all the rain we got last week, there are plenty of weeds that need to be taken out and two more plots that need to be prepared for fall. 

    Hope to see you there!

    Thursday, September 8, 2011

    Rainbows Ahead

    We here at the Public Health Garden aren't letting the weather slow us down. For every melon bursting from the record-breaking rainfall, we appear to have a new volunteer bursting with enthusiasm and energy for the garden and all that it represents.

    Special thanks and welcomes to Al, Brendan, Eric, Joan, Leslie, Russel and everyone else who braved the scattered thunderstorms to attend volunteer hours tonight. Although we were all washed off the hill a little early, we had the wonderful opportunity to get to know our new recruits and understand their goals in and out of the garden. We also got to chat about the past, present and future of farming, the growing local food movement on campus, and the health and well-being that flourishes in a community garden. Good times!

    Two Beds Built

    Construction Manager Bobby Tjaden and Founding President Rachel Tennant put in a little overtime last week (in between weather catastrophes) to get the second of six raised beds put together.

    Within the next few weeks, we look forward to working with our growing student volunteer force to get the remainder of the beds built. Three of the beds will serve as a living classroom for the Institute of Applied Agriculture's Sustainable Agriculture course with Ellen Polishuk this fall while the others will provide ADA accessible community bed space.

    Can't wait to see what grows!

    Monday, September 5, 2011

    Labor Day

    No work hours today .  Enjoy the holiday and look forward to seeing you on Thursday.


    Yes, that is an American Flag made from fruit.

    Friday, September 2, 2011

    Thursday Night on Site

    We had such a lovely volunteer turnout this week we were able to complete weekly pest management, scheduled watering AND get new seeds into the soil before the holiday weekend! Not to mention, we had lots of fun in the process. Special thanks to Tyson Barker for helping us turn over soil to prepare the new beds for seeds; to Ali, Caitlin, Cora, Danielle, Kathryn, Russel and Sean for yanking a ton of weeds from the hillsides and working on the layout of the (future) beds of greens; and to everyone for bringing such positive, productive, enthusiastic and nurturing support to the group and garden.

    As always, you can see all our pictures and follow the garden's progress on our Facebook and Flickr pages. Feel free to join and post your own too!

    Volunteers from The View!

    After a great night on site building beds with volunteers, the Public Health Garden Girls spent the latter part of Thursday night serving locally grown veggies, in the form of Israeli Salad and Beet Cake, and recruiting new volunteers (and Facebook 'likes') at "The View," a student-filled apartment complex nearly on campus.

    Both delicious dishes were gobbled up by new and returning students. Some returning for salad again and again! Quite a few students had heard about the garden, the goats, or "been wondering what was happening on the hillside by the gym." Just as many stopped in to chat about their interests and majors pertaining to food, the food system, environmental science, conservation, agriculture, health, wellness and community.

    We are looking forward to seeing everyone again at our upcoming volunteer hours (Mondays: 1:00-300pm and Thursdays 5:00-7:00pm).

    Reminder to visitors who expressed interest in a position on our executive team: Send us your contact information via email to publichealthgarden@gmail.com with the subject line: LEADERSHIP TEAM APPLICANT

    Tuesday, August 30, 2011

    Survived the Hurricane

    With the exception of a few buried melons, toppled tomatoes and slanted sunflower stalks, the garden survived Irene with fairly little damage. Yesterday afternoon, during our first fall volunteer session, we were able to get those tomatoes staked and tied back up and brainstorm about fall planting. Special thanks to Tyson Barker for his care in tending to the plants and putting in some overtime for those tomatoes.

    Thursday, August 25, 2011

    Ready, Set, Fall 2011

    While we love summer at the PHG, we can't wait for the semester to start next week!  Are you ready to get involved?  Check out our How To Get Involved Page with details about next steps to take. 

    Note: Our meeting and work hours have changed for the semester!  Fall 2011 garden work hours will be:
    • Monday 1-3 pm
    • Thursday 5-7 pm
    The new work hours start next week!  Check the calendar for more details.  Come out and get some of these:




    Sigh, yum, and happiness.