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.

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

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 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