Sunday, April 29, 2012

Beautiful Maryland Day

Words can't describe how lovely it was to celebrate Maryland Day 2012, marking one year since the Public Health Garden project officially broke ground - with Eco-Goat hooves in 2011. We had a incredible number of visitors return from last year to see progress and share in our admiration of how far the space has come. Special thanks to everyone who has contributed to the ongoing success of this project.

Throughout the day, we harvested radishes with our younger visitors and experienced the joy of witnessing/encouraging some of them to try the bright red, spicy veggies for the first time ever. One of our visitors, Jessica Lucas (pictured with shovel) of Liberty Christian School, expressed such a strong interest in gardening, she helped us ready the compacted section of soil for the soon-to-be-planted Three Sisters garden. Thanks, Jessica!

In addition to on-site fun, more than one hundred small basil, tomato and fish pepper plants were sent home to flourish in the gardens of Maryland alumni, staff, and local and regional residents.

Check out more pics on our Facebook and Flickr pages.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Spotted: The Grazing Groundhog

Work Hours Inside Today

Due to the weather, the Public Health Garden gang will be setting up in the transplant room of the greenhouse today and focusing our attention on nurturing out seedlings rather than cleaning up the site for Maryland Day. Outdoor clean-up hours will take place tomorrow, Friday April 27th, from 12:00pm until completion instead.

If you would like to help out at the greenhouse today, please text or email 410.925.4807 for more information.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Maryland Day: Saturday April 28th

Visit the Public Health Garden on Maryland Day 2012 to check out all the amazing progress we've made in a single year (and all the other exciting, free, educational, agricultural, conservationist, delicious, etc - things happening on campus). We hope you will still be able to stop by and celebrate the success of this project with us!

The university has a great Plan Your Day feature
 on the Maryland Day website that you can visit in order to narrow down which activities you don't want to miss and print out your own itinerary. The Public Health Garden is listed under the football icon "Sports and Rec Row."

Parking is free anywhere on campus all day and events run from 10:00am - 4:00pm. And remember, the earlier you come, the better chance you have at snagging one of our plant giveaways :-) 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Thursday Volunteer Hours Today 4:00-6:00pm

Last week we planted tomatoes, peppers and a few other odds and ends from the greenhouse while hanging out with Eco-Goat Napoleon, nurturing some nutrient deficient garlic plants AND mulching the new bio-retention area at the base of the hillside. Thanks to our dedicated and productive volunteers we were able to do all of that in less than two hours! Today, we've got some marigolds to companion plant next to the tomatoes and a few basil plants to add to the herd bed. With Maryland Day right around the corner, we've got some event planning to discuss as well but it should be a fairly light work day so we're looking forward to taking it slow and admiring all that has been accomplished in the space throughout the last year. See you soon!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Spring Sign Ups and Events

It has been very busy at the Public Health Garden this spring. We have three exciting events coming up that we need your help for.
  • EventUMD Earth Day Celebration 2012!
     (click the link to see the Facebook event!)
    • DateFriday, April 20
    • Duration10AM - 3PM, set up at 9:30AM
    • LocationHornbake Plaza 
  • Event: Maryland Day
    • Date: Sat., April 28
    • Duration: 10 am - 4 pm, set up at 9:30
    • Location: Public Health Garden and Hornbake Plaza
  • Event: UMD's Farmers' Market (We are so excited that the market is starting! It will be producer-only and held weekly!)
    • Date: Wed., May 2
    • Duration: 12 to 4pm 
    • Location: Outside Cole Field House
Can you come help us celebrate these events and promote the Public Health Garden?  We will have an informational table at the specified events, as well as other projects, giveaways, and other fun!  

Please send the hours you are available to work any of these events to publichealthgarden@gmail.comAny time you can dedicate and volunteer would be wonderful. It is much more fun to participate in these events as a group. 

Share these events widely and bring friends to help us table, spread the word about the Public Health Garden, and celebrate the season!  

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Urban Agriculture Station Seminar

The Plant Sciences and Landscape Architecture department and the University of Maryland Extension are teaming up on a design competition for a proposed urban agriculture center at the Greenbelt Metro Station. They are hosting an Urban Agriculture Station Seminar this Friday (4/13) on campus with some great guest speakers.

Insterested in learning more? Contact Christie Balch, University of Maryland Extension Program Coordinator, at

Monday, April 9, 2012

Picture Day: Thursday April 12th

Okay... Everyone look this way and say "Peas!" Thursday is picture day at the PHG!

The Office of Sustainability will be at the garden to take a group photo for the 2012 Campus Sustainability Report this Thursday during our regular work hours from 4-6:00pm. We'd love to fill the patio with our smiling volunteer force so come on over and get your gloves dirty with us for the picture.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Happy Thursday!

Hope everyone had a lovely Maryland Arbor Day yesterday! We will be on site today from 4-6:00pm for volunteer hours and hope to see lots of familiar and new faces.

Since several awesome groups on campus came out over the weekend to install a bio-retention rain garden and build the arbor, AND we are feeling pretty successful in our battle with the "aphid army," we will be doing pretty light work this evening.

In case you aren't able to come and admire all the beautiful garden progress in person, we've posted lots of new pictures on our Facebook and Flickr pages. Check 'em out!