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Archive for March, 2009

Future City Harvest Bounty

Five gardeners turned out yesterday on a gray, drizzly Sunday to start the City Harvest plots.

The City Harvest plot

The City Harvest plot

After some weeding the plot and tubs are ready. Soil, courtesy of PHS, is slated for Friday delivery and the first round of City Harvest transplants and seeds are coming Saturday.

The tubs

The City Harvest tubs

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City Harvest spring planting 1

Sloan Street Community Garden will once again be growing vegetables in our communal raised beds for the Caring about Sharing food pantry through the City Harvest program.

Our kick-off organizational meeting and spring planting Round 1 will take place this Sunday (3/29) at 11am – I hope all interested folks will be able to attend.

We’re set to receive other starts next Sat. April 4, so we’re in good shape to get some succession plantings going and be able to provide food to the pantry regularly.

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Meeting wrap

Thanks to everyone who came to today’s kick-off meeting! Eleven of us plus five kids met in the PEC basement to talk about everything from weeding to governance. It’s a promising year for the Sloan St. Community Garden.

Former gardeners, pretty-please return your garden keys. We have several new members that need copies.

Meeting minutes will be available soon to members in the Google Group. The short version: we assigned plots, reviewed gardener responsibilities, volunteered for hands-on jobs or executive committee roles. We’re trying a new organizational approach this season: instead of a single garden coordinator, an executive committee will meet monthly to keep us on track. Stay tuned for a calendar of upcoming events.

Questions? Contact sloanstcommunitygarden@gmail.com.

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Kick-off meeting this Sunday!

All gardeners, please come to the mandatory kick-off meeting this Sunday, 3/22/09, from 3pm – 6pm. We’ll meet in the Peoples’ Emergency Center basement (325 n 39th st.).

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Some advice for those who want to plant asap and love peas. Click here for the article.

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We’re in Good Company!

The Obamas plan to plant a garden on the White House grounds. read more here

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Plots are available in the Sloan Street Community Garden. Grow delicious food, beautiful flowers, and a better community!

Fees: Gardeners pay a small fee: $10 for a full plot (8′ x 4′), $5 for a half-plot (4′ x 4′), no fee for containers or to be “communal space gardeners.” ¬†A one time fee of $5 will be required upon receiving a garden key. Checks should be made payable to Saunders Park Neighbors Association (SPN). See the the application (pdf) for details.

Responsibilities: Gardeners have several responsibilities detailed in the application form (pdf). These include starting spring planting by May 15th; maintaining the plot and surround path throughout the season; participating in communal care of the garden; taking good care of tools and equipment; recording time spent in the garden (for reporting our volunteer usage hours to Philadelphia Green); maintaining organic gardening practices; practicing good communication; and following any other rules established by the group.

Sign up! Please read and complete the application (pdf) and email  sloanstcommunitygarden@gmail.com for further instructions.

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