Day: August 5, 2017
Join RecycleSmart on Saturday, August 12 at this workshop that covers the basics of backyard composting (hot/cold composting), Vermicomposting (worms), mulching and grasscycling, with time for Q&A and troubleshooting. Learn how easy it is to turn your scraps into garden gold. It runs from 3:00PM to 4:30PM. Be there!
Register at RecycleSmart.
Thanks to the community of Lafayette for a wonderful year! We enjoyed many successes. Here are some of the highlights:
– We reached capacity, with 70 garden member families (about 120 members) and sixteen families on the waiting list for next season.
– Soil was greatly enhanced through addition of compost and other organic nutrients.
– Ten beautiful new beds were constructed.
Propagation of our plants took place in homes and at the garden. Planting was done with attention paid to what was planted where. Rotation of crops, water conservation and bio-intensive methods of planting guided our planning.
– Plants which we propagated but couldn’t use in the garden were given to Chateau Lafayette and Belle Terre Eden Senior Housing facilities for their patio gardens.
– We opened the garden to the entire community Wednesdays 2–5pm, Thursdays 9am–12pm and Saturdays 9am–1pm. Many community groups (scouts, schools, garden clubs, etc.) were given tours.
– The garden produced over a ton of vegetables and herbs. Almost all of the harvest was taken by community garden members. What was in excess was donated to the new Belle Terre Housing and Chateau Lafayette.
– We got water! We worked with the City to access and purchase piped in water rather than depend on it being trucked as in years past. Thanks to a grant from the Lafayette Community Foundation and private donors, we were able to install an efficient drip irrigation system. We remained cautious in what and how we planted in order to save water.
– We took down our “not to code” greenhouse and purchased a beautiful new greenhouse, thanks to support from the Happy Valley Garden Club and the Brenner Foundation.
– Over 350 people visited our third annual Harvest Festival, enjoying activities from scare crow building to sachet making, listening to music, and learning about the natural history of Lafayette.
– Our education programs provided a variety of rich experiences for community members of all ages:
– Partnering with the Lafayette Library, we hosted regular themed book events and workshops for children.
– This summer we offered a month long series of eight preschool classes and a weeklong Native American immersion camp for 7 – 12 year olds.
– Ten adult and intergenerational classes and workshops were attended by over 200 visitors.
Check out these videos produced by Growing a Greener World. You might start with the one on Community Gardening. Or check out one of their shows on Rooftop Farming in Brooklyn: lots of interesting ideas on increasing production in limited space.
Growing a Greener World® is an award-winning TV show appearing on national Public Television that features organic gardening, green living and farm-to-table cooking. Each episode focuses on compelling and inspirational people making a positive impact on the planet through gardening and shares DIY information that we can all use at home. Currently in it’s fourth season, this gardening series covers everything from edible gardening, urban homesteading and hobby farming to seasonal cooking, canning and preserving the harvest.
Don’t forget this Saturday, March 9 from 1:30 – 3pm, you can learn how to do your own plant propagation.
Kathy Echols, retired teacher of horticulture from DVC and respected expert on propagation, will get you excited about propagating your own plants. Learn how to start seeds and cuttings, care for them in the early stages of growth, and prepare them for transplanting to pots or your garden. You will also learn how to save seeds from your favorite vegetables to grow the next year.
See other Outdoor Learning Center activities here.