Monday, March 28, 2011

Article in the County Times!


The St. Mary's County Times newspaper did a little feature on our project with some great photos from our work day! You can read it here on page 15:

It looks like we'll be having a meeting on Thursday at 6:30 (tentative time), out at the garden to begin to plan out our bed/path structure. We'll also be having a work day on Saturday, tentatively at 10am.

Check back for more info!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Photos and Updates

Hello all!

Here are some great photos from our work day last weekend!

In other garden news, the rest of our plot will be tilled up early this week by the great folks at the facilities department of St. Mary's College. This means that towards the end of this upcoming week we'll be out in the garden planning the structure of our garden, planting our cold weather bed and much more!

Check back for more news!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Work Day Success!

Hi all!

This past Saturday, around 10 of us went out to the garden for our FIRST work day!

Kathy Weigel from Church of the Ascension generously rented us a tiller to till up a small "cold weather" plot...where we can plant veggies that do well in cold weather, like lettuce, kale, other greens, cabbage and broccoli. After tilling up a small patch we spent the rest of the morning clearing the patch of the wheat that was planted there previously...almost filling up our whole compost bin!

We'll have the rest of our land tilled up early this week by the generous folks at the facilities department of St. Mary's College and then we'll be ready to make beds, paths and start planting!

I'd also like to immensely thank the several folks who have donated seeds and seedlings as part of our Seed Donation drive:

-the McCoy family of Good Samaritan Lutheran Church, who donated lots of seed packets!
-Leon Dean of St. Cecelia's Church, the owner of New Beginnings Farm in St. Inigoes, who donated two flats each of well grown cabbage and broccoli
-Kathy Weigel of Church of the Ascension who donated lots of seed packets!
-Anita Goehringer of Good Samaritan Lutheran Church who also donated lots of seeds!

Look for pictures and more work day announcements soon!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Meeting Thursday! Come one and all!

Hi everyone!

I just wanted to announce our next meeting here on the blog.
We'll be meeting in the:
Trophy Room (Rm 105) of the St. Mary's College Campus Center this Thursday at 7pm

Below you can find a map of where the campus center is and where you can park if you are interested in coming to the meeting. They have been small so far (myself and usually 3 other people), but we're as we go further and further into the growing season- the need for more people at these planning meetings will become more apparent! The agenda is not set yet- so any suggestions for ideas to talk about would be more than welcome! Otherwise we'll probably be talking about: funding (where we can "house" our money, and how to raise it), a garden plan (I'll have more specifics on the actual square footage on Thursday) and hopefully scheduling some more Sunday church visits!

Thanks all!
For the map: RED is where you can park and BLUE is the building itself.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Meeting Today!

We had a great meeting of our little coordinating group today. In attendance were Rick Tarr from Good Samaritan Lutheran Church and Kathy Weigel and Kae Clark from Church of the Ascension, along with myself- Aaron.

We talked about our current funding issues and decided that we are still looking for a place to host our funds and also a non-profit (501 c3) tax ID number so that we can have a safe place to keep money we raise and also help with our solicitation of in-kind donations. If you work with a church or community organization that would be willing to host our funds, please get in touch with us!

We also began to discuss garden plot plans (how our garden will look and what vegetables we will plant), as well as a general time line for the rest of the spring.

We agreed that our garden land will be disced (roughly tilled) by the 15th of March, and we're looking to get a crew of people out on Saturday the 19th to till and do general prep out in the garden...more details to come!

We are currently looking for a roto-tiller to use in preparing our garden beds for planting, so if you or someone you know has a roto-tiller that could be borrowed or even donated- we would sincerely appreciate it! It would help us along in our project immensely!

We're also seeking donations: monetary, in-kind and volunteer hours (Geraldine from St. Cecelia's refers to it as "time and talents") from anyone. We can't offer a tax deductible right now, but we should have that worked out fairly soon. If you work at a business that sells gardening tools, we would love to get in touch with you!

See you in the fields...