“We’ve talked about saving seeds. We’ve talked about how to put up your produce for the winter – different methods of canning or preserving. We have another program coming up on how to plan your garden,” Griger said.
The “Planning Your Spring Garden” program will take place Tuesday, Nov. 27, at a location that is still to be determined.
“It’s from 7 to 8 p.m. It’s a one hour meeting and everyone is welcome,” Weil said.
For those people who are a little intimidated by starting their first garden, the members of Growing Community offer to come to their house to help put a garden in.
“Our goal was to bring everyone together and share,” Weil stated. “It also makes it more fun, even if you are already gardening, to have other people you’re doing it with. One of the things we’ve started are weed exchanges where you go and weed at a friends house and they come back and weed at yours. It’s a lot of fun.”
Growing Community’s efforts haven’t just been limited to individuals. It has also encouraged local businesses to grow a small vegetable garden.
“The idea was to show people that edibles can be attractive, and that they don’t have to give up attractive landscaping,” Ellen Pope explained.
Pope said that Rick Busse, who owns the All American Cafe, actually ended up winning an award for most beautiful display.
“If you look closely there’s Swiss chard. There were tomatoes. There’s garlic, nasturtiums, oregano mixed in with flowers. You have to look very closely to see that there are edibles mixed in there,” Pope said.
Growing Community would like to see more businesses plant an edible garden next spring and say that it is willing to assess the businesses location to give advice about the best vegetables to plant, according to the businesses exposure.
To learn more about Growing Community email firstname.lastname@example.org, keep an eye on the Crier to learn the location of the November meeting when its determined and visit growing-community.org to watch its website grow from its construction phase to a full-blown resource sharing site.