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Hopefully you are starting a garden of your own this year whether or not you’re able to help out at the Grace Garden. Be sure to check out the resources to the left that we are continually updating for some of our favorite organic gardening websites, tips and methods.

If you have a favorite resource you would like to share, send it our way, and I’ll be sure to post it on the blog for all to see.

Update: our shareholder spots are full, and our volunteer shareholder spots are nearly full. If you’re still interested in becoming a volunteer shareholder, please have your CSA agreement and payment in ASAP.

For those of you that signed up as shareholders, we will be in touch by the end of the week (hopefully) to let you know whether or not there is room for you this year. We are committed to maintaining a ratio of plot leaders to volunteer shareholders to member shareholders, so we unfortunately will not be able to accomodate every member shareholder that signed up this year.


I picked up some of our seedlings this afternoon from Lisa, our gracious farmer friend who volunteered to start lots of seeds for this year’s Grace Garden. Lisa started some of our heirloom tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, peppers and lots more in her greenhouse several weeks ago, so we already have a great headstart for this year’s garden. Thank you, Lisa!

We disbursed the seedlings and lots of seeds to the plot leaders this evening, and the plot leaders picked out their plots. Your plot leader will be contacting you soon about planting dates and times…stay tuned!

**Also, be sure to check out the Needs page for continuing updates of needs out at the garden. One of our volunteers is working on building a shelter out at the garden that we’ll use to channel and collect rain water and as a shelter for our volunteers – and we need your help purchasing the supplies!

One of our plot leaders, Billy Fairchild, recommended that we use a large tractor with an attached tiller to create the remaining 80+ beds that we needed to accomodate this year’s Grace Garden and CSA. Billy also graciously volunteered to pick-up and drive the tractor last night for our first group work day. Now I’m wondering how we ever survived digging out and creating beds without a tractor!

Last year, it took us probably 20-30 hours and lots of volunteers to create 36 beds. Last night, Billy, John Deere, and some hardworking volunteers completed 84 beds in about five hours!

Thank you to everyone who was able to come out last night! We are attempting to fill our remaining plots with volunteer shareholders, so turn in those CSA forms if you haven’t already and are still interested. Once we have all of the plots full, your plot leader will be in touch with further details.

I’m sorry for the late notice, but the weather has been cooperating these last few days and we have to act quickly!

We have rented a tractor tomorrow, and we plan to be out at the garden creating the beds tomorrow after 4pm. We would love to see you anytime after 4, if you’re available!

Bring your: shovels, rakes (metal), work gloves, sunscreen and WATER.

Hope to see you tomorrow, but there will plenty more work days to come if you can’t make it!

I know it’s very last minute, but Carmel Green Initiative is sponsoring a Backyard Conservation event tomorrow evening.

Click here for more details, and be sure and let us know what you learned if you’re able to go!

Here is the video that was shown during weekend worship services a few weeks ago of Sara and Grant talking about the Grace Garden…

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