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I apologize for the delay in updates regarding this evening’s first CSA pick-up, but Grant and I welcomed the newest Grace gardener a little early this past weekend: Jasper Sterley was born Saturday evening weighing 7 pounds 9 ounces. Mom and baby are doing great!

The CSA pick-up is still on, although this week may be a little unorganized with me being MIA this week. Thanks in advance for your patience!

Pick-up from 7-8 for shareholders. Volunteers, check with your plot leader about what time to meet.

Last night’s Garden Party was a huge success – the rain stopped just in time for dinner, and Matthew Jose answered lots of our gardening and food system questions. It turned out to be a wonderful evening of community and some learning too.

Thanks to everyone that was able to make it! We look forward to many more parties out at the garden. Stay tuned for some “takeaways” from our conversation with Matthew last night.

Joanna took some great pictures, so be sure to check them out! Thanks, Joanna!

*To get in touch with Matthew Jose or to learn more about his CSA, check out Big City Farm’s Local Harvest page.

Join us for a garden celebration this
Thursday, July 23rd from 6-8pm!

We will have a pitch-in dinner starting at 6pm, followed by an “Organic Gardening 101” presentation from Matthew Jose of Big City Farms at 7pm.

We’re hoping to have the celebration out at the garden, but we’ll announce the rain location here on the blog Thursday afternoon if the weather is looking uncooperative.

Don’t forget the following:

  • Lawn chairs and blankets to sit on
  • Bug spray – it gets buggy out at the garden once the sun goes down
  • If you can join us for dinner, please bring a dish to share. If your last name begins with:
    • A-F: Please bring a salad
    • G-S: Please bring a side dish
    • T-Z: Please bring a dessert
  • If you’re joining us for dinner, please bring your own utensils – we’ll provide plates, but it would be nice if everyone brought their own reusable utensils, so we’re cutting down on the amount of waste by using less disposable stuff.

Please park in the far northeastern corner of the Grace parking lot and walk back to the garden. We won’t have enough room for people to park out at the garden, so plan on parking in the parking lot and walking back the dirt path to the garden.

Leave a comment on this post if you can make it – we hope to see lots of you there!

It doesn’t seem right with these 80 and 90 degree temperatures,fallcrop but now is the time to be thinking about your plans for your fall/winter gardens. Check out this link on Sharon Astyk’s blog for more information about cold weather crops and seed sources.

Sharon’s blog is a great resource for all things garden and sustainable living related, so be sure to check it out!

I can’t believe the Fourth of July has come and gone already! I hope you all enjoyed a nice long weekend with family and friends.

The garden is continuing to look great – we are starting to harvest our first zuccinis and tomatoes, but it will be another few weeks before things really start coming in.

A few quick announcements:

  • Mark your calendars for the evening of July 23rd – we will be hosting a pitch-in dinner for Grace Garden members, volunteers and supporters. Matthew Jose from Big City Farms (check out this Nuvo article for more information) will be presenting a talk on “Organic Gardening 101.” You won’t want to miss it!
  • CSA pick-up will be Thursday evenings from 7-8. We plan to begin on July 30th, but we may be able to begin sooner than that. Stay tuned for more information.

We had a plot leader meeting last night, and Randie showed off his new toy – a pump that he designed and built to transport water from 55 gallon drums in his van to the water drums out at the garden! Check it out:

Water pump

We’re impressed, Randie!

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