Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Garden report & Teens Grow Food

Brendan and the Beanstalk at Greenside Out Garden
Bountiful Brookline's demonstration gardens are doing well, the Greenside Out Garden paths are freshly mulched, and we've had several great harvests in the past couple of weeks. Here below are a couple of shots taken in late June of the beans, squash, and pumpkins looking good over at the Goodwin Garden .
Goodin Garden & Shed
Goodwin Garden Growing
July has kicked our garden activities into high gear. Bountiful Brookline is especially excited to announce the 2nd season of Teens Grow Food (TGF), which started on Tuesday, July 5th. The goal of this 8 week summer program is to employ and empower area teenagers to grow food, engage their community, and further Bountiful Brookline's vision of a local food system accessible to all. We are very excited to have a crew of 6 youth who will work at BB's gardens and at several Public Housing sites to establish and support gardens and other growing efforts throughout town. The teens will handle regular maintenance and harvest duties from Tuesday-Thursday at both of BB's gardens.

Tomatoes on the Vine at Greenside Out
However, we still very much need volunteer help from Friday-Monday for routine garden maintenance. We have a regular volunteer crew, but summertime brings vacations and weekend outings, so anyone interested in helping out please contact JD at [email protected] , Garden Volunteer in the subject line..

Going forward, there will be the occasional workdays for big plantings and projects as well as some garden-focused events and fundraisers.

Garden Wish List:
Our gardens need the following. If you can help, please contact JD at [email protected] please put Garden Materials in the subject line:
-Clean produce packing bags and boxes-save some of those clear plastic bags and clear plastic containers from your food purchases, we can use them (and rubber bands too).
-Tools, specifically we need scissors, hammers, screwdrivers, and pliers. .
-Some paints and paint brushes for making garden signs, labeling beds, and other projects. Most size brushes will do, but waterproof paint is a must.
J.D. Hutchison-Maxwell
Garden Coordinator, Bountiful Brookline

High Street Veterans Community Garden

HSVCG is also looking bountiful. Thanks to Kathleen Nichols for the photos.