Spring Thaw 2015

young kale plantsThe Spring Thaw is
Saturday, February 28, 1-3 p.m.
at the ARC, 1701 W. Ash.

Spring Thaw is open to all current or would-be community gardeners. If you are seeking a plot to grow some veggies you’ll want to attend. You’ll be able to enroll for land in one of our 12 neighborhood gardens, pick up free vegetable seeds, and gather helpful information while munching on potluck snacks.

Community gardening is completely free. Supported by grants from the City of Columbia and Boone County, and many generous donations, the Community Garden Coalition has been offering residents of Columbia and Boone County free land, seeds, plants, tools, materials, and gardening help for over 30 years.

Thank you! No, thank YOU!

Mike & G-ManOn January 18, the CGC hosted a party at Shakespeare’s South to thank all of those who lead our member gardens. Our organization offers all the money, advice and support we can muster, but the garden leaders are the real backbone of each community garden. So, though we already thanked them with food, beverage and some swanky door prizes, one more time, we say to them, “Thank you! We couldn’t do it without your work!

Garden Leaders at Shakes

We’d also like to thank the many people and businesses that generously donated goods or gift certificates for our event. The winners were pretty thrilled to go home with a little something awesome.

Our donors were:
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Bluebird Compost
Clovers
Easy Digging
Fergus Moore (handmade mug)
Lauren Renquist (handpainted Tom’s shoes)
Lucky’s
Sierra Rainsong (aloe plants)
Strawberry Hill Nursery
Westlake Ace Hardware

Garden Walking Tour Sept. 8

Garden Walk FlyerGetAbout Columbia, in partnership with Columbia Parks and Recreation and the Community Garden Coalition, is offering a free community gardens walking tour.

Join us Monday, September 8, 6:30-8:00 p.m. for a look at three diverse community gardening projects in south central Columbia.

The garden tour will include the Congregation Beth Shalom Interfaith Garden, Rock Bridge Christian Church Garden, two giving gardens that are part of the Community Garden Coalition, and Stormy’s Meadow, a native wildflower and stormwater education site, which just became one of our newest member gardens. Guest presenters will focus on how these gardens foster community and help feed the hungry as well as discussing gardening tips and volunteer opportunities.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Meet at Congregation Beth Shalom, 500 W. Green Meadows Rd. The walking tour will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. For special accommodations, please contact Janet Godon at (573) 874-7460 or jlgodon@gocolumbiamo.com.

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Warm Season Plants

tomato-Manjith KainickaraWarm season plants and sweet potato slips will be offered to community gardeners THIS WEEKEND!!

CGC will distribute tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and sweet potato slips this weekend from the Claudell Lane Garden.

Come pick up some plants Saturday, May 17 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. or Sunday, May 18 from 1-3 p.m.

We will accept voluntary donations to help us pay the costs for those who cannot afford to donate, but, as always, donations are not required.

Dine in the Dirt Fundraiser

Dine in the Dirt flyerUpdate: Some delicious details on this event have been announced. The dinner will include beef from Show-me Farms & quiches made from local eggs, spinach salad with Learning Garden spinach & local pecans, plus homemade desserts!

RSVP by May 9 for this great fundraiser for the Southern Boone Learning Garden in Ashland! You’ll enjoy a local dinner featuring produce grown by the kids and volunteers at the Learning Garden as well as a silent auction. It all takes place Saturday, May 31 at 5 p.m. in the garden (behind the Southern Boone Primary School).