Community Gardening Season Kicks Off

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It’s definitely time to think about green veggies and spring gardening! We’re getting more requests for new garden plots every week, and we have our kick-off events coming up soon. Here’s what’s on tap!

Spring Thaw Community Gardening Kick-Off

Saturday, February 25, 2017
Noon-2 p.m.

ARC (Activities & Recreation Center), 1701 W. Ash St.

This is an informal event where new or returning gardeners can drop in to meet garden leaders and fellow gardeners can talk about plans for the new gardening season. Representatives from our member gardens will all be gathered in one place to get organized and sign up new gardeners. Seeds will be distributed free of charge, and we’ll have a few snacks and drinks available.

And to prepare for giving away those seeds. . .

Seed Repacking Party

Monday, February 20, 6-8 p.m. at Centro Latino

Gardeners and volunteers are invited to help us make seed packets to be given away at the Spring Thaw. Because we provide some food, we have to limit the attendance. If you wish to attend, you must RSVP to dan@comogardens.org NO LATER than 5 p.m. Wednesday, February 15.

Warm Season Plants Saturday & Sunday

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

CGC will distribute tomatoes, peppers (hot and sweet), eggplant and sweet potato slips this weekend. We also still have some seeds, row cover and hoops available.

Come pick up some plants at the Claudell Lane Garden:
Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. or
Sunday, May 15 from 12-2 p.m.

Payment is not required, but we encourage voluntary donations (25 to 50¢ per plant and 25¢ per row cover would help a lot). This helps offset our costs and allows us to continue to serve even those who cannot afford to donate.

Cool Weather Transplants This Weekend

cabbage-1064621_1280This weekend, April 2 & 3, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday and Noon-2 p.m. on Sunday, the CGC will have broccoli and cabbage, kale, lettuce and chard seedlings available for those gardening at our member gardens. Plants will be distributed at the Claudell Garden, 711 Claudell Lane.

We are requesting a donation of 25-50¢ per plant to offset our costs of buying and transporting them. We ask that you give what you can, but you will not be refused for lack of a donation.

Also: row cover! This lightweight material can help protect young plants from chewing insects while still letting light and water through. We will have some available, along with metal hoops to hold it up in your garden. We ask a donation of 25¢ per linear foot.

Please note: we can only offer this service to those gardening in our member gardens, not the public at large.

Community Gardening Kick-Off This Saturday

Ready for a SPRING THAW?
February 20, 2016
Noon – 2 p.m.
at the ARC, 1701 W. Ash Street

Representatives from our member gardens will all be gathered in one place to get organized and sign up new gardeners.

This is an informal event where new or returning gardeners can drop in to meet garden leaders and fellow gardeners can talk about plans for the new gardening season.

Seeds will be distributed free of charge and we’ll have a few snacks and drinks available. There is no cost for this event, but donations are accepted.

Free Fruit Tree Workshop

apple treeYou are invited to a FREE fruit tree pruning workshop at Bethel Church Community Garden (201 E Old Plank Rd.) February 19 at 4 pm. Come learn from Jim Quinn, MU Extension horticulturist about how to get the most out of your fruit trees with pruning.

No RSVP or registration required. In case of bad weather, the back-up date is Feb 22.

Spring Thaw Is Feb. 20

Announcing the Community Gardening Kick-Off for 2016:

spring planting starts soonSpring Thaw

February 20, 2016
in the afternoon, time TBA
at the ARC, 1701 W. Ash Street

 

Representatives from Columbia’s various community gardens will all be gathered in one place to get organized and sign up new gardeners. We’ll have some free seeds and a few refreshments. More details coming soon!

Free Gardening Forum

Alice LongfellowHere’s another great, free opportunity to expand your gardening knowledge in the off-season. The local Discovery Garden Club and the Columbia Public Library are sponsoring a forum with Alice Longfellow and Ann Wakeman.

Winter Garden Forum
Sunday, January 31 › 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

You’ll learn about mixing edible plants with ornamentals and about Missouri native wildflowers. Light refreshments served.

Hootenanny Time at the Urban Farm

6th Annual CCUA Harvest HootenannyOur friends at the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture are having their annual fundraising party and meal this weekend. It’s always a good time, so we highly suggest you stop by!

Saturday, September 12, 2015
3-8 p.m.
Urban Farm, 1209 Smith St.

Suggested donation of $10. Find out more.

Learn to Preserve Your Harvest

photo by Fir0002, Creative CommonsFood preservation season is approaching! Very Massey with MU Extension will be offering three classes covering a variety of food preservation methods. All will be held at the Boone County University Extension Center on Wednesdays, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

  • July 1: Freezing & Drying Fruits and Vegetables
  • July 8: Water Bath Canning—Jams/Jellies, Fruits, Tomatoes, Salsas and Pickles
  • July 15: Pressure Canning Vegetables, Tomatoes and Soups

Use this form to enroll. The cost is $15 per session. Questions? Contact Vera Massey at MasseyV@missouri.edu.

World Refugee Day Event June 27

World Refugee Day ImageMark your calendar for June 27, 2015 and join Refugee and Immigration Services at 2601 W. Broadway, Broadway Christian Church, from 6 to 9 p.m. for a celebration like no other. Celebrate the courage and strength of millions of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homes under threat of persecution, conflict or violence.

At World Refugee Day, individuals, organizations and agencies will unite to celebrate culture and diversity in our community. There will be an international potluck, games, crafts, entertainment and the opportunity to meet people in the Columbia community and appreciate cultures from all over the world. Stop by to relax, make new connections and sample international cuisine.

The Broadway Christian Church garden hosts a large number of refugee and immigrant gardeners who are a vibrant part of the garden community there. The Community Garden Coalition is pleased to be able to help support this gardenm and we encourage community gardeners to visit this event and meet some fellow gardeners.

Questions? Send an email to worldrefugeedaycontact@gmail.com or call (630) 200-0258.