Cool Season Transplants This Weekend

photo of cauliflower and cabbagesThis weekend, April 8 & 9, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday and Noon-2 p.m. on Sunday, the CGC will have broccoli, green and red cabbage, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, kale, lettuce and swiss chard seedlings available for those gardening at our member gardens. Plants will be distributed at the Claudell Garden, 711 Claudell Lane.

If you are able to make a donation of 25-50¢ per plant, this helps 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.

We may also have some row cover available. This lightweight material can help protect young plants from chewing insects while still letting light and water through. It is used with metal hoops to hold it up over your plants. We suggest 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.

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.

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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Spring Thaw Annual Event Feb. 22

seeds packaged for gardeners

We’ll have lots of seeds for community gardeners.

Saturday, February 22, from Noon to 2 p.m. we will host our annual Spring Thaw. This is always a great time to reconnect with fellow gardeners, pick up some seeds and have a snack. The event will be at the ARC again, 1701 West Ash Street.

We will make space for neighborhood gardens to meet and greet new and old gardeners and some representatives from school, youth, and other gardens may be there to recruit volunteers and network.

Lucky’s Market to Donate to CGC

lucky's-farm_1The new Lucky’s Market grocery opening this week at Broadway & Providence has offered to donate to the Community Garden Coalition proceeds from one of their fundraising programs. For each reusable shopping bag used, Lucky’s will give shoppers a wooden token that can be placed in collection buckets on the way out the door; the tokens are periodically counted and a sum donated to the appropriate nonprofit.

This coming Wednesday, January 15, starting at 9:30 a.m., Lucky’s will host an opening day event. Representatives from the CGC will be at the ceremony and we’d love to have other community garden folks there as well.

New Start and Award Recognition

While we’re in the deep freeze, it’s a good time to dream about next year’s garden. And, clearly, some of you are already making plans because we’ve started to receive a few requests for new plots in 2014. We will forward your requests to garden leaders, but be aware that many leaders may not be focused yet on gardening and it could take a little longer to hear back.

C9KNcaUqWhile we wait for the thaw, there’s also some old business to report on. This fall, the CGC and a number of partners were recognized for bringing community gardening to more people in Columbia and Boone County. The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services gave Healthy Community Partnership Awards to Mike Heimos (second from the left), City of Columbia stormwater educator; Bill McKelvey (third from the right), past president of the CGC; and Jenny Grabner (second from the right) and Liz Austin (far right), representatives of the Southern Boone Learning Garden.

The Community Garden Coalition was also honored to receive an award from Peaceworks during their Annual Dinner on November 2. Many thanks to Mark Haim and the Peaceworks Steering Committee for the recognition!