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

Community Garden Bike Tour

Bike Tour at Circus LyonsOn Saturday, June 18, the Community Garden Coalition teamed up with the PedNet Coalition for a bike tour of some of Columbia’s finest community gardens. Michelle Windmoeller of PedNet led the group as we cycled from garden to garden. Visiting a diverse array of gardens, we got a taste for what’s growing around town, from the Coalition’s newest garden at the Health Department to the chickens at the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture’s demonstration garden.

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Looking Ahead to Spring

Snowbells bloom on January 15, 2010.

Snowbells bloom on January 15, 2010.

The snowbells have already started to bloom and we are already getting inquiries from eager gardeners. So, I guess it’s time to shake off the winter stupor and get ready for spring.

If your mind has already turned to the garden, check out our gardening resources page while you wait for the seasons to catch up.

Also, I just happened to hear the Governer say this in his State of the State address:

“…every Missouri family should be able to share the bounty of the land, including fresh, healthy produce. That’s why my budget will help promote local farmers markets, and encourage more folks to start community gardens in their neighborhoods.”

Way to go, Jay!

Garlic Greens

9th_0622Is the garlic you planted last fall showing springy green shoots? This photo was taken a couple of years ago in late February at the Ninth St. garden, so you can see how it might look at this point in late winter. Our winter has been cold, but fall-planted garlic should have survived.