Spring 2010 Accomplishments
Happy Summer, Gardeners!
We hope you are all having a fun and successful season. We would like to sum up a couple of accomplishments we achieved this Spring, beginning with the Garden Clean-up.
More to come!
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On Saturday, April 17th, Syracuse Grows organized a city-wide community garden clean-up providing compost, manure, gardening tools and volunteers to help prepare the gardens for the upcoming growing season. Participating gardens included: the Isabella St Tapestry Garden, Highland Park Children’s Garden, the West Newell Street Community Garden, Westcott Community Garden, 341 Midland Avenue Community Garden, Hawley Green and the Kwanzaa Garden.
OCRRA donated aged food compost and use of their forklift to transport heaps of it to the gardens. The Department of Parks, Recreation & Youth Services removed trees in the Isabella Garden, delivered mulch to the Westcott, Midland Ave and West Newell St gardens and conducted soil testing at Highland Park and Kwanzaa Gardens. The Water Department provided two hydrant keys to the Westcott Garden and the Isabella St Tapestry Garden. High Mowing Seeds donated dozens of packets of organic seeds and Grindstone Farm donated various seedlings. The Wrights and Devine Gardens also donated compost/manure and transportation of it to the gardens. Volunteers throughout the community assisted in heaving compost, mulch and manure, weeding and planting seeds. Volunteers included: members of the Syracuse Grows advisory board, neighborhood gardeners and SU/ESF students and faculty.
Community Building Workshop
On Sunday, May 2, 2010 Syracuse Grows hosted Work with Nature, an ecological design collective from Ithaca, NY, as part of an educational grant from New York State Agriculture and Markets. Facilitators Liz Falk and Steve Gabriel led a workshop titled “Building the Community in Community Gardening” for 25 participants from across the Syracuse community. Gardeners, educators, community activists, and youth gathered to build their capacity as leaders in the garden. Topics covered included: creating a network, resource sharing, involving all generations in the garden, encouraging mentorship opportunities, observing in the garden, basic design principles, and more.
The workshop encouraged participants to share what they each bring to the table in order to create a stronger and larger network, a value that Syracuse Grows strives to encourage among the city’s many community gardens. Attendees new to community gardening walked away with a better understanding of how to start and maintain gardens and attendees who have been gardening in Syracuse for many years were able to see the garden movement currently growing here. The workshop was held at the Bob Cecile Community Center and was catered by Sparkytown.