May Newsletter!

Hey team,

Community Garden News  

We’ve got a lot of good news! Please take the time to read up, there are a lot of opportunities to get involved in the gardens this year, and the more hands getting dirty the more food and life we can grow!

 1.       Garden Hours at the Kearey-Moreland ‘Wiki Farm’ Tuesday & Thursday 4-8, and Sunday 10-3

 2.       Garden Hours at The High Street Park Community Garden this Wednesday from 330-530ish

 3.       Farmer’s Market every Saturday! Starting Giant Pumpkins for pumpkin competition.

 4.       Communications – Facebook group updated, Phone call list, OCG WordPress Blog,

 5.       Grant! from Orillia Horticultural Society

 6.       Wiki Farm Intro

 7.       Seeds, plants, and other garden resources

 8.       ‘Summer Heartvest’ planning committee

 9.       Highschool volunteers -get hours getting dirty!

 10.   OCG Library!

 11. Alternative Transportation – Carpooling rideshare

12. OCG Summer Internship!

 13. Coldwater Potato Co-op!

 1.       The Spring Garden Potluck Concert Workshop went swimmingly, with great ease and success, as we had close to 65 people throughout the day, planting, potlucking, gardening, concerting and learning. We hope to have a multi-themed garden party on the 1st Sunday of the month for the rest of the season. Until then the garden at the farm will be open every Tuesday & Thursday from 4-8, and Sunday from 10-3. All are welcome to get dirty. Also, we hope to enlist a roster of local yoga teachers and offer a free Sunday morning class from 10-11. (Message me for more details)

  2.       The community garden at High Park is growing! We’ve dug up 3 plots of 4 by 10 feet, we made a sod chair out of all the dug up grass, and planted 2 of the plots. There is tons of space for community members to grow their own plots this season. We will be moving our garden hours to every Wednesday from 330-530ish. We are still looking for volunteers, and people to help lead programming at the new garden.

  3.       We are looking for volunteers to help staff our community garden booth at the Orillia Farmer’s Market this season. This week we will be starting close to 90 giant pumpkin seeds and then in three weeks time will be giving them away to market goers for the giant pumpkin competition. Volunteers at the booth may be requested to help staff other community events such as Canada Day, Dragonfly Festival and or Mariposa Folk Festival!

  4.       Communicating community garden news and events has always been one of the most important and difficult tasks.  Our facebook group has been updated by Facebook to the new groups style, which will limit my ability to message the whole group at once. So this new group style will take some time to get used to. We have started an OCG wordpress BLOG and are looking for volunteers to help put up content! We have also started a phone call list for any one who wishes to receive a phone call update about upcoming events and news. Please call Ross @ 705 325 9976 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              705 325 9976      end_of_the_skype_highlighting. We might also start a twitter account, but need more volunteers!

 5.       The Orillia Horticulture Society has received a $500 grant and have decided to share it with OCG, yay! So now we have the arduous task of deciding how to spend it! At this Thursdays community gardening event at the farm, we will be taking suggestions and having an informal brainstorming session. We are likely to buy tools, soil, plants and other resources for the various gardens and possibly promotional materials, or fruit trees.

   6.       Wiki Farms apply the open-source collaborative philosophy of Wikipedia, existing in cyber space, to the physical space of traditional farms. Wiki Farms are spaces that grow not only agriculture but all forms of culture; from art to health, education to love, there are ultimately no limits to what can be grown on Wiki Farms. They are hubs which bring people together to grow the diverse needs of a community while nurturing creativity and promoting life. By opening up the farmspace to anyone, via the removal of traditional barriers such as money, property, geography, it enables countless people to participate and contribute their time, energy and ideas, thus creating new content and value freely accessible to everyone. We are starting a Wiki Farm at the Kearey-Moreland farm, and are looking for contributors! ‘Like” the facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Wiki-Farm/193795493998065?sk=info

  7.       We have a lot of seeds left over in the OCG Seed Bank, and have begun sprouting more plants for the gardens. If you are in need of seeds, come to any of the garden days and pick up some seeds or plants for your garden. We are still accepting extra seeds and plants you may have as well. Also any useful garden resources like tools, soil,compost etc. also welcome. We are looking for volunteers to help with Resource Management!

  8.       We are organizing a Summer HeartVest- It will be our big summer garden party. It is a quadra-themed party focusing on Heart/health/life and love, art (music, visual, dance whatever), Harvesting the garden and promoting local agriculture, and everyone wheres their best vest. We are aiming to have it in august, and are looking for volunteers to join the planning committee!

  9.       We are offering volunteer hours for highschool students. If highschool students want to intern with OCG this summer that is also an option!  

10.   We have also started an OCG garden/kitchen library at the Wiki Farm. If you’d like to check out a book just ask! Also garden and cooking books welcome!

11. We also hope to start an alternative transportion group for OCG to increase the accessible of the farm. If you would like to drive OR need a ride, please email us and we can better coordinate carpooling.

12. OCG is offering summer internships for young people (or anyone) in the community. OCG is a lot of work and I am looking for some people who want to learn the ropes and help grow the project behind the scenes this summer. Tis a great networking opportunity and a lot of fun/meaningful work. Call me @ 705 325 1261 to learn more.

 13. Cindy, an OCG’er from day one, has ordered 50 lbs of potatos and is planning on starting a Potato Co-op/Community Garden at her farm near Coldwater. Still waiting for the garden to be tilled, we hope to have our first Potato Planting Party Picnic in mid June. If you are in or around Coldwater and want to get involved you can email her at chillard@amtelecom.net , or message me (Jake) and I can fill you in.

  That is all for now! Thanks for your time team,

Peas,
Jake

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About jacobkeareymoreland

I got to UofT. I Dig Urban Agriculture, philosophy, art, nature and space.
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