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Hey Folks!

My name is Jean, and I just started at NSPIRG as Interim Community Garden Doula for Seemore Green Collective Garden. What’s that you say? Well, a garden doula is someone who helps birth gardens! So I am helping get the seemore green garden ripe and ready over the next six weeks. Starting seeds, planning workshops etc!

So let’s get this baby moving! I want to welcome anyone interested to our first meeting this Friday, April 23, at 2:00 at the NSPIRG Office, in the SUB,  6136 University Ave, Rm 314.

We’ll be talking about visioning for the garden, what we want to plant and what workhshops and skills we want to share!!
All ages and ability levels are welcomed.

If you can’t make it, no worries! Just pop me an email with any thoughts and I’ll keep you in the loop!

I am really looking forward to meeting everyone!!

Warmly,
Jean


Jean Steinberg
Community Garden Doula for Seemore Green
Working Group of NSPIRG
1411 Seymour Street
jean.steinberg@gmail.com

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Tagging your posts

I just finished organizing the See More Green blog a little better by tagging all blog posts.  Tags are topics or subject categories that you can add to a blog post to give readers an idea of what the post is about and make it easier for them to find it later.  I went through all of the past blog posts and tagged them, and also introduced a “tag cloud” that displays on the blog home page showing all the tags that have been used with the more popular ones in larger fonts.

Now when you make a new blog post you can add your own tags to it.  On the “Add New Post” page, you can add “Post Tags” to the right of the post.  If you start typing in a tag, the blog will suggest other tags that start with the same letters, which you can select if these are the tags you want or you can add new tags.  The key with keeping tags useful is to not have too many and to not end up with multiple tags that mean the same thing.  That means if “bees” has already been used, it’s best to use “bees” again instead of adding a new tag called “honey bees.”

You also don’t need to add a tag for every topic mentioned in a blog post.  Generally the rule that I followed when deciding what to tag in the See More Green blog was to only add a tag if information was being given that would be useful to people a few months down the road or longer.  So, if a post announces a workshop on composting, I would not tag that post “compost.”  But if a post gives information about how to make compost, I would tag that post “compost” because that information will be useful to people in the future who are researching composting.  Remember that people are going to see the most current information on the blog when they go to the homepage or the schedule, so they likely will not be searching through tags for information about upcoming workshops.

If you’re searching for information on the blog, you can use the Search box or scroll down to the tags on the right side of the page and select one that interests you.  When you click on it you will see all of the posts about that topic.

Please comment here if you have any questions or suggestions about tagging or organizing the blog in other ways.  Happy gardening!

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Hi folks,
We’re a bit behind schedule this year due to the DSU-NSPIRG kafuffle, but are fortunate enough to have some enthusiastic folks interested in gardening both Tuesdays and Thursdays during April and May.  So…

This Thursday, April 30th, we will be doing more preparation and cleaning at the Green and planting more seedlings in the greenhouse.  We’ll get started at around noon and continue until it feels like we’ve done enough for the day and the sun has done enough for us.

Next Tuesday, May 5th, the garden parties will continue.  We’ll start meeting in the early evening, between 5:30 and 6.  We’ll be planting seedlings, tending beds, watering tender shoots, and meeting vivacious people, until sunset.

The following Thursday, May 7, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays until the end of May, we’ll be meeting at about the same time, in the early evening, and continuing to care for the collective health of the Green’s effervescent new life.

All of our gatherings take place on an open schedule, so please come and go as you will.

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Although our garden does produce, it is more valuable as an educational resource and as a place to experience and share the joy of gardening than as a food supply.

If you’re hoping to grow some food this summer but don’t have land, here are a couple of options that may interest you:

There is a map of community gardens on the Halifax Garden Network website. Go to the site and then click on “Map” at the top of the screen..

Another option is to make an arrangement with someone to do gardening in their yard. A great place to start checking this out is Halifax Landshare. If you have a yard to share, this is a great way to let people know. The system is still in the process of taking root and sprouting, so there will be more yards and gardeners arriving on it soon!

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seeding the green

We are cultivating a new group of caretakers for your collective garden.  Please join us for some revitalizing events over the next couple of weeks:

Sunday, April 26th:  At the NSPIRG office, room 314 of the Dalhousie Student Union Building, we will be sowing seeds and potting plants in preparation for their sprouting in the Dal greenhouse.  Join us in the afternoon starting at 2:00.

Tuesday, April 28th:  We will be getting the garden beds ready for the new season.  We’ll be at Seymour Green all afternoon.  All are welcome to come and go as they please.

Tuesday, May 5th:  Starting at 5:30 we will be planting seeds in the garden at Seemore Green.  As always, everyone is welcome to contribute as they wish.

These events will also serve as seed swaps.  We have some seeds to exchange, and you may find someone who has that seed you’re searching for.

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The Halifax Garden Network website contains a wealth of practical gardening advice, guides to community gardening organization and coordination,a map of community gardens and shared backyards in Halifax, a calendar of local gardening events, and a web forum.  You can add your profile, yard, and opinions over at halifaxgardennetwork.com.

NSPIRG (our root organization) will be holding its annual general meeting on Tuesday, November 4th, from 7-8:30 PM.  All are welcome to come enjoy free local food and learn about NSPIRG’s efforts to resolve local environmental and social justice issues.  Dalhousie students are expecially encouraged to attend, as NSPIRG is funded by Dalhousie Student Union fees.

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The hoedown was pretty fertile: a hundred or so friendly people ate free food and enjoyed free music while checking out the artists’ work.  Thanks to our sponsors:

and everybody who came out, we hope to see you all at the garden sometime soon.

Next Tuesday (the 30th) we’ll be getting the garden snuggled tight in its beds, covered with a cozy layer of mulch, and ready to rest peacefully until the stirrings of spring.  We’d love to have your help, from 4 to 6 PM.

Pics of the party are posted on Facebook.  If you want to check these out but have an intense aversion to facebook, let me know (mycelium à nspirg.org) and i’ll see about posting them to a site that doesn’t require you to have an account.

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