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Hey Folks,

Here are last weeks updates! (sorry there late- I was at a long birth this weekend!)

1. Last week! We did a bunch of weeding out of the goutweed and planted some kale in half a bed! Plus we put in some nettles, wormwood, and thyme medicianls

As always, a reminder that its your space, so garden when you want, and to check and use the garden diary! We really need to work on the gout weed- so if you’ve got time- giver’!

2. Next workshop rescheduled! Worm Composting!! Tuesday the 15th from 6-8 pm with Carey Jargen. Carey is an amazing gardener and wonderful person! This is a great workshop, and you’ll never look at weeds the same way again.

Also Upcoming Workshops:
June 8- Forest Gardening & Permaculutre
June 15- Worm Composting
June 22- What Weeds mean in Your Soil!

3. We’re on facebook! did you know? You should join us there if you’re on it. And invite your friends!

4. Next Sunny collective work day! Lets pain the shed! Oh and! I have so many transplants for us to put in! Its supposed to be nicer on Thursday, so lets do it then!

5. Planning-  Alison are you still up for doing this?

6. Reminder of collective Garden times-

TUESDAYS 4:00 pm-6:00 pm  followed by a workshops! from 6:00-8:00pm
THURSDAYS 2:00-5:00 pm
SUNDAYS 2:00-5:00 pm

Alright, I think that’s it! if you have any questions/comments get in touch,

Warmly,
jean

Jean Steinberg
Community Garden Doula for Seemore Green
Working Group of NSPIRG
1411 Seymour Street

garden@nspirg.org

https://seemoregreen.wordpress.com

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Hey Folks,

Things are growing and its getting warm. Hope you’ve been enjoying it!

Here are this weeks updates!

1. Yesterday- three of us were at our garden and finished turning the soil. Things that still need to happen soon are: turning the compost, cleaning out the shed, weeding-especially the gout weed, and generally cleaning up the garbage.

As always if you’re feeling keen and want to get your hands dirty before the next collective gardening time, this is your garden! and if you want company, send an email out when you’re going!

And! now we have a garden diary! (thanks sonia!) So when you go be sure to fill it out, with what you did, thoughts, questions etc. Its also a good place to look if you want some direction for a job to do. I’ll start putting these garden updates emails in there too.

2. Next workshop! So the wicked folks from the Urban Diggers Farm Project are going to be with us on Tuesday from 6-8 pm. We’ll be talking about transplanting and seed starting! These folks will also be talking about the project and how awesome it is. These ladies are good people to know and have so much garden knowledge! yahoo! Those folks will be planting some of their crops in two of our beds for two weeks, until their Urban Farm Space is ready.

3. Soliciting Donations! I think it would be so great to paint more of the shed with black board paint.. does anyone have any before I go and buy some? Anybody have chalk?
And I think it would be wicked to have a boom box for the garden… anyone have an extra one to donate?Also, I was able to get us a sandwich board. I’ll bring it on Tuesday, we can use it for open hours to let folks know when we’re in the garden.

4. Planning-  Alison has volunteered to get this going & work on the drawing! yes~yes! on Tuesday before the workshop from 4-6pm we’re gonna work on it!

5. Taking Over- At our first meeting we talked about pitching to Dal the takeover of the whole space. (We have the drawn out plans already!) Lets meet about this on Thursday at 3:00pm!

6. Outreach- I spoke to Emily, a PIRG volunteer about making a poster! It should be out soon! Anyone want to poster? Any ideas on other outreach strategies?

7. Workshops- just another quick reminder- if you want to lead a workshop, let me know!~ Lots are already being planned and I should have the final schedule very soon!

8. Extra Plants & Transplant Fundraising- in the past farmers have given us free transplants. It would be great to get some more! It might be helpful if we write a letter asking them & telling them about us. Does anyone want to draft this up? (I would be happy to edit)- No one took this on, but I think its important, I thought I might just ask again!

9. Blog- Reminder! we’ve got a blog! Heather said she’d work on this. Thanks Heather! If anyone else wants in, heather and I will be talking blog things on Tuesday.

10. Reminder of collective Garden times-
TUESDAYS 4:00 pm-6:00 pm  followed by a workshops! from 6:00-8:00pm
THURSDAYS 2:00-5:00 pm
SUNDAYS 2:00-5:00 pm

I also need to stress, that I have a limited amount of time, since I also work in three other gardens, and have a bunch of other volunteer/work commitments. And, I time doing open hours, takes away from planning & coordinating future things.

At the first meeting, we talked about different folks holding down collective garden times, just to make sure there is always someone in the garden during those “open” hours. You don’t have to know a lot about gardening, but just be friendly and open. I would also be willing to help orient folks who want to hold the “open hours”. So can anyone commit to these? I can take on Tuesdays, but what about Thursdays & Sundays? I think ideally, we could have at least two volunteers committed, since its more fun with two folks.

Any takers?
Sonia & Megan- I know originally you had volunteered- can you still do it?

Alright, I think that’s it! if you have any questions/comments get in touch,

Warmly,
jean

Jean Steinberg
Community Garden Doula for Seemore Green
Working Group of NSPIRG
1411 Seymour Street

garden@nspirg.org

https://seemoregreen.wordpress.com

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hey folks,

we’re sprouting and ready to grow and garden together and learn from each other

our collective gardening times are:

TUESDAYS 4:00 pm-6:00 pm  followed by a workshops! from 6:00-8:00pm
THURSDAYS 2:00-5:00 pm
SUNDAYS 2:00-5:00 pm

The times are a casual, drop-in, and all ages & ability levels are welcomed. There is a phat list of fun things to do so you can chose the activity you are interested in.  There are folks around with lots of gardening experience so if your new, this is a good way to learn! And sometimes we have expertish-folk will come and then to share with us their wisdom; those dates will be posted on the calender.

Hope to see you there!
Warmly,
Jean

if you have questions/comments get in touch,
contact info below

Jean Steinberg
Community Garden Doula for Seemore Green
Working Group of NSPIRG
1411 Seymour Street

garden@nspirg.org

https://seemoregreen.wordpress.com

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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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Praise be,  there are a lot of great folks interested in the garden, gardening, food, and food security.  There is energy, there is potential, and there are resources available, and fun to be had.

Many hands make light work, and more fun: if you are interested – inspired, join in any way to help pull this all together.

Here is a list of  possible positions for you.  Job-sharing available!  If any of these ideas interest you, let me know, grab yer friend, and let’s get it done!  I  will help;  I bet you have a tonne of fantastic ideas; and you know the plants need our help.

  • winter workshop coordinator.
    • possible winter workshops:
      • october – making sprouts
      • november – the great houseplant make-over
      • january – buying seeds
      • febuary – planning the garden
      • march – starting seeds indoors
      • april – gardening 101
  • volunteer program coordinator
    • help us create a great volunteer program for the garden
  • outreach coordinator.
  • proposal writers
    • to help us get more space, and necessary funding
  • researcher
    • for the pamphlet How to Start a Community Garden in Halifax

The listserv is up and running:  email….  gardenhalifaxlists.riseup.net
or…  garden nspirg.org to get on.

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Well, the summer does fly. ‘Tis early August: I have only three weeks left in the formal position of collective garden coordinator, then school begins again.

The garden has had a good season so far, it seems to me. There is much to nibble on in the garden: dill, basil, kale, chickweed, radishes, lambsquarters, and soon peas, tomatoes and teas. The soils are productive, the compost is super-hot and working fast, and we have created a number of new beds for good growing next year. Part of the fence is up and divinely whimsical. The back corner of the garden has embraced the influx of strawberries and raspberries, and now awaits more native plants and climbing vines.

The water systems are fully functional and easy to use. A full tonne of water awaits any dryspell, and works well to rinse hands. (What is even more exciting for me is that I feel competent to create a three-barrel rainwater catchment system for anyone inexpensively. Indeed, I think that later on this year the Military Family Resource Centre, which hosts an urban garden project [with the EAC and Halifax Independant School], will invite us to facilitate an all-girl building party to install three raised rainbarrels for their summer water source! I do believe that access to water will be a vital necessity in the near future; being able to create a catchment system will be the first valuble step: learning how to cleanse the water will be the next.)

The garden has had about 250 kids through the garden, mostly from the SuperNova science and engineering kids camp! And I would say that 80% of those kids were actively engaged in their visits. So great! We have been nibbling, making compost and planting seeds. It has been fantastic, and truely made my summer rewarding.

But, while the physical structures of the garden are sound, the social structures that manage the garden are still needing care.

As you can see on the blog here, there has been nearly 1000 hits on the blog. In contrast, there have been about 35 people come through the garden during workparties and for workshops (aside from the kids, which I do not count as being there to attend the garden). Even if I assume those who have hit the blog hit it 5 times, and that 100 of those hits are accidental, the disparity between attendance and virtual numbers is huge. In speaking with people, most people have heard of the garden, and know when the workparty times are, and have been meaning to come down, but have not yet quite made it. I think that this speaks to modern life, where more of us can make time before a screen then being active in the real world.

A number of the 35 folks who have come by the garden have come repeatedly, and many many locals are beautifully dedicated to gardening, wild-harvesting, and living closely with our local plants for food and medicine, but still, I do not see enough investment by the community to feel at ease.

A sustainable social structure is necessary for the project to be healthy. I think there needs to be multiple groups using the site with enough frequency that learning, trust, and affection are continually shared and built.

How do we create such a dynamic social structure? What groups should we look to involve? What elements are holding people/groups back from developing investment in the project? What structures need to be in place in order to invite groups’ involvement?

First, do you, sweet reader, have any ideas? Who should or could be involved? How? What needs to be in place to facilitate this? And how do we contact them?

The ideas I am pursuing are the involvement of Dalhousie’s faculty and classes, some seniors groups, and youth (specifically the youth ‘at-risk’) that live nearby. Meetings are scheduled, and any suggestions are welcome.

The other ideas that I have begun to put out, and there is much interest about, is a Guerrilla-gardening+Wild-harvesting+BikeRide: Gypsy Gardening, or Land-Reclaiming, we might call it. (Ideas for a great name are welcome.) This group will meet at One World Cafe (on Agricola) Sunday mornings at 9am with bikes – all welcome. We will ride around and wild-harvest (there are so many medicines and foods growing wild in our urban landscape, available for free, waiting to be used and acknowledged). While we ride around, we will see plants strong enough to be propogated, and places (closer to home) that could be gardened. Slowly, we will pull the edges of the wild and productive land over the neglected lands, gardening everything, producing more free food and medicine. I also envision this mobile group as being able to check up on SeeMore Green, and the Dal Women’s Centre garden, offering some care and continuity to these gardens.

As I mentioned, there has been a tonne of interest in the Gypsy Gardeners idea. (First meeting, sunday the 12th, 9am, One World Cafe: all welcome). I think that one major draw of this idea its mobility, as well as the democratic format similar to Critical Mass. It seems that possibly SeeMore Green is too deep in the south end, too connected to Dal, to have the active community that it needs. I am hoping that by weaving other groups, such as academia, seniors, and youth, as well as our roaming band of wild-harvesting-guerrilla-gardeners, enough fine minds and hearts will pass through the garden to make it a fertile place to learn, and grow.

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