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Greetings groovy gardeners!

We have big ideas for the new garden space behind the computer science building (6050 University Ave.)! Some of these ideas include mushroom logs hanging from trees, a solar panel for the shed (YEAH!), a green roof, a greenhouse, a slew of rainwater barrels, and lots of raised beds.

We also want your input! Let us know what you think about the new design (way to go Rob!!), and if you have any concerns or comments. The retaining wall must stay (please keep in mind we have the university administration to contend with), but we are still open to suggestions at this point otherwise.

So far we planted 2 fruit trees (stella cherry and macintosh apple). The cold frames sadly had to be removed after they had served their purpose, but we have a clean slate to work with now (and we are getting a real-live greenhouse for next year!!).

We are hoping to start construction of the shed in August with Community Forest International (http://forestsinternational.org/).

Warm Fuzzies,

Megan 

 

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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,
whoa!~ the weather is amazing! hope you’re all swimming and having a ball!

Here are this weeks updates!

1. This week! We got a whole lot of plants in the ground from the Urban Farm folks. We will be holding their plants for a couple of weeks until they are set up! Yahoo! If you want to give em a water from the rain barrels, I’m sure they would appricate it on these hot days.

Just a quick 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’! I won’t be there Sunday, but Megan will.

2. Next workshop! Eating your Edible Weeds! Tuesday the 25th from 6-8 pm with Jen Scotland. Jen is a wicked garden and weed eater. This is a great workshop, and you’ll never look at weeds the same way again.

Also Upcoming Workshops:
June 1- Worm Composting
June 8- Forest Gardening & Permaculutre
June 15- 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. This week- either Tuesday or Thursday we will be painting the shed with black board paint (depends on the weather) come and help!

5. 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! We didn’t do it last week, so lets try again!

6. 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! No one showed- maybe because of the rain?! Lets try again this Thursday

7. 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

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 think ideally, we could have at least two volunteers committed, since its more fun with two folks.

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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I am in the planning stage of the garden.  According to the ideas of Permaculture, it is of primary importance to Observe a site before implementing big changes, especially permanent changes.  Permaculture is all about “careful and protracted thought rather than careless and protracted labour” (Quinney, 9).  Permaculture has a bunch of principles which are related to ethics in that they are “culturally evolved mechanisms for a more enlightened self-interest” (Holgrem, 1).  The first principle is Observe and Interact.  It is important to observe a site, carefully and without judgement, for a whole year, at least a year, before making big changes.  I have not even been in province for a month! But actually, I see that as an advantage in sharing the process of learning how to garden successfully here, as many of us barely know the place we live at all.   To suppliment a year of observation, permaculture suggests to talk to lots of neighbours to hear, carefully and without judgement, a diversity of ideas and opinions.  So, the first folks I managed to invite to the garden were, Brad, the cute market mushroom man, and Alex Denicola, beloved organic-permaculture-activist market gardener who sets up beside Brad at the market.  They came by the garden on Saturday.

We are all coming from a similar perspective; we are all familiar with the ideas of permaculture, and passionately believe that we, meaning the collective we, are going to need to get serious about producing our food for ourselves, soon.   To do this we need to think carefully, act wisely, use what we have, and employ a diversity of tactics.  We need to maximize our use of space, which also means reconsidering our relationships to (non-productive) shade trees and (non-productive) lawns, pathways, and all other spaces.  We need to shift what and how we see.  If we imagine Superstore not being accessible, then this re-visioning takes on a sharp poignancy, perhaps something like a hunger pang.

First off, what is the vision for the space?  Who is getting educated and on what?  Is it a variety of ways to grow food, or is it to grow as much food as we can?

The vision that I have for SeeMore Green is that of a space that functions as a demonstration site, and training-learning ground, and a resource hub.  By demonstration site I mean a place to see successful urban food production;  by training-learning ground I mean a space for a diversity of people to learn a diversity of strategies and tactics; and by resource hub, (or urban ag. hub) I mean a place to get seeds, plant cuttings, ideas, compost innoculant, pots, etc, so that other garden projects are supported.

A couple really strong points that came out of our conversations were 1) we need to do some careful consideration about our use of space in Seymour green.  If we are going to be an inspirational demonstration of urban food production, we need show some good use of space.  I cannot help but agree.  My thinking on this had been to do a lot of creative container planting, vertical gardening – using vines and trellises as well as trying some of the suspended pipe beds that Solviva uses.  Alex challenged the garden’s primary layout and suggested we shift the wooden frames there now.  I have to admit, I don’t really like wood in the garden:  it can harbor insects, rob nitrogen and moisture, but mostly because it is an inefficient use of space.  And they encourage conventional thinking that plants belong in boxes.  But they look tidy, and we are on a university campus, and like to be liked by administration.  We also need to keep in mind wheelchair accessibility.

So, for sure, the grass in the pathways needs to get replaced with some more useful. And the whole area we are using to produce food needs to be critically looked at.
The second great point that Alex made very clear was that if you want to grow food in the Maritimes you need to use transplants.

Start seeds in flats in some sort of greenhouse, cloche, or other season-extender, and then transplant them out.  One can get a lot more food out of a small space, and waste a lot less time and energy that way.   (For more good info on this strategy, check into John Jeavon’s ideas on square foot gardening).

So next weekend we are going to build a cloche.  (A cloche is non-permanent greenhouse by my definition:  definitions vary, but that is how I use it.  PVC hose and plastic= cloche.  Glass and woodframe=greenhouse).  Alex has some re-useable plastics around and I have a screwdriver.  With a little cloche we can help the tomatoes and peppers grow enough to bear some fruit, start some veggies for fall crops and second successions, and hopefully demonstrate a successful strategy for growing food locally.

Brad had some great ideas about doing terracing with innoculated hardwood logs  to demonstrate how to increase surface area for small yards (because the folks with huge yards are most often wealthy enough for a while;  the majority have tiny yard and less cash).  By using hardwood logs innoculated with shitake or oyster mushrooms built up in the corner by the porch and stairs, we could possibly successfully harvest mushrooms from the cool, shady, moist area under the back deck, which is making productive use of a classicly unused space.  Pretty great ideas if you ask me: let’s hold this idea in mind and do some more observation and discussion before making such a big thing.

Jen Scott from the Food Action Committee and Heliotrust farm just gave us an elder tree and an mountain ash.  So there are two gorgeous trees to plant, and planting trees is a big beautiful decision.

And we have a load of compost coming early in the week, and a bunch of transplants and perennials coming next Saturday.  On Tuesday I go out to Acadia University to check out their native plant gardens with another super-sweet knowledgeable one, Ahktar.

Friends, we have some fun work to do.

Priorities:
–    get the bulletin boards up.
–   move raspberries and rhubarb away from where the compost is coming in
–    think about garden space: reframe a bed?
–     connect existing rain barrels, add spigot;  get more rain barrels for other downspout
– start sheet compost corner near house
– start getting rid of grass in walk areas and replace with lovely useables
– start sheet composting under the maple to prep for woodland garden
– flyer neighbourhood to bring us containers – and pathway plants: camomile, mints, lemonbalm, wooly thyme, hollyhocks, plantain!, calendula, even dandelions are better than grass!… I would like to learn more plants that could used – are there some appropriate natives? Hmmm…

SeeMore Green collective garden and urban ag hub. A thriving space with beautiful little gardens that inspire and provoke action, frequented by a diversity of cool folks to learn from, and a place to possibly get some plants, starts, seeds, cuttings, inoculants, and other shit you might need.  Always good for a nibble and a giggle.

If you share this vision, come add in to it.  It needs you to happen.  Yes, you.

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