Together, Volunteers Made it Happen

Last night I realized there was no way I could get all the landscape fabric down and pinned in place before the Navy volunteers arrived between 8:30 and 9 a.m. this morning.

The Navy was coming to move gravel onto the fabric below the pathways and then level the pathways out with a layer of stone dust.  This is hard, heavy work and I am grateful to have their help.

With the help of Jim Gold, the areas were marked out for fabric earlier this week. What needed to be done was the rolling out of the 6 ft. fabric, cutting the strips to fit, and pinning it in place.

Should I get up at 4:30 a.m. and head to the gardens? That’s what I was thinking. Could I get it done in time? Gulp.

I quickly put out a call for early morning help. The response was fabulous.  At 8 a.m. our volunteers showed up, ready,  willing and prepared to laid down the landscape fabric around the area where the pergola will be.

Thank you to early bird heroes Gus, Jan, Jess, Dan, Kim, Buster and Andy for their help.

Screen Shot 2017-08-17 at 1.49.54 PM.pngJust as they were finishing up, 11 volunteers from the Navy base stepped into the gardens up wearing their yellow shirts and immediately pitched in. Smooth, flawless transition.

As Bill moved the gravel in place with his tractor, the Navy volunteers raked it out.  In no time, the pathways were covered with a layer of gravel and then stone dust.  They worked like a well-oiled machine, making sure there were no low spots and adding stone dust until it was as level as possible. Taking pride in their efforts.

Two other volunteers who couldn’t work in the gardens, but wanted to contribute, brought drinks for the group and bought lunch from Putnam Market, which was received with enthusiasm.

Thank you all.  You are the community in our community gardens and I appreciate every thing you do for us as we make our gardens grow.

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Herb Class Wednesday in the Gardens

Screen Shot 2017-08-15 at 2.58.53 PMKim London will be leading an herb class Wednesday night starting at 7 p.m. in the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens, 233 West Avenue.

Kim, a well known chef, and will share her knowledge on using herbs in the kitchen to flavor our meals.

The program is free and there is no registration necessary.  Just come and enjoy.

 

Vegetables Donated to Franklin Community Center’s Food Pantry

kaleIn total, 5 grocery bags of beautiful greens and fresh vegetables from the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens were delivered to the Franklin Community Center food pantry this morning.

In the bags were several heads of lettuce, bunches of Swiss Chard and Kale leaves, a few tomatoes, some wonderfully fragrant basil, yellow banana peppers, and several pounds of zucchini and summer squash. Julie Slovic,  FCC’s Food Program Administrator, was pleased to accept the fresh vegetables.

This was the Community Gardens second delivery to FCC.  These vegetables are grown in plots designated for this purpose in the community gardens and tended by gardeners as part of an initiative to provide healthy fresh vegetables to those in need.

 

First Donations to the FCC Food Pantry

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Early this morning, two large bags full of chard, lettuces, peppers and kale were harvested for the Franklin Community Center’s food pantry.

Julie Slovic,  FCC’s Food Program Administrator, picked up the produce and was given a tour of our 50 bed Pitney Meadows Community Gardens where some raised beds are growing food for food pantries in Saratoga Springs.

In addition, several individual gardeners have expressed an interest in sharing their bounty of fresh produce grown in their own raised bed gardens this summer with the food pantries as part of Plant a Row for the Hungry initiative.

Thank you all.

Art Classes for Children

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Art classes for children age 6 to 14 will be held on August 12, 19 and 26th at the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens starting at 9 a.m.

On August 12 and 26, children will be able to draw and paint flowers and bugs in the garden under the guidance of two local artists Martel Catalano and Nancy Hicks who are also gardeners in the community gardens.

On August 19th, Saratoga Springs artist and retired teacher Judy Brunner will lead a class on creating huge sunflowers out of paper. They are gorgeous. Children will be able to enter the sunflower house and see how the walls are growing.

Parents are expected to stay during the art classes which will run an hour, and everyone is welcome to remain in the garden after the class to complete their art work or just enjoy the surrounding beauty. Supplies will be provided, but if you would like to bring your own, that’s fine too.

The art created can be entered in the Sept. 16th art show in the Community Gardens.
Screen Shot 2017-07-29 at 12.23.49 PM.pngThe show will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Paintings, drawings and photographs are all eligible. To register for the classes or enter the art show contact Natalie Walsh at natalie.walsh@pitneymeadows.org

Class size is limited so early registration is advised.

Adults and children are welcome to come draw, paint or take photographs in the garden anytime from dawn to dusk.

The garden is lovely and the farmland is breathtaking. Sunflowers just started blooming this week and will continue to bloom until fall.

Come see.

Composting Class This Week with More Classes Planned

On Thursday, Aug. 3 a Composting for Sustainability class with Marcia Martin, Master Gardener will be held in the community gardens.

Composting is a sustainable activity that we’re doing at PMCG and you can do at home. Learn how to make healthy, living soil by recycling and rotting your kitchen and garden waste.

On August 16, a class on Using Herbs to Make Our Food POP! with Kim London, chef and PMCF Board Member. Come hear how a local chef uses herbs to enhance favorite dishes.

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Later in August, Murray Penney, seen here with two juicy tomatoes he picked off his plants Saturday morning, will lead a class on tomato growing. The date for this class is August 23rd at 7 p.m.

The lecture will be followed by a tomato taste testing with Chef Rocco Verrigni.

On Aug. 31 – Your Garden is a Sensational Success…. Now What? with Pattie Garrett RD and Nicole Cunningham, RD

Join us to discuss familiar and some unfamiliar ways to prepare and preserve your bounty. There’ll be taste testing and recipes to enjoy.

All lectures start at 7 p.m. and will meet around the picnic tables in the Community Gardens. No registration necessary.

 

More adult classes are planned for September including creating pollinator gardens, non-alcholic botanical drinks and gifts from the garden.

For the Kids: FREE ART CLASSES

Art classes for children age 6 to 14 will also be held on August 12, 19 and 26th.

On August 12 and 26, children will be able to draw and paint flowers and bugs in the garden with artists Martel Catalano and Nancy Hicks. Adults are expected to stay during the program and are welcome to join the fun which will run for an hour starting at 9 a.m. Supplies will  provided, but if you would like to bring your own, that’s fine too.

On August 19th, children will be able to create huge sunflowers out of paper with Judy Brunner, a retired teacher and local artist.

The artworks created can be entered in the Community Gardens Art Show on Sept. 16.