Look What Kim Did!

 

Kim F. decorated this chair as a throne for the Fairy Queen who will arrive at the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens Fairy Gathering this Saturday at 1 p.m.

The Queen will lead children though the gardens weaving her tale sure to delight. She will be followed by Paula, our fairy dance mother, who will dance a fairy dance with everyone who wants to participate.

Surely the queen will love all the preparations the fairy godmothers have done. There will be flower fairy crowns, wings and wands available for purchase. And children will have many hand crafted houses on display.

Raffles of hand-made fairy houses and a centerpiece, a fairy doll, a fairy garden and fairy inspired art works and a beautiful scarf.

Festivities start at noon and run to three p.m.  There will be field games, more games, a food truck from Nine Miles East,  free Ben and Jerry’s ice cream while supplies last and live music for all to enjoy.

The sunflowers in the sunflower contest will be measured at 2 p.m. and prizes awarded.

Come to the fairy gathering and be enchanted!

Pitney Meadows Community Farm is at 223 West Avenue in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Another 9.1 lbs of Produce For the Food Pantry

Screen Shot 2018-08-30 at 1.37.40 PMThis morning Jacob S. harvested 9.1 lbs. of tomatoes and cucumbers for the Franklin Community Center’s food pantry.

That brings the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens total to 99.5 lbs. of donated produce this season.

Thank you to all the gardeners who gave us permission to harvest from their plots while they are away.

UPDATE:  Our farm director donated an additional 33 pounds from the farm garden!

 

 

Fairy Gathering Wish List

Things we need:
Grapevine with leaves removed, ribbons for fairy wands, beads, corn hole games and forest finds for fairy houses.
Leave them on the west side of the gardener’s shed at the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens.
We also need volunteers to help Sept. 22, the day of the gathering. Let us know if you can help.
Thank you, Natalie

Happy from my Head To-ma-toes!

This morning, the gardeners at the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens donated 22 pounds of fresh, healthy, organically grown produce to the Franklin Community Center’s food pantry.

Twenty two pounds!  That brings our total contribution this month to about 40 pounds.

I’m so glad we are able to do this!

Thank you all and especially to those gardeners who are traveling this week and gave us permission to harvest ripe vegetables from their plots.

If you won’t be about next week, please let me know if we can harvest from your plots.

Gratefully,

Natalie

A Very Special Gift

caterpillar

This tiny Monarch caterpillar is now in the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens, a gift from Dawn, the owner of Wildthings Rescue Nursery. Dawn is one of the vendors at the Saratoga Farmers Market and gave us this little treasure for our butterfly garden.

We carefully tucked it into its new home on a milkweed plant in the butterfly garden and protected it from predators with a special butterfly netting donated by gardener, Kay S.  In the next two weeks, we will watch it grow and become a chrysalis and after that a magnificent Monarch.

Thank you all.  BTW – Dawn’s Nursery specializes in native plants. You can check it out here: www.dawnswildthings.com

Natalie

Girl Scouts Donate Food to Franklin Community Center

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Annabelle Shuck from Girl Scout troop #3359 harvested 19 pounds of fresh produce from plots the scouts tend at Pitney Meadows Community Gardens.  All summer, the Girl Scouts have watered and weeded and yesterday the organically grown vegetables were delivered to Franklin Community Center’s food pantry. Kudos to the girls and to  troop leaders Carolina Mitchell and Jess Clauser for a job well done.

Our Toy Farm’s Landscape was Tweaked

Screen Shot 2018-08-01 at 4.33.49 PMLook what is blooming in our toy farm garden!

I love the creativity. Thank you to the “garden pixies” that made this adorable scene. It put smiles on faces all day long.

Mom Visiting From Out of Town

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Mom, who is 90 years-old, has been hearing about the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens for months now with telephone updates on the progress of the crops, the  butterfly garden, the sunflowers and the activities. This week she came to see for herself.

Here she is harvesting basil for Franklin Community Center’s food pantry. She was a happy camper enjoying being outdoors, moving the chair a little at a time to work around the trough, and meeting the gardeners who came by.

She kept saying how peaceful she felt.  “It’s a healing sanctuary,” she said. “I don’t want to leave.”

And when we dropped the basil off at FCC she said how happy it made her feel to be part of the sharing.

It was a sweet morning in the gardens.

Natalie

Deer Fencing Installation Next Week

Screen Shot 2018-07-27 at 8.50.26 AMDeer have been making their way near our gardens. To combat this, we will be installing an electric fence next week.

The fence will be on a timer and electrified overnight, from dusk to dawn when they are most active.  This shouldn’t interfere with any gardening activities as the fence will be ON when the gardens are closed.

We could use a hand with the installation and need volunteers for next Thursday morning starting at 9:30.  Let me know if you can help ASAP. We need about 4 people.

Thank you to the gardeners who reported tracks and sent images.  It is a big help to have many eyes looking out for the gardens. We are a good team.

CHORES

The gardens are well-watered and in good shape but there are chores that need to be done.

On Saturday morning from 8 to 11, I will be in the gardens and able to show people the tasks that need doing that will earn volunteer hours.

Please come if you can, especially if you need hours to fulfill your commitment.

NOTES

Mark your calendar for the fairy gathering on September 22. It is also the day of the sunflower measuring for our sunflower contest.

We will have a food truck present and could use volunteers to help plan activities for a fun day.

I’m thinking, a “Make your own Fairy Wand” booth, field games, music.  I’m open to all suggestions.

For example, We have a gardener who volunteered to lead a fairy dance with the children.  And another who has written a song about the gardens.

Children will have dozens of fairy houses they made on display in the North flower border.

Let me know how you would like to participate and add to the magic of the day.

Monarchs

Our butterfly garden and certified way station has been hosting lots of Monarch butterflies.  Next week, five signs illustrated by talented students from the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs will be installed.  They are wonderful! And informative!

Thank you all for sharing your talents and your time.

Natalie