Navy Helps with Event Preparations

Screen Shot 2018-08-28 at 11.58.50 AMThe Navy is good to us and willing to help in so many ways.

Screen Shot 2018-08-28 at 11.52.06 AMToday, volunteers painted Bill’s Barn and worked on some of the colorful face boards that will be displayed September 22 at the Fairy Gathering.

They also harvested vegetables and started scraping the horse barn.

A lot was going on. And that was all before noon!

Thank you all. We couldn’t do it without you.

 

Navy Volunteers in the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens

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The Navy has consistently been a big help in the community gardens and we thank them for all that they do.

Today, we painted the barn, raked the pathways. edged the grandmother’s gardens, weeded and artistically painted a monarch face-cut-out-board for the Fairy Gathering on Sept. 22.  There’s no challenge they can’t take on.

Note in the photo above how they wore their sunflower yellow shirts.  It doesn’t get better. Thank you.

 

Navy Volunteers Get the Job Done

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The task at hand is the painting of Bill’s Barn, a building we use for gatherings at the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens.

Above are two of our Navy volunteers, Rebecca and Taylor.  The Navy has been helpful in so many ways and are valued volunteers on the farm.

We couldn’t do it without you.  Thank you.

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.

P.S.  Here is a photo of the color-coordinated Navy volunteers in front of our sunflowers.  Screen Shot 2017-08-17 at 1.58.10 PM.png

 

 

Volunteers Make it Happen!

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It’s only noon, but in the last three hours so much has happened.

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The area was graded so it won’t flood. Gravel was leveled and stone dust put in place.

The Navy volunteers came, nine strong helpful people, and they put down gravel and stone dust for us, dug a trench for a water line, and removed stake fencing and plastic.

And it only took them a couple of hours!

These were heavy, hot jobs. They made it look effortless. Teamwork is a wonderful thing. Thank you all. And thank you to Leading Petty Officer Richard Keitz for sending them our way.

Also sincere appreciation to those volunteers who provided drinks, snacks and lunch. It was hot and humid out and having refreshments was very helpful indeed.

Saratoga Bridges

This morning Saratoga Bridges visited the garden. They are regular visitors and entered the “Grow the tallest Sunflower” contest. Today, they watered their entries and we walked around the garden. Some were willing to taste Ruby lettuce that was ready to be harvested even though they weren’t sure they would like “salad.” Some did.

Charming Mini Farm

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The fences are made from clothespins and popsicles stick. How creative!

Garden volunteer Judy Brunner made this dollhouse barn to the delight of everyone. You have to look at this.

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Judy setting up her mini-farm for all to enjoy.

Judy, a retired Saratoga Springs teacher and artist, designed a mini farm with little animals, outbuildings and pasture. She remodeled a dollhouse into a barn and created silos. It is a work of art.

Parts that she couldn’t find, she made out of clay.  Little ducks sit on a pond, a flock of chickens wander a little pasture, there are horses, pigs, sheep and cows. And even a green tractor like the one on the farm.

Look at the fences. Recognize what they are made from? Clothespins and popsicles sticks. This is a wonderful addition to the garden for children to play with. And it wasn’t set up for more than 30 minutes before it was field tested by a boy, who said he liked it very much. And began to play.

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The first visitor trying out the new mini-farm play area.

I will next be in the garden on Saturday morning from 9 to 11. Come talk to me if you have a question.

If you are in the garden and I’m not there, please water the newly planted sunflower area. And the troughs, the cosmos in the back and the pumpkin patch all need lots of water. It’s been hot and dry this week and everything (and everybody) appreciates a tall, cool drink on a day like this.

Thank you all, Natalie

The Navy Came Through

What a great morning.

Volunteers from the Nuclear Power Training Unit in Ballston Spa came to give us a hand and were able to set beds in place, lay down landscape fabric, line the pathways with fabric, then gravel, and rake it out. They also filled the raised beds with soil and the sandbox with play sand.  What they did on one hot, humid morning would have taken us a day and a half. Thank you.

And, a thank you to all those who dropped off drinks and snacks and to Barbara for bringing lunch from the Putnam Market.  Every bit was appreciated.

 

The Navy is Coming to Help in the Gardens

2gardensjune282017.jpgEach day, the community gardens come together a little bit more.

We asked our Navy neighbors at the  Nuclear Power Training Unit in Ballston Spa if they could help us get the rest of the raised beds in place and they said “Yes.”

I have to tell you how this came about. Do you believe in coincidence?

When I called there was a voice directing me to dial this number for that department, and another number for another department.  Nothing sounded like what I wanted so I randomly pressed a few numbers.

I explained to the voice on the other end who I was,  what we were doing at the community farm and about the community gardens. He said, “I heard two ladies talking about that on the radio. One of them told the background story and the other talked about planting sunflowers, an art show and spaces in the gardens people could rent. As I listened I thought, ‘I want a plot.'”

I told him that I was that garden lady. And, that we needed a hand. I also shared how to get an application online.

That fellow directed me to the right person and later in the day Leading Petty Officer 1st L.T. office Rich Kietz returned my call and said Navy volunteers would be in the garden on Friday.

They will be helping us set more beds in place, which means a lot of raised beds should be completed by the weekend.

Amazing isn’t it that the fellow on the other end of the line heard about the gardens on WAMC and knew who I needed to speak with!