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  • Genworth volunteers
    lbs Volunteers from Genworth Financial The harvest included spring crops like kale and beets but also the first tomatoes peppers and squash of the season Those will make some great recipes for Meals on Wheels recipients and for the children who attend partnering daycare organizations who are provided meals through Kids Cafe We hear the kids really like the cherry tomatoes And everyone knows there s nothing like fresh bell peppers or celery grown right from the garden Genworth interns staking and tying tomato plants In addition to harvesting the volunteers staked and tied tomato plants applied organic fertilizer and mulched planting beds with recycled brown paper grocery bags and wood chips These will keep our tomato plants happy keeping in moisture and controlling weeds This will be especially important as the summer gets hotter and drier Genworth volunteers mulching rows with brown paper grocery bags that were donated by LGBG volunteers Volunteer contributions from corporate partners like Genworth Financial are vital to the success of the Community Kitchen Garden and aid us in the effort to eliminate hunger in our community If you would like to volunteer at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden we have lots of opportunities We have a list of adult volunteer opportunities youth volunteer opportunities even a chance for families to volunteer together About Laura Schumm Laura is the Community Kitchen Garden Horticulturist at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden When she s not working in vegetable garden she enjoys spending her days at the river and checking out all of the new restaurants the Richmond food scene has to offer You May Also Like What s Cooking in The Community Kitchen Garden Butterfly Rockstar Mina Craft Beer Craze A Hippopotamus sized Harvest Don t Miss Out Subscribe to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Blog Posts by Topic

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/volunteers-bountiful-harvest/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Nutrients and Health
    Bright Lights variety offers so many great colors Orange fruits and veggies like carrots sweet potatoes and winter squash are rich in beta carotene This compounds aids in protecting the skin and repairing damaged DNA This squash blossom is just waiting to be stuffed Yellow vegetables including corn are packed with carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin which studies have linked to a reduced risk of cataracts and muscular degeneration Snow peas The list of green vegetables could go on for days Some green heavy weights include broccoli kale and Brussels sprouts All contain chemicals like sulforaphane isocyanate and indoles which inhibit free radical activity Can you beat a beet I don t think so Blue and purple fruits and veggies such as blueberries beets don t forget the yummy beet stems and red cabbage contain antioxidants that are thought to slow cellular aging and help prevent blood clots Even white vegetables like onions and cauliflower are full of good stuff Plus the fresher the veggies the more nutrients they have Best of all these veggies are going to the people who need them most Meals on Wheels recipients and children who eat in FeedMore s Kids Cafe So stay healthy and eat a rainbow every day Brody J E 2015 June PERSONAL HEALTH The Color of Nutrition Fruits and Vegetables The New York Times About Laura Schumm Laura is the Community Kitchen Garden Horticulturist at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden When she s not working in vegetable garden she enjoys spending her days at the river and checking out all of the new restaurants the Richmond food scene has to offer You May Also Like What s Cooking in The Community Kitchen Garden Butterfly Rockstar Mina Craft Beer Craze A Hippopotamus sized Harvest Don t Miss Out Subscribe to the Lewis Ginter

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/a-rainbow-of-nutrients/ (2016-02-13)
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  • poppies
    that All of a sudden focusing is not so easy with a moving target Plus you ve got the whole bee factor The thing about bees is they love to buzz from flower to flower never staying very long on any one Looks like Liddick had no trouble at all getting the shot though Liddick has been volunteering at the Garden since November 2014 She says I get to help Shannon Smith in the Asian Valley on Fridays It s a wonderful day to volunteer because I get to hang out with a group of ladies who have been working together for many many years And Shannon is always teaching me about the plants the tools and the art of garden maintenance Notice how she says get to help I would say that I am surprised but I m not because this is how many of our 600 volunteers are Just simply happy to be here and give back to the community and a place that they love How lucky are we Photographer s secret Liddick took this photo in the demonstration area of Community Kitchen Garden where there is a large patch of poppies we grow each year to harvest the seedpods for Dominion GardenFest of Lights and to harvest a supply of seeds for the following year It s located behind the Conservatory to the left and you are welcome to visit The main production area of the CKG is further down the path behind the Massey Greenhouse The best part of all is that there s a pathway in the bed where you can walk to get up close to the blooms In the Garden you don t have that advantage since we ask visitors never to step into the beds About Jonah Holland Jonah Holland is

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/pink-poppies-oh-my/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Spring is Hopping in the Community Kitchen Garden - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    volunteers from Virginia Commonwealth University and several Lewis Ginter volunteers worked cutting back ornamental grasses around the Conservatory planting early spring vegetables and preparing a site for growing hops Planting Hops for Center of the Universe beer behind the Conservatory On Monday a crew from Center of the Universe Brewing Co and Piedmont Hops LLC stopped by with twice recycled bourbon beer barrels and hop rhizomes They started installing the beginnings of the structure that will support our 20 new Cascade hop plants The first flowers should appear this fall VCU students planting lettuce seedlings in the Community Kitchen Garden benefiting FeedMore Later in the week a volunteer group from Genworth Financial braved chilly temperatures to plant more vegetables put together a cold frame and create planting beds under the new hop structure where we will experiment growing in light shade Genworth has supplied us with many great volunteers over the last several years Volunteers planting red Russian Kale Luckily it is frost hardy and doesn t mind the freezing temperatures predicted for tonight Laura Schumm Community Kitchen Garden Horticulturist left with Genworth volunteers in the Community Kitchen Garden This is my favorite time of the year and with the help of these volunteers this season is getting off to a great start About Jonah Holland Jonah Holland is PR Marketing Coordinator at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden specializing in social media She s been known to go for a walk and come back completely inspired to write a blog post on her newest found adventure You May Also Like 2015 A Stellar Year Bananas Growing in RVA A Lover of Roses Holiday Gift Ideas from the Garden Don t Miss Out Subscribe to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Blog Posts by Topic Blooms Gardens Community Kitchen Garden Education Classes Events

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/spring-is-hopping-in-the-community-kitchen-garden/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Volunteers Get HandsOn in the Community Kitchen Garden - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    the ground It was such a pleasure working with these four wonderful volunteers and Community Kitchen Garden Horticulturalist Laura Schumm After getting my hands dirty and speaking with the volunteers I learned that most of them were relatively new to gardening with the exception of one long term gardener and plant enthusiast São Berkowitz All were eager to learn and contribute From left to right Laura Schumm Jahleel Athey São Berkowitz Ariel Lawrence and Edmund Burke Personally I have enjoyed volunteering and learning about gardening from Laura Schumm as a Conservatory volunteer I was curious to know what made my co workers for the day decide to volunteer with the Community Kitchen Garden After a few brief conversations I learned that I was surround by truly amazing people Athey aspires to one day complete a degree in botany and eventually create an off the grid sustainable community By volunteering he can hone his skills and make his dream a reality Berkowtiz expressed that she wanted to build new friendships and was enthralled with contributing her time towards such a great cause Lawrence says she s interested in exchanging labor for knowledge The Richmond waitress likes to spend her mornings learning all she can about gardening and will soon starting planting in her first vegetable garden Burke was very expressive about his desire to give back to his community He is a successful barber shop owner and likes to give his spare time to helping local organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House in Richmond We are so thankful for all of their wonderful help and I personally look forward to working with them in the coming weeks About Hilaire Ashworth Hilaire Ashworth is an Assistant Butterfly Curator in the Butterflies LIVE exhibit Here are a few more facts about her

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/volunteers-get-handson-in-community-kitchen-garden/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Showing Thanks to our Volunteers  & Community Partners - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    vegetables donated Harvesting cabbage The number one thing I m thankful for today is our volunteers We would not be a Garden today if it weren t for volunteers like Mary Mitchell Betsy Saunders early supporters of the Garden before it even existed And still today the Garden could not exist without volunteers Right now we have over 500 volunteers who help support the Garden with their love and care Our army of volunteers do a huge range of things for us everything from weeding and working in horticulture to greeting guests to leading tours of the Garden as Garden Guides to helping run our Splendor Under Glass fundraising gala to the Ginter Geezers crafting items we need and take on woodworking projects You ll find volunteers inside the Butterflies LIVE exhibit hanging lights for Dominion GardenFest of Lights and participating in weekly gardening crews We have Children s Garden volunteers who support Green Adventures summer camp and volunteer photographers We even have a crew of Youth Volunteers HandsonRVA volunteers loading cauliflower into a buggy to be transported to the food bank Did you know you can eat cauliflower broccoli greens They are wonderful and super nutritious too And I didn t even yet mention the scores of volunteers who work in the Community Kitchen Garden through our partnering organizations Organizations like HandsonRVA Henrico County Public Schools Faison School for Autism Virginia Commonwealth University Service Learning Blue Sky Fund there are so many more it s hard to list them all We are incredibly grateful for our corporate volunteer partners too Staff from CarMax Foundation Bank of America Foundation Capital One Dominion and MeadWestvaco Foundation have supported the Garden or the Community Kitchen Garden with their volunteer efforts this year We are grateful for you and how you help us

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/showing-thanks-to-our-volunteers-community-partners/ (2016-02-13)
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  • VCU Service Learning Students Find A Love of Gardening & Giving Back - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    There s just something about the way these students talk that inspires me and makes me happy Something that makes me want to give back to the community too Salmassi says I like it because you are not cooped up in a classroom You don t get this kind of experience anywhere else The work really exhausts you but in a good way This is learning by doing But the three of them agree most of all it s the giving back that is the biggest reward They enjoy going to drop off the produce at Feedmore with CKG horticulturist Laura Schumm they weigh the produce and see the kitchen where it will be cooked into meals for home bound seniors through Meals on Wheels and worked into kid friendly lunches and snacks for Kids Cafe Gaurav Gupta watering the lettuce in the Community Kitchen Garden They take pride and ownership over the Community Kitchen Garden now Gaurav Gupta says Weeding is very satisfying honestly I have no idea why I like it But it s doing it your way it almost becomes your home here something you nurture and take care of One day I took an extra 20 minutes and weeded all the wild mushrooms Gupta explains that while his father used to always ask for help in the garden back home he had no interest But now he s discovered he loves gardening and will be helping out back home in Ashburn Va when he visits Gupta says he enjoys it so much that he d like continue volunteering in the Community Kitchen Garden after he graduates Being pre med it s Go Go Go the pace of life is accelerated But here you gain perspective in a sense Here at the Community Kitchen Garden It s the pace life should be Salmassi says And well everyone likes to harvest Pulling the carrots was so fun It was like a surprise when you pull them out of the ground Patel says As part of the Service Learning Program at VCU students have to write a reflection at the end of the semester Stay tuned we hope to share some of those here on the blog later this winter If you d like to learn more about Service Learning at VCU here s a video that explains other ways VCU Service Learning Students are engaged and helping communities in Richmond About Jonah Holland Jonah Holland is PR Marketing Coordinator at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden specializing in social media She s been known to go for a walk and come back completely inspired to write a blog post on her newest found adventure You May Also Like Winter Interest Inspiration Education Nature Student Teacher Art Show Love Hard Work Inspiration http servicelearning vcu edu Lynn Pelco Great article VCU loves partnering with Ginter Thanks for providing VCU students with amazing educational experiences in the garden Lynn p s Thanks for linking our service learning video It s a favorite

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/vcu-service-learning-students-find-a-love-of-gardening-giving-back/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Bank of America Foundation Gives Grant to Support Community Kitchen Garden & Edible Display Garden - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    over 12 million dollars to projects like ours Bank of America Charitable Foundation has a history of support for the Community Kitchen Garden and Bank of America employees support the mission too with their volunteer efforts Have you heard about the new Edible Display Garden we are creating in partnership with Virginia Tech Edible landscaping is a key part of sustainable urban horticulture but there are currently no major locations in Central Virginia where people can go to learn more Our Edible Display Garden will demonstrate best practices that we hope inspire you to create similar plantings in your own yard We ve already started planting the 3 600 sq ft garden it will be located next to the Children s Garden and will enhance the area s ornamental landscaping with food producing plants The project will provide a teaching landscape for adult and school classes and demonstrate how a food producing urban landscape can be functional sustainable and beautiful The Edible Display Garden will include fruit and nut trees berry producing shrubs herbs root vegetables and more The Garden will feature hardy low maintenance species that are ideal for Central Virginia We will display plants with a range of harvest times to grow fresh produce throughout the season Look for more information and photos of the Edible Display Garden in coming months Other sites of the Edible Display Garden project include Hahn Horticulture Garden at Virginia Tech Fairfax County s Greenspring Garden and Norfolk Botanical Garden Thank you Bank of America we appreciate your partnership Barrett Taylor Banking Center Manager from Bank of America lead a group of BOA volunteers working in the Community Kitchen Garden Far right is Barrett s husband Patrick O Hagan who is a Gardener at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden About Jonah Holland Jonah Holland

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/bank-of-america-foundation-gives-10000-to-support-community-kitchen-garden/ (2016-02-13)
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