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  • The Fall Harvest Continues in the Community Kitchen Garden - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    and the cold causes the starchy root vegetables to convert any existing starch to sugars making them even sweeter Yum I m also planting cover crops of crimson clover winter wheat and annual rye grass for the winter After the fall crops are harvested I will have much more time to sit down and plan for next year and my head is full of ideas for potential projects and new trials I am very interested in trying to utilize more of the vertical space we have in the Community Kitchen Garden so I would like to try growing more crops on trellises and converting extra tomato cages in to garden towers that we can plant in I love the idea of having more space to grow more food for FeedMore without adding more square footage to the garden In an attempt to combat the weeds I want to plant a trial of living mulch Living mulches are usually low growing cover crops planted along with the main crop to smother out weeds regulate soil temperature and conserve moisture I m also considering planting a wildflower buffer near the Community Kitchen Garden Not only would it be beautiful it would also help to bring in more beneficial insects and deter encroaching weeds On another note we updated our tally of all the vegetables that we ve grown and harvested for Feedmore in the Community Kitchen Garden since its inception in 2009 Any guesses Would you believe that we ve have harvested and donated over 52 200 lbs of vegetables to FeedMore s Community Kitchen and produced over 45 500 meals for Central Virginia s hungry children and homebound seniors I am looking forward to starting fresh next year and continuing the amazing success of the Community Kitchen Garden This garden has

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  • Genworth Employees Lend a Hand - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    Garden Genworth staff with the 109 pounds of veggies they harvested Working hard delivering mulch Huge thanks to Genworth employees who harvested 109 lbs of tomatoes peppers eggplant and butternut squash from the Community Kitchen Garden at Lewis Ginter last week These fresh veggies will go to children and seniors in FeedMore s Kid s Cafe Meals on Wheels programs This team was so enthusiastic they also cleared planting beds and mulched I even think they had fun Thank you 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 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 Blooms Gardens Community Kitchen Garden Education Classes Events Families Kids Gardening Horticulture Gardens Through the Seasons Making a Difference in the Community More about the Garden Sustainable Practices Uncategorized Recent Posts Winter Interest Inspiration Education Nature California Dreaming De Lighting Lewis

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  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden: Where Culinary Arts & Gardening Intersect - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    take home herbs and vegetables as part of the educational experience and Michelle always puts her take homes to good use From carrots she made a roasted baby carrot dish with a mustard sauce and she made a root vegetable roast with the beets With parsley she created pan fried fish with parsely Her Chinese heritage makes for interesting conversation when discussing edibles She explains how Western weeds and ornamentals are often incorporated into Chinese cuisine We do use grow a lot of good greens like luffa or winter melon a type of gourd In addition to that we find a lot of usage in particular weeds like dandelions and some others so a lot of the more aesthetic plants at the Garden are incorporated more purposefully in our cuisine It s all part of Chinese medicine that we find these unconventional herbs and vegetables to use in our dishes Winter Gourd at Michelle s house Some of Michelle s new favorite edibles she learned about and harvested while participating in the Youth Volunteer Summer Program include okra cherry tomatoes parsley and zucchini Because of Michelle s interest in the culinary arts and her advanced participation I often asked Michelle to harvest the herbs and vegetables we grow in the Garden Cafe plot and deliver them to the Garden Café Michelle mastered harvesting purple basil and parsley are some of the main ingredients in the Café s pesto One of Michelle s favorite educational components is Food Demo Day when all of the Youth Volunter participants get to make pesto with the Master Chef in the Garden Café s kitchen Michelle s window plants some of which are cuttings from the Garden which she obtained while participating in the Youth Volunteer Summer Program About Nicki Apostolow Nicki Apostolow is the

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  • Spiders in the Garden - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    effectively by third year law student Miles Jolley This is the second year Tara has sent students to the Community Kitchen Garden for community service Thanks Tara The group of students included a couple of next generation attorneys helping Mom in the Garden John O Malley L 17 provided these comments At nine o clock on an overcast Saturday morning a parade of fresh faced law students arrived at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden eager to make a positive impact on the community that many of us had just joined With Brian Vick of the Ginter staff directing us we began the most natural process for a group of law students Gardening The morning began with laying out and planting rows of cauliflower and broccoli that when harvested will help feed hungry children seniors and families as part of the FeedMore program of Central Virginia A short two hours later soil had been turned over tomatoes had been picked and we had planted enough vegetables to contribute to over 800 meals for the needy in our community And in doing so we learned about ourselves too We learned that what we lack in skill we make up for in enthusiasm We learned that we should bring raincoats when we volunteer for an outdoor service project But most of all we learned that a gray Saturday morning spent in service to the community if we take the time and we re not too scared can give us the opportunity to enjoy the butterflies around us that we rarely get to stop and see The students carefully lay out the cauliflower transplants in double row beds The group en masse Yep that s a lot of bodies in the Garden in a small space but they did a great job of traffic control

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  • Veggie Garden Gallery - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    400 meals for FeedMore And we couldn t have done it without the nearly 300 volunteers who have worked in the garden this summer including individuals families and corporate teams Clockwise from upper left Slicing tomatoes King Richard leeks Red Long of Tropea onions Crookneck squash don t they look like ducks with Dunja and Gold Rush zucchini Clockwise from upper left Granadero Roma tomatoes with Jumbo flat pod and Provider round pod green beans Giant of Italy parsley Bright Lights Swiss chard Carmen sweet Italian pepper Clockwise from upper left Various cucumbers Red Pontiac potatoes Earliglow strawberries Tango celery Clockwise from upper left Windsor Fava beans eggplant the variety is in question was supposed to be Classic Bell but has Sicilian characteristics Red Velvet okra Sugar sprint peas About Brian Vick Brian Vick was Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator from 2008 2013 You May Also Like California Dreaming Volcanoes vs Doughnuts Preparing Plants for Snow Gardening Trends for 2016 Julie Abbott Beautiful vegetables Brian You have done a spectacular job with the CKG and we shall miss you when you leave We do appreciate all the time effort and planning involved in helping to provide fresh veggies to people who would not have access to them http www lewisginter org blog Brian Vick Thank you Julie for your kind words and continuing support My opportunities and challenges with the CKG have provided some of the best memories of my life Those memories will include the amazing beauty of the property the continuing horticultural education the warm spirit of the LGBG family of staff and dedicated volunteers like you Dick and the interaction with approximately 1 200 eager CKG volunteers from the larger metro Richmond community I plan to contribute to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in some ongoing way Don t

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  • Community Kitchen Garden Thriving in Summer Heat, Volunteers Help with the Harvest, Weeds - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    Weeds by Jonah Holland by Jonah Holland PR Marketing Coordinator Brian Vick Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Community Kitchen Garden is thriving in this summer heat and so are the weeds That s why we were so grateful when a team of CarMax associates showed up on Monday to help us with a variety of garden tasks including staking and tying tomatoes harvesting cucumbers and weeding These employees harvested 100 lbs of vegetables supporting 400 meals 4 oz veggie portion per meal The amount of weeding they did priceless Be sure to check out the photo below literally a tractor load of weeds Total donations of fresh local veggies to FeedMore s Community Kitchen this year so far over 1 600 lbs Tying the Roma tomatoes Harvesting cucumbers for the Community Kitchen Garden This is how many weeds they pulled These are in the tractor on their way to the compost pile A giant cucumber shaped like a crescent moon CarMax volunteer associates at the end of the morning after working in the Community Kitchen Garden 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 California Dreaming Volcanoes vs Doughnuts Preparing Plants for Snow Gardening Trends for 2016 Don t Miss Out Subscribe to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Blog Posts by Topic Blooms Gardens Community Kitchen Garden Education Classes Events Families Kids Gardening Horticulture Gardens Through the Seasons Making a Difference in the Community More about the Garden Sustainable Practices Uncategorized Recent Posts Winter Interest Inspiration Education Nature California Dreaming De Lighting Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Spring like

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  • Lettuce Celebrate - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    cultivars Green Forest Coastal Star and Red Cash All three were Romaine style heads and the organic seed was sourced from Johnny s Seeds The Red Cash was the most attractive but the Coastal Star produced the densest heaviest heads Earlier this week we harvested the last of the spring lettuce cropo in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garde n We have cause to celebrate on several fronts a Our lettuce was beautiful and tasted great b Even with so many days with temps exceeding 90 degrees the lettuce only started showing signs of bolting going to seed recently prompting our final harvest A taste test on June 10 indicated the taste was a little strong but not bitter c The Spring lettuce crop yielded 133 lbs more than twice our yield in 2013 62 lbs We starting sowing lettuce seed in the greenhouse on February 24 These seedlings are shown from March 25 with Blue Flame agave standing guard We use coolers with a little ice in the bottom to refrigerate the lettuce during the delivery process to FeedMore s Community Kitchen Two heads of the Coastal Star romaine Lewis Ginter Horticulture interns Shawntae Fletcher left and Holly Hooper deliver the last of the Spring lettuce to FeedMore s Community Kitchen About Brian Vick Brian Vick was Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator from 2008 2013 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 Blooms Gardens Community Kitchen Garden Education Classes Events Families Kids Gardening Horticulture Gardens Through the Seasons Making a Difference in the Community More about the Garden Sustainable Practices Uncategorized Recent Posts Winter Interest Inspiration Education Nature California Dreaming

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  • Capital One Invests Sweat Equity in the CKG - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    The Capital One team plants peppers In May the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden CKG received a significant investment of sweat equity from two separate teams of Capital One associates On their first trip Capital One associates mulched pathways prepped beds and planted peppers Quite a few of these volunteers also contributed sweat equity to the CKG in 2013 We re not all work and no play in the Community Kitchen Garden Part of the Capital One team Quite a few members had already left to return to their work at Capital One Then a second team of Capital One volunteers helped with our first harvesting for 2014 100 percent organic strawberries and lettuce We very much appreciate the efforts of these early spring groups of volunteers The work accomplished at this time of the year builds the foundation for the produce yields during the summer These two teams from Capital One provided a significant contribution to help meet the 2014 needs of FeedMore the Community Kitchen and the Central Virginia Food Bank Capital One associates harvesting organic lettuce The lettuce three types organic romaine style is packed carefully into coolers to remain chilled during transport to the Community Kitchen The Capital One volunteers This is what the phrase seeing the fruits of your labor means About Brian Vick Brian Vick was Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator from 2008 2013 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 Blooms Gardens Community Kitchen Garden Education Classes Events Families Kids Gardening Horticulture Gardens Through the Seasons Making a Difference in the Community More about the Garden Sustainable Practices Uncategorized Recent Posts Winter Interest Inspiration

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