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  • Community Kitchen Garden: Are you a Locavore? - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    don t think that it s silly I think it is great I m not saying that we should abandon big box stores far from it but I do think that placing more emphasis and thought on where the food we eat comes from is a good thing Buying from and supporting local businesses is also important and a worthwhile cause My cousin in England Hi Selina told me about a small town near Leeds England called Todmordon where the whole community has taken the locavore movement to the next level The town has developed the Incredible Edible Todmorden plan and aims to be self sufficient in vegetables by 2018 Public flowerbeds have been reclaimed and turned into vegetable patches and herb gardens Local schools are planting fruit trees instead of ornamental trees Wasteland near a railway station now has growing beds for all kinds of vegetables It must have taken a colossal amount of effort to get this plan going especially convincing the local government to get involved I think what they are trying to accomplish is amazing and truly inspiring I m not sure that this is a plan that could happen easily in Richmond But we can all participate in smaller ways The Community Kitchen garden at Lewis Ginter is one way we can give back to the community As I mentioned last week the Planting Day Celebration is scheduled for Thursday May 14 9 30am 10 30am Prep work still needs to be completed but unfortunately the rain is not cooperating right now This Saturday a small team of staff and volunteers were supposed to be out there in the garden mainly spreading mulch and cleaning up the site ready for the Planting Day Celebration However the constant rain that we have had this week has

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  • Community Kitchen Garden: Planting Day is May 14th! - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    great article that was featured in last Sunday s Richmond Times Dispatch where he gives out some really good advice on how to get started with your own vegetable garden One of the most important pieces of advice is to till and amend the soil and this was carried out this week here at Lewis Ginter Pete Rose Inc supplied us with 30 dump truck loads of compost at half price and delivered it for free Good job guys One truck load down 29 more to go If you are planting your own garden at home make sure you don t skip this step good veggies grow from good soil The fifth of an acre that has been prepared will produce the bulk of the 10 000 pounds of vegetables that we are striving for However another aspect of this project is education and so there will be two other smaller beds that will be used for demonstrations and teaching purposes These will be staged as residential sized intensive gardens that will show how to maximize planting in a smaller space The demonstration gardens located near the Conservatory will be a bit more accessible than the main planting area and visitors to Lewis Ginter will be able to stop by and see what s growing I will make sure to keep you updated on the demonstration garden and related activities and events I can t wait to start planting Are you as anxious as I am to see things growing and producing I want to start reaping the rewards NOW and get that food into the hands and mouths of those that need it most But gardening and growing reminds us that usually the best results come from solid planning and preparation So if you are planting a garden at

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  • Community Kitchen Garden: Plans for Planting - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    Brinda Assistant Executive Director of Horticulture and Eduction at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens who told me that a number of factors were used to determine what ended up on this list First the needs and desires of FeedMore the recipients of all this produce were considered to make sure that we grow food they can actually use Rhubarb might make a nice pie but large quantities could be a challenge for the chefs at the FeedMore Community Kitchen to incorporate into daily menu planning Second Virginia Cooperative Extension offered advice and suggested preferred plants for the region to ensure better growth success Lastly some plants were picked for more practical purposes tall sunflowers will complement the work of scarecrows and hopefully shoo away unwanted birds Many of these plants have been purchased using monetary donations and Wetsel Inc a wholesale garden supplier has kindly donated some of the seeds and we are thankful for everyone s generosity Also this week I was privileged to visit with Kristin VanStory Director of Communications at FeedMore the parent organization that covers Central Virginia Foodbank Community Kitchens and Meals on Wheels She led me on a wonderful tour of the Community Kitchens and the distribution center I was amazed to see the quantities of food that goes through the Foodbank process yet saddened that so many people require its services in order to survive and to feed themselves and their families The kitchen staff and volunteers do a great job of getting food out to those in need I am so glad I got to see the kitchen where they produce all the meals it really helped me understand just how badly they need food donations and how beneficial the fresh local produce grown at Lewis Ginter will be to the FeedMore programs You

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  • Community Kitchen Garden: Breaking Ground - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    Work has already begun to prepare the site and last Monday Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Executive Director Frank Robinson and Feedmore President CEO Fay Lohr were onsite to break ground along with William Darr of CT Purcell Inc who in the true spirit of community involvement kindly volunteered the time and heavy equipment to dig up one fifth of an acre that will be used to grow the veggies Feedmore President CEO Fay Lohr left and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Executive Director Frank Robinson help break ground on the Community Kitchen Garden There s still more prep work needed to be done though before we can plant The area being used has not been planted with anything in many years and so after the ground has been dug up it will require about eighteen inches of organic matter to be tilled in so that the soil will be nice and rich and grow lovely big vegetables And if anyone is willing to donate enough organic matter to cover a fifth of an acre then that would be fantastic After that the backhoe comes back and levels off the soil in a process called toothing This will all be completed in the next few weeks as planting is scheduled for the beginning of May I am eager to get my hands in the soil and start planting Lewis Ginter has pledged 10 000 pounds of food contribution to the foodbank It s a worthy goal and one that I am confident we can reach I hope you will join me on this adventure and that perhaps it inspires you to plant your own veggie patch or get involved with a community garden in your area In fact if you are interested in getting involved with this or any other project at

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  • Gardens Growing Families Offers Garden Plots in Lakeside - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    Fruits and Vegetables in Your Diet Gardening From Seed to Harvest Integrated Pest Management and Pesticide Use Food Preparation and Family Meals Freezing and Canning and Preparing for a Fall Garden Click here for a PDF of the Application Questions call the V irginia Cooperative Extension 804 501 5160 for a more information Please note this is a cross post with the Near West End News 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 H2Whoa Fish Facts http www gardeningforeveryman com Everyman What a wonderful initiative If this project gets even a handful of families gardening and a bunch of kids understanding where their food come from it has been a success Gardening is not just about saving money though it contributes to our mental well being by understanding a little bit about nature and where food comes from to say nothing of the health benefits of the fresh air and exercise And when children have had a hand in growing something they can t resist eating it so diet has to improve too lewisginter I couldn t agree more That s also why we have lots of Gardening and educational opportunites for kids here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in the Children s Garden For folks who don t have time to Garden and who can t afford lots of fresh locally grown veggies finally we can help them too with our Community Kitchen Garden http www lewisginter org news media room CommunityKitchenGarden php And if you have time to spare and

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  • Lewis Ginter to Grow 10,000 lbs of Food for Local Foodbank - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    a swing set for outdoor play and exercise and a garden in their first few months in office This New York Times article really gives a good picture of how the Obamas are using what they ve learned to teach the rest of the country The question had taken on political and environmental symbolism with the Obamas lobbied for months by advocates who believe that growing more food locally and organically can lead to more healthful eating and reduce reliance on huge industrial farms that use more oil for transportation and chemicals for fertilizer Then too promoting healthful eating has become an important part of Mrs Obama s own agenda The first lady who said that she had never had a vegetable garden recalled that the idea for this one came from her experiences as a working mother trying to feed her daughters Malia and Sasha a good diet Eating out three times a week ordering a pizza having a sandwich for dinner all took their toll in added weight on the girls whose pediatrician told Mrs Obama that she needed to be thinking about nutrition He raised a flag for us she said and within months the girls had lost weight Dan Barber an owner of Blue Hill at Stone Barns an organic restaurant in Pocantico Hills N Y that grows many of its own ingredients said The power of Michelle Obama and the garden can create a very powerful message about eating healthy and more delicious food I don t think it s a stretch to say it could translate into real change Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden s own executive director puts the Garden s goals succinctly Our mission is to show how plants are essential to human life This new garden demonstrates those words in action The Garden s next two 25th anniversary symposia also focus on many of the same issues No Child Left Inside Restoring Nature to Early Childhood April 28 29 will focus on how children today more than ever need unstructured outdoor play time and the lack of outdoor playtime is associated with a rise in obesity and diabetes in our youth In addition to the full day symposium and a free dinner in the Garden for Teachers we ll host a hands on family event called Homespun Family Fun giving parents and children a chance to try out some of our expert s great suggestions Green Tonic Urban Gardening for Health and Wholeness August 4 5 will focus on the healing powers of gardens and gardening Here s a short description Across the country neighborhoods civic associations community activists and organizers are reclaiming vacant or idle land and transforming these parcels into green oases gardens that often become a hub of community life as well as productive sustainable sources of fresh vegetables flowers herbs fruits and friendships Studies of cities that have long supported urban greening initiatives like Philadelphia Chicago and Portland point to lowered crime and vandalism higher property values and

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  • The Age-old Practice of Gleaning is Finally Finding the Limelight - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    being wasteful And according to Society of St Andrew s website almost anyone can volunteer to glean A recent article in the Fredericksburg Freelance Star on gleaning also points out the huge added benefit of food banks having access to more fresh fruits and vegetables which in turn helps fight obesity among the poor In fact it s been suggested that lack of fresh vegetables explains the link between poverty and obesity The fresh produce helps keep low income people healthy said Oya Oliver director of the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank Fresh food costs more apples pears tomatoes and green beans sell for about 1 50 per pound at the grocery store Canned ravioli costs 79 cents per pound and a box of macaroni and cheese 75 cents The average food stamp allotment in Virginia is 220 per month and the cheaper foods last longer on that budget With rising fuel costs many who don t qualify for food stamps still struggle to buy groceries Oliver said The outreach efforts help ensure those cherry tomatoes will make it to the tables of the area s poor That s the outcome envisioned by the dozen or so volunteer gleaners who picked those tomatoes last week at Perkins farm The gleaners ages 6 to 81 their fingers stained yellow green from the plucking filled plastic buckets with the orange cherry tomatoes A truck from the Central Virginia Food Bank loaded up the buckets and took them to Richmond Ladysmith resident Jeanne Campbell brought two of her children and a friend s kids too They had all brought items to a church food pantry before but gleaning showed them how everyone from the farmer to the volunteer tomato pickers to the food bank workers help feed the poor They get a feel for how it can start here and go all the way up Campbell said Those buckets will be part of the 30 million pounds of food the Society of St Andrew will save nationwide this year Breitinger said Gleaning is just good common sense she said The food that s wasted every year could more than feed the 37 million Americans who go hungry There is enough food wasted to feed every one of those people every day Breitinger said It s a sin to let it rot in the field when there s nothing wrong with it Here at Lewis Ginter we have a similar program to teach children some of the same lessons The children plant vegetables in the children s garden learning all sorts of things in the process They learn how a plant grows how humans and plants are interdependent and where our food comes from The Children s Garden also hosts Drop in and Dig on Wednesday afternoons during harvest time where families can harvest the vegetables together Throughout the growing season the freshly picked vegetables are donated to the Central Virginia Foodbank This year the Lewis Ginter s Children s Garden donated 516 lbs of

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  • Lewis Ginter's Tango in the Garden at Rose Fest a Success - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    Holland PR Marketing Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Garden looked amazing at Rose Fest but it looked even better with red and black clad tango dancers enjoying it so much The stone patio made for a perfect dance floor What an amazing sight those beautiful dancers with roses all around The flowers had the most beautiful fragrance and the weather was perfect just warm enough to enjoy rose gelato which my 7 year old gave the thumbs up to What a great event 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 Spring like Day Blooms Preparing Plants for Snow Trees Blooming in December 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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