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Showing posts from April, 2011

Blurring the Lines

Blurring the Lines by Lindsay Popper Owl and Spade (publication of Warren Wilson College ) It's like one of those running jokes that you can drop back into without explanation, except that we're serious about it: as we drive around in Nathan's clunky, faithful truck--the one which only recently acquired turn signals and a hatch that opens--we'll pass wide-open sunny patches of grass and say, simply, there. After just a few months growing food in Tallahassee, I'm beginning to see possible gardens everywhere.              I had grown approximately two things--a cup of grass seed in kingergarten and a kohlrabi in 3rd grade--before I moved down to Florida with just a backpack and a small suitcase to join Nathan Ballentine with his business of "helping people grow their own food and share it."             Within 12 hours of getting off the bus, I'd sown rows of turnips, beets, carrots, and rutabagas, and within 24 hours I was helping 3-12 year ol

April in Pictures & Anecdotes

Sat., April 16th I taught a "Is it Too Late to Plant? Not Yet" food garden workshop at Esposito Garden Center.  Ralph, Esposito's owner graciously offered me a demonstration spot to showcase one of my 4x4 economy gardens .  Coming this fall, I plan to take him up on his offer. MIO demonstrating how to plant tomatoes. Below, in the Park at 9th and Terrace, you can see the city's smallest community garden.  Back in November, I joined the Midtown Neighborhood Association and friends to install and plan for the development of this garden.  The kale, arugula and oregano are thriving.  If you live in the area and would like to help in take this garden to the next level, send me an email -- I'll put you in touch with the right folks. Two years ago my friend Daniel Sherman (a student at FAMU at the time called me up): "Nathan, I've got a project in mind.  I wonder: would you be willing to help me get a garden started for the seniors at Bethel Towers?"

2nd Annual Community Garden Gathering of the Big Bend: 12-2pm., Sat., 4/23 at the Havana Community Gardens

2 nd Annual  Community Gardening   Gathering   (of the Big Bend) Pot luck, 12-2pm, Sat., April 23rd @ the Havana Community Gardens on US 27 N. of Tallahassee, on the Right just before you reach Havana ( map ) Click here to register It is time to join again to support one another, to learn, strategize, and chat about community gardens’ contribution to healthy, affordable and good-tasting food in the Big Bend. Come hear the story of Havana’s Community Gardens; learn and share with fellow community gardeners, garden educators and activists; and explore how we can encourage and further the community gardening movement in our area.   Already have or or aspire to start a church, school, after school, organizational, donation or business garden?   Hope to see you there. Please bring stories of garden successes and a challenge or question you are currently facing, and if it works, bring a covered dish to share.  Drinks will be provided.   Meet near the trees.  Bring a chai