Please help us welcome the another team of USF student volunteers this Saturday.
It's back! The USF "Stampede of Service" for 2017 has again chosen our community garden as one of its 70 volunteer sites throughout the school's service area, and a team of energentic students will arrive by bus this Saturday, January 14 to assist us from 9:30 am until noon.
It's their way of helping to build a growing tradition of community service on the college campus while also helping students learn about the great work their student body does on a daily basis.
Please make a point to join us this Saturday to greet our volunteer team and to guide their efforts. We sincerely thank USF for pitching in for us. GO BULLS!
Our next Garden Planning meeting happens Monday, January 17th at Colleen Parker's home.
We usually hold our monthly meeting at the local public library, but Colleen is inviting members to come to her house this month instead. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP and to get address info. Meeting starts at 6:30 pm. See you there!
The Coalition of Community Gardens next quarterly meeting is Thursday, January 19th at the Mustard Seed Garden at Tims Memorial Presbyterian Church, 601 Sunset Lane, Lutz, 33549. 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Here’s the text of the latest email from the Coalition’s Kitty Wallace, with meeting details and more. Hope you can make the date!
We had a great meeting at Plant City Commons Community Garden in October, met several of their gardeners, and toured their wonderful garden. Thanks, Karen! We also welcomed the Vista Gardens members, Jen and Barb.
- Tour the Mustard Seed Garden; share info about our gardens; Q & A re gardening.
- Plan garden tours in April....It would be most helpful if each of us could meet with our board/planning teams prior to this meeting....and determine a date in April, best case scenario to coincide with Earth Day, that we can ALL hold an event or an open house in our gardens area-wide....it looks like we have some marketing people on board this year and can actually make a fair media splash about this. So bring that information with you or share via email so we can come away from this meeting with a PLAN.
Re: the Healthiest Cities-Counties Challenge Grant: We have had one general meeting with the partner agencies of the grant. Data on statistics regarding food deserts, current community gardens, as well as health-related statistics are being gathered. And we (the coalition members) are putting together a "Starting a community garden tool kit."
The goal of this grant is to develop a model of networking and use the model to establish at least 3 community gardens in food desert areas in Tampa/Hillsborough. (The USDA defines what's considered a food desert: at least 500 people and/or at least 33 percent of the census tract's population must reside more than one mile from a supermarket or large grocery store (for rural census tracts, the distance is more than 10 miles).
Please reply to this email regarding your attendance....Ardell and Renee at Mustard Seed Garden would appreciate getting a head count at some point (RSVP to Colleen at email@example.com). All are welcome and encouraged to attend and to bring other gardeners from your group. Best wishes for a happy, healthy 2017! Kitty
Lend us a hand, make some friends, and help our garden grow every Saturday morning, 9:00 am to noon.
Planting, weeding, watering, harvesting, and tending the compost and the garden worms... these are a few of the regular tasks essential to our ever-bountiful community garden.
We gather for a few hours every Saturday morning, pitching in together to keep it going and keep things growing. So please join us if you can this weekend.
Sunscreen and garden hats are recommended, and bring some water to stay hydrated.
We look forward to seeing you!
All the best,
Your friends from Seminole Heights Community Gardens