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  1. 1. Summer 2009 The Community Gardening Newsletter Published by the Community Gardening Program of Ohio State University Extension, Cuyahoga CountyCooking in the Gardenby Becky Orenstein, Student PositionH alf of the fun of gardening is enjoying the fruits of your labor. We all love gardening, but do not always know what to do with our vegetables when harvest time rolls around. Freshvegetables are always delicious when eaten on their own, but we often run out of ideas on how toprepare our produce once it is picked. Who better to give suggestions than a chef? There will betwo “Cooking in the Garden” workshops this summer, each featuring a chef who will give a freecooking lesson! Not only will you be able to sample professionally prepared food, you will learnhow to make it at home! Each dish prepared will highlight avegetable and give you creative ideas on how to make the most ofyour hard work in the garden. In addition to the cooking portionof the workshop, there will be an informative section focused onthe health benefits of different fruits and vegetables. We oftenforget how valuable the nutrients in fruits and vegetables are tothe proper functioning of our bodies. Each “Cooking in theGarden” workshop will include a potluck meal so you will havethe opportunity to showcase your favorite dish prepared with freshfruits or vegetables. Last year, gardeners brought everything fromzucchini soup to tomato wine. Bring your recipe and swap with Chef Andy at Brighter Side Garden August, 2008your fellow gardeners! There will be two “Cooking in the Garden” workshops: June 18th (East Side) August 27th (West Side) 6:00-8:00 p.m. 6:00-8:00 p.m. Paul Revere Garden El Sol Garden 10334 Gay Ave. 3202 Woodbridge Joy at Garfield Garden July, 2008 Come to one, or both! Last year’s “Cooking in the Garden” workshops featured great food and great company. They arethe perfect opportunity to mingle with fellow gardeners, see a garden you might not have seen before, and pick up some newinformation! Community Gardening Plant a Row Project Update PLANT EXTRA! PLANT EXTRA! PLANT EXTRA!Please Help the Hungry. The new Master Gardener Community Gardening Committee is looking for gardeners toparticipate in the Plant a Row for the Hungry Project. This project is a national program that has contributed millionsof pounds of fresh produce to hunger centers across the country and we want Cuyahoga County Master Gardeners andCommunity Gardeners to be a part of this effort. We need YOU to plant an extra row of vegetables for the hungry ofCleveland. The need is greater than ever because of the current economy. When planning your garden please plantextra for the Cleveland Foodbank and local food pantries!There are three ways to help: Plant, harvest and deliver your fresh produce to the hunger center of your choice. Please weigh the produce and report the amount you donate to Master Gardener Gwen Morgan at or 440-823-1591 (cell) or 440-423-0225 (home) so we can track how much we give. Your donations are tax deductible. Contact Gwen for a receipt. Plant, harvest and deliver your fresh produce to a drop-off point in your area. The volunteer at the drop-off point will deliver contributions to the Cleveland Foodbank and/or food pantries. This volunteer will also weigh all SEE PLANT A ROW PAGE 5
  2. 2. Page 2 T h e C o m m u n i t y G a r d e n i n g N e ws l e t t e r Summer 2009Healthy Eating, Active Living in Ward One Grant Opportunityby Amanda Block, Program Assistant Gardenburger™ Community Garden Grants OSU Extension (OSUE) and the Harvard This program provides necessary support to organizations looking to sustain or create a communityCommunity Service Center gardening project in their neighborhood that will provideare delighted to announce community residents and neighborhoods with improvedfive new community gardens health, vitality and quality of life that comes from accessin Cleveland’s Ward One. to fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains. All 501(c)3This project is made possible organizations may apply. The deadline is June 30, 2009.through a grant from Kaiser Permanente’s Healthy Contact: Gardenburger™ Community Garden Grants atEating Active Living (HEAL) program. The goal for to download the application formOSUE is to provide research-based education, and the terms and conditions.resources, and support to residents in order to Feeding Cleveland Exhibitestablish and maintain quality gardens in Ward One. Open in the Thomas F. Campbell Gallery, HEAL was implemented to reduce obesity rates CSU Levin College of Urban Affairsand promote improvements in nutrition and physical Feeding Cleveland—Free and open to the publicactivity in targeted neighborhoods. Data from the A recurring theme in 20th century Cleveland thatCity of Cleveland’s Department of Public Health, as continues to the present day is that during difficult economic periods communities of people have comewell as other sources, indicates significant health together to raise food crops on city land.disparities in Ward One. For example, statistics have The working mans farms during the Greatshown that rates of both heart disease and stroke are Depression, the victory gardens during World War II, community gardens established during the years ofabout two-times higher in Ward 1 than in the rest of urban renewal, and the present day market gardenersthe City of Cleveland. of the local food movement, all provide examples of The community gardens will increase access to revivals of urban agriculture as a response to economic difficulties. As more and more people try tofresh and nutritious food, while stretching the food stretch their budgets during this recession, some arebudget, as families put local food on the table. In turning to the backyard as the place to look for food.addition to the nutrition, the gardens will also create The exhibit features images of commercialopportunities for exercise and introduce residents to greenhouses, victory gardens, work relief gardens, community gardens and Cleveland Public Schoola lifelong hobby. Horticulture Program. More photographs, ebooks and The sites for the gardens have yet to be determined, other information is available at: www.clevelandmemory.orgbut they will be located in areas that demonstratecommunity support. A core group of dedicated The Exhibit runs from May 1 through August 31, 2009 in the Campbell Gallerygardeners is essential to the sustainability of these Gallery hours are 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mondaygardens. The aim is to build gardens throughout the through Friday, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. SaturdayWard and put in place infrastructure that will facilitatethe building of more gardens in upcoming seasons asthe community drives them. In an effort to encourageresidents to take on the management of garden projects,OSUE will host workshops in Ward One on topicspertaining to building community gardens. As thegardens are developed OSUE will be excited to share updates with the Cleveland gardening community! Cleveland Public School students use team work in their victory garden, May 1942
  3. 3. Summer 2009 T h e C o m m u n i t y G a r d e n i n g N e ws l e t t e r Page 3 Garden Leader Corner Garden Leader: Tom Sargent Garden Name: Benjamin Franklin Community Garden Location: Located on Spring Road behind Ben Franklin Elementary SchoolHow long have you been a garden leader? I have been the garden leader since 2001, so 9 years. Before that, I helped Barney (previous garden leader) out for 5 to 6 years running the garden.How long have you been gardening? All of my life! I grew up in southern West Virginia, so I had been doing mountainside gardening all my life; that is just my culture. That is the Appalachian culture.What is the biggest benefit your garden provides? We have 5 acres of land, and I believe we are the largest community garden in the county, possibly the state.What is the biggest challenge your garden faces? The biggest challenge is managing gardeners who do not maintain their plots. A lot of the time when that happens, it is because gardeners do not understand the attention gardening demands. We have a delicate rule system here because of that. I do not want it to seem like a gulag, but there is a delicate balance between having too many rules and what is needed to keep the garden maintained. There are a lot of different gardening styles in the garden. We have more than 200 gardeners involved, some are first time gardeners. But the committee is becoming very active and they have been really helpful with this issue.Tell us something special or unique about your garden and its gardeners. Our crew is relatively diverse. We have some really good gardeners involved, some are Master Gardeners, and they are really helpful. We also work with the Benjamin Franklin School, which makes us unique. Plus, we donate a good amount of food. Last year we donated between 6,000 and 9,000 pound of fresh food.What do you keep in mind to be the best leader you can be? I try to keep in mind that we are a diverse group, and we have different gardening cultures. Like me, we have gardeners from Appalachia, we have African American gardeners, we have first generation gardeners, and we even have gardeners from South America. All those different cultures mean there are a lot of different ways things are done, and there is a great opportunity to learn. I really enjoy seeing all of those different styles of gardening.Anything else you would like to share? I have been very happy with the support that the Garden Committee [Ben Franklin] has been providing.
  4. 4. Page 4 T h e C o m m u n i t y G a r d e n i n g N e ws l e t t e r Summer 2009Secret Hideaways and Fun StructuresAuthor: National Gardening AssociationS ecret hideaways, garden playrooms, and special structures are enticements for involving kids in thegarden, and they can transform the garden into a fantasyland and refuge. This project can make yourgarden the most kid-friendly place on the block. Planting a Sunflower House Youll need: • a garden spot, with good soil, that receives at least 6 hours of sun daily • seeds for tall sunflowers, such as Mammoth or Paul Bunyan • seeds for medium-height (about 5-foot) sunflowers • seeds for a colorful, flowering annual, such as zinnias • seeds for morning glories • string 1. With your young gardeners, decide on an exterior shape and dimensions for your house. Youll need at least a 4- by 6-foot house, but an 8- by 8-foot space is more generous and looks more convincing when fully grown. Allow some extra space so you can walk around the building to tend to the plants. When youve decided on an outline, have your child mark it on the ground so the seeds dont get stepped on accidentally while you are waiting for them to grow. 2. Plant seeds for the tall sunflowers in a row to mark the outline, starting at the corners. Help your child plant the seeds about a foot apart. Then between the tall ones, plant the mid-height variety. Then plant a colorful flowering annual such as zinnias all around the outside. (Using these different heights will make the walls seem more solid.) 3. Another colorful way to fill in the walls is to plant morning glory vines to climb the sunflowers. (Soak the seeds in water overnight to hasten germination.) Help your child train the vines to climb the tallest sunflowers by directing the early growth toward the sunflower stems. Your child may be fascinated to see that they only twine in one direction! Once the vines have found the stem, they will twine their own way up. 4. To encourage the morning glory vines to form a "roof," help your child weave a network of string or yarn across the open top from sunflower to sunflower. Add the string when the sunflowers are about four feet tall. The sunflowers will raise the roof as they grow. 5. Finally, to keep down weeds and make a cleaner surface for your child to play on, use a thick layer of mulch to carpet the interior or cover it with flattened cardboard boxes. You could even add a beach towel for a rug or even some small-scaled furniture. Your sunflower structure could be the most popular hangout on the block!
  5. 5. Summer 2009 T h e C o m m u n i t y G a r d e n i n g N e ws l e t t e r Page 5 PLANT A ROW FROM PAGE 1To the Garden We Grow!by Becky Orenstein, Student contributions and report theD uring the summer months students often puteducation on the back-burner to make room for having fun amount to Master Gardener, Gwen Morgan at and provide you with a tax-deductible receipt, if desired.and enjoying their free time. What is often forgotten is thathaving fun can be incorporated into learning! To make sure Volunteer to be a gardener who is willing to acceptthat these summer months don’t go to waste, the horticulture donations throughout the harvest period at your homedepartment and nutrition educators will be joining forces to or garden location from other Master Gardeners andteach the “To the Garden We Grow” program. For the Community Gardeners; weigh and deliver producesecond year, we will be visiting youth in Cleveland to teach weekly to Cleveland Foodbank and/or local foodlessons focused on nutrition and gardening basics. While we pantry. We NEED about 10-15 people around theare returning to many sites from last year, we will be meeting city to serve as drop off points for donations.a lot of new faces this summer. This year, each group in the Contact Gwen Morgan for more information at:program has a garden at their site, which will enable thestudents to obtain hands-on experience. Each lesson will (preferred), 440-823-1591include information, activities and opportunities for the (cell) or 440-423-0225 (home).students to try new things. There are six different lessons The following Master Gardeners have already agreed tothat will be taught this summer: Building a Good Base for Health, use their homes as drop off points for vegetables grownPlants Eat Too—Understanding Roots and Seeds, The Foods WeEat from Parts of the Plant, Worms are Wonderful!, Cleveland: A by fellow Master Gardeners and Community Gardeners.Green City on a Blue Lake, and Keeping Foods Safe to Eat/What’s Thank you!Up with that Bug? Included in these lessons, students will be Plant a Row Drop off Locations:able to plant avocados, see worms in a compost bin, learnwhy both humans and plants need water, sample new foods, PLEASE CALL BEFORE DROPPING OFF PRODUCEand much more! Each lesson will have physical activity and Jo Bredt 440.331.1955 Fairview Parkgardening time, ensuring that the students get exercise and 4093 West 214th Streetdon’t get bored! To the Garden We Grow is just as helpful tothe educators as to the students. The lessons are great Carolyn Hufford 216.521.4431 Lakewoodreminders of things we might forget about on a daily basis, Lakewood Public Librarysuch as the importance of reusing materials (not just Wednesday evenings ONLYrecycling), or of choosing water over more sugary beverages. Marianne Sachs 216.371.1440 Cleveland HeightsIn addition to reminding ourselves about basics of nutrition 3236 East Fairfax Roadand gardening, OSU Extension educators love theopportunity to meet students from all areas of Cleveland. Linda Dole 216.486.5625 ClevelandAfter creating great memories last year, we are excited for 18308 Canterbury Rd.another year of Gwen Morgan 440.823.1591 Gates Millsnutrition in the 7900 Old Mill Roadgarden. Formore infor- Caroline DeLamatre 216.896.0317 Orange Villagemation on this 4459 Brainard Rd.program, Sharon Klimm 440.248.8567 Soloncontact Lauren 5490 North Woods LaneMelnick at 216-429-8200, ext. We do not have any drop off points in the southern and229. southwestern areas of the county. If you live in any of these areas please contact Gwen to help. Summer Student Positions Join the OSUE Community Gardening Team We are pleased to share that three Student Positions will be enhancing our educational outreach efforts to community gardens. Becky Orenstein (rejoining us from last summer), Mike Auerbach and Bryn Adams will be out visiting gardens, planning special network- ing events, assisting with workshops, and helping to implement a new children’s program that blends nutrition with gardening, “To the Garden We Grow.”
  6. 6. Summer 2009 T h e C o m m u n i t y G a r d e n i n g N e ws l e t t e r Page 6Beans in the Goose’s Craw?by Lisa Lewis, BS in Dietetics, University of AkronStudent Intern, Family Nutrition Program Have you heard of ‘goose beans’? They were reportedlytaken 100 years ago from the craw (prior to digestion food-storage-pouch) of a wild goose that a hunter had shot. It is one ofmany seeds known as heirloom seeds. Goose beans are delicious, whether eaten as a green bean or later cooked as a dry bean.Beans - also known as legumes, peas, pulse and vetch - have been around for a l-o-n-g time. They were among the firstcultivated crops, with a history dating back to around 7,000 BC in regions of Asia (soybeans), the Middle East (chickpeas,lentils, fava beans), and the Americas (haricot bean: runner beans, kidney beans, lima beans). The shape of the seed helpsdistinguish beans from peas and lentils, with beans being kidney-shaped or oval, peas round, and lentils as flat disks.Beans area sustainable food, as we shall see by looking at their attributes both nutritionally and in the garden. Beans are part of the Meat and Beans Group, which is the protein group of the USDA’s MyPyramid Food Guide. Beingmuch less expensive than meat, they contribute to the sustainability of your wallet! They are in the Vegetable Group also,and are high in fiber (helping to reduce cholesterol), high in complex carbohydrates, and low in fat (about 2-3%). Their othernutrients include folate, manganese, magnesium, copper and iron. Of concern for vegetarians, most beans are high in lysine,an amino acid undersupplied in most grains. Hence, the development of various recipe combinations, such as lentils and rice,lima beans and corn, chickpeas (garbanzo beans) and couscous, or beans, corn and squash. Eaten together, beans and nuts,seeds or grains provide complete proteins for a balanced diet, contributing to the sustainability of your health. Bean gardening contributes to sustainable development, which is “development that meets the needs of the presentwithout compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”5. How is this so? Beans improve the healthof your soil by taking nitrogen – a valuable component of fertilizer - from the air and putting it into the soil through their roots.You can help meet the needs of next spring’s garden also by properly saving seeds from this year’s harvest. This is done byallowing seeds to fully ripen before harvesting them, usually 90 or more days. For more information on saving seeds, attendOSU Extension’s seed saving workshop in September. See WORKSHOPS on page 9 for more details. The following legume (bean) varieties grow best in Cuyahoga County gardens: ● Bush Bean: Bush Blue Lake ● Pea: Sugar Snap (Sugar Pea) ● Cowpea: Purple Hull Bush Kentucky Wonder Blizzard (Snow Pea) California Blackeye Royal Burgundy Wando (Shelling, heat resistant) ● Peanut: Spanish Baby Fordhook (Lima) Early Frosting (Shelling) Virginian Jumbo ● Pole Bean: Kentucky Wonder Heirloom varieties can be researched and chosen through various catalogs and websites. Years ago I purchased goosebeans through the “Seeds of Change” catalog, which is now available online at Other onlineheirloom seed sources include: (Southwestern PA) and (nationwide listings). A local favorite variety is the Cowpea (a.k.a. Black-eyed pea or Crowder pea). Hoppin’ John is a popular recipe using thisbean. This low-fat recipe version is adapted from Nikki & David Goldbeck’s American Wholefoods Cuisine cookbook6: HOPPIN’ JOHN Rice and black-eyed peas with a bit of a “bite”, traditionally served with hot pepper sauce on the side for individual seasoning. ½ pound (about 1 ½ cups) dried black-eyed peas 3 cups water 1 tsp crushed red pepper or ½ fresh chili pepper, chopped ¾ tsp salt (or less if on low-sodium diet) 1 good-sized onion, coarsely chopped 1 cup raw brown rice (3 cups cooked in 2 ½ cups vegetable stock)● Combine black-eyed peas and water, bring to a boil for a minute; cover, remove from heat, and let soak for one hour or longer.● Return beans to a boil; add hot pepper and cook, covered, over low heat for 30 to 45 minutes until partially done. Add salt and onion, continue to cook for another 45 minutes until tender. SEE BE AN S PAGE 7
  7. 7. Summer 2009 T h e C o m m u n i t y G a r d e n i n g N e ws l e t t e r Page 7BEANS FROM PAGE 6 Cooking Up Something Fresh This Summer by Becky Orenstein, Student Position● While the beans cook, and at least 45 minutes to 1 hour● before dining, cook the rice. Serve hot beans in their gravy on top of rice, offering hot D o you ever feel that you don’t have many opportunities to meet gardeners from different areas? This summer, your worries will disappear! With pepper sauce at the table. our brand-new potluck series, you will have an● Note: The beans freeze well, so double the recipe for a opportunity to meet gardeners from all over the future meal. Cleveland area, see gardens you may have yet to see, One last thing to consider is companion planting. The and break bread with community gardeners and OSUfollowing suggestions are from Carrots Love Tomatoes, Extension staff! The potlucks will take place July 14,Secrets of Companion Planting for Successful Gardening by from 6-8 pm at Hanna Perkins Garden (located atLouise Riotte7: 19910 Malvern Road, Shaker Heights); and August 6,LEGUMES in general: from 6-8 pm at Morganic Garden (located at Kenyon● Legumes sown with a small Avenue and E. 65th Street, Cleveland). Come to one, or amount of mustard are come to all! Just remember to bring a dish to share; this helpful to grapevines and is your time to show off your cooking skills to other fruit trees community gardeners! If you need directions or have● Peanuts are excellent to grow with newly set nut trees any questions, contact Becky at (216) 429.8230.BEANS Your Chance to Shine: Garden Docents needed!● Most thrive when interplanted with carrots, cauliflower, by Becky Orenstein, Student Position marigolds, summer savory, potatoes, moderate amounts of celery or cucumbers, strawberries, locust trees, radishes, cabbages and corn● Beans are inhibited by any member of the onion family C alling all community gardeners! We are looking for energetic representatives from community gardens to help lead our Urban Harvest Garden Tour! You would (garlic, shallots, and chives) be a tour guide on Lolly the Trolley, enjoying the sum-● They dislike gladiolus, kohlrabi & sunflower mer breeze while sharing some of your knowledge and experience with community gardening. This is the per-PEAS fect opportunity to share your enthusiasm about commu-● Peas grow well with carrots, turnips, radishes, nity gardening with a group of interested listeners! If cucumbers, corn, beans and potatoes you are interested in participating, please contact● Plow pea vines under or return them to the compost pile Amanda at 216-429-8200, ext. 250 or email when done We look forward to hearing from you!● Wood ashes around the base of pea vines help control aphids SAVE the DATE! OSU Extension, Cuyahoga County and ClevelandWelcome, Amanda Block! Department of Community Development present: Amanda is a new Program Assistant withOSUE’s Community Gardening Program. Shecomes with many skills and talents and is eager tomeet all of the gardeners. She will be working withcommunity gardens in the City of Cleveland,including developing new gardens in Ward 1 Saturday, August 15 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00under Kaiser Permanente’s HEAL Initiative. We’re p.m. The event will kick-off at the Ben Franklin Garden (1905 Spring Road) in Cleveland’s Oldglad to have her join our “green team” and hope Brooklyn neighborhood and the tour will wind throughyou look forward to meeting her and benefiting nine more community gardens and one urban farm. For additional information, call the Garden Tourfrom her gifts. Hotline at (216) 429-3148.
  8. 8. Page 8 T h e C o m m u n i t y G a r d e n i n g N e ws l e t t e r Summer 2009 June Garden Practices Vegetables Fruits● Weed the garden regularly. ● All summer harvest crops should be in the ● Thin apples, pears and peaches● Water gardens during the ground by now. for larger fruit. morning if possible. ● Pull soil or mulch up against potato plants ● Remove blossoms from newly● Store unused seeds in a cold, when they are 8 to 12 inches tall. established strawberry plants. dry location. ● Sow more carrots and beets for continuous ● Loosely tie grape vines to the● Plant buckwheat in vacant harvest. trellis using soft twine or plastic areas of the garden to retard ● Sidedress asparagus and rhubarb with aged ties. weeds. manure or a 10-10-10 fertilizer. ● Protect ripening fruit from● Inspect your garden daily. ● Remove radish, spinach, and lettuce plants animals with netting or row when they send up seed stalks. cover. July Garden Practices Vegetables Fruits● Prevent weeds from going to ● Sow more beets, beans and carrots. ● Prop branches of heavily seed! Scrape smaller weeds ● Sow parsley, dill and basil in pots for use loaded fruit trees. with a hoe or hand-pull indoors during winter. ● Renovate overcrowded larger and perennial weeds. ● Plant Chinese cabbage, endive, snap beans, strawberry beds (ask Extension● Water deeply when needed; kohlrabi, lettuce and radish for fall harvest. for fact sheet). avoid light sprinkling. ● Plant late-season cabbage transplants in the ● Prune suckers and water● Remove faded flowers and garden. sprouts from apple trees. over-ripe fruit that attract ● Plant rutabagas for harvest in early autumn. ● Enjoy local peaches. Japanese beetles. ● Lightly fertilize onions, tomatoes, peppers ● Cut down raspberry canes that● Never apply pesticides to and other long-season plants. produced fruit earlier this stressed plants. ● Allow broccoli to develop side shoots after summer.● Inspect your garden daily. central head has been harvested. ● Pinch or cut back mint, oregano, and savory to promote bushy growth. ● Harvest summer squash when they are young and tender. ● Blanch celery a week before harvesting by wrapping stalks with paper. ● Allow a few green peppers to turn red before harvesting. August Garden Practices Vegetables Fruits● Continue to cultivate around ● Harvest tomatoes when their color is fully ● Harvest cantaloupe when the vegetables and flowers to developed. Know your tomato variety to stem separates from the fruit with discourage weeds. determine ripeness. gentle prodding.● Handpick Japanese beetles ● Plant collards, kale, and turnips for the fall and drop them into a jar of garden. detergent and water. ● Sow seeds of leaf lettuce, radish, turnip (for● Do a soil test before planting a greens), and spinach for fall harvest. new garden. ● Dig potatoes after vines have died.● Watch for wasps when working ● Sow spinach for fall harvest. near rock piles, old tree stumps ● If you have too many zucchini or tomatoes, and stone walls. reduce the number of those plants you put in● Inspect your garden daily. the garden next year. SEE TI P S PAGE 9
  9. 9. Summer 2009 T h e C o m m u n i t y G a r d e n i n g N e ws l e t t e r Page 9TIPS FROM PAGE 8ALSO,● SHARE your harvest with neighbors, friends, and those in need. Call the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland at 216- 619-8155 ext. 12 to find a location to drop off excess produce, talk to your local church or food pantry, or call OSUE for guidance.● HARVEST the vegetable garden every few days. AVOID MID-DAY PICKING: Vegetables picked in the cool, early morning taste best and store longer!● SAVOR fresh vegetables from your garden and farmers markets.● ATTEND OSUE Garden Workshops this summer (see below for more details)!● SHARE, LEARN, EAT, MEET! At a Garden Potluck (see page 7 for more details).● CALL the Master Gardener Hotline (Mondays and Thursdays 10am-1pm) or Community Gardening staff anytime for Fact Sheets about Pest and Disease, Growing Tips and Techniques for individual fruits and vegetables, Compost How-to, etc.Special note for GARDEN LEADERS AND COORDINATORS:● Create committees and delegate tasks; you don’t have to do it all yourself! For example: Weed Patrols, Compost, Fundraisers, or Grant Seekers and Writers● Talk to other leaders/coordinators and share and learn best practices.Workshop Schedule Weed ID & Management with John Cardina Cooking in the Garden Saturday, June 13, 2009 Thursday, August 27, 2009 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Free to the public Free to the public Building Healthy Communities El Sol Garden RSVP to Marty 216-429-8220 RSVP to Marty 216-429-8220 Cooking in the Garden Harvesting/Seed Saving Thursday, June 18, 2009 Thursday, September 10, 2009 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Free to the public Free to the public Paul Revere Garden Madison Community Garden RSVP to Marty 216-429-8220 RSVP to Marty 216-429-8220 Pest & Disease—with Jim Chatfield Saturday, June 27, 2009 Grant Writing 10:00 a.m.. – 12:00 noon Tuesday, October 13, 2009 Free to the public 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Shaffer Miles Garden Free to the public YWCA of Greater Cleveland RSVP to Marty 216-429-8220 RSVP to Michelle 216-429-8224 Composting Saturday, July 11, 2009 Upcoming Events 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Free to the public Community Garden Tours Hirst Avenue Garden Saturday, August 15, 2009 RSVP to Marty 216-429-8220 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Season Extension Ben Franklin Garden Saturday, July 25, 2009 Cuyahoga County Fair 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Monday, August 10 – Sunday, August 16, 2009 Free to the public Berea Fair Grounds Herman Avenue Garden “Medieval Times at the Fair” RSVP to Marty 216-429-8220 ACGA 30th Annual Conference Soil/No Till Thursday, August 6 – Sunday, August 9, 2009 Thursday, August 20, 2009 Franklin Park Conservatory 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Columbus, Ohio Free to the public Garden Leader scholarship applications are due West 47th Garden June 30th (City of Cleveland Summer Sprout only) RSVP to Marty 216-429-8220
  10. 10. Ohio State University Extension Cuyahoga County 9127 Miles Avenue Cleveland, OH 44105 Mission Statement The Community Gardening Program provides education and resources, helping communities to grow nutritious food, develop important life skills, and create a healthy environment. Our Horticulture Staff: Do you have a question about your garden? • Unsure of when to plant seeds or transplant seedlings? Michael Auerbach, Student Position • Curious about what vegetables make good companion plantings? Amanda Block, Program Assistant • Want to improve the health of your soil naturally? Brad Melzer, Program Assistant OSU Extension Master Gardeners can answer your questions and send you Becky Orenstein, Student Position information to increase your gardening successes. Morgan Taggart, Program Specialist Call (216) 429-8235 between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Mondays and Nicole Wright, Program Assistant Thursdays or email your questions to mgdiagnostics_cuya@ag.ohio- Michelle Key, Office Associate THANK YOU for making the Community Gardening Program possible through your monetary contributions, time, and effort: The Cleveland Foundation The George Gund Foundation The Edward and Betty Sloat Foundation Centers for Disease Control’s Steps to a Healthier US The SK Wellman Foundation City of Cleveland, the Honorable Frank Jackson, Mayor City of Cleveland, Department of Community Development, Division of Neighborhood Services Cleveland Department of Public Health Cuyahoga County Board of Health, Cardiovascular Health Program Cuyahoga County Board of County Commissioners Ohio State University Extension embraces human diversity and is committed to ensuring that all research and related educational programs are available to clientele on a nondiscriminatory basis without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or veteranstatus. This statement is in accordance with United States Civil Rights Laws and the USDA. Keith L. Smith, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Agricultural Admini- stration and Director, Ohio State University Extension. TDD No. 800-589-8292 (Ohio only) or 614-292-1868.