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Fwd: Eufuala, AL: CG stalwart Jim Call has more company.

  • Subject: [cg] Fwd: Eufuala, AL: CG stalwart Jim Call has more company.
  • From: Adam36055@aol.com
  • Date: Mon, 8 Nov 2004 23:07:55 EST

In a message dated 11/5/04 10:12:37 AM Eastern Standard Time, Adam36055 writes:

Subj: Eufuala, AL: CG stalwart Jim Call has more company. 
Date: 11/5/04 10:12:37 AM Eastern Standard Time
From: Adam36055
To: community_garden@mallorn.com
CC: jimcall@casagarden.com



Friends,

Another point of light from a "Red State."  Jim Call has some more company now in Alabama.

Everbest,
Adam Honigman,
Volunteer,
Clinton Community Garden

11/05/2004 - Eufuala Tribune
Birdie's Community Garden will help feed those in need 
By: Susan Walworth - Tribune staff writer 

When Birdie Woodley moved from a farm on Clayton Highway to Eufaula, she may have left the country, but the country never left her.
After moving to the Van Buren Apartments, Birdie took a small patch of dirt in front of her apartment, turned it into a garden and often shared its bounty with her neighbors.

"She missed the country," her daughter, Birdie Richards, said. "She brought her country ways with her."

The first year she moved into her apartment in 1991, she was growing collards, turnips and cabbages as well as developing a rose garden. "She liked to see it grow," her daughter said.

When Richards joined her mother at the Van Buren Apartments six years ago, she, too started a garden.

"She would tell me 'plant this and plant that.' She taught me a lot about gardening."

Even after Birdie had to move into the nursing home in 2003, her daughter would bring her back to the apartment to see her garden.

Birdie Woodley died in August at the age of 78, but her love of gardening lives on in a community garden started at the Van Buren Apartments in her honor only a few weeks after she died.

The brainchild of Frankie Bartkiewicz, who used to bring breakfast to Birdie as well as fresh flowers to cheer her up, the garden not only honors Birdie's memory, it provides food for the community.

Bartkiewicz had seen similar community gardens in California and thought the vacant spot in front of the apartments, occupied primarily by elderly and disabled people, would be ideal for a garden.

She said the idea is similar to that of the victory gardens planted during World War II when millions of tons of vegetables each year were produced in backyard plots.

"This figure demonstrates the untapped capability of small plots and community gardens," she said.

Many of the residents already had small flower and vegetable gardens in front of their apartments. Bartkiewicz, a Master Gardener, was touched by the recent data published in The Tribune about the number of children in Barbour County who live in poverty, some of whom go to bed hungry.

"Gardening is a positive thing," Bartkiewicz said. "People who have a garden are way more independent than those who don't have gardens."

Bartkiewicz hopes Birdie's Community Garden will inspire churches and other groups to plant community gardens.

She praised Buddy Lawrence for donating the 20x40 plot for the cool-season garden now filled with several herbs and 13 different vegetables, including squash and cucumbers, flourishing in the unseasonably warm weather.

"What he's done has been truly helpful," Bartkiewicz said.

Lawrence has already told the gardeners they could have an additional plot of land for next spring. Lawrence said it's a win-win situation for him since those are areas that don't have to be mowed.

Although Bartkiewicz is credited with starting the garden, she is quick to point out the experienced gardeners at the apartment complex are the experts.

"They're the ones who taught me," she said.

Richards, who is the minister of Rose Temple, a community outreach ministry, assisted with planning the garden as well as organizing volunteers to tend it.

Volunteers who work in the garden include Lula Mae Dodsen, Sammy Crawford, Lizzie Bell Paige, Charles Woodley and Eddie Roney. The Garden Gallery donated herbs for the garden.

"We're hoping the community and other churches will be inspired because this is truly a good thing," Richards said. "Our goal is for other landowners and church groups that have unattended property to come together in the spirit of love and donate the use of their land for community gardens. The vision is to help alleviate hunger and poverty in our area. We realize it won't stop the problem, but maybe it will help."

A dedication service for Birdie's Community Garden will be Saturday, Nov. 6, at 10:00 AM at the Van Buren Apartments, 530 T.V. McCoo Blvd. Charlie Mason, Barbour County extension coordinator, will speak on the subject of community gardens and the Master Gardening Program.

One third of the food produced in the garden will be donated to the St. James' Episcopal Church Food Pantry. The rest of the food will be distributed in the community to those in need. Anyone wishing to make a donation toward future gardens should contact Richards at 687-3471.


--- Begin Message ---
  • Subject: Eufuala, AL: CG stalwart Jim Call has more company.
  • From: Adam36055@aol.com
  • Date: Fri, 5 Nov 2004 10:12:37 EST
  • Full-name: Adam36055
Friends,

Another point of light from a "Red State."  Jim Call has some more company now in Alabama.

Everbest,
Adam Honigman,
Volunteer,
Clinton Community Garden

11/05/2004 - Eufuala Tribune
Birdie's Community Garden will help feed those in need 
By: Susan Walworth - Tribune staff writer 

When Birdie Woodley moved from a farm on Clayton Highway to Eufaula, she may have left the country, but the country never left her.
After moving to the Van Buren Apartments, Birdie took a small patch of dirt in front of her apartment, turned it into a garden and often shared its bounty with her neighbors.

"She missed the country," her daughter, Birdie Richards, said. "She brought her country ways with her."

The first year she moved into her apartment in 1991, she was growing collards, turnips and cabbages as well as developing a rose garden. "She liked to see it grow," her daughter said.

When Richards joined her mother at the Van Buren Apartments six years ago, she, too started a garden.

"She would tell me 'plant this and plant that.' She taught me a lot about gardening."

Even after Birdie had to move into the nursing home in 2003, her daughter would bring her back to the apartment to see her garden.

Birdie Woodley died in August at the age of 78, but her love of gardening lives on in a community garden started at the Van Buren Apartments in her honor only a few weeks after she died.

The brainchild of Frankie Bartkiewicz, who used to bring breakfast to Birdie as well as fresh flowers to cheer her up, the garden not only honors Birdie's memory, it provides food for the community.

Bartkiewicz had seen similar community gardens in California and thought the vacant spot in front of the apartments, occupied primarily by elderly and disabled people, would be ideal for a garden.

She said the idea is similar to that of the victory gardens planted during World War II when millions of tons of vegetables each year were produced in backyard plots.

"This figure demonstrates the untapped capability of small plots and community gardens," she said.

Many of the residents already had small flower and vegetable gardens in front of their apartments. Bartkiewicz, a Master Gardener, was touched by the recent data published in The Tribune about the number of children in Barbour County who live in poverty, some of whom go to bed hungry.

"Gardening is a positive thing," Bartkiewicz said. "People who have a garden are way more independent than those who don't have gardens."

Bartkiewicz hopes Birdie's Community Garden will inspire churches and other groups to plant community gardens.

She praised Buddy Lawrence for donating the 20x40 plot for the cool-season garden now filled with several herbs and 13 different vegetables, including squash and cucumbers, flourishing in the unseasonably warm weather.

"What he's done has been truly helpful," Bartkiewicz said.

Lawrence has already told the gardeners they could have an additional plot of land for next spring. Lawrence said it's a win-win situation for him since those are areas that don't have to be mowed.

Although Bartkiewicz is credited with starting the garden, she is quick to point out the experienced gardeners at the apartment complex are the experts.

"They're the ones who taught me," she said.

Richards, who is the minister of Rose Temple, a community outreach ministry, assisted with planning the garden as well as organizing volunteers to tend it.

Volunteers who work in the garden include Lula Mae Dodsen, Sammy Crawford, Lizzie Bell Paige, Charles Woodley and Eddie Roney. The Garden Gallery donated herbs for the garden.

"We're hoping the community and other churches will be inspired because this is truly a good thing," Richards said. "Our goal is for other landowners and church groups that have unattended property to come together in the spirit of love and donate the use of their land for community gardens. The vision is to help alleviate hunger and poverty in our area. We realize it won't stop the problem, but maybe it will help."

A dedication service for Birdie's Community Garden will be Saturday, Nov. 6, at 10:00 AM at the Van Buren Apartments, 530 T.V. McCoo Blvd. Charlie Mason, Barbour County extension coordinator, will speak on the subject of community gardens and the Master Gardening Program.

One third of the food produced in the garden will be donated to the St. James' Episcopal Church Food Pantry. The rest of the food will be distributed in the community to those in need. Anyone wishing to make a donation toward future gardens should contact Richards at 687-3471.

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