"Make A Difference Day" News Release
This is what we're doing at my community garden. If you're in the area,
come join us -- we're going to have lots of food this year! (And with the
weeds sprouting up after all this rain, we could easily keep 200 people busy!)
Dorene Pasekoff, Coordinator
St. John's United Church of Christ Organic Community Garden
A mission of
St. John's United Church of Christ, 315 Gay Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460
Fall Work Day at St. John's United Church of Christ Organic Community
Garden on October 26, 2002 to celebrate "Make A Difference Day".
As part of the national day of service, "Make A Difference Day," St. John's
United Church of Christ Organic Community Garden will hold its Fall Work
Day on October 26, 2002 at the community garden (located behind Bethel
Baptist Church at 412 Fairview Street on the North Side of Phoenixville)
from 10 am until 2 pm. Lunch, donated by local businesses, will be served
at noon to all participants!
To make the day fun for everyone, we'll feature the following range of
activities, from low to intermediate to high energy, so that anyone who
visits the garden that day can contribute according to their ability.
1) Weeding Perennial Areas -- Team Leaders: Tina Abel with Carol Henzel,
and Barbara Bailey
Low-impact, but very necessary weeding in the orchard, perennial flower and
2) Cleaning and organizing the tool sheds -- Team Leader, Rev. Linda Gruber
Rev. Linda will lead a group to clean and organize the tool sheds. They
will also re-mulch the churchyard at 315 Gay Street.
3) Preparing the ground for a new formal herb garden -- Team Leader, Irene
Our two-time winner of the Philadelphia Harvest Show Best of Division Medal
for Herbs is designing a formal herb garden for the back of the community
garden. This group will clear debris, then layer cardboard and mulch to
create a new planting area for herbs, to be planted in the spring.
4) Planting Brigade -- Team Leader, Dorene Pasekoff
We have grapevines, antique roses, rare herbs and 2 cherry trees to plant
around the community garden.
5) Clearing the Northwestern Corner -- Team Leader, Frank Desimone
It's time to take mattocks in hand and rip out all those invasive
multiflora roses from behind the pergola and the northwestern perennial
bed! We'll also cut down the small trees, rip out the vines and completely
re-landscape the planting bed so that we can extend our perennial area.
6) Digging a trench for the water line -- Team Leader, Tommie Dean
Tommie will direct the St. Gabriel's Hall volunteers in digging a trench
from the new water line in front of the garden to the spigot at the
Fairview Apartments to connect our hose underground.
Our greeter, Bob Noll, will meet volunteers when they come to the garden's
entrance and help them choose an activity. Sara Ann Poinsett will pick up
fresh pizzas from local outlets to serve lunch at noon.
The following organizations are also participating in "Make A Difference
Day" at the community garden:
TD Alfredo's Pizzeria, Phoenixville: 10 large pizzas
Papa John's Pizza, Phoenixville: 10 large pizzas
Kimberton Whole Foods, Kimberton: Beverages for 80 people
Panera, Aubudon: Italian breads and pastries
Exterior Structures, Unlimited: wheelbarrow and tool loan
Phoenixville Junior Girl Scouts
The Cub Scouts
The Pathway School, Norristown
Mitchell (community garden) Program of St. Gabriel's Hall
Chester County Juvenile Probation Department, Community Service Program
Last fall's work day included folks ranging in age from 3 to 71 years
old. "Make A Difference Day" on October 26th is a perfect time to come
visit Phoenixville's only public community garden and see why we won the
Medium Community Garden Sweepstakes Award (given to the medium-sized
community garden with the most blue-ribbon entries) at this year's
Philadelphia Harvest Show! The garden is also the primary source of
in-season fresh produce for the food bank at Phoenixville Area Community
Services (PACS). Call Dorene Pasekoff, Garden Coordinator, at 610-933-5311
with questions or to volunteer for the day. We look forward to having
everyone in surrounding area join us on "Make A Difference Day!"
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