Re: FW: community garden training
- Subject: Re: [cg] FW: community garden training
- From: "Jim Call" firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2003 07:49:47 -0600
Thats an excellent idea. In small gardens where space is a valuable
commodity, this is the way to go.
In our CG, this concept probably would not work (to bio-intensify plantings
to this finite level) because most of our gardeners
are not gardeners, but engineers, computer geeks and the sons and daughters
of such. Most have never
been in an actual vegetable garden or actually seen an Eggplant. We have to
show them how to actually pick beans or whatever
otherwise they will do extensive damage to existing vines or plants.
So I have to be careful to lay out the rows where traffic can be managed
without compromising the harvest.
A gardener is much like a cook and volunteers are visiting his kitchen.
They have never been in a kitchen before and they
are going to help bake a cake. You have to constantly make sure everyone
is correctly doing what they were instructed.
But this is OK, because they are there to help and we make it an enjoyable
event for them.
For example: A few years ago, we had about 25 Vacation Bible schools kids
visiting the garden. Their ages ranged from 8
years old to about 12. I was overseeing the group with a couple church
escorts. The kids were going crazy wanting to
pick everything and laughing at our scarecrows. In the mist of giving
separate instructions to each mini-teams, a few
kids came up to me and asked to harvest the Bell Peppers. At the same time,
I was distracted by 2 other teams asking
questions as well so I told them to harvest them.
About 20 minutes later, these kids ran up to me with buckets of Bell Peppers
and huge smiles on their faces saying "Look
how much we got Mr. Call! I looked down and lo and behold they had picked
all the Bell Peppers from marble size and
larger. All of them. I looked at them (probably with my mouth wide open),
gathered my composure and
said "you guys did a great job!".
What else could I say? It was my fault for not instructing them properly.
So everyone had an enjoyable time and I
experienced a lesson the hard way.
Good idea on the garden layout, sorry I got off on a tangent but I guess
this falls under
"community garden training".
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dawson, Teva L." <TLDawson@dmgov.org>
Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2003 9:11 PM
Subject: FW: [cg] FW: community garden training
> To illustrate concepts of garden planning such as leaving enough space for
vegetables to grow, square foot gardening, crop rotation, vegetables to
trellis, etc... we would get sheets of paper and cut them to the approx.
square size that crop would grow to be. We would put a picture and name of
that crop on the piece of paper. A sheet for tomatoes plant would be
approx. 2' x 2', cucumbers 4' x 4', carrots 12 plants in a foot, etc.. Each
sheet would be color coded to show similar families of crops to illustrate
crop rotation. I've found that trying to get folks to graph out their
garden means nothing as showing them how big their little pumpkin seed is
going to grow to be. We found this to be very helpful.
> Teva Dawson
> Community Garden Coordinator
> Des Moines Botanical Center
> 909 East River Drive
> Des Moines, IA 50316
> Phone: 515/323-8907
> Fax: 515/323-8999
> Des Moines Community Gardening Coalition is a program of the Des Moines
Parks Department, that supports grass-roots community greening projects by
working with community-based organizations such as schools, low-income
housing providers and neighborhood associations giving them the training and
resources necessary to build sustainable community greening projects that
educate people, beautify communities, increase food security, improve
nutritional health, and build relationships among people.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2003 3:42 PM
> To: Sally McCabe; list serve (E-mail)
> Subject: Re: [cg] FW: community garden training
> I have a PowerPoint presentation called "Vegetable Gardening: Getting a
Great Start" that I created and used to teach "basic vegetable gardening"
classes for a diversity of people including homeless and people with low
incomes. It covers soil, garden layout, plant selection . . . you know the
basics... I would be willing to burn a CD and send it by request...if you
can use it. Your Extension office in SC should have access to a laptop &
> Shelly Collins
> Master Gardener
> Knox County, Ohio
> We are stardust . . . we are golden . . . and we've got to get
ourselves back to the garden . . .
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Sally McCabe
> To: list serve (E-mail)
> Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2003 9:14 AM
> Subject: [cg] FW: community garden training
> -----Original Message-----
> From: JDeAllen@aol.com [mailto:JDeAllen@aol.com]
> Sent: Monday, October 27, 2003 9:06 PM
> To: Sally McCabe
> Subject: community garden training
> Ran across your training info. I am a Master Gardener in Spartanburg SC. I
currently work for the Nutrition Council. One of our goals for 2004 is to
train community association leaders in the basics of vegetable gardening.
Their attendance will be a prerequisite for receiving a potential mini-grant
for their neighborhood. I could use the SC Master Gardeners Manual, however
there is a problem with literacy. Looking for ideas on existing training
programs. Do you have something I could start with??
> Jerry Allen
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