Dannemora Community Garden, August 2014

Dannemora Community Garden, August 2014


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2017 Dannemora Community Garden:

The planting begins with cool-season crops.

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Big and small hands make light work.

 

Who’s in charge?

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2016 Dannemora Community Garden — 18 plots = 16 plots for families and individual gardeners + 2 plots for Sunday School children!

Beginning of a new growing season:

Spring gathering to plan and plant.

Spring gathering to plan and plant.

 

 

Mid-summer progress during a dry summer.

Mid-summer progress during a dry summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Master Gardeners Ken and Edna bring bits of gardening and nature into the world of children.

Master Gardeners Ken and Edna bring bits of gardening and nature into the world of children.

 

 

Jacob is creating more beauty using flowers from the garden pressed on paper. He is encouraged by Master Gardeners, involved in the Community Garden project at Dannemora Methodist Church.

Jacob is creating more beauty using flowers from the garden pressed on paper. He is encouraged by Master Gardeners, involved in the Community Garden project at Dannemora Methodist Church.

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2015 Workshops with Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardeners:

September 12 — Salsa Magnificent and Learning about the Pollinators:

Sharing in preserving fresh garden produce.

Sharing in preserving fresh garden produce.

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Harnessing some youthful energy into healthy food.

Another learning masterpiece!

Another learning masterpiece!

Important animals help to change flowers into vegetables and fruit.

Important animals help to change flowers into vegetables and fruit.

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August 8 — Tending the Gardens; Youth Activity; and Food Preparation

Cleaning, weeding, and checking for disease in plots.

Cleaning, weeding, and checking for disease in plots.

Wow! Pounding flower pedals and ferns onto fabric to create a work of art.

Wow! Pounding flower pedals and ferns onto fabric to create a work of art.

A personal work of art on a tee-shirt.

A personal work of art on a tee-shirt.

 

 

 

 

Sampling those freshly-made "Microwave Pickles" (recipe posted).

Sampling those freshly-made “Microwave Pickles” (recipe posted).

 

Masterpieces take lots of patience!

Masterpieces take lots of patience!

 

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April 4Preparation for Planting

Participants made 'seed tapes' to manage and easily plant tiny-seed crops.

Participants made ‘seed tapes’ to manage and easily plant tiny-seed crops with assistance from Edna Aiken.

Slate plaques were crafted for their garden plots.

Guided by Ann Fraser, Victoria and other participants painted slate plaques to decorate their garden plots.

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May 2Cool-Season Crops

Ken Burger presented information on the needs of cool-season crops.

Ken Burger presented information on the needs of cool-season crops.

The youth made spring wreaths for their home.

The youth made spring wreaths for their home with help from Lucy St Pierre, Gerald Arno, and Jane Arno.

Also the youth and some adults made cool 'grass heads' to take home.

Also the youth and some adults made cool ‘grass heads’ to take home.

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 June 6 — Warm-season Crops:  We were distracted by the news and commotion of the morning escape of two inmates nearby.  However, many participants eventually showed up to plant their garden plots, and to weed and water the other plots.  Thanks Master Gardeners!

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Courtesy of Albany TimesUnion.com web coverage

 

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Dannemora Community Garden — How it happened!

— inspired by the Hand To Plow initiative of The United Methodist Church.

The Dannemora United Methodist Church continues to reach out to the community with an invitation to exercise; breath fresh air; grow fresh vegetables; and improve diets.  Now in its 3rd year, the Community Garden project offers both individuals and families the chance to grow their own food in a congenial atmosphere and with expert guidance.

It all started in a small group during a `brain-storming’ discussion at our local Church Conference within the Adirondack District .  We were challenged to come up with ideas to lovingly reach out to our community as part of the Hand to Plow initiative.  Being in a rural setting like Dannemora, a community garden was very appealing to many members of our church.

Not only did we have individuals experienced in growing crops, we were also blessed in having several Master Gardeners from Cornell Cooperative Extension to guide us in the initial stages of the project.

A small committee formed to establish goals and communication. We wanted these Community Garden plots, that were to be established between the Church and the parsonage, to be available to any needy person .  Using various media, we targeted limited-resource individuals and families: the poor; the elderly; and those people in the village without garden space.   Being in a predominantly Roman Catholic area, our intentions were met with some skepticism and distrust.  But scripture reminded us, “Love …bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (1Cor 13:7).  God was in control!

This gift of love to our community began in May 2013 with five garden plots established on a south-facing slope of our Church lawn.  All the participants in 2013 had children who benefited by helping us adults build the plots, nurturing the plants, and enjoying the fruit of their labor.  Four Master Gardeners helped in some way to make their first gardening experience a rewarding and enjoyable one.

During spring 2014, our church added 8 more plots, and this spring (2015) another five plots for a total of 18 Community Garden plots.  Many hands, young and old, pitched in to make this expanded project possible.  Because of the persistence of some dedicated and hard workers, about one-half of the plots are now being managed by various community residents, and the other half by several Dannemora Methodist Church families.

The benefits of this project are many:  Young families and seniors alike benefit from the produce as well as the comradery of new friendships.  Excess food is being shared.  The young people are learning good stewardship skills and respect for their environment. Our church benefits from increased roadside visibility, and greater activity during weekdays.  Most importantly, the Community Garden project and other efforts within our Church portray an act of love and connectivity to our neighbors, inviting them to come closer to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!