Vestal students and community members have been hard at work transforming an area once covered by black top into a bountiful garden. Join us to celebrate their efforts and to enjoy time in the garden as summer comes to an end. We will also have a children's art project and garden fresh snacks.
Monday, August 2, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
Each workshop will run from 10am-noon and will include an informational component and a work project. No registration necessary. Tools and snacks provided.
June 26th- Fall Garden Planning with Portland Community Gardens
July 1oth- Garden Maintenance
July 24th- Garden Maintenance
August 8th- Fall Soil Building with Oregon Tilth
Session 1: Gardening Basics- June 29th-July 1st (9:00am- 12:30pm)
Session 2: Soil and Compost- July 6th-July8th (9:00am-12:30pm)
Session 3: Worms and Insects- July 13th-July 15th (9:00am-12:30pm)
Session 4: Art in the Garden- July 20th-July 22nd (9:00am-12:30pm)
Session 5: Multicultural Gardening-July 27th-July 29th (9:00am-12:30pm)
Session 6: Garden Cooking- August 2nd-August 5th (9:00am-12:30pm)
One session of camp costs $15 per student.
For registration materials please contact Program Coordinator Laura Benjamin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-916-6437. Or stop by Vestal School's Main Office- 161 NE 82nd Avenue.
Monday, April 12, 2010
We will have a variety of fruit trees and berry bushes along with care instructions. There is a 3 tree limit per family and we are asking for a $5 donation per tree if possible. Arrive early for the best selection. Most fruit trees sell for $30 each, so this is a great deal. And what a fantastic opportunity to bring fresh fruit to your backyard or community garden plot for years to come.
We hope to see you this Saturday!
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Yesterday was the grand opening of the Vestal Community Garden. The student body of Vestal wrote their hopes and dreams for the garden on flowers and then tied them on surrounding fence. Commissioner Nick Fish recurited the students as honorary park rangers which they enthusiastically accepted.
Next on the agenda. . . getting cisterns!
Friday, March 12, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
There will be a brief workshop about how to ready your garden's soil for spring planting. We will also continue building raised planter beds and creating pathways with woodchips. No gardening experience required. We will supply tools and snacks.
Come spend time outside at our fantastic site. Meet your neighbors and learn about how you can grow your own food.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Please call Portland Community Gardens at 503-823-1612 to sign up for a plot. Include your name, address and telephone number. And don't forget to mention if you are a Vestal parent or community member!
A special thanks to the volunteers at our February 6th work party. We built five new raised planter beds and spread countless wheelbarrow loads of wood chips to create safe pathways in the garden. Vestal students have now planted garlic and peas in the raised beds and have started lettuce seeds indoors. Our cafeteria will be serving produce fresh from the garden before we know it.
And don't forget the Vestal Community Garden grand opening on Friday March 12th at 9:45 am!
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
We will be building raised beds, spreading wood chips and enjoying time in our wonderful garden. Tools and snacks will be provided. No gardening experience needed. We hope to see you there!
The Vestal Community Garden is located at 161 NE 82nd Avenue.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Are you as excited as we are!!
If you haven't already Google earthed Vestal, you should. The next time the satellite takes a picture of our address it will not look the same. We have permanently changed the Vestal landscape for the better.
Be there at 9:45 AM, if you want to witness the GRAND OPENING CEREMONY.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Vestal now has 2,000 new residents- red wiggler worms. Two kindergarten classes have indoor worm bins and students are learning about worm anatomy, what worms need to survive and how they help us in the garden. This week the Student Garden Committee built an outdoor vermicompost bin. The red wigglers eat food waste added to the bin. This is a fantastic hands-on opportunity for students to learn how to reduce food waste and in a few months we will have nutrient rich compost and worm castings to add to our garden soil.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
The Vestal Community Garden hosted two fantastic volunteer work parties over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend. Our volunteers made great progress in readying the garden for our first spring planting and somehow managed to avoid the rain. On Friday January 15, volunteers from Hands On Greater Portland spread 15 yards of soil on our community garden plots. Our plots now have a rich blend of soil, compost and other organic material, which will help us to grow a bountiful harvest later in the year. On Monday January 18, Northwest Service Academy AmeriCorps members built raised planter beds for the school garden. The raised planter beds will help to prevent nutrient loss and compaction of our soil and to make gardening more accessible for all Vestal students.