Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Mark your calendars Vestal Garden Grand Opening is coming up.
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

KATU showcases our efforts

KATU News featured the Vestal Garden's MLK Weekend volunteers in a segment of "Everyday Heroes." You can see the video here: http://www.katu.com/news/specialreports/82471132.html?tab=video

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Worms Eat Vestal's Garbage

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

What a weekend!

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.