Hi garden friends! You might be wondering, what’s up with that community garden? There was a flurry of activity, then the pumpkins died (my bad, sorry), and now there’s a huge plastic jug sitting on its side in there! What gives? Well, Vicki and John (your garden tenders) do have to work for a living and it has been a busy summer for us. We’d love for you to join us for two upcoming art exhibits, just click here for the details. That was a plug; now back to the jug…
That jug is our first cistern! It comes courtesy of a SPACE grant from EMSWCD (and delivery guy Jeff), and it will collect 2500 gallons of water from the roof of the shed this winter and provide summer hydration for the 10 soil-filled beds, which are brought to you by an anonymous donor who read about us in the Oregonian! Those beds are otherwise ready for planting; please see the end of the post called “The Dirty Boogie” for information on when they will be available to you.
Our final work parties for the summer will take place on Friday, September 12th and Saturday, September 13th followed by some celebrating!
Here is what we have planned for Fall and Winter:
Friday, September 12 from 10-6pm: This day is all about anticipating Fall! Along with some small jobs, we’ll be installing the cistern so that it can begin catching water… and… The Phix will be hosting a very special Back to School hair cutting event on site from 2-6pm. They will be doing haircuts for a minimum $10 donation. First come first served. All ages!! All proceeds will go directly to the garden!!! Do you remember when Melissa Binder from the Oregonian mentioned my “pixie” haircut in her article about the garden? I’ve been dying to tell you all that Leah at the Phix is responsible for that pixie magic! The Phix is bringing more than magic shears to our neighborhood garden. They are also initiating a volunteer incentive plan called “Garden Bucks” where you can exchange your volunteer hours in the garden for goods and services from local businesses that support the FPCG! I can’t tell you how much I love their energy! It’s like they are blowing kisses right at Foster-Powell and I hope you will join me in a saucy wink right back at ‘em!
Saturday, September 13th from 10-2pm: This will be a day of construction and, of course, smaller projects, too. The covered meeting area will be underway on Friday and Saturday. This amazing project is possible by a generous donation of lumber from the Rebuilding Center, tireless work by neighbor Garrett, and the Willow & Tigger Fund (an anonymous donor). I think I can tell you that Willow and Tigger were cats that loved a beautiful garden. We’d love to hear your suggestions for how we should honor the beloved fur balls in whose honor the donation was made.
Sunday, September 14th from 11-3pm: Dennis’ 7 Dee’s SE Powell Garden Center is having their 10th annual tomato tasting event with over 50 varieties of tomatoes! That sounds like the perfect way to wrap up a weekend and a full summer of community garden work. I’ll see you there and, hopefully, I won’t be dirty for once!
Saturday, October 25th from 4-9pm (tentatively): The first annual Fo-Po Fall Fest will be held at the Foster Powell Community garden. We hope it will become a Saturday-before-Halloween tradition for kids of all ages. Pumpkin carving and costume contests, food and music, games and, um, THE GARDEN in all of its Fall splendor! I can tell you that people are coming all the way from the East Coast for this event (my mom and sister-hooray!) so you know it’s going to be a good party. You should definitely come.
Saturday, November 2nd from 10-3pm: Dennis’ 7 Dee’s SE Powell Garden Center 5th Annual Craft Bazaar. Proceeds from the event this year are going to be donated to the Foster Powell Community Garden (at the time this post was published, there was an error on their page), so please, patronize! You may even find that Vicki and John have a table of items for sale from our art studio.
December-March 2015 Hibernation: I don’t know about you, but I have a date with 500 lbs of clay and I intend to spend the cold wet days in the studio. Not only do I have a solo art show in February, but your garden tenders are also behind the upcoming Foster Window Project so we will again have our hands full. Please send me an email if you’d like to be added to the Foster Window Project mailing list so that you can learn about and get involved with this community art project. Now, if someone wants to lead work parties during these cold wet months please let me know. I did it last year and found I had a lot of alone time in the garden (sometimes I just stayed home and left a note on the gate). Stay tuned though, the beds are going to be available around February.
April 2015: Work parties will resume and the 3rd Annual Plant Sale and Fundraiser will take place in the garden.
We are doing this, friends. I look forward to seeing you in the garden.