It’s really happening, neighbors, and it’s all thanks to you! The festivities began last week with a truckload of chips from Asplundh (thanks again Aaron), and continued on Thursday when Mt. Scott Fuel delivered 20 yards of 4 way soil. Friday morning came early when Johnson Creek Rentals delivered the “Dingo”. What have we been doing for the last year without one of these? Thanks so much to these contributors.
I’m afraid I can’t name a MVP for this round of work parties, there were too many! Patty was constant as the sun, weeding the place clean. The very knowledgeable Nicole from Dennis’ 7 Dees put her back into it, first up on the Dingo and we had a lunchtime visit from Powell 7 Dees Manager, Dave. Garrett has been at it behind the scenes. He showed up fresh from the Rebuilding Center with a new donation of wood which he will be using to construct the community meeting area (which he has beautifully designed). Another thanks is due to Independent Welding Supply for lending a truck for the wood delivery. Here is the whole family: Garrett, Andrea and lil’ Lealand and a sneak preview (rough sketch) of the new meeting area.
Our volunteers are different every time and we are always thrilled to meet new neighbors and see old friends come back. This time we were excited to have lots of weeding help from Cascadia BHC. A big Friday shout out to Sarah, Ricki, Petr, Kevin, Robale, Skyler, and Christmas. Thanks also to Sheena, Daniel, Keely, Elliot, Asher, Josh and John.
Saturday saw some old projects (almost) wrapped up and new projects started. Thanks to Ken and super-dog Apollo for donating some choice wood pieces and a whole bunch of really useful hardware for the meeting area. The Saturday crew of Patty, John, Andy, Daniel, Skyler, Dakota, Jamyelese, Al and Mari really made a dent. We have a new block pathway, our native plant retaining wall is nearly done and another one is almost ready to hold a rain garden behind the cistern (which will be arriving in the next few weeks).
Of course, like I always say, there is more work to be done. Save the date for the September work parties: Friday 9-12 and Saturday 9-14, 10-2. We will have a cistern to hook up, there may be an opportunity to help construct the meeting area. Also, The Phix will be on site doing back to school haircutting-more details to come. On Sunday 9-15, celebrate the fruits of labor over at the Powell Blvd. Dennis’s 7 Dees with a tomato tasting! I’ll see you there.
Another date to save: 1st Annual FoPo Fall Festival in the community garden-OCTOBER 25th (it will always be held the Saturday before Halloween). We’ll have food, music, costume contest, pumpkin carving. This event, along with the Dennis’ 7 Dees craft bazaar in November will raise funds to complete the garden! (Are you sensing a pattern of support here?) We can do this by next Spring with your help!
Still with me? I know this is a long post but I’ve saved the best for last. The answer to the single most asked question at the FPCG: WHEN AND HOW CAN I GET A BED? The short answer is January/February 2015 and by keeping an eye on the website and email. Here is why: This garden is to be sustained by rainwater collected in cisterns. The beds are ready but we don’t have water to support our 10 beds until we have had a chance to collect water for a winter. We’ll get the next 10 beds up as soon as we get a cistern to support them. In January, we will make a request form and guidelines available on this website and to our mailing list and Facebook and we will accept the first 10 completed requests. The beds will have a $25 per year rental fee and a 10 hour a year volunteer commitment to the garden. We will have beds available with no rental fee, if requested, and volunteer work can be labor or administrative depending on each gardener’s abilities.
That is all for now. Be sure to thank all of the local businesses and neighbors who have been supporting this project. We could not do this without you, them, our grant from EMSWCD, the Foster Powell Neighborhood Association, SE Uplift and generous donations from our anonymous supporters and the “Willow and Tigger” Fund.