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Trustees Boston Gardeners' Gazette February 2020

Sarah Hutt
 



Boston Gardeners' Gazette

A Message from Vidya Tikku, General Manager

VidyaFoundation grants, corporate sponsorships and individual gifts provide vital support for our work in community gardens. Funding for the 2020 season includes grants from TD Bank and The Boston Foundation. I am happy to report that Blue Cross Blue Shield has renewed our workplace garden partnership for another three years and we have received a grant from the Godine Family Fund to deliver kid and family friendly programs in our gardens so that children can learn to grow food and connect with green spaces in their own neighborhoods. Our staff will be leading a number of new programs this year, thanks to this very generous support.   

I would love your support to help us grow funding for our annual operations in the community gardens. If you are aware of any funding opportunities that may be available for supporting our mission or you work for a corporate group that offers sponsorships or a gift matching program for local non-profits, or hosts community volunteer days, please do reach out to me. If you haven't already, you can support our work with the gift of an individual or family level membership for as little as $50 a year, or by making a purchase at City Natives for your annual seedlings and native plants this coming spring. Alternatively, if you would like to support our work by joining our Founders Circle, our leadership members group with gifts of $1000 or above, you can reach out to me or anyone on our staff team for more details. Thank you for the critical volunteer support you provide already and for helping us seek additional financial support for the gardens.

Vidya Tikku <vtikku@...>


What Would You Like Us to Grow?

– Annabel Rabiyah, Program Coordinator 

AnnabellIt might not feel like it just yet, but spring is around the corner, and the Boston Community Gardens team is discussing what seeds to order for our City Natives seedling sale. This year, we're excited to try growing some new crops that better represent what you, our gardening community, want to grow. Is there a plant you grew up growing or eating, but never see for sale at local greenhouses? It could be a specialty crop from a far-away country, or a particular variety of bean or tomato from right around here. If you have suggestions, please email us at citynatives@... by the end of February.

Me holding my molokhia harvest

Me holding my molokhia harvest. Molokhia is a specialty crop popular among Middle Eastern, South Asian, West African, and Haitian communities. One of our community gardeners, Sayed, grows and sells this crop at local farmers markets!

 


Upcoming Events

Gardeners' Gathering 
Saturday, March 21 | 10AM-5PM 
Shillman Hall | 115 Forsyth Street, Northeastern University 
FREE & OPEN TO ALL 
Celebrate the start of Boston's gardening season! The Gathering is a free day full of informative workshops, engaging exhibitors, networking, and inspiration. Two dozen workshops cover topics like starting a community garden, building healthy soil, fermenting veggies, and so much more. An exhibitors' gallery full of local environmental and agricultural exhibitors provide opportunities to get engaged. This year we’re lucky to have Dorchester-based climate justice activist Reverend Mariama White-Hammond as our special guest speaker and Mayor Walsh presenting the Community Garden Awards. We’re still accepting exhibitors, sponsors, and workshop proposals—reply to this email if you’re interested! 


Start Your Own Seeds 
Wednesday, March 4 | 6-7:30PM 
Trustees Boston Office | 200 High Street, 4th Floor 
Learn the best methods & materials for successfully starting your garden veggies at home. We'll look at some inexpensive options for lights and setups, discuss common problems, and get our hands dirty starting some herbs and early crops to take home.  $9 Trustees members. $15 nonmembers. 

Tree & Shrub Pruning 
Saturday, March 7 | 10AM-12PM 
Minton Stable Community Garden | 110 Williams Street, Jamaica Plain 
Come learn the basics of dormant-season pruning and get some hands-on experience. Leave with the skills and confidence to take care of trees and shrubs in your own yard or community garden. FREE


Tree Pruning Tips

– Eric Sargent, Guest Contributor 

Eric SargentAs a community orchardist I always look forward to this time of year, to get back out in the orchard to prune the trees just before they emerge from dormancy. My background in community orchards has its roots in working with the Baltimore Orchard Project, supporting groups throughout the city with planting and stewarding community spaces.  

While pruning can sometimes feel counterintuitive, it’s one of the most important parts of tree and shrub care. Lots of people ask me, “after I waited for years for my young saplings to finally put on new growth, why would I want to cut anything away?” The truth is that a proper pruning of a tree can significantly reduce the exposure to diseases and pests, increase growth, and improve the overall health of a tree. 

Here are some good places that are easy to make your first cuts:

  1. Dead branches- wood that is dry, brown, and no longer has a green cambium layer under the bark.
  2. Water sprouts- tiny tree sprouts coming up from the base of the tree.
  3. Root suckers- vertical growth that is growing straight up off the branches.
  4. Crossing branches- branches that are overlapping and growing into each other.

If you want to refresh or improve your pruning skills for the coming season, join my free Tree & Shrub Pruning workshop at Minton Stable Community Garden in JP on March 7th.  

 


Progress Report

Thanks for all of your support in the gardens!

Volunteer Progress Report

 
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Re: garden task needs help

Sean Larney
 

Hi Sarah,

Happy to order the seeds! I’ll email you separately to get the details.

Thanks,
Sean 

On Feb 20, 2020, at 5:39 PM, Sarah Hutt via Groups.Io <sarahhutt@...> wrote:

Hello all
I need someone to be in charge of ordering the free seeds Trustees gives out every spring.

You would need to fill out an on line order form - we have past orders to assist with this task
and then check that someone is going to the Gardeners Gathering at Northeastern to pick them up.  (Gardeners Gathering info below)
Berkeley Gardeners do attend this wonderful event so if the person that takes this over is unable to get them, picking up seeds has never presented a problem.

This event is open to all of you - its a fun event lots of free samples and workshops on all aspects of gardening.
If you decide to go let us know!!!
Gardeners' Gathering 
Saturday, March 21 | 10AM-5PM 
Shillman Hall | 115 Forsyth Street, Northeastern University 
FREE & OPEN TO ALL 
Celebrate the start of Boston's gardening season! The Gathering is a free day full of informative workshops, engaging exhibitors, networking, and inspiration. Two dozen workshops cover topics like starting a community garden, building healthy soil, fermenting veggies, and so much more. An exhibitors' gallery full of local environmental and agricultural exhibitors provide opportunities to get engaged. This year we’re lucky to have Dorchester-based climate justice activist Reverend Mariama White-Hammond as our special guest speaker and Mayor Walsh presenting the Community Garden Awards. We’re still accepting exhibitors, sponsors, and workshop proposals—reply to this email if you’re interested! 


Thanks - I look forward to hearing from one of you
Sarah C105

Berkeley Community Gardens
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garden task needs help

Sarah Hutt
 

Hello all
I need someone to be in charge of ordering the free seeds Trustees gives out every spring.

You would need to fill out an on line order form - we have past orders to assist with this task
and then check that someone is going to the Gardeners Gathering at Northeastern to pick them up.  (Gardeners Gathering info below)
Berkeley Gardeners do attend this wonderful event so if the person that takes this over is unable to get them, picking up seeds has never presented a problem.

This event is open to all of you - its a fun event lots of free samples and workshops on all aspects of gardening.
If you decide to go let us know!!!
Gardeners' Gathering 
Saturday, March 21 | 10AM-5PM 
Shillman Hall | 115 Forsyth Street, Northeastern University 
FREE & OPEN TO ALL 
Celebrate the start of Boston's gardening season! The Gathering is a free day full of informative workshops, engaging exhibitors, networking, and inspiration. Two dozen workshops cover topics like starting a community garden, building healthy soil, fermenting veggies, and so much more. An exhibitors' gallery full of local environmental and agricultural exhibitors provide opportunities to get engaged. This year we’re lucky to have Dorchester-based climate justice activist Reverend Mariama White-Hammond as our special guest speaker and Mayor Walsh presenting the Community Garden Awards. We’re still accepting exhibitors, sponsors, and workshop proposals—reply to this email if you’re interested! 


Thanks - I look forward to hearing from one of you
Sarah C105

Berkeley Community Gardens
QUESTIONS:  info@...
Log Your Community Time:  cleanups@...  include: name, plot number, number of hours, description of task, and picture if you have it.
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Re: Request for volunteers, March 7 Garden Renewal day

Sarah Zuerndorfer
 

Hi James,

I can also be there. 

Best,
Sarah

On Thu, Feb 20, 2020 at 10:04 AM Sarah Nichols <sarah.dawn.nichols@...> wrote:
Hello James,

I can be there as well.

Sarah Nichols

On Mon, Feb 17, 2020 at 9:05 PM Elizabeth ANDERSON <lizalizaliza@...> wrote:
Hi James. 
I can be there that Sat. 

On Feb 17, 2020, at 20:45, James Leighton <james@...> wrote:

 Hello fellow gardeners,

I am James Leighton at garden B169 and am helping with garden renewals on Saturday, March 7.

Additional help is needed on March 7th for the gardeners renewal day —  4 people are needed  to help take in renewal funds and also a Translator.

Remember !!! this IS THE LAST DAY TO PAY FOR GARDEN PLOTS.

Garden Renewal will be held on Saturday, March 7th, 10AM – NOON @Project Place, 1145 Washington Street (on corner of E. Berkeley and Washington St)

We need 4 people to help and a Translator.

If you would like to help please let me know at james@....

Please put April 4 on your calendar for the Annual Spring Cleanup and Potluck.

Thanks all,
James Leighton

Berkeley Community Gardens
QUESTIONS:  info@...
Log Your Community Time:  cleanups@...  include: name,
plot number, number of hours, description of task, and picture if you have
it.
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--

Sarah Nichols 
702.756.2980



Re: Request for volunteers, March 7 Garden Renewal day

Sarah Nichols
 

Hello James,

I can be there as well.

Sarah Nichols

On Mon, Feb 17, 2020 at 9:05 PM Elizabeth ANDERSON <lizalizaliza@...> wrote:
Hi James. 
I can be there that Sat. 

On Feb 17, 2020, at 20:45, James Leighton <james@...> wrote:

 Hello fellow gardeners,

I am James Leighton at garden B169 and am helping with garden renewals on Saturday, March 7.

Additional help is needed on March 7th for the gardeners renewal day —  4 people are needed  to help take in renewal funds and also a Translator.

Remember !!! this IS THE LAST DAY TO PAY FOR GARDEN PLOTS.

Garden Renewal will be held on Saturday, March 7th, 10AM – NOON @Project Place, 1145 Washington Street (on corner of E. Berkeley and Washington St)

We need 4 people to help and a Translator.

If you would like to help please let me know at james@....

Please put April 4 on your calendar for the Annual Spring Cleanup and Potluck.

Thanks all,
James Leighton

Berkeley Community Gardens
QUESTIONS:  info@...
Log Your Community Time:  cleanups@...  include: name,
plot number, number of hours, description of task, and picture if you have
it.
www.berkeleygardens.org
Post your pictures:  FACEBOOK/Berkeley Gardens



--

Sarah Nichols 
702.756.2980



Re: Berkeley 2020 update

Oksana Piddubna
 

Hi Sarah,
 
I would like to help out on March 7th.
 
Oksana
A158
 
 
 
-- Oksana Piddubna
 


Berkeley 2020 update

Sarah Hutt
 

Hello to all
April 4th is only 6 weeks away!!!

Thank you to everyone for getting your plot payment in - all checks are still being recorded and logged into the database.  Once that is completed and double checked the checks will be deposited by March 7.  

We are sorry for the length of time between the time you mail them and when they are deposited but it is a one person job and it just takes time.  

Everything will be deposited by March 7 which is the last day to pay for your plot.

All plots that have not been paid for will be part of the March 28th Lottery.

Please let us know if you can help with the Renewal on the 7th - its a celebration and great fun to greet garden friends after the winter.

Just a reminder the Rabbits are in the garden - this is a good time to surround your garden with small hole wire.  They will eat small plants and new shoots.

The trash is piling up in the garden - if you pick any up be sure to send it into cleanups……..

See you in the garden,

Berkeley Community Gardens
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Log Your Community Time:  cleanups@...  include: name, plot number, number of hours, description of task, and picture if you have it.
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Re: Request for volunteers, March 7 Garden Renewal day

Elizabeth ANDERSON
 

Hi James. 
I can be there that Sat. 

On Feb 17, 2020, at 20:45, James Leighton <james@...> wrote:

 Hello fellow gardeners,

I am James Leighton at garden B169 and am helping with garden renewals on Saturday, March 7.

Additional help is needed on March 7th for the gardeners renewal day —  4 people are needed  to help take in renewal funds and also a Translator.

Remember !!! this IS THE LAST DAY TO PAY FOR GARDEN PLOTS.

Garden Renewal will be held on Saturday, March 7th, 10AM – NOON @Project Place, 1145 Washington Street (on corner of E. Berkeley and Washington St)

We need 4 people to help and a Translator.

If you would like to help please let me know at james@....

Please put April 4 on your calendar for the Annual Spring Cleanup and Potluck.

Thanks all,
James Leighton

Berkeley Community Gardens
QUESTIONS:  info@...
Log Your Community Time:  cleanups@...  include: name,
plot number, number of hours, description of task, and picture if you have
it.
www.berkeleygardens.org
Post your pictures:  FACEBOOK/Berkeley Gardens


Request for volunteers, March 7 Garden Renewal day

James Leighton
 

Hello fellow gardeners,

I am James Leighton at garden B169 and am helping with garden renewals on Saturday, March 7.

Additional help is needed on March 7th for the gardeners renewal day —  4 people are needed  to help take in renewal funds and also a Translator.

Remember !!! this IS THE LAST DAY TO PAY FOR GARDEN PLOTS.

Garden Renewal will be held on Saturday, March 7th, 10AM – NOON @Project Place, 1145 Washington Street (on corner of E. Berkeley and Washington St)

We need 4 people to help and a Translator.

If you would like to help please let me know at james@....

Please put April 4 on your calendar for the Annual Spring Cleanup and Potluck.

Thanks all,
James Leighton

Berkeley Community Gardens
QUESTIONS:  info@...
Log Your Community Time:  cleanups@...  include: name,
plot number, number of hours, description of task, and picture if you have
it.
www.berkeleygardens.org
Post your pictures:  FACEBOOK/Berkeley Gardens


Time to renew your garden plot

Sarah Hutt
 

Hello Gardeners !!!

The real sign of spring!!! Garden Renewal !!!

Your 2020 Berkeley Garden plot Invoice was mailed yesterday, Saturday February 1, 2020
We mailed 153 packets which contain a cover letter outlining garden procedures, your invoice, garden rules, the summer schedule.
 - thanks to John and James for printing all that information, Lixian for translating everything, and John, James, Arlene, Elizabeth, Suzanne, and Hang for coming together to stuff envelopes for our mailing.

We all share in the workings of the garden so we rely on you to let us know: 
  • If you do not receive your Renewal packet by Wednesday February 5th please respond to this email and one will be emailed to you. Please note March 7th is the last day to pay.  All plots that have not been renewed will be part of the Lottery on March 28.  
  •  If you completed your 12 hours of community garden time over 2019 but find you are being charged an extra $150 for not completing your 12 hours of community garden time PLEASE respond to this email and let us know so it can be corrected.  Our system to collect hours relies on you to inform us of your independent work time, sometimes hours just don’t get recorded to cleanups@... 
  • And as a garden member we all leave eventually so PLEASE,  If you are giving up your garden please let us know – and please return your keys   - respond to this email to make arrangements.
Please add to your calendar Open Day - April 4th Berkeley Annual Garden Spring Cleanup + Potluck 

Let us know if you have
Questions?
New Ideas?
Something you would like to see happen in the garden?
Check the web site if you have any questions www.berkeleygardens.org 

Berkeley Community Garden is a community of garden plots. As members we are not only interested in gardening, but committed to building a lasting garden community. 
See you in the garden!!!!

Berkeley Community Gardens
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cleanups@...
www.berkeleygardens.org
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Boston Gardeners' Gazette Jan. 2020

Sarah Hutt
 



 
Boston Gardeners' Gazette

2019 Highlights in the Community Gardens

As we reflect on the past year in the community gardens, we are once again filled with awe and gratitude for the amazing work you all do. The whole Boston Community Gardens team sends heartfelt thanks to the gardeners, coordinators, volunteers, and partners who share their time and talents to build a greener, kinder city. Check out a sampling of our highlights from 2019, and let’s get ready for even more learning, growth, and good times in 2020! Scroll down for events including the Gathering.


Photo credit: Sofia Perez, sofiaperezphoto.com

Gardeners across the city used their plots and skills to grow a healthful harvest for themselves, their families, and communities.

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Photo credit: Sofia Perez

Our gardens engaged more than 16,000 people in programs and events led by Michelle and Peter in collaboration with gardeners, partners, and volunteers. The JP and South End Garden Tours, youth-led climate change programs, newly piloted garden dinners, and the Urban Ag Fair in Roxbury were a few of the season’s highlights.

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A variety of corporate and student volunteer groups joined us in the gardens, helping us to complete more projects and routine maintenance. These groups included Alkermes, BC High, Breckenridge Capital, Ernst & Young, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Norfolk Agricultural High School and TD Bank. These hard-working groups screened and spread compost, maintained fence lines, weeded, and both resurfaced and installed stone dust pathways. 

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Skill-building programs including fall and winter Master Urban Gardener courses and more than 30 Seed Sow & Grow workshops empowered gardeners from Boston and beyond to grow—and pickle!--their own food. New BCG team member Annabel Rabiyah used her educational and outreach skills to help us welcome even more people to these programs.

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Jeremy and Jordan helped you all keep the gardens looking tip-top with routine tree and shrub pruning, water service maintenance, mowing, litter and green waste management, weeding, watering, perennial border care, and winter cleanup.

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Jeremy and Jordan made several significant garden improvements including new plantings, bulletin boards and signage, sheds and water service repairs. After water service repairs, a brick patio at Warren Clarendon was elevated with proper drainage and relayed.

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We said goodbye to Stewardship Manager Jeremy Dick in July after nearly 20 years of dedicated service to the community gardens. We’re grateful that Jeremy is still with the Trustees, though he is sorely missed in the gardens!

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City Natives Nursery has grown to include over 200 native species of trees, shrubs, vines, and perennials. Our sustainably grown natives and annuals raised money to support city-wide garden operations. 

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Photo credit: Sofia Perez

Artists brought creative programming—from murals to arts & activism dinners to youth songwriting workshops—to our gardens through the Community Grown partnership with the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics and TD Bank. Photo credit: https://sofiaperezphoto.com/.

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More than 150 gardeners at the two workplace community gardens we run in partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield worked in teams to learn new skills and raise more than 4000 pounds of fresh produce for themselves and their communities.

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Our Mobile Market brought subsidized fresh, organic produce from Trustees’ farms to seven locations in Boston and Cambridge at subsidized prices. Sales, many of which used SNAP/EBT and HIP benefits or WIC coupons, more than doubled over last year!

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More than 100 of you became members at our programs and events, directly supporting operations and programming in the community gardens.

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We’re gearing up for the 2020 gardening season with winter workshops and the 45th Annual Gardeners’ Gathering. Join us!

45th Annual Gardeners’ Gathering  
March 21 | 10AM-5PM  
FREE & Open to all  
Northeastern University: Shillman Hall (115 Forsyth St.) & The Egan Center  
A free celebration of urban gardening, full of informative workshops and engaging exhibitors, featuring guest speakers Mayor Walsh and Rev. Mariama White-Hammond. 
Please share the Facebook event. 

Garden Planning 
Wednesday, February 12 | 6-7:30PM 
Trustees Boston Office | 200 High Street, Boston 
Learn to make the most of garden space and time through methods like succession & interplanting, vertical growing, and season extension. 

Start Your Own Seeds 
Wednesday, March 4 | 6-7:30PM 
Trustees Boston Office | 200 High Street, Boston 
Learn the best methods & materials for successfully starting your garden veggies at home. 

Tree & Shrub Pruning 
Saturday, March 7 | 10AM-12PM 
Minton Stable Community Garden | 110 Williams Street, Jamaica Plain 
Come learn the basics of 
dormant-season pruning and get some hands-on experience.

Happy New Year!

 
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Re: Last email about the garden for 2019

James Furlong
 

Happy New Year fellow gardeners.


On Sun, Dec 29, 2019, 5:43 PM Sarah Hutt via Groups.Io <sarahhutt=verizon.net@groups.io> wrote:

Hi all

Happy Holidays and as the garden year comes to an offical close we will soon begin to gear up for a new year in the garden.  So keep an eye out for future notices. 

Please help us out 

--If you are not returning to the garden please let me know - so we can save a stamp and 2020 materials.

-If you moved please give us your new address or you may not be forwarded your garden information - if that happens we can not be responsible for holding your garden plot open after the deadline for Renewal.

Logging your Garden Community Hours:  If you worked independently and did not send in your hours please do so now so everything can be updated before Renewal forms go out.  

Send to:  <cleanups@...> and please  include: name, plot number, number of hours, description of task, and picture if you have it so we can post it on Facebook.

Garden tasks to be done over the winter:

-You can still join the Snow Crew - hours are doubled for this task.

  -The trash that accumulates in the garden still needs to be picked up - 

Have a safe holiday season - Happy NEW YEAR
Garden Leadership 

Berkeley Community Gardens
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Last email about the garden for 2019

Sarah Hutt
 

Hi all

Happy Holidays and as the garden year comes to an offical close we will soon begin to gear up for a new year in the garden.  So keep an eye out for future notices. 

Please help us out 

--If you are not returning to the garden please let me know - so we can save a stamp and 2020 materials.

-If you moved please give us your new address or you may not be forwarded your garden information - if that happens we can not be responsible for holding your garden plot open after the deadline for Renewal.

Logging your Garden Community Hours:  If you worked independently and did not send in your hours please do so now so everything can be updated before Renewal forms go out.  

Send to:  <cleanups@...> and please  include: name, plot number, number of hours, description of task, and picture if you have it so we can post it on Facebook.

Garden tasks to be done over the winter:

-You can still join the Snow Crew - hours are doubled for this task.

  -The trash that accumulates in the garden still needs to be picked up - 

Have a safe holiday season - Happy NEW YEAR
Garden Leadership 

Berkeley Community Gardens
QUESTIONS:  info@...
Log Your Community Time:  cleanups@...  include: name, plot number, number of hours, description of task, and picture if you have it.
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Gathering, MUG & Winter Color - Trustees Boston Gardeners' Gazette December 2019

Sarah Hutt
 



 
Boston Gardeners' Gazette

A Message from Vidya Tikku, General Manager

VidyaWith the winter chill fast approaching, I find myself reviewing all the work for the care and upkeep of our gardens and preparing the lists and budgets for the upcoming year. This season, we invested just over $350,000 in garden infrastructure maintenance and repairs, not counting special capital projects like the new sun-shelter being built for the Leyland garden or the new bulletin boards and signage going into multiple gardens. Our list of care and repairs is long, continuously growing and evolving, and I want to thank you all for the time spent this year working with us and the volunteer groups that join us in the gardens. I am humbled by the amount of work accomplished by our gardeners and garden coordinators, who have already put in approximately $502,000 worth of work this year. Boston's community gardens clearly run on the passion, innovative spirit, will power and hard work of our gardeners, and I am so thankful to all of you. Please look out for an email from me with a small token of appreciation for all the garden coordinators who lead this amazing volunteer effort across the city.

Looking ahead, this is a great time to communicate with our staff team to plan for the coming year. Please let us know of changes in your garden leadership and as well as programs, meetings and cleanups that you may have already scheduled for 2020. We generate all the garden projects based on the infrastructure assessments carried out in the fall but do send Barry or me any critical needs in your garden and we can review together. Please share any program ideas with me or Michelle by the end of December, so we can maximize our efforts across all gardens. If you have any new construction on your street or block, or know of a funding opportunity, don't hesitate to reach out to me anytime at 
vtikku@... or 617.542.7696 ext. 2113.

 


Getting Ready for Winter...and Spring!

– Barry Merluzzo, Stewardship Manager

BarryWinter weather is here! As the majority of the gardens in Boston support mainly vegetable and annual flowers, most gardeners are not particularly active past December. However, many gardeners remain active and use this time to cultivate hardy crops beneath season extenders, order seeds and accomplish seasonal tasks such mulching and pruning of woody plants.

Many gardens contain features such as open lawns and public pathways that remain quite active in the winter months. At these locations, volunteer garden coordinators and Trustees staff team up to monitor the elements, access, and activity to make sure conditions remain safe and welcoming for visitors. Common tasks include snow removal, cleanup of fallen branches, pruning trees and shrubs, and collecting trash and debris.

Clearing snow and ice from the public sidewalks abutting the gardens is a primary concern during the winter months. The Trustees is responsible for maintaining the public walkways and sidewalks abutting the community gardens and strives to keep them in safe condition. Accomplishing this for over 50 properties, following even a small storm, can be quite a challenge. Thankfully, many community gardeners rise to this challenge and assist the Trustees at our gardens and parks throughout the city.


In November, Jordan & Barry finished “water blowouts” which involve blowing compressed air into the irrigation to remove excess water thus preventing freezing water lines. They opened December with snow clearing, including the particularly long Berkeley Community Garden sidewalk! 

 


Upcoming Events

Solstice Illumination Night
Saturday, December 21 | 4-6PM
Governor Hutchinson's Field | 220-224 Adams Road, Milton
Celebrate the return of the light with a fire spinning circle, live music, hot drinks, and campfire cooking. 
Get your tickets here to help us plan (walk-ins are still welcome). 

Master Urban Gardener Winter 2020
Apply now to join our intensive training for community and home gardeners looking to gain new expertise in soil building, organic pest and disease management, edible natives for the garden, community garden organizing, and much more! Eight Saturdays starting January 18, applications due December 26.

SAVE THE DATE!
44th Annual Gardeners’ Gathering
Saturday, March 21
Northeastern University
featuring special guest speaker Reverend Mariama White-Hammond, an internationally recognized climate justice activist born and raised in Boston, along with dozens of workshops & exhibitors.


Fallin’ In Love with Seasonal Interest

– Jordan Takvorian, Steward

JordanWhen selecting new trees, shrubs, and perennials it’s easy to focus on their flowers, however many plants have attractive fall foliage and charming attributes that make them dazzle in the depths of winter as well. With a little planning, your landscape can be colorful all year long.

Hands down, the perennial to plant is Amsonia hubrichtii or Bluestar. Originally from the south and central US, this perennial produces powder blue star-shaped flowers in May and feathery plumes of pure golden leaves in fall that will linger into early winter. Northern Sea Oats or Chasmanthium laterifolium produces delicate, bronzed seed heads in late September that will stand erect, wafting on the breeze, throughout minor snowstorms.

Standout shrubs include Hydrangea quercifolia or Oak leaf hydrangea with big, bold, textured deeply maroon leaves that really pop against their own drying flowerheads. Both Fothergilla and Vaccinium or Blueberry offer flaming red leaves that are stunning year to year. The young stems of blueberry are a fiery red that stand in stark contrast with a blanket of snow. Periodically prune out the older wood to keep them vibrant in winter and producing lots of fruit in summer. Clethra or Summersweet which will delight your nose in late summer turns a golden yellow. Red and sugar maples remain the classic choice for leaf peepers but it would be a shame to overlook their relative Acer pensylvanicum or Striped Maple. This maple is a small tree with lovely muted yellow leaves in fall and striated green bark that catches the eye when other plants go dormant. Sassafras is as fun to say as it is to look at. Throughout the summer you can find three unique leaf shapes on the tree. In fall this beauty continues to be a charming oddball and can’t decide what color its leaves should turn; you’ll often find red, orange, yellow, and plain green all on the same tree.

 


Blue Cross Workplace Gardens

– Annabel Rabiyah, Blue Cross Blue Shield Garden Coordinator

JordanWe’re wrapping up another great season at the Blue Cross Blue Shield workplace community gardens in Hingham and Quincy. We started the season out with the gardens—especially Quincy—completely flooded and nearly impossible to work in. However, great innovations came out of this challenge: we started mounding beds and established pathways to minimize compaction of the soil. They did so well that we hope to establish raised beds for all garden plots next season!

It was a great year for cucumbers and tomatoes, with minimal disease. Some gardeners tried new designs for cucumber trellises (such as the A-frame pictured below) that were very successful! Both gardens' summer squash got attacked by squash vine borer, but a thorough surgical intervention saved about half the plants.

In the communal plots we grew a collection of native wildflowers for pollinators, nativars of strawberries, blueberries, and cranberries, and a three sisters bed of corn, beans, and squash. The red noodle beans were very productive and easy to harvest - a great addition to a gardener's stir fry. Farmers’ markets at both sites provided super-local food to non-gardeners at BCBS and raised money for a local charity.

The garden was a great way for staff to take a break from the office and come connect with nature, and each other. Now, the plots are all ready for winter, with cover crop and garlic planted and a nice layer of compost to feed all the decomposers living underground.

 


Progress Report

Thanks for all of your support in the gardens!

Volunteer Progress Report

 


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Another chance to clean out your garden ---City sponsored Love Your Block cleanup November 16

Sarah Hutt
 

Hi Gardeners
You have one last chance to clean up the your garden plot  - 

The City will  hold the annual fall neighborhood cleanup Love Your Block on Saturday November 16.  (9 - NOON)

If you are interested in taking advantage of this clean up please respond to this email.

I will be in a workshop that day so I’m looking for one or two people to serve as a point person in case there is any problem with the trash pickup - there usually isn’t a problem but just in case.

Cleanup runs about 2 hours.  

At 9AM  Love Your Block sets up on the Boston Center for the Arts plaza - giving out coffee - gloves, garbage bags, shovels and rakes.  

City Trash pick up starts at noon - all bags need to be piled up on the sidewalk so the truck can swing by and pick everything up

The trash truck usually make one pass through to pick up trash so it's best to be done by noon to make sure nothing is left behind.

Everyone will get credited community hours that participates.
Thanks
Sarah
C105





Re: End of growing season - beginning of winter season

Deborah Hull
 

Hi - I will shovel snow- please keep me on the team!
Thank you!
— Deborah Hull
     A125

Deborah Kamy Hull

On Oct 30, 2019, at 12:40 AM, Elizabeth ANDERSON <lizalizaliza@...> wrote:

Hi Sarah, 

Concerning changes to the rules, could a reminder that the garden is No Smoking be added in?
The rule about dead vines needing to be removed by fall clean up means that wild bees and other useful insects may lose their winter homes and die. 
Also, there was some talk about the new no dogs rule and how that isn’t fair to members who bring their dogs with them to garden and can’t do so anymore. Also how it negatively impacts our relationship with the community. The previous rule about keeping dogs on leashes and removing waste seemed much more reasonable. 

I would like to volunteer for the snow shoveling crew. 

Thanks, 

Elizabeth Anderson A164

On Oct 29, 2019, at 19:13, Sarah Hutt via Groups.Io <sarahhutt@...> wrote:


To all gardeners

Thank you to all for making Saturday a great day - the weather couldn’t have been better.

Thanks again everyone who brought the delicious foods we all shared at the potluck it was delicious. And those of you that stepped up and helped order and pick up coffee, shop for our groceries, set up the middle area and helped to cleanup afterwards, you all did a great job and really made the day a big hit.

If you can help in the off season - make up some community hours

-We are now looking at the rules and updating where necessary.  There is a copy of the current rules on the web site consider looking at the rules and submitted changes:  http://www.berkeleygardens.org/gardeners/resources/index.html
 
- Winterizing the snow blower -if you have a car or truck and can take it in for service 
- Purchase the supplies needed for clearing snow - you will be reimbursed.
- Join the snow shoveling crew
- Continue to pick up trash in the garden - send your info to <cleanups@...>   include: name, plot number, number of hours, description of task, and picture if you have it.

Garden Schedule
All renewal notices for the new year will be mailed in February 2020 with last day to renew your plot in March - after we hold a Lottery at Project Place.   First cleanup celebration April 4.  If you don’t receive a mailing or if you have moved since last spring please let us know.  
If you have decided not to return in 2020 please let us know and return your keys.

Thanks all

Berkeley Community Gardens
QUESTIONS:  info@...
Log Your Community Time:  cleanups@...  include: name, plot number, number of hours, description of task, and picture if you have it.
www.berkeleygardens.org
Post your pictures:  FACEBOOK/Berkeley Gardens




Re: End of growing season - beginning of winter season

Kevin Hallock
 

I will second the concern about leaving plants, etc. for insects to overwinter. 

How will it be determined if a garden is "maintained"? My goal is to grow plants to support insect photography, so what many might consider weeds may be part of the plants that are attractive to insects I wish to photograph. 

Kevin


Re: End of growing season - beginning of winter season

Elizabeth ANDERSON
 

Hi Sarah, 

Concerning changes to the rules, could a reminder that the garden is No Smoking be added in?
The rule about dead vines needing to be removed by fall clean up means that wild bees and other useful insects may lose their winter homes and die. 
Also, there was some talk about the new no dogs rule and how that isn’t fair to members who bring their dogs with them to garden and can’t do so anymore. Also how it negatively impacts our relationship with the community. The previous rule about keeping dogs on leashes and removing waste seemed much more reasonable. 

I would like to volunteer for the snow shoveling crew. 

Thanks, 

Elizabeth Anderson A164

On Oct 29, 2019, at 19:13, Sarah Hutt via Groups.Io <sarahhutt@...> wrote:


To all gardeners

Thank you to all for making Saturday a great day - the weather couldn’t have been better.

Thanks again everyone who brought the delicious foods we all shared at the potluck it was delicious. And those of you that stepped up and helped order and pick up coffee, shop for our groceries, set up the middle area and helped to cleanup afterwards, you all did a great job and really made the day a big hit.

If you can help in the off season - make up some community hours

-We are now looking at the rules and updating where necessary.  There is a copy of the current rules on the web site consider looking at the rules and submitted changes:  http://www.berkeleygardens.org/gardeners/resources/index.html
 
- Winterizing the snow blower -if you have a car or truck and can take it in for service 
- Purchase the supplies needed for clearing snow - you will be reimbursed.
- Join the snow shoveling crew
- Continue to pick up trash in the garden - send your info to <cleanups@...>   include: name, plot number, number of hours, description of task, and picture if you have it.

Garden Schedule
All renewal notices for the new year will be mailed in February 2020 with last day to renew your plot in March - after we hold a Lottery at Project Place.   First cleanup celebration April 4.  If you don’t receive a mailing or if you have moved since last spring please let us know.  
If you have decided not to return in 2020 please let us know and return your keys.

Thanks all

Berkeley Community Gardens
QUESTIONS:  info@...
Log Your Community Time:  cleanups@...  include: name, plot number, number of hours, description of task, and picture if you have it.
www.berkeleygardens.org
Post your pictures:  FACEBOOK/Berkeley Gardens




End of growing season - beginning of winter season

Sarah Hutt
 

To all gardeners

Thank you to all for making Saturday a great day - the weather couldn’t have been better.

Thanks again everyone who brought the delicious foods we all shared at the potluck it was delicious. And those of you that stepped up and helped order and pick up coffee, shop for our groceries, set up the middle area and helped to cleanup afterwards, you all did a great job and really made the day a big hit.

If you can help in the off season - make up some community hours

-We are now looking at the rules and updating where necessary.  There is a copy of the current rules on the web site consider looking at the rules and submitted changes:  http://www.berkeleygardens.org/gardeners/resources/index.html
 
- Winterizing the snow blower -if you have a car or truck and can take it in for service 
- Purchase the supplies needed for clearing snow - you will be reimbursed.
- Join the snow shoveling crew
- Continue to pick up trash in the garden - send your info to <cleanups@...>   include: name, plot number, number of hours, description of task, and picture if you have it.

Garden Schedule
All renewal notices for the new year will be mailed in February 2020 with last day to renew your plot in March - after we hold a Lottery at Project Place.   First cleanup celebration April 4.  If you don’t receive a mailing or if you have moved since last spring please let us know.  
If you have decided not to return in 2020 please let us know and return your keys.

Thanks all

Berkeley Community Gardens
QUESTIONS:  info@...
Log Your Community Time:  cleanups@...  include: name, plot number, number of hours, description of task, and picture if you have it.
www.berkeleygardens.org
Post your pictures:  FACEBOOK/Berkeley Gardens




REMINDER: Cleanup and Potluck - Saturday October 26 10AM

Sarah Hutt
 

Hi all
Annual Garden Cleanup and Potluck 
SATURDAY October 16
Coffee arrives and Work starts at 10AM
       Cookout starts at NOON - Bring a dish to pass
Hot dogs and veggie burgers are provided.

One week left till the official end of the season.

Everyone needs to clean up their garden for the winter - anyone that does not clean up their garden will not be invited back next year.
 - Clean out all remaining produce -
Leaving fruits and vegetables in your garden attracts rabbits and rats.  If we feed them in the winter they will be there in the spring.
 - Remove hoses - before they freeze - water in the hose will cause them to split.

The giant dumpster will arrive Friday morning - if you start cleaning on Friday just compact your trash so we can get as much as possible in the dumpster.

During the potluck we are expecting visits from our City Councilor Ed Flynn, and At-Large Councilors Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi-George and State Representative Aaron Michlewitz.

Those who plan to continue growing using ColdFrames or have cold weather plants that will continue to produce until a hard frost this is fine - just remove the summer plant greens and produce.

If you are not returning next year PLEASE return your keys……….

Any questions?  

Let's all hope for good weather!!!


Berkeley Community Gardens
QUESTIONS:  info@...
Log Your Community Time:  cleanups@...  include: name, plot number, number of hours, description of task, and picture if you have it.
www.berkeleygardens.org
Post your pictures:  FACEBOOK/Berkeley Gardens

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