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Cambridge Elementary Seed Starts

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During the week of April 12th through the 16th, ten volunteers from the community garden participated in a spring seed starting program in all of the 29 classrooms in the Cambridge Central School elementary program.  We helped the students in grades 2 through 6 make paper pots and used peat pots in pre-K through 1st grade.  Each student planted two pots, one the assigned vegetable for their classroom and the other a flower or vegetable of their choice.  Seeds were donated by the Bentley Seed Company of Cambridge, New York. Potting soil was donated by Alexander's Hardware.  Peat pots were donated by Janet Britt.  Many of the classrooms had prepared for our visit by reading about seeds and some had their own growing projects already in action.  Everyone seemed happy to be participating.  Later in the spring the students will take walking field trips to the Community Garden to plant out their seedlings.



WWOOF Volunteers in 2010

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We will be hosting several volunteers from the program called World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF).  They will be receiving free room and board from Community Garden members in return for 15 hours of work per week.  They will be working in the common areas and the plots started by school children.  Harvest from the school plots will go to the food pantry.



New Members in 2010

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In 2010, the garden will be the site of twenty household gardens, including seven new member households, several of whom are gardening for the first time.  There will be many mentoring opportunities for all involved.  Eight families are participating in the shared corn area where they will have a small area of a larger block of each variety of corn, arranged for better pollination.


Cambridge Community Garden Mural

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The community garden is applying for various grants to fund educational programs and other improvements in the garden's second year.  As part of one grant, we put together a collage mural with the theme "the community garden in 50 years".  Here is a slide show of our work:




2010 Organizational Meetings

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The dates for the 2010 Cambridge Community Gardens organizational meetings have been set:

  • Monday, January 25, 2010 at 7PM
  • Monday, February 22, 2010 at 7PM

The meetings will be held in the Beacon Fee building behind Hubbard Hall.  If you plan to garden this year, please try to attend one of the meetings.  We will be accepting applications for the 2010 season and will start planning layout of the newly plowed area and plot assignments.  We will also discuss school and food pantry connections, creating a teaching garden, and issues of water, pest control, and common spaces.



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