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Shelbyville Community Garden organizing

Posted Friday, February 27, 2009, at 8:31 PM

Sherrie wrote in to let us know about a new community garden effort. http://shelbyville-garden-of-life.com/ It sounds like a commendable program and one many of us might like to join.

"We have our first work day this Saturday, Feb 28 at 9:00. Hoping for good weather.

We also plan to work with John Teague & others in his office for cooking classes & also canning. We want this effort to grow to other churches, property in town (empty lots) and be a "gift" for the unemployed, poor, etc.

Some people don't know how to cook fresh vegetables. They have plans to host cooking classes--- and hopefully teaching the use of herbs.

We also hope to teach & "host" canning evenings at the various church kitchens. Teach the skills & also let people take their canned goods home.

We can be a resource for people who have "too many" tomatoes, beans, etc from their garden --- they can donate & know their vegetables are not being wasted.

We are definitely going the organic/sustainable type of gardening. We will not get certified organic, but incorporate the practices into our methods.

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Excellent idea!!!

-- Posted by espoontoon on Sat, Feb 28, 2009, at 7:10 AM

Right down the alley of what Weed'em & Reap was thinking, but way ahead on planning and execution. Maybe we should see about helping here.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Feb 28, 2009, at 8:08 AM

Regardless of the rain, I will try to come by. I have three things going at 9:00 this morning, so.....

One question. In your wish list you have "empty fats". What do you mean? I know it could be a typo and I think it might be 'flats' but even then I am not sure people will be sure what you need.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Feb 28, 2009, at 8:16 AM

WOW! I just got back from visiting the project location and I am in awe.

These folks have HUGE plans and after only a few months of planning, they are a LONG way toward their first garden. They have volunteer help doing some great things for them already and support from the town, county and Extension Service.

If you have not visited their web page, and have ANY interest in a community garden, you need to check out their plans. They appear to have a lot of gardening experience in the group, and they certainly the desire to pull it off.

There will not only be acres of garden space but from what i have been told, they will have thousands of plants and seeds to plant. Several nurseries have volunteered to raise plants and even fruit trees for their project.

I could go on, but go to their page linked in the original blog. Things have already changed from their original pictures and they expect to get new pictures up this coming week.

This looks like a place to hang out, help and learn, all at the same time. I would think the T-G would want to cover it in print as well.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Feb 28, 2009, at 12:17 PM


Thanks for coming by today. We very much appreciate you and your wife stopping in. Have a blessed Sunday and rest of the week.

-- Posted by bear on Sat, Feb 28, 2009, at 9:14 PM

It was a pleasure.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Feb 28, 2009, at 9:36 PM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.