Archive for the ‘Garden’ Category

One of our members, Pattie Baker, recently published her book, Food For my Daughters. You can buy it here.

Product Description


Food for My Daughters: what one mom did when the towers fell (and what you can do, too) includes thought-provoking stories, versatile recipes, and actionable tips about what you can do to grow food, community and knowledge, and to better prepare your children (and yourself!) for a changing world. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of every copy of Food for My Daughters will be donated to help grow food for those in need. Go to www.foodformydaughters.comto hear excerpts and see a video release about the book.


About the Author


Pattie Baker is a writer specializing in sustainability, and an urban farmer who grows food, community, and knowledge for those in need. She has been published in Edible Atlanta, New Life Journal, and Urban Farm magazines, and blogs at http://www.foodshedplanet.com. She lives in metro-Atlanta with her husband and two daughters, who keep helping her “learn as she grows.”





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New Board of Directors

CHAIR: Don Converse (term expires 8/13)

Muriel Knope (term expires 8/13)

Nicole Maslanka (term expires 8/13)

Therese Meschede (term expires 8/13)

TREASURER: Angela Minyard (term expires 8/13)

Rod Pittman (term expires 8/12)

Susan Wynn (term expires 8/13)

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We Expanded

We added 26 new 4 x 8 foot plots to our community garden. Everyone on our waiting list was offered a plot, but we still have some available. Read more about our first workday for new members in a nice Patch article by Tom Oder.

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Squash Bugs

Reports of squash bugs in the garden are coming in, and the damage they cause can make plants susceptible to disease.

This is a squash bug:

This are its eggs:

These are the eggs hatching:

These are the nymphs:

This is the damage squash bugs cause:

The best was to control squash bugs is to cultivate a healthy garden and diverse ecosystem. Physical controls include dropping the bugs in soapy water and smashing the eggs. If that doesn’t work and you’d like to try a spray, Mother Earth News recommends Neem as an ORGANIC pest control. (My favorite place to buy organic garden supplies and get advice is Farmer D’s garden center.)

Additionally, these repellant plans might deter squash bugs: catnip, tansy, radishes, tansy, nasturtiums, marigolds, beebalm, or mints.

The good news is that once your plants are well established, squash bugs aren’t such a big deal. The larger plants can handle a little nibbling.

(Photos copied from this website. IGNORE their insecticidal remedies because we require ORGANIC practices.)

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Our next board meeting will be Thursday, May 26 at 3:00 PM at the
garden.  (In the event of rain, we’ll meet at Goldberg’s Deli in Georgetown Square.)

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Van and Sally Malone, garden members and Food Pantry volunteers, are featured in this Patch article about their front yard vegetable garden. They are such great ambassadors for this movement.

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Membership Meeting & Potluck
Saturday, May 14, 2011
9:30 am: Mingle
10:00 am – 11:00 am: Membership Meeting
11:00 am (ish): Q & A (Ask an accomplished gardener!)
Noon(ish): Potluck 

                                                 Meeting Agenda

·      Introduction of current board members

·      Introduction of newest board member

·      Chairperson’s remarks

·      Rules & Procedures highlights

  • Organic method required
  • Year-round cultivation & paths maintenance required
  • No rotting fruit in plots! (Email pantry team)

·      Recruitment for garden TEAMS

·      Expansion news

·      Budget update

·      Spring plant sale recap

·      Food pantry team status

·      Reminder re: September elections

·      Questions?

·      Next meeting (TBA—late summer 2011)

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