20 February 2011

Documentary in the Works

Our garden is getting some exciting publicity!

Frou Gallagher is a Video Producer for the City of Fayetteville's Government Channel. In addition to maintaining a plot in the garden, Frou is creating an educational video about the Community Gardens In The Parks Program for the government channel. Walker Park is the first and only project of this city program, so Frou's documentary will primarily be about our garden. 

In the words of Lisa Netherland, horticulturist for the city of Fayetteville and advisor of the program, "This video will be a valuable tool for supporting future community gardens in Fayetteville."

Check out Frou's latest work, featuring Walker Park Gardeners on the day we got our donation from Ozark Natural Foods!

And don't forget to RSVP to our facebook event and like us on facebook

Also, props to the Fayetteville Community Garden Coalition's Seed Swap today. It was a wonderful event. A bunch of folks came out, shared seeds and insight and laughs about silly plant jokes (as in me) and Bean Mountain Farms gave a seed starting demonstration. Kudos to the event planners!

Today, at the Swap, a community member told Ryan and I that we're probably going to get more interested gardeners than we can handle. I sure hope so. 


15 February 2011

Dig Day!

The first work day for the Walker Park Community Garden is scheduled for Sunday, February 27th at 1 pm. We will be building our raised beds and officially open registration for garden plots.

We are inviting everyone in the community to come out and help us. Whether you are interested in tending a plot this year or just want to get your hands dirty, we would love to have you!

Because of a generous $500 donation from Ozark Natural Foods, we now have the funds to purchase our soil, sand, mulch, and some tools. But any shovels, wheelbarrows, and rakes that you could bring would be greatly appreciated!

This will be our "Ground Breaking" ceremony - our first work day as a group (although we won't be technically breaking the ground, just creating more of it). As someone who has seen this project through since the very beginning half a year ago, this is going to be a very, very exciting day.

 Light refreshments will be served (but bringing extra water is always a good idea).

(And be sure to catch the Community Seed Swap the week before - February 20th at the Fayetteville Senior Activity and Wellness Center, next door to our garden site. Anyone can swap open-pollinated (heirloom, old-timey) seeds of food crops, herbs, or ornamentals. If you have no heirlooms, donate seed-envelopes, garden tools, or hybrid seeds while you mingle with gardeners, farmers, and seed savers. Also, local grower Herb Culver will give a workshop on 'Seed Starting' during the Swap.)

I hope to see you there!