JOIN OUR GROWING COMMUNITY
Westside Orchard Garden open daily (Monday through Friday) starting June 1. Mike is usually there on the weekends, too, but call to make sure. If you would like to come visit, volunteer, or just have a picnic, you will be welcomed!The Garden is open every day during the week until about 4 pm. Please come visit and see all the changes and upgrades we've made this year. We're continuing to build more lasagna composting areas for continued planting, and are working on finishing the irrigation system.Our Garden Manager, Sally, has made regular deliveries of produce to the Head Start and Boys & Girls Club kitchens, adding Meals on Wheels when possible. The Community Rec Center was the recipient of a weeks worth of produce for a special program, and we're anticipating more involvement with them next summer to host the youth in the Garden for some gardening classes. The Boys & Girls Club youth will be back in the Garden for after-school activities soon.
Check out out "Step Up" campaign to raise funds to expand the harvest in the Garden - and provide even more food for the food insecure in our community!
Spread the word and come play in the dirt with us. Bring the whole family.
Questions? Call Captain Compost (Mike), Master Spreader 406-868-2359
Educate yourself, be informed about what you eat and what you are feeding your family. Make informed decisions...here's one side of the story: follow the link to read the article!
Farmed and Dangerous... Chipotle Takes Aim at Unsustainable Industrial Agriculture in New Mini-Series
Last month, the restaurant chain Chipotle launched an online show on Hulu called Farmed and Dangerous, a four-part satire aimed at revealing the "outrageously twisted and utterly unsustainable world of industrial agriculture" by poking fun at it.
Thanks to all who participated in our 4th Annual FRESH! Food Forum - attendees, vendors, teachers, sponsors, kids. It was a fun, full, and educational day and we're already planning and looking forward to next year, with expanded possibilitites.
We have 3 excellent documentaries to loan out if you are interested in showing to your friends, families, neighbors, or organizations.
- FRESH - The underground documentary that became a massive grassroots success, FRESH is the embodiment of the good food movement. http://www.freshthemovie.com/
- Dirt! the movie - Dirt! The Movie is an insightful and timely film that tells the story of the glorious and unappreciated material beneath our feet. http://www.thedirtmovie.org/
- A PLACE AT THE TABLE - "It specifically addresses our country’s hunger crisis. But it also speaks to larger hungers. Hungers for independence, a dignified life, a better chance for one’s children – in short, the American dream. http://www.magpictures.com/aplaceatthetable/#
What can YOU do to further sustainability in your community? Start with 1:
1. Grow something you can eat
2. Eat what someone has grown locally.
3. Join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)
4. Help a neighbor start a garden.
5. Compost in a bucket or in your backyard.
6. Shop at your local Farmer's Market - and ask if they GROW their own product.
7. Join a Community Garden.
8. Volunteer to help with a school garden or get one started at your child's school.
9. Ask "what's locally grown ?" at your grocery store and when you go out to dinner.
10. Join Gardens from Garbage as a member and support our projects with your volunteer hours and dollars.
11. And my favorite - BUY A CITY LOT AND PLANT AN ORCHARD