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Warm wishes to all for what is certainly going to be an exciting 2015! We hope your plans for the coming year are as exciting and full of dreams as ours are. A toast to the fulfillment of dreams!
Link here to our newest newsletter and share in the joy we feel for our year...
Check out our "Step Up! Campaign" - sponsoring a bench in the Garden. We're raising funds to expand the growing area and the growing time in the Westside Orchard Garden - providing even more food for the food insecure in our community, and more opportunities for kids to come and learn about good food! We have 4 Learning Center Benches and 4 Garden Orchard Benches remaining for sponsorship. Reserve yours now with a deposit of $50.. All the benches are former steps from the original Carnegie Library in Great Falls.
Our mission is about food sustainability - teaching, organizing, networking, and producing. The Westside Orchard Garden is the place we grow, model and employ a variety of gardening methods, teach classes for adults, mentor kids raising their own vegetables, experiment with new and innovative methods for growing,and host seminars for groups. We produce our own garden soil with bokashi composting and develop lasagna-composted gardening beds.
The Boys & Girls Club youth were in the Garden 5 days a week this summer (2014) - 60 kids each week working, gardening, harvesting, and eating their own produce - and loving all the fresh veggies! "Cherry tomatoes are my new favorite food!" - imagine that from a 2nd grader.
Most of the harvest from the Garden is delivered to the Head Start, Boys & Girls Club, and Meals on Wheels kitchens, supplying fresh produce for the 800 + meals prepared daily for food insecure kids, families, and elders. Our goal is to be able to supply fresh produce year-round for these kitchens - as well as work with other communities who are dedicated to food sustainability for their neighbors.
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
Look for us in the newZone 4 Fall 2014 Magazine -page 59: Bokashi Composting: Closing the Food Waste Loop by Liz Allen.
Our 5th Annual FRESH! Food Forum is scheduled for March 28th, 2015 - put it on your calendar now. Guaranteed to be a fun, full, and educational day. The class selection will be expanded, and we may show a variety of documentaries playing all day - planning is underway right now. Check out the documentaries below - these are 2 we will be showing in March.
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