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Greetings Plant Swappers!

This weekend will be the first-ever Elliotborough Park and Community Garden Plant Swap! You’re invited to discover the best-kept neighborhood park secret in Charleston AND swap plants with fellow gardeners.  Afterwards, check out our community vegetable gardens and see the progress on a new Clemson Architecture vertical vegetable wall.

For those who have seen the Park Circle plant swaps, we will be following a similar format. BRING SOME PLANTS AND INVITE A FRIEND!

Details:
WHAT: Yard plants, herbs, shrubs/trees, vegetable or flower seedlings, bulbs, or garden tools/accessories are all welcome! (I’ll be bringing a variety of herbs, roses, and other plants)
WHERE: Elliotborough Park and Community Garden, 134 Line St. (Downtown Charleston)
WHEN: SATURDAY APRIL 16 @ 1pm (advise 10 min early for setup)

HOW TO GET THERE:
Google Map:
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=134+Line+St.+Charleston+SC&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=134+Line+St,+Charleston,+South+Carolina+29403&gl=us&z=16

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Here is the lastest updates regarding Fields to Families. Please note changes in contact information and updated opportunties below!

Farmers Markets

Many of you have expressed interest in helping with the Farmer’s Markets. Depending on the location, you will be at a table, talking to attendees of the market about the mission, accepting dontations, and in some cases collecting produce for recipient agencies. If you are still interested in helping out this year, please contact the respective leader for each market.

Charleston

Volunteer Co coordinator –
Danielle Tucker
Mt. Pleasant
Volunteer Co coordinators –
Jim Calhoun
Ann Calhoun

Summerville

Volunteer Coordinator
Marjorie Veneziano

<tveneziano@sc.rr.com>
843.851.5343 or  843.607.4519

North Charleston Farmers Market NEW!!

Volunteer Coordinator

Melissa Wagner
ivyridge@jdcmanagementco.com
803-476-6535

Daniel Island Farmers Market is now in need of a Volunteer Coordinator.

Events


We are currently in the process of creating a new Events Committee that will be meeting regularly to plan, seek out, and participate in events. If you only want to volunteer at specific events, please see opportunities below.

April
Night Heron Park
10am-2pm
Help celebrate Earthday by sharing the mission of Fields to Families with residents and visitors of Kiawah. Volunteers can either hand out information or participate in hands-on activity of making paper pots, filling them with soil with children and planting seeds.
Park Circle
11am-3pm
If you are interested in doing a hands-on activity this Earthday weekend, come out to North Charleston and participate in hands-on activity of making paper pots, filling them with soil with children and planting seeds.

22nd:
Charleston Eco Fashion Event 

April 22, 2011 – Earth Day
7:00 – 9:00 p.m
Michael Mitchell Gallery
Tickets – $20 (a portion of proceeds benefit Fields to Families)
Gleaning
We will continue to send out email notifications of gleaning opportunities. If you are interested in receiving training to lead gleanings, please contact us.
Gardening

Fields to Families currently has one main garden in Moncks Corner in partnership with Junior League, Whole Foods, and 4-H but if you live in that area and would like to get involved, please contact Phyllis Ford at <phyllisford@bellsouth.net> or 843.766.8234

We are also partnering with a local non-profit project called Sweetgrass Garden Co-op on Johns Island that donates their produce to the hungry. Their garden is located at 3105 Plowground Rd. Johns Island, SC 29455. If you are interested in having a group come out to help or simply wish to volunteer on your own, please contact Dale Snyder at dale.snyder@att.net or 843-270-0889. They have a variety of volunteer opportunities from planting to construction.
For questions or further information, please email info@fieldstofamilies.org

We look forward to seeing you all this Spring!!

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One of our volunteers is making headlines with her continued efforts to turn gardens into food for the hungry.

See the AOL article below.

(Photo from Katie’s Krops website)

Sixth-Grade Philanthropist Offers Grant to Encourage Gardening

Jan 7, 2011 – 11:08 AM

Susanna Baird- Contributor

Sixth-grader Katie Stagliano knows how multiply.

She turned a 40-pound cabbage from her garden into part of a meal for 275 people at a Charleston, S.C., soup kitchen. She turned that single experience into Katie’s Krops, a nonprofit that has grown thousands of pounds of fresh produce for soup kitchens and other organizations helping people in need.

Katie wants children in other states to grow their own philanthropic gardens.

“It is my dream to have a vegetable garden in every state to feed those in need,” she told AOL News. “To make that possible in 2011, I am offering a Katie’s Krops grant.”

Katie’s invited green-thumbed, big-hearted children from 9 to 16 to apply for a gardening grant: up to $400 to start a garden, support from Katie’s Krops, and a digital camera to document their adventures in the soil. The winner must donate 100 percent of their produce proceeds to an organization helping to feed hungry people in their community.

To learn more about the grant, visit KatiesKrops.com.

To read AOL News’ profile of Katie, go to “Sixth-Grader’s Harvest Stocks Food Pantry Shelves.”

As Katie says, “Happy Growing in 2011!”

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Photo by Wade Spees of Post and Courier

The Bogarden:
Community Garden at the Corner of Bogard and Rutledge

Bogarden Updates!

After a long, hot, dry summer we are so relieved that Fall is finally here!! Over the last few months we have tried to keep the garden watered while battling the weeds. We had a work group from the College of Charleston come out and help us in partnership with Keep Charleston Beautiful as well as a number of awesome individuals throughout the hot months!

We were able to harvest lots of peppers, basil, okra, beans, cucumbers, watermelon, cantaloupe, squash, and tomatoes from the garden.

To get the garden ready for our fall veggies, we have partnered with Charleston Stump Stompers to have some ground stumps and trees placed on the site to help reduce weeds and act as a ground cover.

We also received an awesome donation of worm compost and castings from Organic Gardening Supply INC! and we will have new equipment thanks to the Coastal Community Foundation’s New Fund.

Bogarden Work-Day!

This Saturday October 16, 2010 Fritz will be out at the garden from 11-3.
Tasks: Spreading Mulch, Weeding, Sign Painting, and veggie planting.

We will break for lunch around 1pm… please bring a potluck dish to share!

WHAT SHOULD YOU BRING?

Any gardening tools, gloves, sun screen, hats, water, potluck dish or drink (with serving utensils), a bowl/fork/spoon, a friend, random fun objects to beautify the garden, and a donation if possible (tomato cages, bamboo sections, scrap wood, outdoor paint, flowers, paint brushes, brick, and mulch are all on the want list.

If you cannot stay long, please just stop by and check out how AWESOME the garden is looking 🙂 If you cannot make it, please reply to thebogarden@gmail.com with any questions or days that you are interested in volunteering.

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Mt. Pleasant, S.C. (September 12, 2010) – Fields to Families, an organization dedicated to helping increase nutrition to the area hungry by coordinating the distribution of fresh produce, expanded its operations this year to include a garden, with 100 percent of the produce going to feed the hungry.

“We are so grateful to our community partners and volunteers, not only for their financial support, but also their caring and concern for the most needy in our community,” said Phyllis Ford, chairperson of Fields to Families Board of Directors.

The Whole Foods Market Fields to Families Garden, located in Monck’s Corner, will grow even larger on Trident United Way’s Day of Caring – September 14 thanks to volunteers from Santee Cooper.

A dozen employees will work onsite with one group focusing on outfitting the “shedquarters” (where the supplies are housed) with shelving, bins, and hooks. The other team will build six additional beds using a no-till organic gardening method that was employed by the Master Gardeners with the assistance of Clemson Extension to install the garden’s existing beds.

Thanks to the generous support of Harvest Level sponsor Whole Foods Market – Mt. Pleasant, the Junior League, Sisters of Caritas, Blackbaud, Gardener’s Supply Company, and countless volunteers, Fields to Families’ inaugural garden was born in April of this year.

“Whole Foods Market is excited about our partnership with the Fields to Families Garden. Providing healthy, nutritious, locally-grown food to people in need is an important part of building and maintaining a healthy body,” said Pam Fischette, Whole Foods Market’s director of marketing. “We are inspired by the great work that Fields to Families is doing to make fresh produce available to the hungry in our communities.”

The Master Gardeners, Clemson Extension staff, and many other Fields to Families volunteers broke ground this spring by building six raised beds at the Monck’s Corner garden. They used a no-dig, no-till organic gardening method that results in rich, fluffy soil with very little work from the gardener. Since then, six additional beds have been added, yielding a harvest of squash, okra, eggplant, pepper, tomatoes, beans, and herbs.

An additional workday is planned at the garden on Saturday, September 18, when the Junior League, an organization that selected Fields to Families as a community partner organization this year, will install an additional six beds, bringing the total to 24 beds.

For more information about Fields to Families and to volunteer, visit

www.fieldstofamilies.org.

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We are pleased to announce that the Whole Foods Market Fields to Families Garden project is underway!

With the support of  Whole Foods Market – Mt. Pleasant, the Master Gardeners, Clemson Extension staff, and many other Fields to Families volunteers, six “lasagna” beds were recently built at the Monck’s Corner garden. No, we’re not growing noodles, tomatoes and cheese (even though I wish you could), lasagna gardening is a no-dig, no-till organic gardening method that results in rich, fluffy soil with very little work from the gardener.

The group had planned for four beds, but had enough materials, including the plants and help to create six beds. Squash, okra, eggplant, pepper, and tomato plants and bean seeds were planted. Some herbs were also included as they attract some insects that will eat the worms, etc. that might attack the plants.

A special thank you goes out to Phyllis Ford, our board chairperson and Amy Dabbs of  Clemson Extension for leading this project! Their work will go a long way in feeding the hungry in our community.

Phyllis shared a sweet story that I would like to in turn, share with you:

” We have a little killdeer bird watching over the garden. She was very upset when we arrived and started working as we had distubed her very private homesite. We did put stakes around her nest and trust that nothing will happen to her or her eggs until they have hatched and flown the coop!”

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