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Wed Jul 13 13:08:35 MDT 2016

News and Info from Helena Community Gardens
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PO BOX 1222 Helena, MT 59624

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** Funding Request:  Success!

The Large Donor Fundraising Committee recently submitted a funding request to Town Pump (http://helenagardens.us4.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=3360ec23368a138bea764d654&id=12fb046542&e=c68c994898)  Charitable Foundation (http://helenagardens.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3360ec23368a138bea764d654&id=f83188346f&e=c68c994898) , asking for assistance in purchasing a shed for Selma Held, and updating the watering system at Bausch.
The request was approved!  Great Job!!
More information on the construction of a shed, and irrigation updates will be forthcoming as details are worked out.

** Plymouth Garden Work Day

Fourteen gardeners helped spread 10 yards of wood chips around the perimeter of the garden.  Marks Miller Post & Pole (http://helenagardens.us4.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=3360ec23368a138bea764d654&id=f5cbb23db7&e=c68c994898)  generously donated and delivered the chips (with expert maneuvering through the gate and around the beds).
The chips helped improve the appearance of the area near the fence around the water faucets/hoses, and to control weeds.  It was a picture-perfect hot summer evening, and everyone worked really hard, then enjoyed delicious lemonade, cookies, and banana bread!  Photos by Kim Howard.

** Food Share Plots and Donations:
Instructions for Gardeners

Part of the Helena Community Gardens vision is:

"Helena Food Share and their clients benefit from the produce grown in our partner gardens"

Gardeners from HCG donated approximately 300 pounds of produce last year, and this year's goal is 500 pounds!

Helena Food Share is extremely appreciative of HCG donations, which provide fresh, local, organic produce to clients.  As part of our efforts to fulfill our mission and reach this goal, we would like to share that:
* Many of the gardens have vegetable plots planted specifically for donation to Helena Food Share.
* Gardeners who would like to donate their extra produce to Helena Food Share are encouraged to do so!
* Produce donation kits are available at our gardens (in sheds or near tools) for all gardeners' use.

If you are harvesting the Food Share beds, or have produce you'd like to donate, the kits include instructions, tools, bags, and labels, as well as a logbook to keep track of Volunteer hours and donations.

Any questions, feel free to contact Kim Howard (mailto:rrfg723 at msn.com) , or Nick Chmura (mailto:nchmu0 at gmail.com) .

Thank you for all you do to help Helena Community Gardens provide Helena Food Share with local, fresh produce!

** How is your Garden Growing: Featuring Jubilee Garden
Thanks Joe Beausoleil for taking the pictures! If you would like to see more photos, contact HCG!

** Introducing: Head Garden Managers

Amie Butler (mailto:4224greenacres at mt.net) and Nick Chmura (mailto:nchmu0 at gmail.com) have volunteered to take over as Head Garden Managers.  They will lead the Garden Manager meetings, and help facilitate communication between the Garden Managers, Board, and Coordinator.
The gardens are split between them: 6^th Ward, Waukesha, Cruse, and Plymouth are under Amie, and Nick has Jubilee, Janet St, Cooney, Selma Held, Bausch and Food Share.
Thank you Nick and Amie for volunteering!

** Clean Energy Tour in Helena July 17th!
Join AERO (http://helenagardens.us4.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=3360ec23368a138bea764d654&id=0dcf65bd67&e=c68c994898) in this exciting (and free!) Energy Tour event!  Call ahead of time to get updated schedule information--things may change a bit!  Register ahead of time (http://helenagardens.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3360ec23368a138bea764d654&id=1b69df3bfc&e=c68c994898) if you'd like.

** Info Sharing:  Missoula CFAC (http://helenagardens.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3360ec23368a138bea764d654&id=145e9f4cc3&e=c68c994898) Job Announcement!
The Community Food & Agriculture Coalition (CFAC) (http://helenagardens.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3360ec23368a138bea764d654&id=81e8805e6d&e=c68c994898) is seeking a Program Coordinator to manage our Beginning Farmer & Rancher Program.

The position provides support to the Program Director and other staff, with duties including program planning, administration, evaluation, communication, outreach, grantwriting, and others as needed.

Check out their page (http://helenagardens.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3360ec23368a138bea764d654&id=b7395d324a&e=c68c994898) for more information on this neat job!

** Ongoing:  HCG Outreach and Education Events 2016
Saturday, September 17   10am-12pm
Food Preservation Demo:
Canning, Freezing, Dehydrating
Lewis & Clark Co Extension Office (Fairgrounds)

Saturday, September 24   10am-12pm
Finding Rainbows in the Garden, for Kids:
Harvest the spectrum of veggie colors & flavors
North Valley Co-Op CSA
Saturday, October 8   10am-12pm
Lacto Fermentation Workshop
Registration required
Plymouth Church, 400 S Oakes St.

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