We are looking forward to a productive year in 2014. To that end, we will again offer our Master Community Gardener (MCGT-10 weeks) and Master Community Composter trainings (MCCT-5 weeks). The MCGT will include 5 weeks of compost training, so our MCGT grads will know a lot about how to manage household organic waste. The goal of these trainings is to broaden our reach and to offer more community gardening and more composting with the help of well-trained volunteers and partners. Class starts February 17th, so get your application in this week!
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Here’s a fun thing coming up Sunday, December 8th at 11am thanks to the care and concern of Rona Roberts:
Join us for Steve and Rona’s Rize-Up, a temporary, one-time homemade doughnut pop-up at Third Street Stuff on Sunday, December 8, from 11 AM until all gone. Doughnuts are free!!! If you can, bring a love offering (cash, music, art, hugs, poetry, or get really creative) to help Third Street recover from the costs of the recent burglary at this sweet place. That’s it, the (w)Hole Story.
We have had an amazing first month through the GoodGiving Guide Challenge. With your help we have raised over $5,000! But there is still time to help us with 4 more great programs we hope to offer in 2014. So through the month of December we will continue to highlight a new effort each week, including:
- Week 5–CLUCK!–This city loves its chickens! CLUCK! is Seedleaf’s attempt to share the good news of urban chicken keeping, how fun and easy it is to keep a pet that produces a little bit of protein several times each week (hooray for eggs!) We do this chicken education through CLUCK! Ed events (periodic workshops) and home consults. Your gift in week 5 will help facilitate more chicken-centered education, and help us develop new opportunities for urban chicken keeping in Lexington’s food deserts.
- Week 6–Soups On/Yes, We Can!–These cooking events are designed for foodies and aspiring foodies. Any skill level is welcome as we cook and/or preserve fresh local food and demonstrate how fun and easy it can be to eat well. We usually do these events monthly at a cost of $10 per participant (for staff and ingredients). Your gift in week 6 will help us offer more of these cooking events throughout the growing and harvesting season.
- Week 7–Micro-Farms Project–Seedleaf owns land. As such, we have new expenses as we consider how to develop 7 new lots, and how to maintain them. These spaces sit squarely in areas considered to be food deserts. Many of these lots will feature a free u-pick area, and a market garden. It will cost roughly $12,000 to develop each lot. Your gift in week seven will help us turn seven neglected spaces in North Lexington into productive and innovative growing spaces.
- Week 8–SEEDS–Service Education and Entrepreneurship in Downtown Spaces! SEEDS represents our summer programming for young people between the ages of 11 and 17. Our kids work hard learning how to plant and care for a garden, how to cook, how to harvest, rinse, and sell vegetables, how to make a chicken coop. While this sounds like a fun day camp experience, our young growers earn a stipend for their work. It costs us $600 per participant to host SEEDS, and we hope to have capacity for 15 students in 2014. Your gift in week eight will help us keep the SEEDS program alive and well.
These efforts represent nearly all that we do, and each is underfunded in our 2014 projections. You can help. Consider giving in support of your favorite thing that we do. Or give a bit each week in support of each of these. And when you do, let your Facebook friends know that your are partnering with us in the new year through your gift. That second step can compound your gift in a significant way! There are tons of incentives from Smiley Pete and the Blue Grass Community Foundation, so many great reasons to get involved in the Challenge. But it is okay with us if you just give to Seedleaf because you love what we do!
Seedleaf has received so many gifts of time and effort over the past six years, way more than we can cover in a month’s worth of posts. But during this season of harvest and thanksgiving, we have 30 we’d like to remember. Here’s a reflection from former board member Geoff Maddock:
Seedleaf does some amazing work, but we are only one small part of a network of brilliant, creative, and hard working people seeking a more sustainable and just local food system. One of our heroes in this network is Anita Courtney. Anita is not only a key advocate for making good food available to underserved neighborhoods in our city, she also brings a much-admired calm and positive presence. Her ability to do very difficult work while maintaining a spirit of cooperation and at the same time exuding kindness and grace is truly a gift to our community and to the broader cause of equitable food access. While Seedleaf does the slow work of recycling food, building up soil, and growing fresh vegetables downtown, Anita is crafting a way for this food to appear on shelves and in refrigerators where it is needed most. We are so very grateful for her tireless work with The Tweens Nutrition and Fitness Coalition, Better Bites (Healthy snacks at our swimming pools), and The Good Neighbor Store project. Thank you, Anita, for your friendship, encouragement, and example!
You can echo our thanks by supporting Seedleaf in our work of nourishing communities with a donation now through the GoodGiving Guide Challenge. Your gift this week will help us prepare new garden coordinators through our Master Community Gardener Training. Email email@example.com to get an application if you are interested in this 10-week training.
Seedleaf has received so many gifts of time and effort over the past six years, way more than we can cover in a month’s worth of posts. But during this season of harvest and thanksgiving, we have 30 we’d like to remember.
While we are very grateful to all the extra work our participating kitchens do to set aside their pre-consumer prep waste for us, we want to give a special shout out to the organization that makes the sawdust available: Easy Wood Tools. The wood handles on these tools are made right here in Lexington, and we are so glad they are, because one byproduct (the wood shavings) has become an important addition to our compost piles. This saw dust has an ideal surface area and is allowing us to finish compost in short order.
Thanks so much to our friends at Easy Wood Tools for saving this brown material for us! It is really helping us keep up with all the green from the other pickups.
2 notes for home composters:
- Can you use some of this compost for your pile at home? Visit the parking lot of Third St Stuff, near our green bins, and help yourself (bring your own bucket).
- If you would like to join us in the spring for our Master Community Composter and/or Master Community Gardener trainings, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to get an application or to get more information
You can echo our thanks and support Seedleaf in our work of nourishing communities by donating now through the GoodGiving Guide Challenge. Your gift this week will help us to offer our Master Community Gardener and our Master Community Composter Trainings, our main efforts to cultivate gardeners and compost ambassadors to serve here in Lexington.