From Community Garden to Garden Community

It was cloudy and overcast as we arrived at Wagon Hill Community Garden for our monthly workday, but before the morning was over, the sun was shining on 35 gardeners pulling weeds, chipping paths, turning compost, enjoying refreshments and the companionship of shared purpose.  A preschool group sang, did “garden yoga” and then got their first lessons on gardening helping to pull weeds in the paths.

What a lot of growing we have done over the past 9 years!   Starting as  6 strangers in 9 individual beds, we’ve become  85 companions and work mates growing food in 112 beds.  And, not just food for ourselves, but food for the community as a whole, with a contribution last season of over 700 pounds of food to our local Food Pantries.

We are not just a Community Garden, but a Garden Community!

 

Opening the Garden Meeting

Join us at the Durham Town Hall

Sunday MARCH 5th

2-4pm, 2017

How Sweet It Is!

How Sweet It Is:
A family friendly presentation about the fascinating, and important, Honey Bee
Saturday, February 4th, 2017 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Durham Public Library 49 Madbury Road
The Durham Agricultural Commission is pleased to present New Hampshire Beekeeper Wendy Booth. Wendy will share her excitement for keeping bees and talk about the fascinating life of the Honey Bee. We will laugh and learn and laugh some more. Wendy is past President of the NH Beekeepers, 2008 Beekeeper of the Year, featured on NH Chronicle, NH Magazine and NPR and has award winning bee photos in national magazines. There will be honey for tasting and honey recipes to take home. If you are thinking of keeping bees, enjoy gardening or love to hear about nature…this will be a great presentation.
For more information, please contact Theresa Walker of the Durham Agricultural Commission at 659-7226, theresawalker@comcast.net

Preserve your Harvest

It’s not too early to start thinking about your garden and subsequently how to get the most nutrition and enjoyment from your harvest.  Dover Adult Learning Center is offering 3 food preservation classes.  The classes: Pressure Canning, Jams-Waterbath Canning and Salsa Waterbath Canning are all offered at Dover High School starting the end of March and running through April.  The cost for Non-Dover residents is $35.00 per class.(Dover residents pay $30.00)   Each class is just one night from 6:30-8:30.  To register contact Dover Adult Learning Center http://www.doveradultlearning.org

dalc@dalc-online.org

603-742-1030

Don’t miss this opportunity to keep enjoying summer all winter long!

21 pints of canned tomatoes

21 pints of canned tomatoes

In 6 months, we can look back on these…

AHHH, late summer at Wagon Hill Farm:

Courtesy of a Friend of Wagon Hill Farm

Courtesy of a Friend of Wagon Hill Farm

Courtesy of a Friend of Wagon Hill Farm

Courtesy of a Friend of Wagon Hill Farm

Photos courtesy of a Friend of Wagon Hill Farm

Oil and Vinegar Pairings Event TONIGHT (7/18/2016)

Oil and Vinegar Pairings

How do I donate produce to the food pantry?

photo-44Betsy Burton is already delivering herbs and greens to the Food Pantry.  If you have extra produce you would like to contribute, please do the following:
 
A.  Pick and rinse your produce with the hose
 
B.  Place it in a plastic bag (available in the shed)
 
C.  Place it in the cooler (located in or just outside the shed) before 2 p.m. on Tues. and Thurs. or by 10:00 a.m. on Fridays. (Don’t put produce in the cooler except on these days – it will be unusable by the day of the Food Pantry).
 
If you want Betsy and the Food Pantry group to harvest your plot, notify Betsy at beeline@comcast.net.  Be sure to give her your bed number and specific instructions about what plant(s) you want picked.