Sunday, September 25, 2011

No-Dig Garden Bed Workshop / Permaculture Methods Sat. October 1, 8:30 a.m.

What: No-Dig Garden Bed Lecture and Workshop: Permaculture Methods (a "no dig" and organic method to create garden soil). Lecture and demonstration by permaculture expert Lisa Fernandes.

Cost: FREE!When: Saturday, October 1, 2011 starting at
8:30 am.
Where: 496 Ocean Street, South Portland Planning and Development Department - the former Hamlin School

The lecture and demonstration will teach you how to create the loam for a garden using organic materials from your home and neighborhood. 

After the lecture we are planning to have some work ready to do for the garden (i.e. tasks may include possibly spread woodchips, put wet newspapers in the beds and shovel manure into the beds). If you are able to give some of your time after the event please bring gloves, a shovel and sturdy shoes. More workers the merrier!

To RSVP please contact the CGC at or Crystal Goodrich at 671-6393.

Finish Building Beds for the Community Garden Tuesday Sept. 9/27, 9am to 4 pm

Hello Garden Volunteers!

We still have a few beds left to build and two handicapped accessible beds. Susan Chase and a volunteer will be working on the beds on Tuesday 9/27 of this week between 9 am and 4pm. If you can make it for one or two hours to help build we would appreciate it.

Come If you need more information or if you plan on coming later in the day please call Susan at 615-7840 to make sure the builders still need your help.

Thank you!
Crystal Goodrich, CGC Secretary

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Workers needed for Tuesday 9/20 from 6-7:30!

Thank you to those who responded to our request for help - but we weren't able to get enough people to work on Sunday to help move the beds. Weekends seem to be tough, so let's try a weeknight! 

We have changed the work time to:
Tuesday Sept. 20  from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Hamlin School Garden, 496 Ocean Ave. 

If 5 or 6 people get one or two friends who can do some heavy work to come we will be good to go! We need to shift some of the beds to adjust the final location of the garden.


Sunday, September 11, 2011

Our First Work Day Was A HUGE Success! Thank you!


On behalf of the Community Garden Collective's Board, I would like to express our sincerely appreciation for all the effort and hard work put forth by all the volunteers who attend our first SP Community Garden Work Day.  Because of your hard work and volunteerism the gardens are taking shape and becoming a reality- seeing is believing!
I was at the site today and I am still amazed at how much work was accomplished between 9 - 2 PM.  We are fortunate to have such a dedicated, hard-working group of volunteers.
Future activities will include gathering to spread woodchips on top of the cardboard - a task to be accomplished before the 10/1 workshop.  Gathering seaweed for the beds will also be another work event. An email will be going out this week with more information. Please stay tuned for these days and those willing to loan or use their trucks - your help will be very beneficial. 

Please remember to collect a stack of newspapers for the plots. Each plot will need 6 pounds of newspapers. You can bring them to any of the events or drop some off at Crystal's house, 17 Highland Ave., in the breezeway. You can call if you need more information: 671-6393.
We will be sending out additional reminders on what materials you can be collecting to help make the 10/1 another great successful work day.   More information will be sent out regarding the FREE lecture and hands-on workshop as we prepare the soil for our beds using a no-dig/lasagna layering of materials to super charge our soil with healthy nutrients and compost.
Again, many thanks for a tremendous Volunteer Work Day on Saturday, let's keep growing our community!
Patti Smith, President
Community Garden Collective