WESLEY WAY HELPING HARVESTS GETS NEW IRRIGATION SYSTEM

Many thanks and Kudos to Max Breckenridge, Brian Bouts, Russ Camp and John Newman for helping with the new irrigation system. DSC_2412 (2)A

Work is still in progress but the goal is be ready for spring planting.   Max, Brian and Woodland High School volunteers have already planted onions and potatoes.  The irrigation system will dramatically increase our harvest yield at Wesley Way.   Photos are from the winter garden.

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NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS

The Board of Directors of Community Gardens of Henry to hold Annual Meeting April 18, 2013, 11:00 am at the Henry County Public Library, 1001 Florence McGarity Blvd, McDonough.

FROM CUBIHATCHA HELPING HARVESTS

Good Friday, March 29th is potato planting day at Cubihatcha.  We will be planting 50 lbs. of potato eyes, about three 100 ft. rows.  Many thanks to Doug Martin, Naturalist at the Outdoor Center, for tilling  the garden plot.plowing008

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The garden is located in Locust Grove at the Cubihatcha  Outdoor Center right near the water reservoir.  It is a beautiful garden, especially when summer vegetables are at their peak. The garden is one of our charitable giving gardens.  All the harvest is donated to help food pantries and non-profits who feed needy families.   Last year we harvested 850 lbs of beautiful sweet potatoes from here.

 

 

LOVE AND HOMEGROWN TOMATOES EVENT – SAVE THE DATE

Second Annual  Love and Homegrown Tomatoes Event June 22, 2013

Community Gardens of Henry will hold its Second Tomato Sandwich Party as its annual fundraiser.  Proceeds go to develop and enhance the Helping Harvests gardens that are a vital part of the organization along with its community gardens.

Our community gardens offer gardening plots that allow participants to grow healthy food for their tables.  Our Helping Harvests gardens are charitable donation gardens from which all produce is given to local food pantries and other non-profits to help feed needy families in Henry County.  Since last June, we have donated more than 8,000 lbs. of produce from our Helping Harvests.

The event will be held at the Wesley Way Gardens in McDonough.  Arts and crafts vendors and non-profit exhibitors are welcome to join us for the event.  For information about how to register for space as a vendor or exhibitor, please contact:  Community Gardens Office: 770-954-0000 or by email at: communitygardens@bellsouth.net.

For more information about Community Gardens of Henry contact Gloria Hughes, Public Relations, Community Gardens of Henry 678-772-0004, gloria.hughes1@gmail.com

Community Gardens of Henry News and Upcoming Events

FOCUS GROUP WELL ATTENDED TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5   

Approximately fifty community leaders and stakeholders attended the Focus  Group.  Knowledgeable speakers laid the groundwork with relevant information for the focus group discussions.  Many thanks to Bobby Wilson, President of The American Community Gardening Association, Julie Self, Director, Atlanta Local Food Initiative, and Allison Duncan, Senior Planner, Atlanta Regional Commission for insightful presentations and to Susan Peacock, Georgia EMC, Senior Community Economic Development Consultant and Facilitator for her leadership in our discussions.  We look forward to receiving the summary of comments and suggestions which will help us move forward with our gardening mission.  We appreciate and thank all who participated.

FIRST GARDEN CLEAN UP DAY IN 2013 TO BE AT WINDY HILL GARDEN ON FEBRUARY 11TH AND 12TH

We are looking forward to working at Windy Hill next week to ready the garden for reopening.  Many thanks to Parks and Rec for clearing the overgrowth and kudzu so we can restore the garden for spring planting.  Windy Hill is a lovely garden spot with about 16 garden plots and also features a grape arbor, strawberry and asparagus beds, and landscaping around the garden area.  It is  located at 86 Work Camp Road in McDonough.  The photos below were taken last summer.

Cabbages, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers shown were grown by community gardeners at Windy Hill last summer.

Below is a lovely grape arbor built  and donated by one of our gardeners.  Grapes are harvested every year.

SIGN UP FOR 2013 GARDENING PLOTS ON FEBRUARY 14TH, 10:00 AM

On February 14 at 10:00 a.m., at the Henry County Extension Office Bldg.. Community Gardens will hold its 2013 sign up for gardening plots for all gardens. If you are joining our organization, there is a one-time membership fee of $25.00 and the plots are $50.00 annually.  Gardeners are required to sign a Gardening Agreement which sets out rules of the gardens and rights and responsibilities.  Currently garden plots are available at Wesley Way and Windy Hill gardens.

Georgia Organics Convention to Tour Heritage and Wesley Way Gardens on Friday February 22

We look forward to welcoming visitors from the Georgia Organics Convention to our Heritage and Wesley Way Gardens on Friday, February 22.   A tour of both gardens will be conducted and southern hospitality will be served up with coffee, water and donuts at the Heritage Garden.

Wesley Way Garden zinnia bed and corn rows in the background.

We will also welcome our Advanced Master Gardener friends to Heritage Garden on the 22nd who will be attending a training class on community and youth gardens at the Extension Office in Heritage Park.

Photo – lovely bed of turnip    greens at Heritage Garden

Community Gardens Board Meeting February 21

Community Gardens Board of Directors to meet Thursday, February 21, 11:30 a.m., Room A, Henry County Ext. Office. Special Guest Speaker will be Tracy McClendon, Education Director, Atlanta Botanical Garden.

CGHC Intern Marissa Martin to Teach Nutrition Class at House of Dawn on February 26th

Intern Marissa Martin will teach a class about healthy eating and good nutrition to young pregnant mothers and young mothers with infants on February 26 at House of Dawn in Jonesboro, GA.  Marissa, a senior at Georgia College will graduate in May with a degree in Health Education.

COMMUNITY GARDENS OF HENRY TO HOST FOCUS GROUP FEBRUARY 5

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Henry County Georgia is a beautiful and bountiful place.  We have 238 acres of orchards, 81 acres in marketed vegetable crops, over 400 acres in wheat and 400 acres in cotton.  We also have seven of the finest Community Gardens in the metropolitan Atlanta area. The purpose of our upcoming Community Garden focus group is…