Stop by and pick up the latest copy of Organic Gardening or other information on food justice and where to buy fresh, wholesome foods in our local area! We have a list of local organizations and companies who offer nothing but the best. Pick up a copy during your garden visit this Saturday!
The stand and information stand will be open for business on Saturday, October 5th at 9:30 AM sharp!
Be sure to get there early so you don’t miss out on some of the super-fresh items being offered Saturday! This may be your last chance…
The children of our youth program and several volunteers had a hand in tending the earth and growing veggies. Earlier this summer, they diligently worked to build the stand to bring the “fruits of their labor” to your table!!
On September 7th the kids and volunteers will staff the Produce Stand to sell fresh produce, herbs, local peaches and other healthy goodies, each Saturday morning from 9:30 AM – 12 noon, through September 28th, 2013.
In addition, we will have information regarding organic gardening and other resources to find out more about our local CSAs and organic grocery stores. Lastly, the public can learn more about what they can do to ensure every family has access to healthier food options in our area.
Look for the Produce and Information Stand in front of the gardens at 423 Chestnut Street in Pottstown, (you canʼt miss us)!!
Priced right for you, all of the proceeds from the produce stand will enable MOSAIC to continue to develop workshops and other fun, educational activities for young and old alike; while educating individuals in food justice and security. All the while, the young farmers will be learning sales skills, marketing and public relations.
Now, for a special thanks to our sponsor: Global Advanced Metals of Boyertown, for their generous donation and support. Global Advanced Metals processes a metal called “tantalum,” found in Australia. Their core values of safety, health and environmental excellence guide the work that they do and dovetails nicely with our healthy outlook too!!
Local honey will be available for purchase as well. The garden has its own bee hive for pollination, tended by Lee Mauger.
Laura Washington, Gardens Manager
A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Utah showed that the health benefits of a community garden go far beyond the fresh fruits and vegetables added to your diet.
After studying the body mass index data of 198 community gardeners and their same-sex siblings, spouses and neighbors, researchers found they had lower BMIs than their non-gardening counterparts. They were also less likely to be obese or overweight.
When a gardener’s BMI, a measure of body fat, was compared to their non-gardening spouse’s BMI, the researchers found no discernible difference. This led them to conclude that the spouses were benefiting from the harvested food and possibly helped out in the garden. Results were reported April 18 in the American Journal of Public Health.
How it all began: In the summer of 2012, Dick Heylmun, the owner of Pine Tree Hill Farm, contacted Mosaic Community Land Trust, after learning about their work in the Community garden on Chestnut Street.
Mr Heylmun, an avid gardener himself, conceived of the idea to offer prize money to people living in the Beech to High Street, Adams to Charlotte Street area for creating beautiful street-side gardens and plantings. He knows how pretty a block can be when the residents take pride in their homes and gardens and he revels in the joy and sense of pride that gardens bring to the gardener and all who pass by.
Mosaic partnered with the Pottstown Garden club to develop, advertise and judge the contest. Flyers were distributed to all the homes in the area while the Mercury helped promote the contest in an article about both the garden contest.
With only nine entries for this competition, the first of its kind in the core neighborhood, we hope to inspire confidence in others to enter next year. The gardeners chose one of three categories and most of the entries were in the “front garden and planters combined” category.
Two members from the Pottstown Garden Club, Nancy Toothacher and Karin Albera, accompanied board member, Gretchen Lea, (who is also a Penn State Master Gardner), and Laura Washington, the MOSAIC garden manager, as they set out one very hot afternoon to walk the blocks and judge the gardens. It was hard, yet fun and rewarding.
The contestants showed a sense of pride and enthusiasm about their creations, and had a variety of reasons why they chose one plant or another and why they chose to place them where they did.
Some plants have personal meaning, like beautiful memories and experiences of the gardens and gardeners we have known and loved -they are place makers in our lives. Gardens are often creative expressions of their creators. Knowing this, while judging makes the job difficult, but all the more fun.
Asking a gardener about their gardens is like possessing the key to a box, open it up and you’ll find out something about what’s inside.
The judges passed several pretty and interesting gardens along the way and wished that those gardens had been entered in the contest too. When asked why they didn’t enter, a few folks proclaimed… “Mine is not quite good enough”. Some gardeners can be too hard on themselves. Working with nature is not easy. Nature cannot be controlled. That makes gardening all the more challenging and rewarding. I beg all who dig in the soil to keep up the confidence to keep planting. Every garden is a unique expression of the gardener.
I have entered my garden in shows and contests, even though they weren’t perfect, because others get joy in seeing them. It is rewarding to watch people blossom when they see what you have accomplished. It too is a great way to connect with one another. For me, gardening is a great reason to be outside and to work with Mother Nature as I try to express myself.
The Winners Are:
For Planters and window boxes:
Athena Singer 1st prize 352 Walnut Street $150
Anna Johnson 2nd prize 515 Chestnut Street $ 75
We hope you will take the time to walk through the neighborhood and check out the winner’s gardens as well as all the other gardens that capture the imagination.
Garden by garden the Mosaic Community Land Trust’s designated areas will blossom, as the first garden has done, with people sharing stories, recipes, making new friends, learning about their gardens, trading plants and ideas while enjoying the fruits of their labor.
Thank you Dick Helymun for your great idea and generosity!
Mosaic would like to make the Beautification Contest an annual tradition. If you would like to make a donation or take part we’d love to hear from you.
firstname.lastname@example.org for more info
Green Thumbs Up and Thanks to Everyone Involved!
Come for the flowers – stay for the food.
There will be plenty of both at Saturday’s Gourmet Garden Tour in the Centre Park Historic District, the 20th annual event where residents of the Victorian-era neighborhood let visitors explore their normally secret gardens.
But for ticket holders to Saturday evening’s self-guided tour, the addition of food, spirits and musicians might make the tour feel more like a neighborhood-wide garden party.
Five homes and two businesses, with properties ranging from twins to freestanding mansions, are slated to take part in Saturday’s event.
But not this year.
The 2013 show actually fell short about $1.2 million, not an unprecedented event in its 184-year history but a short-term disaster for the many urban “greening” programs it supports. PHS president Drew Becher is now scrambling to cut costs – and to raise $1 million for programs and $200,000 for Flower Show expenses from PHS members and an insurance policy.
For all this, he blames local TV and radio stations.
With unusual bluntness, Becher accuses them of “hyping up” a major snowstorm during Flower Show week that never materialized – but led to scores of canceled tour buses and visitors, and the loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars in ticket and merchandise sales.
Spring is officially here, I’d I like to invite you to the 4th Annual Garden Party held at the Washington/Chestnut Street Park this Saturday, May 18.
It will be a morning of beautifying the park with annuals and mulch donated by Colonial Gardens and light refreshments courtesy of Genesis Housing Corp. Details are below and don’t forget you gardening tools! SHOVELS, RAKES and GLOVES!
WHAT: 4TH ANNUAL GARDEN PARTY
WHERE: WASHINGTON/CHESTNUT STS. PARK
DATE: SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2013
TIME: 9AM – 11AM
Hope to See you there!
Pottstown, PA— Have you ever wanted to have your own garden, but didn’t have enough room in your yard? Would you like your children to learn how to grow their own fresh vegetables, but don’t know where to begin? Would you like to meet a diverse group of individuals who love spending time outdoors?
The MOSAIC Community Land Trust Community Garden is waiting for YOU! Located at 423 Chestnut Street.
The community garden is now accepting applications for this year’s growing season! On Saturday, April 13th from 9-12 – the garden will host its first Work & Play day of the season. There will be a brief information session to explain what community gardens are all about and to take applications for raised bed garden plots for the 2013 season. There will be a wide range of free seeds and seedlings for garden plot owners to dig in and plant that day.
Garden plot owners pay a small annual fee to lease their plot and actively cultivate it throughout the entire growing season. The MOSAIC encourages new and seasoned gardeners alike to be a part of this neighborly experience. Individuals, families, community organizations, youth groups, and local restaurants are all welcome to apply for a plot.
Can’t make on the 13th? The next Garden Work & Play Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 20th from 9-12. Please make a note of it and plan to attend.
For more information, contact Laura Washington, Garden Manager, at 484-300-2410 or email@example.com.
Pottstown, Pa. – Mosaic CLT is pleased to welcome Laura Washington as its new Community Garden Manager. Laura has been on a lifelong journey to eat well, live well and make every concession to live a natural, wholesome lifestyle. A big part of that journey revolves around the foods that she and her family enjoy. Laura completed a 9-month Homestead Herbalism Course and certification at the Farm at Coventry in Pottstown.
The course was a turning point in her view of life and the reality that the earth provides everything we need to live a life that is kinder and gentler to the environment and one another.
Last year, Laura was an active member of the Mosaic Community Gardens at 423 Chestnut St. She held seminars, demonstrations and assisted with volunteer activities while tending to her own plot and those of others.
Laura has this to say about her experience of the gardens last year:
“I captured the essence of what a community garden is made of: amazing people who share and care about the environment, each other and what they grow and eat.”
A big “thank you” to all the amazing applicants for this position!
We consider it fortunate to have had the opportunity to interview so many qualified candidates. It was a tough decision. However, we enjoyed the process and especially speaking with each and every one of you and, (some of you twice).
Again, thank you so much and we hope you’ll be part of the gardens this year to help further create community and share your knowledge with others.
Laura’s qualifications, in the end, were the perfect match for our mission of creating neighborhood, gardening and promoting healthy choices. As a volunteer, during our first season, Laura made a big impact on all who had the joyful opportunity to spend time with her in the gardens.
Mosaic Community Gardens, Saturday, January 5, Noon, 423 Chestnut St., Pottstown
Welcome to the Mosaic Community Gardens for a celebration of the winter gardens and installation of the artistically designed and built pergola that will support the beautiful Wisteria vine planted last spring. The pergola is designed and built by Ryan Procsal, a Pottstown resident, designer and craftsman. We’re excited to feature Ryan’s creative skills in the community gardens and we’re honored to call him “neighbor.”
Join your friends and neighbors on Saturday, January 5th for a ceremonial celebration of the winter gardens, led by Jodi McCarty and Lorraine Kat Morris of the Enlightened Path Holistic Center, 1494 N. Charlotte St. Ste#11. Warm spiced cider and hot chocolate on tap!!
For more information about Mosaic Community Land Trust, click here: http://pottstownclt.wordpress.com/
Mosaic Community Gardens
Saturday, January 5, 2013
423 Chestnut St.
Welcome to the Mosaic Community Gardens for a celebration of the winter gardens and installation of the artistically designed and built pergola that will support the beautiful Wisteria vine planted last spring.
The pergola is designed and built by Ryan Procsal, a Pottstown resident, designer and craftsman. We’re excited to feature Ryan’s creative skills in the community gardens and we’re honored to call him “neighbor.”
Ryan’s website: http://www.madebyprox.com/
Join your friends and neighbors on Saturday, January 5th for a ceremonial celebration of the winter gardens, led by Jodi McCarty and Lorraine Kat Morris of the EnlightenedPathHolisticCenter, 1494 N. Charlotte St. Ste#11.
Warm spiced cider and hot chocolate on tap!!
This project/program was made possible through a grant from the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation.
The Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation’s mission is to enhance the health and wellness of area residents, providing education, funding and programs that motivate people to adopt healthy lifestyles. Visit www.pottstownfoundation.org for more information about the Foundation. Discover Pottstown area’s online community at www.missionhealthyliving.org to learn and share great information on how to lead a healthier life. You can also follow Mission Healthy Living on Facebook and Twitter.
MOSAIC Community Land Trust is holding an “Open Garden” on Saturday, September 22 from 12-2 pm. All are invited into the Community Garden at 423 Chestnut Street in Pottstown to participate in a salsa-making workshop, learn how the garden works, and pick vegetables to take home. Garden guests on September 22 will be able to take home vegetables and herbs from one of MOSAIC’s community plots. There will also be salsa-making demonstrations and tastings, along with pesto made from basil grown in the garden.
MOSAIC is now seeking another site in Pottstown to add a garden next year. Interested residents can get on a list for next year’s gardens.
MOSAIC Community Land Trust’s a mission to increase homeownership in Pottstown, develop community gardens, and support the arts. Their office and gallery is at 10 S. Hannover Street. Details can be found at their website at www.mosaiccommunitylandtrust.org or by calling David Jackson at 484-949-4235.
August 29, 2012 – Pottstown, PA – MOSAIC Community Land Trust is holding an “Open Garden” on Saturday, September 22 from 12-2 pm. All are invited into the Community Garden at 423 Chestnut Street in Pottstown to participate in a salsa-making workshop, learn how the garden works, and pick vegetables to take home.
“The idea of many people gardening their own plot within a larger space may have seemed unusual last spring when this was just a vacant lot,” said David Jackson, President of MOSAIC’s Board of Trustees. “We want to welcome the community to see the garden in action.”
The Community Garden has plots being tended by Pottstown residents, including groups from Pottstown Middle School, the Olivet Boys and Girls Club, and the Maternity Care Coalition/Early Head Start. Hundreds of pounds of squash, tomatoes, kale, basil and many other vegetables and herbs are being harvested. Members weigh their produce and record it on a sheet; totals will be announced at the end of the season.
Garden guests on September 22 will be able to take home vegetables and herbs from one of MOSAIC’s community plots. There will also be salsa-making demonstrations and tastings, along with pesto made from basil grown in the garden. MOSAIC is now seeking another site in Pottstown to add a garden next year. Interested residents can get on a list for next year’s gardens.
Support for acquisition and construction of the garden on Chestnut Street came from the Pottstown School District, Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation, National Penn Bank, Genesis Housing Corporation, Susquehanna Bank, Lowes, Borough of Pottstown, Davey Tree Experts, and Andrew Monastra, Esq.
MOSAIC Community Land Trust’s a mission to increase homeownership in Pottstown, develop community gardens, and support the arts. Their office and gallery is at 10 S. Hannover Street. Membership in the CLT is open to all; details can be found at their website at www.mosaiccommunitylandtrust.org or by calling David Jackson at 484-949-4235.
Robert J. Hipp was enjoying his backyard fish pond Friday when he noticed something floating on the surface.
“It looked like an alligator and I thought maybe someone was playing a trick on me and put a plastic alligator in the pond,” Hipp said. “When I reached for it, it went underwater and I knew it was real.”
Upon closer inspection, Hipp said, he saw a 3-foot-long American alligator enjoying a swim. But the gator was also feasting on fish and frogs in the pond.
“We have koi in the pond and usually have a net over it because the blue herons will swoop down and take the fish,” Hipp said. “Herons can clean out a pond in no time.”
CONSHOHOCKEN, PA — Hey Conshy, how does your garden grow?
Last spring, while the rest of us were procrastinating on that mythical vegetable garden we swore we’d finally get around to planting, those early birds at the Conshohocken Community Garden were busy tilling the organically fertilized soil and getting their cucumber seeds and tomato plants into the earth where they needed to be.
And now they’re reaping the harvest.
Practically everything’s growing like crazy here at 411 E. Elm Street — c’mon, cantaloupes, what’re you waiting for? — on what was for decades an eyesore of a vacant lot.
Pottstown, Pa - Campers at the Pottstown branch of the Olivet Boys and Girls Club are learning about fresh, organic vegetables while keeping their creativity humming in a unique summer program at the MOSAIC Community Garden at 423 Chestnut Street in Pottstown.
About twenty campers, aged 10-12 years old, are participating in the six-week program. One morning each week they walk from the Ricketts Center to the garden, where they spend a couple of hours working on an art project and caring for their organization’s two plots as well as the communal plots around the perimeter of the garden. So far the children have painted benches in whimsical colors, learned how to use binoculars from a birding expert, and painted birdhouses to take home. They have also taken home collard greens and had the chance to sample blueberries and cherry tomatoes while watering the many plants being grown around the perimeter of the garden.
Funding for the program, which was designed by Pottstown resident Hannah Davis, is being provided by Susquehanna Bank through Genesis Housing Corporation. Ms. Davis is teaching the art classes along with Natalie Cyphers.
“We’re grateful to Susquehanna and Judy Memberg of Genesis for making it possible for us to offer programming in our first year of operating the garden,” said David Jackson, president of MOSAIC. “We want young people especially to experience the benefits of gardening and the arts.”
The remaining three workshops will focus on the life cycle of butterflies and making butterfly mobiles, creating mosaic tile stepping-stones for the garden, and making pizzas at the Ricketts Center with ingredients picked fresh from the garden.
The MOSAIC Community Garden is owned and operated by MOSAIC Community Land Trust, which is seeking additional community garden sites for 2013 in order to expand the supply of fresh vegetables and healthy lifestyle choices for Pottstown residents. Support for acquisition and construction of the garden came from the Pottstown School District, Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation, National Penn Bank, Genesis Housing Corporation, Susquehanna Bank, Lowes, Borough of Pottstown, Davey Tree Experts, and Andrew Monastra, Esq.
MOSAIC Community Land Trust (CLT) has an office and art gallery at 10 S. Hanover Street in downtown Pottstown. They welcome donations in support of their mission to increase homeownership, develop community gardens, and support the arts in Pottstown. Membership in the CLT is open to all; details can be found at their website at www.mosaiccommunitylandtrust.org or by calling David Jackson at 484-949-4235.
Pottstown, PA – I was given a tour of the new Community Garden on Chestnut Street yesterday by Katy Jackson. The garden was formerly a broken down playground full of weeds, drug dealers and hookers. The school district and the borough worked with Mosaic to make this project happen. It is now a source of pride and a stabilizing factor in the neighborhood.
The large space was cleared and has been subdivided into 34 individual plots that people are using to grow their own vegetables. There is also a flower garden near the front entrance, a patio area and a common gathering area in the rear. An amphitheater is being constructed for lectures and programs. There is a shed full of tools, three hoses for water and several adult and child picnic tables. In addition, there is a composter in the rear of the property that will be brought back into working order so that gardeners can all contribute to the communal composter.
There is an educational component to the garden as well as the ability to grow one’s own food. There is art programming at the garden this summer in conjunction with the Olivet Boys & Girls Club/Ricketts Center. 20-25 children are attending. The children have painted the benches the past three Thursday mornings and this Thursday they are gathering at the garden to paint bird houses.
There is special kids pizza garden and a middle school garden.
People are harvesting green beans, lettuce, yellow squash and tomatoes.
This Saturday, July 14th, there is a composting workshop at the garden. Lectures will be given on traditional composting and worm composting. This workshop runs from 9am to 11am. The presenters will be Laura Washington and Scott Winter.
Future plans include selling produce grown from the garden and additional community garden sites being added in Pottstown. There are many volunteers who have put hours of sweat equity into making this garden a huge success. They should all be commended!
For more information about the tremendous project, click here: http://pottstownclt.wordpress.com/
Under the sweltering sun at West Reading’s community garden, Lore DeHart offered up her arugula by the bundle.
As it turns out, she’s found, she’s not so big a fan of it after all.
Another thing she’s learned? Her radishes could use some work.
With two plots to tend to, it’s been a trial-and-error process for the retired Exeter School District teacher who, despite growing up on 6 acres of land, counts herself a novice among her fellow gardeners at the South Second Avenue and Chestnut Street garden.
This year, when you wander through the gardens of the Centre Park Historic District’s garden tour, you’ll get more than just a taste of the eclectic plots of green. You’ll also get a taste of some of Reading’s eclectic restaurants.
And some wine. And music.
This year, as the historic district celebrates it 30th anniversary (and the 19th garden tour), organizers opted to transform the tour with things that will enhance the experience.
“It stemmed from a few things,” said Beth Ireland, vice president and marketing chairwoman for the district. “We’ve had some years where the garden tour went great, and then it would dwindle. There were even some years when we didn’t have it. We were kind of in that place again because there are other garden tours in the area. So we thought we’d offer the tour with wine and music – the whole shebang.”