MOSAIC Summer Youth Program – June 2015

MOSAIC’s summer youth program begins in June!  We are always looking for volunteers!!!! Now is the time to get your criminal and child abuse clearances!  The program is jammed-packed with more learning experiences, field trips and other great activities!  Please plan to help out!

Check our website and Facebook page often for more opportunities to get dirty, to grow and know what you eat, and to get outdoors in downtown Pottstown!

MOSAIC GARDEN NEWS AND UPDATES

Happy Earth Day to all of our supporters, gardeners, volunteers and to those who care about gardens (and our planet)!

 
Memberships are NOW Due!
 
If you have not done so already, please take a few moments to fill out a membership packet and send your membership fee sooner than later so you can start growing at the gardens on Opening Day(s)!   2016-garden-plot-registration2016-mosaic-membership-applicationclt-demographic-survey-individuals-1-19-16 (1)
 
…Already Completed Your Paperwork?…
 
To those who have completed all of the necessary documents and paid the membership fees, WE THANK YOU!  Garden bed location and plot assignments will be sent out no later than Thursday, May 12, 2016.  This will allow for our “later-bloomers” to sign up and be added to the plot assignment list. Please be patient as we want as many families as possible to be a part of the gardens and the beginning process of growing great garden goodies…mmmm, we can almost taste the tomatoes!
 
Additional Community Garden Details and Opening Dates
 
A “blueprint” of the garden will be sent to every gardener providing a layout of the land and the location of everyone’s specific garden plot(s).  Each plot will be numbered and last name written on the assigned plot accordingly.  A gardener’s guide will be included in the email for your review in order to learn more about the gardens prior to opening day.
 
Speaking of opening day…
 
Our first planting days are Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15, from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Yippee! 
 
Each day, we will provide a brief tour at each garden location, learn how to open and close the gardens each visit, discuss the importance of your log entries each time you visit the garden and harvest vegetables, resolve any incomplete membership packets and answer any questions you may have about gardening.  At that point, it will be TIME TO PLANT!
 
Plants and seeds will be provided to each gardener and support will be offered in order for you and your neighbors to have your best growing season yet!
 
Composting Workshop Rescheduled
 
Our next garden workshop, “Breaking Down: Composting Basics” scheduled for Tuesday, April 26, has been RESCHEDULED – Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at the 615 Chestnut Street Community Gardens from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.
 

Our Home Garden Contest is Also Near – Enter Today!

 

Home Garden Contest

Mosaic’s Annual Home Garden Contest is underway!  Contest details, categories and a list of awesome prizes can be viewed athttp://www.homegardencontest.com/. This year, you can enter the contest online!  Kudos, to The Pottstown Mercury Fit for Life, the Pottstown Health and Wellness Foundation, Colonial Garden, Pine Hill Tree Farms, Achin’ Bank, the Pottstown Garden Club and others for your support!

Another Note of Thanks!

Mosaic wants to also thank Genesis Housing, Pottstown School District, XL Insurance, our private supporters and other volunteers for your continued support of our community garden and land trust initiatives!

Donating Made Easy – Use AmazonSmile

Don’t forget, 

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‘Nough Said…for now.  Visit our Facebook page to take a look at all of our recent activity buzzin’ around our community gardens over the past few weeks!  Share your love of the gardens by sharing our posts on Facebook with all of your friends and family!
 
HAPPY EARTH DAY! – now get out there and plant a tree, or a bean plant, or an herb, or a vegetable, or a…..you get the idea! 🙂

MOSAIC Community Gardens Upcoming Workshops

Tuesday, April 12 6-7 PM at the 423 Garden location 
Mulch, No Till, Just Thrill Gardening – Learn how to use everyday household items such as newspaper or cardboard as mulch and the great benefits in doing so.
 
Tuesday, April 26 6-7 PM at the 615 Garden location
Breaking Down Composting Basics – Learn how to compost on a large and small scale and learn how to tell when the compost is ready to use.

Please reply to wash5000@msn.com if you are planning to attend either of the two absolutely-FREE workshops.  Bring the kids and other family members, you are sure to have a fun, informative time! 

Mosaic Gardens Call For Committee Members & Volunteers!‏

Happy Leap Year 2016!

With a very busy garden season ahead, Mosaic is going all out in its quest to recruit garden committee members and volunteers!  Meetings will be held once per month, beginning mid-March (day and time TBD).

Here’s what we have in store for the 2016 season and as a garden committee member/volunteer, here is what you can be a part of and the great part about it is that there is NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED.  Our experienced committee members will provide you with the tools and knowledge needed to help others:

Mosaic is building its newest community garden at Barth Elementary School located on the west side of Pottstown – There will be approximately 20 additional garden beds available for families in the Pottstown area to learn, grow and enjoy more fresh produce at a fraction of the cost in local grocery stores!  There will also be several beds to be used as an educational tool for the students who attend the school!  We need your support in the following areas:

  • Disseminating information about the gardens to the families who live within walking distance of the school located at 467 West Walnut (late-March).  Information to include membership packet, construction timeline and committee contact information.
  • Assistance in recruiting volunteers (families, school students, churches and corporate volunteers) to lay top soil and mulch, assist with building a shed and to create the 20+ garden beds being built (early-April).
  • Speakers and organizers needed for information sessions, workshops and summer activities.  Information sessions will take place in April, workshops and summer activities will be scheduled throughout the entire growing season (May-October).

Mosaic’s two downtown community gardens and its permaculture garden will be up an running, providing more opportunities to educate and support families than ever – Our existing 50+ garden beds will be available to families again this year for planting more, learning more and enjoying more of the produce grown each year!  We are looking to provide families with support and additional education in order to become the great gardeners they dream of being! 

  • Assistance in recruiting volunteers (families, school students, churches and corporate volunteers) to lay top soil and/or mulch throughout the already established garden beds and perimeter beds (early-April).
  • Turn compost in order to sift out and lay the ready-to-use compost and to aerate other compost from last season at each of the three garden locations (late-April).
  • Speakers and organizers needed for information sessions, workshops and summer activities.  Information sessions will take place in April, workshops and summer activities will be scheduled throughout the entire growing season (May-October).
  • Produce Cart – We are in need of a few volunteers to run with our produce cart this summer!  Join  this fun activity happening several days throughout the growing season! The produce cart allows us to sell any garden surplus vegetables donated back to the gardens, to teach youth members how to build a business selling produce on a small scale and gives the garden an opportunity to provide area residents with information regarding their health and wellness.

There are plenty great opportunities available for all skill-sets and areas of interest!  Please consider joining our community garden committee or signing up for one or two of our much needed volunteer days!

WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME? – you ask?  A special gift pack is given to everyone who turns out to be an awesome facilitator, garden committee member or a volunteer event organizer this season! Check it out:

Each new garden committee member who attends 90% of our meetings during the growing season and signs up to support/organize at least two volunteer opportunities will receive a Mosaic Community Gardens T-shirt of their choice, a Mosaic Community Gardens apron, standard tote bag and a beautiful Mosaic mug along with a chance to win a free Mosaic CLT garden membership at the garden location of their choice for the 2017 growing season!

Each volunteer who organizes and rallies a troop of volunteers that provide support in the gardens for one day or more will receive a Mosaic t-shirt, the jumbo Mosaic Community Gardens Garden Ambassador tote bag and a Mosaic CLT car magnet along with a chance to win a free Mosaic CLT garden membership at the garden location of their choice for the 2017 growing season!

Each volunteer who facilitates one informational session or workshop will receive a Mosaic T-shirt and tote bag along with a chance to win a free Mosaic CLT garden membership at the garden location of their choice for the 2017 growing season!

Each person who assists/supports our summer programming for at least 6 of each 2-hour session during the growing season will receive a t-shirt, gardening apron, a JUMBO tote bag along with a chance to win a free Mosaic CLT garden membership at the garden location of their choice for the 2017 growing season!

Our need for additional committee members and volunteers has never been greater, the benefits and rewards have never been better!

Please sign up to support the “growth” of the Mosaic Community Land Trust Community Gardens today!

It’s EASY!  Simply reply to this email or visit our Facebook or website to sign up or to receive additional information regarding all of the opportunities TODAY!

See Ya’ at the Gardens,

MOSAIC CLT

Mosaic CLT Is On The MOVE!

UPCOMING EVENTS AND WORKSHOPS

Saturday, September 26, 2015
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Fourth Annual Honey Festival

Cedarville United Methodist Church
1092 Laurelwood Road
Pottstown, PA  19465
EVENT CONTACT: Tammy Bowman at tbowman@dejazzd.com
Or May Smith at maysmith@ptd.net

WEBSITE: http://www.cedarvilleumc.org
 
Annual Honey Festival event with demonstrations by local bee keepers and and local goods and crafts for sale by various local vendors, from apples and pears to local grown mums. PA Honey Queen in attendance, honey tasting, activities for children, and more. Free admission and parking. Our facility is handicap accessible. Honey food items will be available for purchase, and an operating hive will be on display. There will also be activities for the children.

Saturday, September 26, 2015
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
St. Luke’s Community Day

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Obelisk
3206 Big Road
Zieglerville, PA  19492
(610) 754-7762
www.stlukeschurchpa.com
 
It’s a day of affordable fun!  Penguins from Lehigh Valley Zoo will be joining the party, zip lines and giant slides…games and prizes, too!  They will also provide CPR training, food samplings, massages and many other fun and educating activities!  Visit their website for more information!

Saturday, October 24, 2015
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
MOSAIC’s ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL
Mosaic Community Garden
423 Chestnut Street
Pottstown, PA  19464
(484) 300-2410
mosaicclt.lw@gmail.com
Facebook:  Mosaic Community Land Trust

Join Mosaic as we celebrate another great growing season!  We will clean up for the first hour, officially closing our 2015 growing season.  Then we will celebrate with warm apple cider, music, fall goodies and sweets, a fire pit for marshmallow roasting (no, marshmallows are not healthy but sure are fun to roast this time of year) and to keep warm….with lots and lots of wonderful conversation and community fellowship!  Please plan to join us during this special event!

Our next workshop, All About Canning and Preserving, is coming soon!  Be on the lookout for more information and save the date!

Mosaic Community Land Trust Community Gardens 3rd Annual Garden Contest

Calling all gardeners!

Mosaic Community Land Trust Community Gardens is hosting its 3rd Annual Garden Contest!

This year, the contest is BIGGER and BETTER than ever, offering up more than $2,500 is cash prizes and other gifts!  More categories = more chances to take home a top prize!  Newly added is our Neighborhood category where three or more houses can work on a garden project together for a change to win up to $800!  And our Junior Gardener category (for entrants under 18 years old), giving them a chance to win up to $100 cash!

And best of all, we are pleased to announce that this year’s contest is open to all borough residents! Anyone living in the Borough of Pottstown can enter for a chance to win BIG!

Check out the Garden Contest Flyer and the Registration Form for more information.

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A warm thanks to our sponsors, including Dick and Sally Heylmun of Pine Hill Tree Farms, Colonial Gardens and the Pottstown Health and Wellness Foundation!

MOSAIC C.L.T. Hires New Community Gardens Manager, Laura Washington

laura-washingtonPottstown, 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.