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Issue # 11 | May 2012

~ Garden Nights - pg. 1 ~ Krisher Endowment - pg. 1 ~ Volunteer Spotlight - pg. 2 ~ ~ Welcome to the Sensory Garden - pg. 2 ~ Vote for GFGH - pg. 2 ~ ~ Editorial: Relay for Life - pg. 3 ~ Late Spring Recipe - pg. 3 ~ Upcoming Events - pg. 4 ~ ~ Fun Fundraising - pg. 4 ~ The Harvest Calendar - pg. 5 ~

in this issue

The Return of Garden Nights by Sarah Bachman

As the nights grow warmer, and the
spring rains subside, the staff at GFGH begins making plans for the arrival of our Summer Associate VISTA members and the start of garden season. Weve been busy through the spring with Read & Seed and Learn + Grow lessons. We just hosted our spring 5K (details on pg. 4), and we have started hundreds of seeds for in-demand vegetables like cucumber, zucchini, cabbage, and of course tomato. We have assigned all of our available plots at the Community Garden to local residents and in the past 2 weeks weve begun building new garden beds at the homes of our Backyard Gardeners.

Endowment Fund
In 2012, we lost a cherished member of our community garden family. Fred Krisher, a Wilmington College alumnus and trustee, had been with our program since the beginning, sharing his knowledge and love of gardening with our participants as a mentor. It was evident that Fred not only enjoyed sharing his significant knowledge of gardening but also his love for the land and the personal satisfaction one receives when learning by doing. He imparted his passion for gardening and his community to those around him with an enthusiasm that was unrelenting. Always eager to contribute to the community garden, we are incredibly grateful he chose to spend his time with us. In memory of Fred, an endowment has been established, which will create enduring operational support for our program. For information on how you can make a contribution, please contact our Project Manager, Meghan Otto at (937) 382-6661 extension 321, or send an email to us at growfoodgrowhope@wilmington.edu

Grow Food, Grow Hope

The Fred Krisher

VISTAs and Summer Associates will be on hand at each gardening session to teach participants how to get the most out of their individual plots and to lend a hand when necessary with weeding and maintenance. There will be weekly childrens activities at the Friends of Hope On May 21st, we will welcome 15 Community Garden. For all of the parSummer Associates into our ranks and ticipants, there will be recipe cards to with their able hands, will officially kicktake home each week and throughout off the start of the growing season. Durthe summer, there will be a cooking ing the week of May 21st, we will begin demonstration at each location. Addihosting our weekly Tuesday night garden tionally, participants will have the opporsessions and Saturday morning garden tunity to attend workshops and learn sessions at the Friends of Hope Comhow to preserve their bounties to enjoy munity Garden on the Wilmington Collater in the year - there can never be too lege campus. Starting that week, we will much zucchini bread at Christmas, right? also begin hosting 2 separate garden Were really looking forward to getsessions at the Demo Garden on campus ting back outside, seeing familiar faces, for Backyard Gardeners on Monday meeting new people and of course, eatafternoons and Friday mornings. For ing all the delicious foods that come out participants at the Northland Court of a garden. Summer is so close we can Community Gardens and Mulberry St., almost taste the fried green tomatoes! sessions will be held at each one on Well see you in the garden. Tuesday evenings.

Grow Food, Grow Hope Garden Initiative | Wilmington College | 1870 Quaker Way | Pyle Box 1145 | Wilmington, OH 45177

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Volunteer Spotlight by Sarah Bachman

We all like having Chelsea around because she is so eager to be of help and is by far one of our most dependable volunteers. Even with a sprained ankle, shes been here to help us out. Chelsea says it giver her great joy to help others and As an Early Childhood Education major, Read & Seed was a she hopes to continue good fit for Chelsea, giving her first-hand experience in the classworking with Grow Food, room. She assisted Rachel King, an AmeriCorps VISTA at GFGH Grow Hope as she conon multiple occasions when she went to conduct lessons at Head tinues her education at Start, Wilmington Childcare, and Patri-tots. Chelsea has also volunWilmington College. I teered at a number of GFGH sponsored events. In January, she just love the people here. helped to organize the MLK Day of Service with us, and in March, The VISTAs are really she volunteered for us when we hosted the Oxfam Hunger Banquet. inspiring and simply being in their presence makes me want to volMost recently, she volunteered for the $5.00 5K, helping to make unteer more. signs and the hundreds of feet of plarn (yarn made from plastic bags) which was used to construct the maze obstacle. Chelsea has Chelsea will be returning home to Stowe, Ohio to spend the been a facet of our office this year and when she wasnt volunteersummer with her family, but when classes start back up, well be ing, she was at the very least, a smiling face to greet us as we walked keeping an eye out for her. With the biggest smile in the crowd, through the door. shell be hard to miss. In 2011, Chelsea Simpson started her freshman year of college here at Wilmington. She quickly became involved in several extracurricular activities on campus, joining the swim team, Chi Alpha, the Student Leader Executive Board (SLEB), and Faith in Action. Chelsea took a job as a student worked at the Center For Service and Civic Engagement (the same building where GFGH bases its operations) and by the end of her first semester had gotten involved with us, volunteering with our Read & Seed program.

We Need Your Vote!

We are currently in the running for a grant from DeLoach Vineyards and Organic Gardening Magazine. Fifteen other community gardens from around the country (as well as one from Canada) are up for a $4,000 prize but only five of us will win.

Welcome to the Sensory Garden by Amy Volz

Next time you are visiting the wooden playground at J.W. Denver Williams Memorial Park be sure to stop and take a look at our new sensory garden (and feel free to give it some water)! This garden was planted during Global Youth Service Day, April 22nd, and was made possible by a grant through Youth Service America and Sodexo. VISTA members from Grow Food, Grow Hope and volunteers from Wilmington College assisted children from the community as they helped plant the garden. The kids planted sweet peppers, cherry tomatoes, green beans, peas, eggplant, cauliflower, red cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts, carrots, radishes, spearmint, basil, sage, dill, and chives. After planting was completed and fingers were rinsed clean, the kids had an opportunity to listen to a reading of the book, The Curious Garden by Peter Brown and eat a snack. We had 14 participants help plant the garden and they are all extremely proud of their efforts to beautify the park and improve the community. So, on your next visit be sure to use your sense of touch as you feel the fuzzy leaves of the eggplant, smell the various herbs that were planted, and take a look at the different colors and textures growing in the garden. As the plants get bigger, feel free to taste what is growing and be sure to listen to the sound of the pop of the Sugar Snap Peas as you break them open.

Voting is going on right now. You can help us to stay in the running by going to

and voting for our project. You can vote once a day, every day until August 6th. As always, your support is greatly appreciated. Our gardens wouldnt even be here without all of you. If we are fortunate enough to receive these much needed funds, we promise to put them to use making the gardens and our community better.

Trinity Kimes watering a new green bean plant at the Sensory Garden

Grow Food, Grow Hope Garden Initiative | Wilmington College | 1870 Quaker Way | Pyle Box 1145 | Wilmington, OH 45177

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Looking Back at Relay for Life: an editorial by student writer, Emily Noskowiak
On April 13th and 14th, Grow Food, Grow Hope participated in the 6th annual Relay for Life at Wilmington College. The 18 hour minirelay - full relays are 24 hours - helps communities like ours to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer and to fight back against the disease by raising money for research. Relay for Life is an overnight event whereby teams camp out around a track, or in our case a sidewalk around the Mall at the center of campus, and at least one person from each team walks throughout the night. Each of the teams who took part this year had different items or activities for sale to help raise money. Grow Food, Grow Hope formed a team called AmeriCorps &Friends, which was made up of the 5 VISTAs from GFGH as well as one Ohio Campus Compact VISTA, Kyle Maust, who heads up College Club. They had a tent set up at the event where they sold hot soups and homemade bread and they hosted a euchre tournament during the night. The aforementioned Kyle Maust and Associate VP of Student Affairs, Ken Lydy, were the champions. In all AmeriCorps & Friends raised a little over $150. Wilmington students, facAdvisory Council auctioned off athletes for a date, and the Gobblers (Gamma Phi Gamma) sold grilled cheese and chicken noodle soup. Luminaries could be purchased by participants to place along the path around the Mall, each one recognizing someones personal battle with cancer. For those lost, this was a way to remember loved ones and make it known to others how many people are affected by cancer. I spoke to Cheryl Hodgkins, a student at Wilmington College, who is fighting Lymphoma. This was her second year participating in Relay for Life with the Faith in Action team. When asked what Relay for Life ulty and staff raised $5,100 during meant to her, she said it means so the relay and another $2,810 through much to me knowing a community online donations. cares about something so wide There were 26 teams out at this spread even if they dont know years Relay, running different events someone personally. to help raise money. The Kappas At Relay for Life I was reminded (Alpha Phi Kappa) held a wedding of what togetherness is suppose to chapel; the mens soccer team had be like and the meaning of love and an egg throw, the Student Athlete caring.

Late Spring Recipe: Shaved Radish, Fennel, & Parmesan Salad

Adapted from WholeLiving.com I know, I know; we gave you a radish recipe last month too. But this one is going to be just as stellar and you may even have a few radishes sprouting in the garden by now! Radishes are just the right amount of zing, the perfect amount of crunch, and the most vibrant red. Once you add in the fennel and the parmesan, youve got a dish that is not only delicious, but full of nutrients. This salad has half of the daily recommended Vitamin C you need! We hope you like it.


2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 2 teaspoons whole-grain or brown mustard Coarse salt and ground black pepper to taste 1 bulb fennel, cored and thinly sliced, plus 1/4 cup fronds 5 radishes, thinly sliced 3 tablespoons freshly shaved Parmesan

Whisk together oil, lemon juice, and mustard. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Toss dressing with fennel bulb and radishes. Top with Parmesan and fennel fronds. Serve cold.

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Upcoming Events
May 21st ~ Backyard Gardener Demonstrations will begin today at the Friends of Hope Community Garden on the Wilmington College campus at 2:00 PM. AmeriCorps VISTAs from GFGH will host sessions for registered participants twice each week throughout the summer. Monday demonstrations will be held at 2:00 PM. Friday demonstrations will be held at 10:00 AM. ~ The Friends of Hope Community Gardens on the Wilmington College Campus open for the season at 6:30 PM. AmeriCorps VISTAs from GFGH and Garden Mentors will be on hand this evening to welcome new members. Garden nights will be held each Tuesday at 6:30 PM until the end of summer. Mulberry Street Gardens open for the season at 6:30 PM. AmeriCorps VISTAs from GFGH will host sessions at this time each Tuesday throughout the summer. The Northland Court Community Gardens open for the season at 6:30 PM. AmeriCorps VISTAs from GFGH will be on hand this evening to welcome new members. Garden nights will be held each Tuesday at 6:30 PM until the end of summer. May 26th ~ The Friends of Hope Community Gardens will host the first Satruday morning gardening session today. AmeriCorps VISTAs from GFGH and Garden Mentors will be on hand this morning to welcome new members. Garden mornings will be held each Saturday at 10:00 AM until the end of summer.

May 22nd

Fun Fundraising at the $5.00 5K by Sarah Bachman

On Friday, April 27th, 40 enthusiastic participants showed up at the Center for Service and Civic Engagement (CSCE) to take part in the inaugural run of the Grow Food, Grow Hope $5.00 5K. The route was laid out along the sidewalks of campus and the Bicentennial Bike trail, marked with chalk and bright signs to direct runners and their four-legged companions. As runners began showing up, many bought raffle tickets in hopes of winning passes the Cincinnati Zoo, the Newport Aquarium, Lazer Tag, or a tickets to see a Reds VS. Pirates game. At 6:30, a loud whistle signaled the start or the race and runners were off, headed for their first obstacle, the parachute army crawl. Soon after, they faced trivia signs, which if they took the time to read, would give them clues to make it across the Trivia Bridge where volunteer, Lori Williams, Superintendent of the Wilmington Parks & Recreation Department, was dressed as a carrot and ready to quiz them on their garden knowledge. Along the bike path, a 16 square hopscotch was drawn out and just before runners made it back to the main road, there were two slides to choose from a the edge of the trail. Once back on campus, runners had to tackle a limbo stick, a tire course, and a

maze constructed of bamboo and plarn (plastic yarn made from recycled shopping bags). The sidewalks zigged and zagged taking runners to every corner of campus. The first runners to cross the finish line were Jakob Puckett, Isaiah Snarr and Ty Snarr each with an impressive time of 00:21:22. As others made it back to the CSCE, we had baked goods, hot dogs, drinks and chili waiting for them. In all, this was a hugely successful event for us and we had a ton of fun putting it together. You can be sure well do it all over again next year and as per the request of several participants, the maze will be bigger.

Grow Food, Grow Hope Garden Initiative | Wilmington College | 1870 Quaker Way | Pyle Box 1145 | Wilmington, OH 45177

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The Harvest Calendar

Summer is practically here! The nights are starting to get warmer. The leaves are back on all of the trees. The honeybees are out in force. Its downright perfect gardening weather! The month of May is when you can get just about all of your plants into the ground - or at least out into the sunshine for any of you doing a container garden this year. If you havent already done so, pick a sunny spot for your plants to grow and in no time, where there was nothing, there will soon be a flourishing vegetable garden. Keep an eye on the rain forecast so you dont overwater your plants once they are outside. Be sure to weed around your plants and fertilize regularly with compost if youve got it. If not, pick up some fish emulsion or bat guano at your local nursery or hardware store and apply it weekly to give your plants a boost. Other than that, just let nature do her thing. Happy Gardening!

Sunday Monday 1
Turn your compost to aerate the mixture.
6 Plant some leafy greens in the garden, like lettuce or spinach


Wednesday 2 3

Thursday 4

Friday 5


Transplant your tomato starts to the garden

8 Transplant squash and zucchini outside

Plant sunflowers, zinnias or marigolds to attract pollinators


Plant watermelon & cantaloupe seeds outside


Plant some okra seeds outside


Turn your compost to aerate the mixture.



Plant eggplant seeds outside


Plant collard greens and swiss chard outside




Plant more carrot seeds directly into the garden


Plant sweet potatoes in the garden



Turn your compost to aerate the mixture.


Plant winter squash seeds in the garden

Grow Food, Grow Hope Garden Initiative 1145 Pyle Center 1870 Quaker Way Wilmington, OH 45177

Phone: 937-382-6661 ext. 321 | E-mail: growfoodgrowhope@wilmington.edu | Web: www.growfoodgrowhope.com

The Grow Food, Grow Hope Garden Initiative is a community food project dedicated to increasing access to fresh and nutritious food for the neediest members of our community. By increasing food security, we aim to eliminate the effects of poverty. To that end, we facilitate a community garden for low-income families, we grow bulk vegetables for area food banks, we organize and fund backyard garden installations around our community, we teach children how to garden and we promote local farmers markets and local businesses. By growing a little food, we can sow a lot of hope.

Come grow with us.