Essene Natural Foods Donates Canopies to Garden

August 7th, 2012

We thank Essene Markets for their generous donation of two brand new canopies to the garden. Ed Mitinger is showing the canopies being set up today for a Fleisher “Color Wheels” art session for neighborhood young people attending the Sadie Glover Blossom Summer Camp. The canopies will be used for community service events as well as internal garden festivities. Thank you Essene Market & Cafe!

City Harvest Hosts McCall Elementary School 3rd Graders

August 6th, 2012

A third grade class from McCall Elementary School visited the garden on June 4th. They were studying hunger this year, so who better to guide the tour than Ed & Janice & the City Harvest crew, who talked with the kids about the work being done by City Harvest. This is the thank-you note received after their visit:

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The Old Bee Shed Gets A New Home…Part II

May 30th, 2012

A couple of weeks ago, after much back and forth planning, members of the Mastery Pickett Community Garden, in Germantown, visited our garden to take possession of the old bee shed which we were donating to them. The following week, while in their area on other business, I decided to find their location and stop by for a visit. I found them and was pleasantly surprised to find their young garden well into the growing cycle. This is only their second season, but they seem well established…water system, compost machine, chipped paths, in short, well organized and obviously loved by the membership.

Our old shed has found a nice new home and will be helping out some dedicated gardeners in another part of our city. A road trip is definitely a must later in the summer

–Thom

SWQVGarden Named “Inspiring Community Garden”

May 21st, 2012

This month, SWQVGarden was featured in earth911′s list of Inspiring Community Gardens nationwide.

We are, of course, completely thrilled. But how they found us remains shrouded in mystery. Janice discovered the writeup by chance when she received the latest earth911 newsletter and happened to page through the article.

So how did they find us? Janice and I are hot on the trail and have written letters of inquiry to the San Francisco-based author and also to NGA. If anyone has additional information, please let us know. As Janice remarks, “I hope we can shed light on this soon — inquiring minds need to know.”

NOTE: Earth911 is a privately held company which helps consumers find local recycling information through the largest recycling directory in the U.S. They have offices in Scottsdale Arizona and Washington D.C.

UPDATE: MYSTERY SOLVED! Here is the reply from Alexis Petru, the author:

Hi Barbara,

Glad you liked the article! :)

One of our other staff writers, Mary Mazzoni, lived in Philadelphia for awhile and had written stories for local publications about some of the city’s community gardens. When my editor asked me to write a story on community gardens, Mary told me to be sure to check out Philly’s gardens since many were well-established and long-running.

So I Googled around and came across Southwark/Queen Village’s very informative website, read about the garden’s history and thought, “This would be a great garden to include in my story!”

That’s the story…not terribly exciting to say I did Google search, but that’s how we all find things these days, right?

Thanks, and keep up the good work!

–Barb

Bee News!

April 20th, 2012

We have new and exciting news regarding our bees!  As some of you have realized, the patio is right in the bee flight path so the bees fly over our heads (and sometimes into my head!) as they go about their business.  This used to be less of a problem when the bees were hidden behind the shrubs.  But since the bees aren’t behind the shrubs any longer, we’re all in the same space.

Recently, our awesome bee keepers found some information in the American Bee Journal that shows that bee friendly bushes (like holly) will not only flower (keeping the bees happy), but will also serve as a means to make the bees fly up and over the hedge and thus, over our heads instead of into them!  Sounds like a win-win, right?

The news gets better!  Our awesome bee keepers and some of our equally awesome gardeners researched this win-win situation and donated some holly bushes for our garden!  Now, I love holly bushes!  Don’t you?  Turns out, so do bees and birds!  Another win-win!  The hollies will be planted in big pots and will service the garden, the bees, and the birds for years.

Stay tuned for an update from our bee keepers.  And, when the time comes, enjoy our beautiful new holly bushes!  Each time you pass by, pause to thank our gardeners for their hard work and kind donations. 

–Cyndi

More garden news!

April 13th, 2012

The honey extractor is featured in the latest Queen Village Crier!
Well done bee keepers and gardeners!

LOVE Your Park Week is coming up.  A week full of awesome activities.  www.loveyourpark.org

What a glorious day today!
See you tomorrow.

Cheers, Cyndi

April 12th, 2012

I’m taking a bit of time from work (actually, I’m eating lunch while I type) to share some exciting news about green spaces in Philadelphia!

Frommers listed Philadelphia as one of the 10 best cities in the world for parks!   I certainly value our parks, from the beautiful Logan Circle to the smallest pocket park.

Gardeners below Wash Ave are familiar with Jefferson Park, but are the rest of us? What a gem! Their friends group is having a clean up this weekend. Let me know if you would like to volunteer and I’ll send along the info.

More good news:  The garden will be participating in the first sustainability fair June 2nd. We will be hosting interested guests around 2pm for brief talks on bees, the green roof, and all sorts of composting.  I have a great group of volunteers, but welcome more! Let me know if you are interested. Somebody started a rumor that a cold beer might be waiting for volunteers after the event!

Garden clean up this weekend. I’ll see you there after boot camp!

Cheers!

Cyndi

New communications – website in full use!

March 28th, 2012

Last night, the officers decided to begin posting two items regularly to the garden website:

1.  Starting yesterday, the officers will post minutes from their meetings.  See the minutes section of the website.  We are doing this to help foster a sense of open communication.  Let us know what you think!!  Do you find it useful?

2.  Starting yesterday, Barbara also created a section on the website for copies of important emails.  Sometimes we all accidently hit that delete key.  This way, key emails will also be posted to the website for gardener review.  What do you think?

Cheers!

– Cyndi

Beekeepers install new extractor in Honey House

February 11th, 2012

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Carolyn showing off motor for the new honey extractor machine right before Thom assembled and installed it in the honey house. It was a great day for SWQV beekeepers.

Best ever annual BBQ celebrated September 24, 2011

October 16th, 2011

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