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November 2011 Newsletter

November 2011 Newsletter

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Wilmington College Grow Food Grow Hope Newsletter
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Issue # 6 | Nov. 2011
Grow Food, Grow Hope Garden Initiative | Wilmington College | 1870 Quaker Way | 1145 Pyle Center | Wilmington, OH 45177
in this issue
Turkey Workshop - pg. 3Fall Recipe Favorites - pg. 4A Season to Feast - pg. 4CCYC/GFGH Hoop House - pg. 1Pumpkin Run Recap - pg. 2Calendar of Events - pg. 2Victory Gardens - pg. 3
CCYC and GFGH Team Up to Build a Hoop House
 by Kyle Maust
Painting by Lois Mathews
 Wilmington College, Grow Food Grow Hope (GFGH), and College Club are partnering  with the Clinton County Youth Council (CCYC)to provide nutritious snacks during their after-school youth program. These organizationscame together to write a grant for the construc-tion and operation of a hoop house, a variation of a traditionalgreenhouse, to produce crops in a GFGH raised-bed garden on thesite of CCYC. These crops will eventually be used to supplementnutritious meals and snacks for after-school programs at CCYC. The group was awarded a grant from Youth Service America andSodexo Foundation for the construction of the hoop house during Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (November 13-20,2011). The CCYC is a non-profit organization whose mission is toprovide free, positive, and structured after-school programming forthe middle school and high school students of Clinton County. TheCCYC strives to provide three main objectives: Academic Support,Service-Learning, and Mentoring. Each day after school, every stu-dent also has the opportunity to receive free snacks/meals. CCYCaverages between 30-40 students that attend regular programming.Each year, CCYC reaches between 250-300 registered studentsthrough after-school programming and nearly 600 individual stu-dents through outreach events. In the past 12 months, CCYC hasserved over 5,000 meals and over 20,000 hours of programming tothe students of Clinton County.College Club is a Wilmington College Program that seeks toraise awareness and instill a hope of achieving a college education.It is geared at middle school students who have the potential to befirst generation college students. Kyle Maust serves as the coordina-tor and is an AmeriCorps VISTA that is provided to the collegethrough a grant from Ohio Campus Compact. CCYC has invitedCollege Club to work with their student participants. Through thisprogram, Maust, along with volunteer mentors, instills the idea thatevery student has the opportunity to go to college, regardless of hisor her home life or financial situation.Using the volunteerism of the College Club, Wilmington Col-lege students, and GFGH, the grant will be carried out on Novem-ber 15-17, 2011 at CCYC from 3:00-5:00 PM daily. Projects willinclude preparing the raised garden bed, planting cool weathercrops, constructing the hoop house, and a series of workshops todiscuss the functions of the hoop house and raised-bed garden. The student-oriented workshops will take place at various timesthroughout the remainder of the school year at CCYC. The goals of this project are to increase the interest in gardening among the youth of Clinton County, raise awareness of hunger andhomelessness, supplement the daily snacks at CCYC with nutri-tious, locally grown produce, and teach the students about nutritionand gardening in general.If interested in volunteering or participating in the hoop houseproject, please contact Kyle Maust atkyle_maust@wilmington.eduor (937) 382-661 ext. 306.
OCC VISTA, Kyle Maust
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Grow Food, Grow Hope Newsletter
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 
1 2 3 4 56 7 8 9 10 11 1213 14 15 16 17 18 1920 21 22 23 24 25 2627 28 29 30
Pumpkin Run 5K Recap
 by GFGH
If you made it out to the Pumpkin Run last month on the
22nd, we hope you had as much fun as we did. If you didn’t, we hope you’ll come out next year for our 2nd annual event
cause we plan on topping ourselves! We had a turnout of over 50 people, which was more than we had ever hoped to achieve, this being the first year for theevent. The sky was clear. The sun was bright. The weather was nearly perfect, though it was a little chilly; the night be-fore we saw our first frost of the season. Runners beganshowing up at 8 a.m. and the race beganat 9:30 to the sound of an air horn. Theroute traveled through residentialstreets around the college and then ontothe nearby bike path. The final leg of theroute brought runners through the rowsof raised beds at the Friends of HopeCommunity Garden. A spread of home-made pumpkin themed snacks were waiting for participants,including homemade pumpkin pie made by National PieChampionship winner, Jennifer Nystrom (Mom of GFGH VISTA Amy Volz).The first runner to cross the finish line was AaronSchuschu, a Wilmington College student and former Grow Food, Grow Hope Summer Associate VISTA.
 All participants went home with a pumpkin, provided by Branstrator Farms, as well as a recipe for making pumpkinpie. 25 lucky participants also received a gift certifi-cate to use at Chipotle in Jeffersonville, which alsogenerously provided food for VISTAs and the 8 stu-dent volunteers following the event.
Children whocame to the event did garden themed arts and craftsat the Mobile Garden Unit.
Calendar of EventsCalendar of EventsCalendar of Events 
11/4 - Learn + Grow 11/7 - Learn + Grow 11/8 - Read & Seed11/8- Learn + Grow 11/9
Learn + Grow 11/10 - Learn + Grow 11/11 - Learn + grow with the Mobile Garden Unit11/13 - 11/19 - National Hunger andHomelessness Awareness Week 11/14 - Read & Seed11/15 - Read & Seed11/18 - Learn + Grow w/ the Mobile Garden Unit
11/19 - Read & Seed at Wilmington College11/21 - Turkey Workshop at Sugartree Ministries@ 1:30 p.m. FREE. Reservation required11/23 - 11/25 - Closed for Thanksgiving
Pictured at top (from left to right): Kristin Finkbeiner; Susan Case with rescue dogs Michael and Mona; WC faculty members Jan Blohm and Marta Wilkinson; WC students Lynnea Kraft, Sylvia Ulmer and Tony Goodrich; Former GFGH VISTA Eric Guindon 
William Nystrom 
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 Just as there is nothing new underthe sun, the concepts of small plot garden-ing and eating local foods are not originalideas. The Grow Food, Grow Hope gar-dens built throughout Clinton County weredesigned using tried and true gardening practices such as raised bed gardens and thesquare foot gardening method. And just asthe concept is not new, neither is the needfor small plots of gardens! Gardening athome or on a piece of community property occurs for a range of reasons, sometimesbecause it is easy, a hobby, or just because itis necessary. Many of our garden partici-pants are involved for various reasons as well, to get outside, build community, grow their own food, help offset grocery bills, orto feel empowered. The community of Clinton County has experienced some ma-jor changes in recent years, and Grow Food, Grow Hope has been Wilmington
College’s effort to help in a tangible way. There have been times in the United States’
history where gardening became a solutionto some of the challenges that citizens werefacing. In fact, according to the UnitedStates Department of Agriculture, it becamea solution for the millions of U.S. citizens who planted themselves a Victory Garden!During World War II families through-out the U.S. were facing major changes totheir lifestyles as they adjusted to life on thehome front. One obvious way that families were impacted was through food rationing.Families were provided ration stamps foritems such as meat, clothing, gas, sugar, etc.People became very resourceful and eithercut back on what they consumed, or foundnew ways to get what they needed. Often-times supplies were sent overseas to troops,leaving those on the home front to go with-out. As an attempt to help offset the declinein production on farms throughout theU.S., the U.S.D.A. devised the Victory Gar-den program. In order to offset the needfor produce for the troops, the programencouraged citizens to contribute their ef-forts by planting gardens at home. Garden-ers were taught basic skills and were provid-ed with a few resources to get started.Many families that had Victory Gardenshad them only for the duration of the warin order to offset their rations, and throughtheir individual actions had a large impact. The USDA shares that during 1943 approx-imately 20 million Victory Gardens wereplanted. These gardens provided over 40%of the fresh vegetables consumed that year.One of the first times I ever heard my grandmother speak of how her family wasimpacted by the war was when I began tell-ing her about my new role as Project Man-ager with Grow Food, Grow Hope. Shelikened our attempt to lighten the load of community members by growing small plot
gardens to her family’s Victory Garden.
 When I asked Nana why her family decided
to have a garden she simply said, “There wasn’t any produce. It was all sent to thetroops.” There were 8 people in her family 
and because their family was pretty large,they had enough ration tickets that they could share with other families. They wereable to help others in that way, but becauseof the size of their family, what they grew intheir garden, they consumed. They wereable to can throughout the summer to usethroughout the year. They grew Swisschard, tomatoes, lettuce, radishes, andspring onions, and also kept a grape arbor.Her favorite items grown were the home-grown tomatoes, which is one thing thatshe still grows today.
Despite the fact that Nana’s family had
limited space in their own yard, a neighboron their street allowed her family along with3 others to garden in their yard for the du-ration of the war. While GFGH wants toensure that all of our garden participantshave all the fresh produce they need andmore, there is also a reason that our originalgarden was named the Friends of HopeCommunity Garden. By building a com-munity that is aware of the needs of others, we are hoping to generate relationships thatprovide not only the food and resourcespeople need, but also the hope that we all
need at times. Nana’s garden only lasted
through the duration of the WWII conflict,and once things returned to their new nor-mal, she never grew a vegetable gardenagain. The generation that came through WWII is widely known for its resilience. Ihope that as our story unfolds and we movethrough our current economic state, we donot forget our ability to grow, adapt, andlearn new ways of doing things.
Victory Gardens:
an editorial by Meghan Otto
Sugartree Ministries has once again openedup their kitchen to us to host a free workshop. This month, we will present the proper way toprepare and cook a turkey for Thanksgiving. The workshop will coincide with Sugartree
Ministries’ annual turkey donation, which will
occur during the same week. We are inviting all members of the public toattend this informative workshop which willdemonstrate how to clean, stuff and baste a
perfect bird. Wilmington College’s own Gloria
Flaherty, a professor in the Education Depart-ment, will guest host with GFGH.
Turkey Workshop
 When: Monday, Nov. 21st @ 1:30 p.m. Where: Sugartree Ministries108 N Main St Wilmington, OH 45177
Reservations are strongly encouraged
Please contact Betsie Sweet with anyquestions or to RSVP
937-382-6661 Ext. 693

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