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June 2012 Newsletter

June 2012 Newsletter

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Wilmington College Grow Food Grow Hope Newsletter
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Issue # 12 | June 2012
Grow Food, Grow Hope Garden Initiative | Wilmington College | 1870 Quaker Way | Pyle Box 1145 | Wilmington, OH 45177
in this issuen this issuen this issue 
~ Branstrator Farm Fundraiser - pg. 1 ~ Summer Camp - pg. 1 ~ Volunteer Spotlight - pg. 2 ~~ Vote for GFGH - pg. 2 ~ Great Ohio Bike Adventure - pg. 2 ~ Baby Food Workshop - pg. 3 ~Summer Recipe - pg. 3 ~ Krisher Family to Host Open Garden & Lily Sale - pg. 4 ~~ The Harvest Calendar - pg. 5 ~
Sign-up Now for Summer Camp
Grow Food, Grow Hope summer day campsare back! Seed Seed Sproutis for children ages 5 to 8.It starts on June 18
andfocuses on gardening, nu-trition, and trying new foods. There will begames, crafts, team-building exercises, songs,and lots of time spentoutside. Our goal is toteach young campers how to create healthy habits that will last a lifetime.Next month we will host Junior Master Gardener day camp from July 24
for ages 9 to 12. Both of ourcamps are free to attend, though we are happy to accept do-nations which will help pay for craft supplies, snack ingredi-ents, and educational materials.Seed Seed Sprout day camp will be held on the Wilming-ton College campus from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., June 18
. Americorps VISTAs and Summer Associates will leadand facilitate the activities. Registration is required for allparticipants and can be completed online at
. Space is limited to 50 par-
ticipants at each camp so don’t wait!
For more information about either of our camps,please see our website or call Michelle Kerschner or Amy  Volz, AmeriCoprs VISTAs at GFGH at (937) 382-6661 ext.596.
GFGH Fundraiser at the Snappin’
Asparagus and Strawberry Jam
Mark your calendars! Grow Food, Grow Hope will be onhand at the Second Annual
Branstrator Farm Snappin’ As-
paragus and Strawberry Jam this
month, where we’ve been invited
to set up a booth to hold a fund-raiser. We will be selling hand-made bamboo wind chimes, wooden yard signs, and stone gar-den markers for $5 each. All of theitems that will be on sale werehandmade by AmeriCorps VISTAsand Summer Associates and thebamboo used in the wind chimes was harvested locally from theLytle Creek Greenway. Proceedsfrom this fundraiser will go to ourcommunity garden.If the allure of handmade lawn
ornaments isn’t enough to draw 
you in, perhaps we can recommendthe fresh strawberries and aspara-gus, each of which are amazing! If 
you haven’t tried a Branstratorstrawberry, you haven’t truly expe-
rienced strawberries. A few of usfrom the GFGH office made a trip
out to Jon Branstrator’s farm last
month to pick up some strawberry plants for our community gardens, which Jon had been kind enough todonate, and when we left, he sentus home with two baskets of theripest and sweetest strawberries any of us had ever tried. We plan onpicking up a few more baskets
 while we’re at the festival.
 This free festival will be held on June 9th from noon to 6 P.M. atBranstrator Farm, 885 N. GeorgeRd., Clarksville, Ohio. There willbe live music, games, and plenty of strawberries and asparagus. Parking is $1.For more informationon the event, go to
Grow Food, Grow Hope Newsletter
Community Gardener Spotlight
 by Dom Parks
Page 2
Grow Food, Grow Hope Garden Initiative | Wilmington College | 1870 Quaker Way | Pyle Box 1145 | Wilmington, OH 45177
We Need Your Vote!
 We are currently in the running for a grant fromDeLoach Vineyards and Organic Gardening Mag-azine. Fifteen other community gardens fromaround the country (as well as one from Canada)are up for a $4,000 prize but only five of us will win. Voting is going on right now. You can help usto stay in the running by going to
and voting for our project. You can vote once aday, every day until August 6th. As always, your support is greatly appreciated.
Our gardens wouldn’t even be here without all of 
you. If we are fortunate enough to receive thesemuch needed funds, we promise to put them touse making the gardens and our community better.
On Saturday, June 16
, three thou-sand bicyclists will depart fromHillsboro on a week-long journey through the scenic countryside of Ohio. Riders will stay overnight in
host towns, or “GOBAvilles”,
along the route, including Wil-mington. Each GOBAville willshowcase its local businesses, at-tractions, and organizations, andnon-profits such as Grow Food,Grow Hope will provide reasonably-pricedmeals and snacks. The route averages 50miles per day, with optional day-trip loops,and riders will have the opportunity toexperience several sites at each stop.GOBA emphasizes that the event is atour and not a race; organizers hope toencourage personal development, inde-pendence, and, of course, bicycling. Theevent is an opportunity to learn aboutOhio, its people, geography, and history for all ages and backgrounds. Everyone is welcome, regardless of experience or cy-cling ability. Twenty percent of riders areunder 18, and about one hundred are overthe age of 70!GOBA riders will arrive in Wil-mington on Friday, June 22
, andtour the Luther Warren Peace Path,the Quaker Heritage Center at Wil-mington College, downtown Wilming-ton, and a local lavender farm. There will also be a song contest on Friday night, and Clinton County Fair-grounds will provide campsites. Rid-ers will depart on Saturday to finishthe adventure back in Hillsboro.
 Though it’s too late to register for the ad-
 venture, GOBAvilles are open to the pub-lic. Be sure to check out all of the activitiesand support Grow Food, Grow Hope by checking out our booth in the St.Columbkille parking lot
 we’ll have lots of 
delicious food for all to enjoy!
The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure Tours Wilmington
Sometimes it is difficult for Grow Food, Grow Hope to measure how much of an impact we are having onthe community, but every once in a while, we sit down and speak with acommunity member who can give us afirst-hand account of what our pro-gram means to them.Marion Kimes, for example,moved to the Wilmington area fiveyears ago and began volunteering atSugartree Ministries, the local food pantry and community outreach organiza-tion that serves Wilmington. It was through our collaborations with Sugartreethat we first met Marion and his daughter Trinity. This spring, Marion signed up to be a participant at the Northland CourtCommunity Gardens. From day one, he has been a fixture of this garden site,coming to help prepare the garden beds, watering, weeding, and even tending to his neighbors plots when they are in need. Marion has grown flowers in the
past, but hasn’t had much experience in growing produce, so he really liked the
idea of giving Trinity a chance to learn at a young age how to grow her ownfood and felt it would be a nice way for them to spend quality time together. Teaching families how to grow fresh food andhow to eat healthy is a major focus at GFGH, andour medium toward eliminating poverty. We arepleased to welcome Marion and Trinity into thefold and we look forward to helping them grow agarden of their own this year.
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Summer Recipe: Baked Crispy Kale
Adapted from Steamy Kitchen
Grow Food, Grow Hope Newsletter
Preheat oven to 350 °F .Line a baking sheet with parchmentpaper.Rinse the leaves and dry them thor-oughly. Use a towel to blot any extra water on the leaves. Place the kale onthe baking sheet.Drizzle olive oil over the kale leavesand use your hands to toss and coatthe leaves. Bake in the oven for 12-20minutes until leaves are crisp. Oncethey are paper-thin crackly, the kale isdone. If the leaves are still a bit soft,leave them in for another 2 minutes.Do not let the leaves turn brown(they'll be burnt and bitter) Removefrom oven, sprinkle with salt andserve.
Upcoming Events
~June 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th ~Garden Night at The Friends of HopeCommunity Gardens
on the WilmingtonCollege Campus at 7 P.M.
Garden Night at Mulberry StreetGardens
at 6:30 PM.
Garden Night at the Northland CourtCommunity Gardens at
6:30 PM.
June 9th ~
Branstrator Farm: Snappin’
Asparagus and Strawberry Jam
Noonto 6 P.M. at Branstrator Farm in Clarksville.GFGH will be selling handmade items toraise funds for our community garden.
June 16th ~ Baby Food Workshop atSugartree Ministries
Free workshop. Startsat 2 P.M.
Homemade Baby Food Workshop
GFGH is collaborating withSugartree Ministries to offer a freebaby food making workshop on June16
. GFGH VISTAs will lead theevent, demonstrate the process, andoffer samples of the food. There willalso be a giveaway starter kit of vege-tables to help participants begin mak-ing their own baby food at home. Amy Volz, one of the workshopfacilitators, says that the process ismuch easier than most people as-sume; all you need are vegetables orfruit, a pan, and an appliance that canpurée. Cook the produce in the pan,purée, then store in the fridge. Mak-ing your own is also much cheaperthan store-bought baby food. Inaddition, you have complete controlover the ingredients, avoiding pesti-cides, preservatives, corn syrup, orother potentially harmful ingredients. The workshop will be held in thekitchen of Sugartree Ministries on June 16
at 2:00 P.M., and it is freefor participants to attend.If you have questions about this workshop, please contact Amy Volzat 937-382-6661 ext. 596
~June 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th ~Garden Morning at The Friends of HopeCommunity Gardens
on the WilmingtonCollege Campus at 10 A.M.
June 23rd & 24th ~ Lily Sale Fundraiserto Benefit the Fred Krisher Endowment
Several varieties of Lilies will be availablefor purchase. The sale runs from 11 A.M. to4 P.M. on Saturday and from 1 P.M. to4 P.M. on Sunday
June 22nd~ The Great Ohio BicycleAdventure (GOBA)
GFGH will we sell-ing food to bicyclists as they come
through Wilmington. We’ll be therearound dinner time if you’d like to
come see us.
June 18th - 20th ~ Seed, Seed, SproutSummer Day Camp
A free camp opento children ages 5 to 8 years. Campwill start each day at 10 A.M. and gountil 3 P.M. Registration is required.
4 handfuls of kale, torn into bite-sized pieces with the tough stemsremoved1-2 tablespoons olive oilsea salt or kosher salt

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