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April 2012 Newsletter

April 2012 Newsletter

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Wilmington College Grow Food Grow Hope Newsletter
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Issue # 10 | April 2012
Grow Food, Grow Hope Garden Initiative | Wilmington College | 1870 Quaker Way | 1145 Pyle Center | Wilmington, OH 45177
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GFGH Continues VISTA Partnership - pg. 1 ~ Now Accepting Mentors - pg.1 ~Generations Fundraiser - pg. 2 ~ Vote for GFGH - pg. 2 ~ Volunteer Spotlight - pg. 2Spring 5K - pg. 3 ~ Spring Recipe -
pg. 3 Farmers’ Mkt Opens
- pg. 3Upcoming Events - pg. 4 ~ The Harvest Calendar - pg. 5
 
For three years, the promise of service members through the AmeriCorps VISTA program has allowed Grow Food, Grow Hopeto become what it is today. The grant received from AmeriCorps in2009 has provided GFGH with 22 VISTA members over the pastthree years. In February, we learned that we would receive anotheryear of support from the Center for National and Community Ser- vice (CNCS), providing us with five additional VISTA membersstarting in June. In the past, VISTA members have played a majorrole in the establishment of such programs and events as Read &Seed, the Non-Perishable Food Item Pageant, the Pumpkin Runand close to 100 garden plots. GFGH also helped to implement the
use of SNAP benefits at the Clinton County Farmers’ Market,
 which allows greater access to local, healthy produce and meats forlow income families in Clinton County. VISTA is a unique grant program in that it does not provideGrow Food, Grow Hope with money, but rather service members. The current five members receive a monthly living allowance fromthe CNCS, and in return, they give a year to Grow Food, Grow Hope as a full-time volunteer. VISTA, along with the partnership of  Wilmington College, allows GFGH to operate with very low over-head. The major expenses for our programs are building materials,soil, tools, plants and seeds, fuel, and promotional materials. As wedo not charge for any of our programs or services in an attempt tomake them more widely accessible, we are greatly dependent ongrants and donations to cover those costs. We are grateful for the opportunity to have an additional year with AmeriCorps VISTA support and are looking forward to invit-ing new full time and seasonal service members into our offices inMay and late June. We will be conducting interviews in the coming  weeks. Applicants for the 10 week Summer Associate program mustbe 18 or older. Year-long VISTAs must be college graduates and no VISTA may engage in other forms of employment during theirterm of service. For more information on serving with AmeriCorps, visit www.americorps.gov. If you are interested in applying or would like more information about working with GFGH, pleasecontact Meghan Otto, GFGH Project Manager, at (937) 382-6661ext. 321 or meghan_otto@wilmington.edu
GFGH Receives Grant for One More Year with AmeriCorps VISTA Members
Everything we do hereat GFGH, we do with thehelp of volunteers. Fromteaching lessons at areaelementary schools tobuilding a greenhouse at theClinton County YouthCouncil, we depend on volunteers to serve ourcommunity. At this time, we are seeking dedicated members of the communitto volunteer as mentors at the Friends of Hope Community Gar-dens. We invite avid gardeners and patient hobbyists alike to lend ahand with some of our garden families, many of whom just need alittle encouragement and direction in order to become self-sufficientgardeners themselves. Volunteer mentors are needed to attend Community Gardensessions on either Tuesday evenings or Saturday mornings beginning in late May (the first garden session dates are yet to be determined). We have 40 plots at the community garden and would like to have amentor for each participating family though some mentors may beasked to help more than one family if they are able.
If you would like to apply to be a mentor, please contactBernadette Gallagher, an AmeriCorps VISTA at Grow Food,Grow Hope at bernadette_gallagher@wilmington.edu or call(937)382-6661 ext. 693
 
Now Accepting Garden Mentors
Dana Williams mentors community gardener Lynne Carroll 
 
Grow Food, Grow Hope Newsletter
Get a Pizza, Give to GFGH
Few people can say that they 
don’t enjoy a delicious pizza, a
burger or an Italian sub, or a plateof wings from time to time. Even
fewer can say they don’t enjoy such foods when they’re made at a
place like Generations - the family owned pizzeria that has been inbusiness right here in Wilmingtonsince 1962. Lucky for us, we havebeen given the opportunity to team up with the local restaurant for a fund-raiser.For the entire month of April, Generations will give a portion of theirproceeds to GFGH when patrons present them with our promotional fly-er. The flyer is good for dine-in, carryout and delivery. If by some chance
you’ve never had Generations, this would be a great time to try them out.
 And if you already love their food, this is a perfect time to indulge a little.
It’s a win
-win for everyone involved. You get a delicious pizza (or hoagie,or salad, or pasta), a local business gets more patrons in the door, andGFGH gets some much needed money to fund our gardens, youth pro-grams, and community outreach.Generations is located at 100 Lowes Dr. in Wilmington , OH - Acrossthe street from Kroger and adjacent to Lowes Home Improvement. Thedining room is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. For carryout anddelivery, call (937) 382-3845 or order online at their website www.GenerationsPizzeria.com. If you follow them on Facebook or Twit-ter, be sure to thank them for all they do to help us at GFGH. We really appreciate it! To get a copy of the promotional flyer visit GrowFoodGrowHope.com todownload it,
We Need Your Vote!
If you have ever wanted to give to GFGH in the past,but found yourself low on extra cash, now is your chanceto make up for it. We are currently in the running for agrant from DeLoach Vineyards and Organic Gardening Magazine. Fifteen other community gardens from aroundthe country (as well as a few in Canada) are up for a$4,000 prize and only five of us will win. Voting is going on right now. You can help us to stay in the running by going to
 www.DeLoachCommunityGardens.com
and vot-ing for our project. You can vote once a day, every day 
until August 6th. That’s 128 opportunities for each of our
readers. Just imagine how many votes we could get if allof you voted! 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 these much needed funds, we promise to put them to use making the gardens andour community better.Brad Fuller is a sophomore at Wilmington College, the homebase for GFGH. In 2011, he served with us as an AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate and during those 10 weeks, he madequite an impression, working in several areas of our program includ-ing youth outreach. Rachel King fondly recalls how during a story time reading at the Wilmington PublicLibrary, he dressed up as the character of Father Hare to do a dramatic rendition of 
the children’s book 
Tops and Bottoms 
by JanetStevens. The kids loved it. While volunteering with GFGH, Bradsays his most memorable experience wasduring the Junior Master Gardener day 
camp. “While the week may have been
slightly stressful on the planning end, theevent was a lot of fun and having kids thatthink you are cool is always a good experi-
ence”, Brad says. During our two weeks of 
summer camp last year, Brad was a patient and enthusiastic counse-lor for the youngsters, often just as excited to take part in the activi-ties as the kids. He was always full of energy, even after biking the 2miles from the college to Northland Court Apartments to do youthactivities at the weekly garden nights there.In life and in volunteering Brad is a pretty athletic fellow. He isthe current Vice President of the Table Tennis Club at WilmingtonCollege, and a member of Sports Medicine Leadership Council. Heis involved with Faith in Action and he is also a Resident Advisor.He is majoring in Athletic Training and Pre Physical Therapy. When
he isn’t busy with everything else on his plate, he volunteers at
Sugartree Ministries.
Brad’s dedication to service has not waivered during the school
year. When classes started back up, Brad continued to stay involved with GFGH. He helped with clean-up at thepop bottle greenhouse at the Mulberry St. Apartments in January. He was a TeamLeader for the MLK Day of Service. He wasthe Pea Prince during the NPFI Pageant inFebruary. And most recently, he helped tobuild the new school gardens at Rainbow  Village and Champions in the Making.Brad says that one of the reasons he en-
joys volunteering with GFGH is that “It
helps people learn about something that canconnect all living beings; food. Many times,people do not think about what they are eat-ing at all and this can be extremely unhealthy to the body, environ-ment, and economy. GFGH educates people on buying local andpartial self sustainment, which can help to solve the "health" issues.I am interested in local food economies and GFGH is a great exam-
ple of an outlet for education to the public.”
 
 We couldn’t have said it better Brad. Thanks for all you do.
Volunteer Spotlight
Brad after getting pied at Junior Master Gardener Camp
Page 2
 
Page 3 
Spring Recipe:
Radish, Cream Cheese, and Chive Tartines
Ingredients 
 Thinly sliced Ciabatta bread or another chewy breadlike Sourdough or French loaf Softened cream cheese or Neufchatel for alower fat spreadFresh radishes, washed and driedFresh chives, mincedKosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Directions 
Slice the bread and spread each piece with the cheese. Cutthe radishes in half lengthwise, then slice ultra-thin with agrater or paring knife. Lay a few slices of radish on eachbread slice, and sprinkle with minced chives, salt andpepper.
In October of last year, wehosted our first 5K here atGFGH. We had a lot of funorganizing the event and ithelped us to raise money forsome of our educational pro-grams during the winter. Now 
that spring is here, we’re ready 
to get back into the great out-doors. But to do that, we need
operating funds. We’ve decided to host another 5K fundraiserand this one, as it’s name so clearly denotes, will only cost par-ticipants $5. It is our hope that by keeping the cost low, we’llhave a big turnout… but if that isn’t incentive enough to come,
this 5K will also have an obstacle course component. The route for the $5.00 5K will take runners (or walkers)through the campus of Wilmington College where there aresidewalks and grassy lawns just perfect for such a race. We haveplans for a tire course, a maze, tunnels, hurdles, and more. Aportion of the race will also take runners through the Arbore-tum on campus, the Friends of Hope Community Gardens, andonto the Bicentennial Bike Trail. Following the race, we willhave a bake sale and there will be raffle items and GFGH t-shirts up for grabs as well.
 We’re excited to present this unique 5K format to the Wil-
mington community -
seriously, who wouldn’t want to run
around an obstacle course to let off steam at the end of a long  week? Not only does it promise to be fun, unlike other 5Ks where you pay upwards of $20 to participate and walk away witha keychain, a t-shirt and a water bottle that you may or may not
GFGH to Host a Spring 5K
 want, at this 5K everything is “a la carte”
- meaning if you want at-shirt or a cookie, you buy it.
 We don’t want to exclude people from our programs an initiatives
at GFGH, so as with everything else, the $5.00 5K is a family-friendly event. Children of all ages are welcome to participate, though childrenunder 10 must run with a parent. Dogs on a leash are welcome too. The $5.00 5K will be on Friday April 27th in the evening. Sign-infor the run will begin at 5:00 PM and the 5K will start at 6:00. If you,your family, friends, kids, or dogs are interested in taking part, go toour website
 www.growfoodgrowhope.com
to download a registra-tion form. You may register at the event, but those who register inadvance will be entered into a special raffle to receive a goodie basket.Plus, if you register early, it will help us to plan more accordingly forthe event
 – 
and really, this event is all about helping Grow Food Grow Hope. So sign up!If you have questions, call Sarah Bachman, an AmeriCorps VISTAat GFGH at (937) 382-6661 ext. 693 or send an email tosarah_bachman@wilmington.edu
Clinton County Farmers’ Market
Market Now Open
The Mural Parking Lot81 W. Main St.Wilmington, OH 45177
Hours:
1st & 3rd Saturday of the monthfrom 9 a.m to Noon.
 The Clinton County Farmers Market is up and running again atthe Mural Parking Lot on West Main St adjacent to the GeneralDenver. The Market will be open every other weekend (April 7th& 21st and May 5th & 19th) until the start of the Summer Marketon June 2nd when it will be open every Saturday until the fall. We invite all of our readers to go out in support of local farmersand artisans to pick up their favorite local fruits, vegetables,meats, and handmade crafts. Be on the look out for our big blueMobile Garden Unit too!
Farmers’ Market Now Open
 
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