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Growing People Newsletter - Fall-Winter 2008

Growing People Newsletter - Fall-Winter 2008

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Gardeners In Community Development
New “Just Greens Garden” GreensOur Saviour Episcopal Church
Mission: improving the quality of life in neighborhoods through community gardening
Fall-Winter 2008
Dallas Area Community Gardening
Gardeners In Community Development 901 Greenbriar LaneRichardson, TX 75080www.gardendallas.org
Ever Growing
Dallas Area Community Gardening
As part of Gardeners in Com-munity Development’s com-mitment to establishing newcommunity gardens to fulfillits and Our SaviourEpiscopal Church’smissions and to “passon the gift,” a newcommunity garden,the Just Greens Gar-den, has been estab-lished at Our SaviourEpiscopal Church.This is in addition tothe already estab-lished Plot Against HungerGarden. The Just GreensGarden, at the west side of the Pavilion, will ultimatelyfeature a vineyard, an accessibleraised bed garden, a few individ-ual plots, and a large area de-voted to donation plantings.Currently half of the garden isplanted in cover crops and theremaining portion is planted ingreens (mustard, turnips, kale).Already over 718 pounds of greens have been donated toseveral food pantries and sen-ior centers. With the adventof cooler weather, over 100pounds of greens are beingharvested each week. RebeccaSmith, garden coordinator andGICD educational assistant,says that with more volunteerseven more greens can be har-vested.
Pictures from the 20th Anniversary Celebration
A group of DaisyScouts (the bridge tobeing a BrownieScout) visited theEast DallasCommunity Gardenon Nov. 1. These 5and 6 year oldchildren, adoptedfrom China byDallas areafamilies, touredthe East Dallasgarden as a wayof exposing them to their Asianroots. Plans are underway tohave them continue to visit thegarden once a month to dointeresting projects and help inthe garden.
Daisy Scouts Visit East Dallas Garden
Mayoral citation presented by Council person Pauline MedranoCambodian dancers perform at theEast Dallas Community GardenFood line for homemade Asian potluck goodies
bales of straw or haygarden tool shednew lap top com-puterwheelbarrowsgardening toolscanning jarsMantis tiller Kubota tractor withloader and tillerfriends with trucks
P. 1 Just GreensDaisy ScoutsAnniversary PicturesP. 2 ED TheftProject Partners MtgP. 3 Sherman GardenBlessing AnimalsPassing on the GiftSmall ChangeP. 4 Garden GleaningsP. 5 Day of the DeadGreenhills GardenED DisplayP. 6 Workshops
Want to help?
Contact Rebecca Smith at214-564-5801 for details.
For the freshest lettuce, mustard, bunchingonions andother greens,don’t forgetthat even inwinter theEast DallasCommunityGardenMarket isopen to the public every day, with theweekends being the busiest time.
Ever Growing Fall-Winter 2008 Page 2Gardeners In Community Development www.gardendallas.org grower@flash.net
Theft at East Dallas Community Garden
Want to help??
GICD is accepting monetarydonations to replace some of theitems that were stolen. You maymake checks payable to GICD andsent to 901 Greenbriar Lane,Richardson, TX 75080. Include “EastDallas Community Garden” in thememo line.buildings andtry to make thegarden andbuildings moresecure.However, thereis a real needto have asecure place(perhaps acargo container)in a centrallylocated securesite to storesupplies.In October the EastDallas CommunityGarden was broken intothree times within athree week period.Items stolen includedwheelbarrows, tools andsupplies. It is estimatedthat the theft valuetotaled at least $3000.The first time the gardenwas broken into, therewas vandalism of plantsand several large waxgourds were missing.GICD will repair the
More Pictures from the 20th Anniversary Celebration
20th Anniversary Supporters:
Back row left to right:Margaret Reid, Dr.Rigoberto Delgado, RebeccaSmith, Mary Ridgway, Amanda Brown, DonLambert, Mike Everett.Front row left to right: RonCowart, Paula Scott, Paul Thai, Tiah Lambert, MelindaCowart.
Historical Board 
illustratinggardener’s progressthough theyears.
GICD Attends HeiferProject Partners Meeting
Don Lambert, GICD ExecutiveDirector, and Rebecca Smith,Educational Assistant, attendedthe HeiferProjectPartnersMeeting inWagoner,Oklahoma onSept. 25-28,2008.Though manyof theworkshopsand training sessions focused onlivestock, including cattle andgoats, there were also sessionson Native American weaving andautomated machines to pluckchickens. Don presented aworkshop on Seed Savingalong with Sue Gray,Extension Horticultural Agentfrom OSU-Tulsa. Shehas been veryinvolved insaving thoseheritage seeds,including cornand beans, thatwere brought bythe Indians toOklahomaduring the Trailof Tears. Theseheirloom seeds represent notonly genetic diversity butcultural significance,community, and theimportance of tradition.
Seed Saving Workshop
Fresh From the East DallasCommunity Garden Market
Buy really local !!Produce that travels ZEROMILES to reach its market !!
Have You Seen Me?
Sherman Community Garden
3618 Pounds
donated to areafood pantries fromJanuary-November
Garden class. Following this, they metwith the university and local residents andhave secured property in aneighborhood adjacent to thecampus on a lot owned by theuniversity. They have alreadyworked up an area that is80’x100’ and put in four raisedbeds planted with winter greens.The rest is planted with a covercrop of rye and hairy vetch.GICD has been instrumental in helpingto start a new community garden inconjunction withstudents from AustinCollege in Sherman,TX. Last year sev-eral students, con-cerned about theenvironment, at-tended GICD’s Howto Start a Community
Blessing of the Animals
Ever Growing Fall-Winter 2008 Page 3Gardeners In Community Development www.gardendallas.org grower@flash.net
INGREDIENTS:6 small to medium turnips3/4 cup ground beef, cooked3/4 cup cooked rice1/4 cup minced celery1 small tomato, diced2 tbsp minced onionsalt and pepper to tasteplain yogurt or sour creampaprikabutterDIRECTIONS:1. Peel turnips and boil whole until justbarely tender. Cool. Scoop out cen-ters leaving 1/4 inch sides, reservepulp. Dice pulp for stuffing.2. Add the rest of the ingredients tothe diced pulp. Mix and sauté forabout 4-5 minutes. Stuff turnips andplace in a baking dish. Top each turnipwith a spoonful of yogurt or sourcream, sprinkle with paprika and broilfor 8-10 minutes.
—-recipe from
Fresh Ideas for VegetableCooking
by Georgia Machala Massie of Machala Gourmet Farm in Seagoville, TX.
The Church of Our Saviour, Dallas,celebrated St. Francis of Assisi day, Sat.Oct. 4, inviting the neighborhood to theBlessing of the Animals. PatShaughnessy, avolunteer with LoneStar LabradorRetriever Rescue,was a special guestand brought Molly, abeautiful lab rescuedfrom a shelter. Patshared how therescue programfinds Labs needinghomes and how theyfind caring homesfor them. Pat alsogave us the best advice on how we cantake care of our pets. Fr. Wylie Miller,Our Saviour’s new Vicar, then blessed13 dogs, 2 chickens and one goat. Eachpet received a special certificate from theChurch and a St. Francis of Assisimedallion to attach to the pet’s collar.Donations of pet food to take tothe food pantry for distributionto families in need with petswere also collected before theceremony.Our Saviour Episcopal Church isespecially grateful to have theleadership of Fr. Miller. As aVicar who previously served inrural churches in NorthCarolina, he is very enthusiasticabout the mission of thechurch, supports thecommunity garden and recognizes theimportance of taking care of and reachingout to the surrounding community.
Small Change Visit 
A group of Our Saviour’s littlestvolunteers helped atthe garden on Nov.22 as part of a SmallChange activity.Small Change is aprogram that seeksto introduce hands-on volunteering andgiving to children bypromoting ageappropriate programsthat offer community involvement whileteaching civicresponsibility, diversity andcompassion. 20 pre-schoolchildren and 20 adultshelped dig sweet potatoes,visited the worms, heard apresentation fromvolunteers from HeiferInternational on hunger,and feasted on “gummyworm” cake.
Passing On the Gift of Bees
As part of GICD’s commitment toHeifer International’s mission of  “Passing On the Gift,” GICD sentOur Saviour gardener LeoGutierrez to the Heifer Ranch atPerryville, Arkansas, to attend aclass “From Bees to Honey” onOctober 5-8, 2008. The cost of this was covered from trainingfunds provided by GICD DallasUrban Gardening Initiative (DUGIN) funded by Heifer Interna-tional. Mr. Gutierrez will be givenbees from GICD’s hives.

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