Issue # 10 | April 2012

GFGH Continues VISTA Partnership - pg. 1 ~ Now Accepting Mentors - pg.1 ~ Generations Fundraiser - pg. 2 ~ Vote for GFGH - pg. 2 ~ Volunteer Spotlight - pg. 2 Spring 5K - pg. 3 ~ Spring Recipe - pg. 3 Farmers’ Mkt Opens - pg. 3 Upcoming Events - pg. 4 ~ The Harvest Calendar - pg. 5

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GFGH Receives Grant for One More Year with AmeriCorps VISTA Members
For three years, the promise of service members through the AmeriCorps VISTA program has allowed Grow Food, Grow Hope to become what it is today. The grant received from AmeriCorps in 2009 has provided GFGH with 22 VISTA members over the past three years. In February, we learned that we would receive another year of support from the Center for National and Community Service (CNCS), providing us with five additional VISTA members starting in June. In the past, VISTA members have played a major role in the establishment of such programs and events as Read & Seed, the Non-Perishable Food Item Pageant, the Pumpkin Run and 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 for low income families in Clinton County. Wilmington College, allows GFGH to operate with very low overhead. The major expenses for our programs are building materials, soil, tools, plants and seeds, fuel, and promotional materials. As we do not charge for any of our programs or services in an attempt to make them more widely accessible, we are greatly dependent on grants 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 inviting new full time and seasonal service members into our offices in May and late June. We will be conducting interviews in the coming weeks. Applicants for the 10 week Summer Associate program must be 18 or older. Year-long VISTAs must be college graduates and no VISTA may engage in other forms of employment during their VISTA is a unique grant program in that it does not provide term of service. For more information on serving with AmeriCorps, Grow Food, Grow Hope with money, but rather service members. visit If you are interested in applying or The current five members receive a monthly living allowance from would like more information about working with GFGH, please the CNCS, and in return, they give a year to Grow Food, Grow contact Meghan Otto, GFGH Project Manager, at (937) 382-6661 Hope as a full-time volunteer. VISTA, along with the partnership of ext. 321 or

Now Accepting Garden Mentors
Everything we do here at GFGH, we do with the help of volunteers. From teaching lessons at area elementary schools to building a greenhouse at the Clinton County Youth Council, we depend on volunteers to serve our Dana Williams mentors community gardener Lynne Carroll community. At this time, we are seeking dedicated members of the community to volunteer as mentors at the Friends of Hope Community Gardens. We invite avid gardeners and patient hobbyists alike to lend a

hand with some of our garden families, many of whom just need a little encouragement and direction in order to become self-sufficient gardeners themselves. Volunteer mentors are needed to attend Community Garden sessions 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 a mentor for each participating family though some mentors may be asked to help more than one family if they are able. If you would like to apply to be a mentor, please contact Bernadette Gallagher, an AmeriCorps VISTA at Grow Food, Grow Hope at or call (937)382-6661 ext. 693

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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 plate of 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 in business right here in Wilmington since 1962. Lucky for us, we have been given the opportunity to team up with the local restaurant for a fundraiser. For the entire month of April, Generations will give a portion of their proceeds to GFGH when patrons present them with our promotional flyer. 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, and GFGH gets some much needed money to fund our gardens, youth programs, and community outreach. Generations is located at 100 Lowes Dr. in Wilmington , OH - Across the street from Kroger and adjacent to Lowes Home Improvement. The dining room is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. For carryout and delivery, call (937) 382-3845 or order online at their website If you follow them on Facebook or Twitter, 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 to download 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 chance to make up for it. We are currently in the running for a grant from DeLoach Vineyards and Organic Gardening Magazine. Fifteen other community gardens from around the 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 and voting 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 all of 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 and our community better.

College, and a member of Sports Medicine Leadership Council. He is involved with Faith in Action and he is also a Resident Advisor. Brad Fuller is a sophomore at Wilmington College, the home He is majoring in Athletic Training and Pre Physical Therapy. When base for GFGH. In 2011, he served with us as an AmeriCorps he isn’t busy with everything else on his plate, he volunteers at VISTA Summer Associate and during those 10 weeks, he made Sugartree Ministries. quite an impression, working in several areas of our program includBrad’s dedication to service has not waivered during the school ing youth outreach. Rachel King fondly recalls how during a story year. When classes started back up, Brad continued to stay involved time reading at the Wilmington Public with GFGH. He helped with clean-up at the Library, he dressed up as the character of pop bottle greenhouse at the Mulberry St. Father Hare to do a dramatic rendition of Apartments in January. He was a Team the children’s book Tops and Bottoms by Janet Leader for the MLK Day of Service. He was Stevens. The kids loved it. the Pea Prince during the NPFI Pageant in While volunteering with GFGH, Brad February. And most recently, he helped to says his most memorable experience was build the new school gardens at Rainbow during the Junior Master Gardener day Village and Champions in the Making. camp. “While the week may have been Brad says that one of the reasons he enslightly stressful on the planning end, the joys volunteering with GFGH is that “It event was a lot of fun and having kids that helps people learn about something that can think you are cool is always a good expericonnect all living beings; food. Many times, Brad after getting pied at Junior Master Gardener Camp ence”, Brad says. During our two weeks of people do not think about what they are eatsummer camp last year, Brad was a patient and enthusiastic counse- ing at all and this can be extremely unhealthy to the body, environlor for the youngsters, often just as excited to take part in the activi- ment, and economy. GFGH educates people on buying local and ties as the kids. He was always full of energy, even after biking the 2 partial self sustainment, which can help to solve the "health" issues. miles from the college to Northland Court Apartments to do youth I am interested in local food economies and GFGH is a great examactivities at the weekly garden nights there. ple of an outlet for education to the public.” In life and in volunteering Brad is a pretty athletic fellow. He is We couldn’t have said it better Brad. Thanks for all you do. the current Vice President of the Table Tennis Club at Wilmington

Volunteer Spotlight

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GFGH to Host a Spring 5K
In October of last year, we hosted our first 5K here at GFGH. We had a lot of fun organizing the event and it helped us to raise money for some of our educational programs during the winter. Now that spring is here, we’re ready to get back into the great outdoors. But to do that, we need operating funds. We’ve decided to host another 5K fundraiser and this one, as it’s name so clearly denotes, will only cost participants $5. It is our hope that by keeping the cost low, we’ll have 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 are sidewalks and grassy lawns just perfect for such a race. We have plans for a tire course, a maze, tunnels, hurdles, and more. A portion of the race will also take runners through the Arboretum on campus, the Friends of Hope Community Gardens, and onto the Bicentennial Bike Trail. Following the race, we will have a bake sale and there will be raffle items and GFGH tshirts up for grabs as well. We’re excited to present this unique 5K format to the Wilmington 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 with a keychain, a t-shirt and a water bottle that you may or may not

want, at this 5K everything is “a la carte” - meaning if you want a t-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 children under 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-in for 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 to our website to download a registration form. You may register at the event, but those who register in advance 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 for the 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 VISTA at GFGH at (937) 382-6661 ext. 693 or send an email to

Spring Recipe:
Radish, Cream Cheese, and Chive Tartines

Farmers’ Market Now Open
The Clinton County Farmers Market is up and running again at the Mural Parking Lot on West Main St adjacent to the General Denver. The Market will be open every other weekend (April 7th & 21st and May 5th & 19th) until the start of the Summer Market on 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 farmers and artisans to pick up their favorite local fruits, vegetables, meats, and handmade crafts. Be on the look out for our big blue Mobile Garden Unit too!

Thinly sliced Ciabatta bread or another chewy bread like Sourdough or French loaf Softened cream cheese or Neufchatel for a lower fat spread Fresh radishes, washed and dried Fresh chives, minced Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Clinton County Farmers’ Market
Market Now Open
The Mural Parking Lot 81 W. Main St. Wilmington, OH 45177 Hours: 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month from 9 a.m to Noon.

Slice the bread and spread each piece with the cheese. Cut the radishes in half lengthwise, then slice ultra-thin with a grater or paring knife. Lay a few slices of radish on each bread slice, and sprinkle with minced chives, salt and pepper.

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Upcoming Events
4/13 - 4/14 - Relay for Life
Come out in support of the American Cancer Society and GFGH! We will be taking part in this year’s 18 hour Relay for Life on the Wilmington College campus. We’ll be hosting a Euchre tournament with a $5 buyin and selling walking tacos through the night as well as waffles and pancakes in the morning. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. The Relay begins at 6 PM on Friday evening and continues non-stop until noon on Saturday. Several other campus organizations will be taking part so we hope to see you there!

4/22 – Global Youth Service Day
Each year one day is set aside as a day to promote and encourage youth service in every country in the world. This year, to celebrate Global Youth Service Day, GFGH is planning a service project at JW Denver Williams Park. Children will be working to establish an edible sensory garden in the middle of the wooden playground. This will encompass all areas of gardening such as planting, creating plant markers, decorating tiles to replace the ones that have fallen down and will also include a snack and reading a book. This event is open to children and their families and is completely free thanks to a grant from Youth Service America. Global Youth Service Day will begin at 2 PM at JW Denver Williams Park wooden playground. For more details, please contact Amy Volz at

4/21 -The Quake (and Aftershock) at Wilmington College
The Quake is an annual tradition at Wilmington College which encourages students to take part in a wide variety of service opportunities. The event is organized by the Center for Service and Civic Engagement which will place volunteers at locations throughout the community for the day. GFGH will have multiple volunteer opportunities for interested WC students to take part in. Following the day of service, the annual Aftershock event will recognize what was accomplished during the day with a WC Activities Programming Board-sponsored celebration of food, music and festivities. For details, contact the CSCE Director, Tara Lydy at

4/27 - The $5.00 5K
The $5.00 5K is a family (and pet) friendly obstacle course 5K walk/run that will take participants on a journey through the Wilmington campus, the community gardens, and the Bicentennial Bike Trail. The event will be held (rain or shine) in the evening on Friday April 27th. Following the run, there will be a bake sale and raffle as well as other family friendly activities. Sign-in for 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 to our website to download a registration form. You may register at the event, but those who register in advance will be entered into a special raffle to receive a goodie basket. If you have questions, please contact Sarah Bachman at

4/21 - Earth Day Celebration
Earth Day is the one day a year we take to formally recognize efforts made to protect and conserve the earth and its resources. This year, No Child Left Indoors is holding a Raptor program at the City Building in Wilmington and has asked Grow Food, Grow Hope to participate. While each session of the Raptor Program is taking place inside the building, our Mobile Garden Unit will be outside with many Lorax-themed activities. These activities include a reading of “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss, creating vegetable seed bombs out of recycled newspaper and a truffula tree craft that will remind children to “speak for the trees” and create a better environment in which everyone can live. All activities are free of charge and open to children and families of all ages. This event will begin at 10 AM. For more details, contact Rachel King at

4/1 - 4/15 - Generations Fundraiser
Get a delicious meal from a great local establishment and support GFGH! Bring a promotional flyer to Generations Pizzeria anytime between April 1st and 15th and GFGH will receive a percentage of the proceeds. If you need a flyer, go to to print one out or send an email to Michelle Kerschner at

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The Harvest Calendar
Spring is finally here! Winter was decidedly less brutal than in recent years, but nevertheless, we are really glad that we can get back out in the garden. In preparation for the official start of the season, we have planted dozens of seed trays with cabbage, peas, tomatoes, cucumber, and onion. The trays now line every inch of free space in the sunroom at the office. We’ve been busy building some new raised garden beds at area pre schools. We’ve also drawn up planting diagrams and we are in the process of recruiting participants for the community and backyard garden programs. The risk of frost will be behind us come the 24th and by mid-May, we hope to be chowing down on leafy greens. Until then, we give you the monthly Harvest Calendar.

The average date of the last frost in Southwestern Ohio is between the 13th and 24th of April. April 1st is approximately 2 weeks before the last frost date.
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday 1
If your compost is resembling soil, mix it in with the garden soil this week.

Thursday 2

Friday 3
Start tomato eggplant and pepper seeds indoors


Transplant any indoor starts that have sprouted to the garden


Turn your compost to aerate the mixture.



Sow chard, carrots, brussels sprouts, radish, and lettuce outside




Turn your compost to aerate the mixture.



Transplant any indoor starts of onion, broccoli, or leeks to the outdoors.




Turn your compost to aerate the mixture.



Start herbs like basil, mint, rosemary, dill, and cilantro outside




Turn your compost to aerate the mixture.


Plant corn and cucumber outside

Transplant peppers and tomatoes outdoors

Sow pumpkin, artichoke, and potato outside

Grow Food, Grow Hope Garden Initiative 1145 Pyle Center 1870 Quaker Way Wilmington, OH 45177

Phone: 937-382-6661 ext. 321 | E-mail: | Web:
The Grow Food, Grow Hope Garden Initiative is a community food project dedicated to increasing access to fresh and nutritious food for the neediest members of our community. By increasing food security, we aim to eliminate the effects of poverty. To that end, we facilitate a community garden for low-income families, we grow bulk vegetables for area food banks, we organize and fund backyard garden installations around our community, we teach children how to garden and we promote local farmers’ markets and local businesses. By growing a little food, we can sow a lot of hope.

Come grow with us.

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