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In 2012, we lost a cherished member of the Grow Food Grow Hope Family. Fred Krisher, a Wilmington College alumnus and trustee, had been with our program since the beginning, sharing his knowledge and love of gardening with our participants as a mentor. Fred not only enjoyed sharing his gardening knowledge but also his love for the land and the personal satisfaction received from working in service to others. He imparted his pas-
sion for gardening and for his community to those around him. Always eager to contribute to the community garden, we are incredibly grateful that Fred chose to spend his time with us. In memory of Fred, an endowment has been established to create enduring operational support for our program. For information on how you can make a contribution, please contact Grow Food Grow Hope at (937) 382-6661 ext. 321, or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
LETTER FROM PROJECT MANAGER, TONY STAUBACH
When my friend’s daughter was very young, she used to look me in the eye and tell me to FOCUS! She thought it was funny to mimic a mom she saw in the grocery store. That mom was right we need to FOCUS. So many issues become divisive when we should be working together to solve problems around the world. A child dies of hunger ever five seconds; In the United States 49 million Americans live in food insecure households; and around the world 72 million children do not have adequate access to primary education. What am I doing to address these issues? I have a job that allows me to impact local hunger, but what can I do to address the hungry, impoverished and under educated of this world? As a privileged American citizen, world issues are often far removed from my everyday life. I forget that many people are denied rights and privileges which I take for granted; that children are born into situations which automatically disqualify them from success. Moving forward, I will choose to model myself after the good works of organizations like the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Both organizations support education, food access and skills development three issues which I believe are extremely important. There are concerns that need my immediate attention. It is my hope that I can impact the world in a positive and socially responsible way. While I understand that some topics are divisive, I will seek common goals and choose to keep my mission in FOCUS.
Anthony Staubach Project Manager- Grow Food Grow Hope
The Fred Krisher Endowment Fund Letter from the Project Manager Reflections from Student Volunteers Reflection on Environmental Service Growing Hope Through Education Friends of Hope Community Garden Gardening Resources Entertainment Food How to Start a Community Garden GFGH Update 2 3 9 11 12 13 14 15 17 18
Project Manager and Editor: Tony Staubach Writers: Samantha Kraemer, Lindsay Overmyer, Caitlin Pauley, Tony Staubach,
Nina Viete and Micaela Wright
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Spring Garden Nights
Every Tuesday Evening from 6:30-7:30 (Beginning April 15, 2014)
Interns and Volunteers
Summer 2014 Description: Grow Food Grow Hope is seeking High School and College students as well as recent graduates to take on an unpaid summer internship/volunteer experience. The commitment is 10 to 20 hours per week. You will receive training in community development, marketing and agriculture. Interested interns can ask Tony Staubach or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Description: Volunteers may be asked to turn compost, weed garden beds or even mow the garden site. Additionally, volunteers are needed to assist gardeners with weeding and to work with children. Where: Friends of Hope Garden across from Pyle Center at Wilmington College
Interested volunteers can ask Samantha Kremer, Tony Staubach or Tara Lydy. Just email email@example.com
Weekdays between 9:00AM and 4:00PM (Beginning February 1, 2014)
Weekdays between 10:00AM and 3:00PM (Beginning February 1, 2014)
Description: Volunteers are needed to assist with starting seeds. This is an easy task for new gardeners. You’ll plant a flat of seeds, water and ensure that they are growing.
Description: Volunteers are needed periodically to facilitate lessons at local elementary schools. Prior training is needed and will be scheduled based on interest. This season students will learn about Bugs, Pollinators and Life Cycles. Where: Center for Service and Civic Engagement at Wilmington College
Where: Friends of Hope Garden across from Pyle Center at Wilmington College
Interested volunteers can ask Samantha Kremer, Tony Staubach or Tara Lydy. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested volunteers can ask Micaela Wright, Tony Staubach or Tara Lydy. Just email email@example.com
V O L U N T E E R
Food Policy Council
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 6:30PM Description: If you are a local grower or consumer feel free to attend the Grow Food Grow Hope Food Policy Council Meeting. We will discuss current food related issues in Clinton County. Where: Wilmington College For more information, email Tony Staubach at firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring Workshop Series
Seed Starting Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 6:30PM (Wilmington College) How to Mentor Gardeners Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 6:30PM (Wilmington College) How to Start your Garden Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 6:30PM (Wilmington College) Garden Insects Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 6:30PM (Wilmington College) Email email@example.com for more information
E V E N T S
Family Fun Run ($5 5K)
Friday, May 2, 2014 at 6:00PM Description: A Family Friendly Fun Run. More details to come! Where: Wilmington College
Agency Garden Applications Due: Monday, February 1, 2014 Garden Applications Due: Friday, March 14, 2014 Mentor Training and Applications Due: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 First Friends of Hope Garden Meeting: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Sixth Annual Farm to Table Dinner: Thursday, September 18,2014 Make A Donation to GFGH: Ongoing
Don’t forget about these upcoming dates:
Growfoodgrowhope@wilmington.edu, 937-382-6661 ext. 321
Agency Garden Applications Due: Monday, February 1, 2014 Garden Applications Due: Friday, March 14, 2014 Mentor Applications Due: Tuesday, April 1, 2014
To Apply Online Visit: growfoodgrowhope.com -orFill out this interest form and we’ll give you a call!
Send completed forms to Wilmington College Grow Food Grow Hope 1870 Quaker Way Pyle Center 1145 Wilmington, OH 45177 937-382-6661 ext. 321
Let’s Build A Greenhouse
By: Lindsay Overmyer and Caitlin Pauley The project seemed simple, build a greenhouse. For three Wilmington College Students and two members of New St. John Baptist Church the project proved to be both challenging and rewarding. On November 23, 2013, three young women left Wilmington College to embark on a frigid “urban experience” in Cincinnati. Their goals: to build a greenhouse and learn about urban Ohio. Lindsay Overmyer: Today we went to Cincinnati to build a greenhouse from scratch. I did not know what to expect, but I am so glad I went. Building the greenhouse was really fun. I’m glad Julie and Casey (members of New. St. John Baptist Church) came to help. It was great to see the people we were helping and how excited they were about the project. It was awesome teaching others about agriculture and seeing them enjoy it. It was rewarding to teach William the basics of herbs and leafy greens and the removal of dead tomato plants for composting. Urban agriculture is an excellent way to grow food and grow hope.
local growers and processors.
I’m glad I had the opportunity to visit Cincinnati. I did not realize what the city had to offer including Findlay Market. I thought the market was interesting.You could purchase many kinds of raw or cooked foods. The market had a lot of fresh produce that reminded me of the markets at home, but there was definitely more variety and culture represented at Findlay Market. Finally, learning about gentrification and the increase of middle-class residents into urban neighborhoods was interesting. I didn’t think about the displacement of low-income residents. It was a great day, capped off with a trip to Mt. Adams to view Buying local food is also important, because it Cincinnati from the top of the hill. helps the local economy. Buying Local can strengthen and sustain the community economically. Local foods are also healthier for you when consumed fresh because they maintain their nutrients. Eating local honey can even help ease your allergies. By buying local you support the creation of local jobs and keep jobs in the area by ensuring that the producers can continue to sell in the community next year. Buying local can also help build reCaitlin Pauley, Alisa Turner and Lindsay Overmyer lationships and introduce consumers to the
Caitlin Pauley I traveled to Cincinnati with two other members of the (Students Taking Active Responsibility) STAR Program and Tony Staubach to perform community service and learn more about the surrounding community. Through this activity, myself and fellow STAR members were able to act upon the mission of our group. The first part of our day in Cincinnati consisted of volunteer work. We built a small greenhouse for a community garden in order to protect growing parsley from the freezing winter temperatures. To begin this task, we traveled to Lowes where we gathered the necessary materials to build the greenhouse. Then the real work began. We measured and cut pieces of wood, screwed them together, and attached construction plastic to the outside of the frame to complete the project. From beginning to end, the greenhouse took a few hours to complete; however, if it were not for the help of two local people, it would have taken much longer. After the greenhouse was complete, the members of the STAR program and I were led on a tour of Cincinnati by Tony, who showed us a grand view of the city while providing
many historical facts about Cincinnati. We also had the opportunity to experience Findlay Market, a large market featuring various vendors selling fresh meats, vegetables, baked goods, and crafts, proving that local agriculture can exist even in large cities. Finally, we tasted some of the local fare when we stopped for lunch at a local pizza chain before heading back to Wilmington. Before going on this trip, I expected to help out a community by building a greenhouse, but I did not expect anything else to come out of this trip. However, as the day progressed, and even when the day was over, I realized that much more came from this experience. Not only did we help a community build a greenhouse, we also shared our agricultural knowledge with the community, learned various construction skills such as using a saw and building a supported structure, fine-tuned life skills such as patience, teamwork, persistence, and critical thinking, while, most importantly, having fun at the same time. I would definitely do it all again if I could!
Tony Staubach, Alisa Turner, Lindsay Overmyer and Caitlin Pauley
Service to the Environment
By: Nina Veite Service is about more than volunteering. It is also about addressing needs and educating people, like educating people about sustainable living. Nina Veite is a new resident of the Wilmington College Eco-Houses who has taken time to immerse herself in a world of environmentally friendly practices. Nina Veite Perhaps the two most rewarding service events were working on the garden cleanup and sharing roasted pumpkin seeds I had collected. The garden cleanup event was scheduled for a very chilly day. While cleaning out the garden beds, I learned what some of the plants look like before they are harvested. I also learned that some plants are incredibly hard to pull out of the ground. When the roots were deep, rather than branched, I had trouble trying to pulling out the plant. The other volunteers made this work look easy! It was fun cleaning up while talking to the other volunteers. Sharing the pumpkin seeds was very rewarding— and was perhaps my most rewarding experience. After spending two hours and forty-five minutes gutting pumpkin seeds, it was fun to hand out the roasted seeds that came from my hard work. Sometimes, when you work on a project, you don't get to see the results of your labor, but with this project I got to work on the project from start to finish. Roasted Pumpkin Seeds: Ingredients: 1/2 Cup Pumpkin Seeds 2 Cups Water 1 Tbsp. Salt 2 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil Directions 1.) Once the seeds have been harvested rinse them under cold water to remove all pumpkin residue. 2.) Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. 3.) Bring two cups of water and 1 Tbsp. of salt to boil. 4.) Pace 1/2 cut of pumpkin seeds in the water, let boil for 10 minutes. 5.) Remove from heat and strain the pumpkin seeds. Pat dry to remove any excess water. 6.) Cover a cookie sheet with oil and place the seeds on the sheet one layer thick. 7.) Cook until gold brown, usually 20 to 40 minutes. 8.) Remove from the oven and let stand until cool. 9.) Add additional salt as needed. Then enjoy.
Growing Hope Through Education
By: Micaela Wright This Fall we had the privilege of visiting two Clinton County elementary schools and sharing three different lessons with students. We also held a successful pumpkin pie family event.
The lessons presented at the schools included some foods come from other countries and we Farmer’s Market, Fruits vs. Vegetables, and Where Our Food Comes From? The second and third graders at Clinton-Massie and New Vienna Elementary School were taught them about what can be found at Farmer’s Markets and that shopping at a farmer’s market is better than going to the grocery store because it’s usually cheaper, the food is fresher and it promotes local economic and business development. marked examples of this on a map. The children also learned that certain foods come from certain crops, for example peanut butter is made from peanuts. The school visits this Fall have been very successful, and I look forward to the Spring lessons for next semester: Pollinators, Life Cycles of Plants, and Bugs. This Fall I also planned a family event that was pumpkin-themed. It was held at our pavilion by the
Each class had the opportunity to create posters that community gardens. We had about eight children will be displayed at the Clinton County Farmer’s Market! come and participate in a story, games, and a The Fruits vs. Vegetables lesson taught the children the difference between fruits and vegetables. The children learned to identify fruits and vegetables, based on whether the item had seeds or not. The “pumpkin pie walk” (instead of a cake walk). I would like to thank everyone who donated a pumpkin pie and the 20+ volunteers for their help— not only at the pumpkin pie walk, but also at the school visits.
third lesson at New Vienna taught the children about The children seemed to have a lot of fun! how food travels from the farm to the grocery store and then into lunchboxes. The children learend that
Schedule one of our lessons for your classroom or group. Contact: Micaela Wright Youth Outreach Student Associate firstname.lastname@example.org 937-382-6661 ext. 321
Bugs– Students learn which bugs are helpful to have in the garden and which are bad. Pollinators- Students will learn how bees help with pollination and why. Life Cycles of Plants– Students learn the parts of a flower and the stages of growth.
L E S S O N S
Friends of Hope Community Garden
By: Sam Kremer
Now that Winter is upon us, the Friends of Hope Garden is put to rest. But we are still preparing for the Spring and Summer. We are setting up locations to recruit gardeners for the upcoming growing season. We are accepting gardener memberships for those interested and we cannot wait to see what the Spring has in store for the garden beds! It will be nice to see plants growing in the beds again, just like last Spring. When I was preparing for college, I knew that I want-
SIGN UP TO GARDEN It’s that time again! I am Samantha Kremer with Grow Food Grow Hope and we are looking for individuals or families that are interested in gardening this Spring and Summer. You will Advance your gardening skills. Be part of a unique community. Learn to prepare new dishes. If you are interested in gardening with Grow Food Grow Hope in the Spring and Summer, please fill out an application on our website: growfoodgrowhope.com Or you can complete the interest sheet in this publication. If you have any questions about Grow Food Grow Hope or gardening, please call: (937) 382-6661 ext. 321 or email email@example.com We hope that you will join us this year!
ed a job on campus to assist with my college tuition. I was sent some forms that asked for my job preferences. Since I am majoring in Agronomy with a minor in Business Management, I knew that I wanted an agriculture-related job. Three agriculture-related jobs on the list were with Grow Food Grow Hope. I thought that I wouldn’t be seleted, due to my lack of gardening experience. To my surprise, I was hired as the Garden Manager. I was nervous because I came from a farm where we plant corn, soybeans, wheat, hay, and sorghum. My job now consists of managing 40 raised beds where we plant vegetables, fruits, and herbs. The first week of work, I was thrown into the job and I have learned a lot. There were some plants I had never thought about growing, such as kohlrabi, bok-choy, and swiss chard. Some of my duties include planting cool season vegetables, mowing, weeding beds, watering, assisting gardeners, composting, and then cleaning out beds at the end of the growing season. This occurred at the end of October due to frost. I really enjoyed harvesting the vegetables and then donating some of them to Sugartree Ministries. It was neat to see that the efforts of Grow Food Grow Hope could help others in need.
RESOURCES FOR ADVANCED GARDENING
These books are some of our favorites and they are where we recommend all of our gardeners begin when working to develop new and advanced gardening and food system skills.
Organic Growing Techniques
New Organic Grower: A Master’s Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener By Eliot Coleman How to Grow More Vegetables By John Jeavons All New Square Foot Gardening By Mel Bartholomew
Botany for Gardeners By Brian Capon The Private Lives of Plants By David Attenborough
Holy Cows and Hog Heaven: The Food Buyers Guide to Farm Friendly Food By Joel Salatin The Omnivore’s Dilemma & In Defense of Food By Michael Pollan
Pay Dirt: Farming and Gardening with Composts By J.I. Rodale Building Soils for Better Crops By Fred Magdoff and Harold van Es
Food & Community
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle By Barbara Kinsolver Good Food Revolution By Will Allen The Town That Food Saved By Ben Hewitt
Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden By Lee Reich Taylor’s Guide to Fruits and Berries By Roger Holmes
Alternative Growing Styles
Micro Eco-Farming by Barbara Berst The Basics of Permaculture By Ross Mars Biodynamic Farming Practice By Fritz Sattler and Eckard von Wistinghausen One Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming By Masanobu Fukuoka
Sustainable Farming History
The Living Soil By Lady Eve Balfour An Agricultural Testament By Sir Albert Howard
Joel Salatin will be speaking at Wilmington College on April 23 at 7:30PM! Check out Page 8 for more information.
By: Tony Staubach
The following is a reflection on Joel Salatin’s book: Holy Cows and Hog Heaven: The Food Buyer's Guide to Farm Friendly Food. In the book, Salatin advocates for farm centered shopping. Late in the book he discusses Entertainment Food. His view and knowledge should give us pause as we consider the nutritional values of our food and our connectedness with the food chain.
Joel Salatin will speak at Wilmington College on April 23 at 7:30PM in the Boyd Cultural Arts Center. Salatin is an expert on sustainable food and takes a very interesting stance on how our relationship with food should be shaped. In preparing for his presentation at Wilmington College, we recommend reading Holy Cows and Hog Heaven: The Food Buyer's Guide to Farm Friendly Food. It is a fascinating book, filled with action steps and a number of interesting and unique perspectives— but none more fascinating than his simple point, “Coca -Cola. Hershey's. Taco Bell. McDonald's... They are in the recreation and entertainment business." This should give us pause Coca-Cola, Hershey’s, Taco Bell and McDonalds— they all seem to sell food. But, from Salatin’s perspective what they are selling isn’t food at all. Throughout his book, he outlines the concerns of mass production and the dangerous path we travel as we continue to remove the farmer from the food consumer. Further, Salatin argues that today,
many farmers don’t grow food, they produce a product. To reflect on the concept that Coca-Cola, Hershey’s, Taco Bell and McDonalds are actually in the entertainment industry is harrowing. Is one to believe that millions of people per day are not purchasing food, but simply entertainment? Like a movie? It is a question everyone must answer on their own. McDonald’s offerings contain meat, but according to Salatin it is low-quality meat, which comes from large-scale processing and does not contain the nutritional value that a farm-fresh cut of meat would. Salatin suggests that perhaps our desire for low-cost food is dangerous to our health. While other costs, like housing and transportation, have risen, the cost of food has decreased but so has its nutritional quality.
Entertainment Food continued.
he couldn’t say anything because that would have been poor customer service. Salatin’s point about entertainment food is poignant. It is more fun to choose a quick, cheap alternative rather than a healthy, life-sustaining option. Entertainment food is not often considered. Healthy food is food a person can trace back to the source, can be recognized and that can be connected to emotionally. Healthy food is not just about nutrition, but it is also about realizing the consumer’s part in the food Lower nutritional quality is dangerous to our chain. There is a place for entertainment food health and can contribute to a number of but as consumers it is important to realize health concerns including diabetes, heart dis- that many companies spend billions of dollars ease, obesity and high blood pressure. Salatin on advertising. So next time you purchase something to eat it is important to consider takes his point further by stating that even whether your purchase a life sustaining purgrocery stores are culprits. His argument is chase or entertainment? that farm-fresh eggs are healthier than their grocery store counterparts. Why? Farm eggs are fresh. They come directly from a farm, and are often the eggs that farmers would eat. Salatin shares a story in his book about a woman who pulled up drinking a soda, stating that she would never pay $2 for one dozen eggs at his farm stand. He knew his eggs were double the price of the grocery store and that his eggs were healthier than her soda, but
How To Start A Community Garden
The updated Grow Food Grow Hope Garden Toolkit will be available in April, 2014! Here is how you can get started.
Step 1: Form Your Garden Team You’ll need a point person or Garden Manager, Resource Manager, Mentor Recruiter, Gardener Recruiter and a Gardener. Step 2: Hold a Community Meeting Meet with your community to find out if there is an active interest in community gardening.
Step 3: Select Your Site The size of the garden is up to you, but your garden should be 6 to 8 inches deep (10 to 12 inches is best). You’ll also need to secure tools and seeds at this point.
Step 4: Recruit and Manage Gardeners Before you can begin gardening, you’ll need to find gardeners. Make sure you contact local churches and event food pantries to recruit your gardeners.
These four steps should get you started, but check out growfoodgrowhope.com in April for our full and finalized Garden Toolkit. This kit will outline everything you need to start a community garden in your area. For questions or to become a Recognized Grow Food Grow Hope garden, contact Tony Staubach at 937382-6661 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grow Food Grow Hope Winter Update
Montgomery County Food Summit Grow Food Grow Hope was invited to share the story and experience of Grow Food Grow Hope on November 8, 2013. Fall Gardeners: 12 Community Gardeners 8 Student Gardeners 500 lbs of produce grown First Food Policy Council Meeting: On October 29, 2013 approximately 35 people attended the Wilmington College Grow Food Grow Hope Food Policy Council Meeting. Ag Issues Forum Grow Food Grow Hope was asked to help judge the Ag Issues Forum in November at Wilmington College. All of the schools did a fantastic job.
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New St. John Baptist Greenhouse: From the STAR program three young women assisted with building a greenhouse at New St. John Baptist Church in Avondale, Cincinnati. The greenhouse was built from 2x4’s and plastic construction sheeting. Hours of Volunteer Service 18 volunteers served 96 hours from October to January. Winter is a very slow time for Grow Food Grow Hope. We were able to utilize our students from the new Work Program and community gardeners to clean up plots and fulfill other routine needs. GFGH Alum in Our Ohio Magazine Dessie Buchanan will be featured in the upcoming edition of Our Ohio Magazine. Check it out!
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Grow Food Grow Hope seeks to raise awareness of the benefits of local food production, backyard and community gardening and increasing self-sustainability in our daily food habits regardless of economic opportunity.
With $100, Grow Food Grow Hope can provide a family of four with a garden plot that produces 200 lbs. of produce each year saving $250, and a mentor that can guide each family through the growing process. You can make a donation by calling 937-382-6661 or visit growfoodgrowhope.com and click on Get Involved! Grow Food Grow Hope 1145 Pyle Center 1870 Quaker Way Wilmington, OH 45177 email@example.com