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International Grant GICD to Receive Heifer
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VOLUME 10, NO. 1
Inside this issue:
Project Report: GICD to Receive Heifer International Grant Produce Donation Progress Garden Notes
GICD is very excited about recent news that we will be receiving a grant from Heifer International (see www.heifer.org). Even though we will not actually get a real live heifer, it will mean we can start to fund the GICD Dallas Urban Gardening Initiative. Dr. Rigoberto Delgado the Heifer representative out of El Paso, will personally bring us a check sometime in the next few weeks. Heifer International is a non-profit organization that has been assisting families in need worldwide since 1944. Since 1947 they have worked with groups of limited-resource farmers in the United States, Canada and Mexico. In 1996 Heifer launched its first urban agriculture initiative in Chicago. Heifer supports urban agriculture for the purposes of improved nutrition, increased income, community building, skills training, benefits to youth and environmental improvement. Vacant lots and unused land can be restored to health and productive uses such a food production for use for families and for donation to food banks. Heifer International works to promote just and sustainable development. At the core of its mission is a concept called "Passing on the Gift." Project partners are asked to ensure that the project continues by "passing on" to neighboring families and youth some form of the gift they initially received from Heifer. Urban gardening in the United States has traditionally been a form of supplementing home consumption needs or beautifying a street or neighborhood. Heifer's urban agriculture program, while bringing many environmental and aesthetic benefits, is primarily intended as a microenterprise and food-procuring project--a way to supplement income, encourage an income earning business and provide food. One focus of the Urban Gardening Initiative will be to help Our Saviour Community Garden become a model sustainable and productive community garden. Our Saviour Garden located in Pleasant Grove on Jim Miller Road will add 30 or more additional family garden plots, a garden training area that includes composting, vermiculture (worms) and beehives. Using this enhanced site, another focus of the initiative will be to continue growing the GICD program by providing support and training for 2-3 neighborhood groups per year to start new community gardens. One of the goals of the initiative is to improve the nutritional status of at least 100 community gardening families through growing food for themselves, as well as for the community through growing fresh produce for donation to food banks, schools and churches. Other goals include increasing the productivity and sustainability of land through organic gardening, weed control, improved fertility, recycling and beautification.
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A Tour of Six GICD Community Gardens GICD Supporters Fall 2003 — Fall 2004 Tiah's Garden Recipe:
Annual Spring Plant Sale 2005 Saturday April 9 & Sunday April 10 East Dallas Community Garden 1416 N. Fitzhugh, Dallas
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To provide training and education in food and income production skills, food handling and preparation and business management skills appropriate for urban gardening, GICD hopes to establish a model garden that can be used to teach other groups to garden in sustainable ways at home and in community gardens throughout the Dallas area. We want to encourage better use of land, increase enthusiasm for the natural world, and respect and connection with the earth. We will also attempt to increase the income security of participating families. This will be accomplished by their growing their own vegetables, and through the sale of honey, vermiculture products, and craft items. The goals will be accomplished by adding more plots and families at the Our Saviour garden, and increasing the productivity with organic amendments and through sustainable practices. We hope that the garden can be shared with school groups in
the area, a nearby senior center, and youth groups. The project will encourage each gardener to donate at least 10 percent of their produce, and will include plots that grow produce specifically for donation. Vegetable and fruit production will increase the variety of food, nutrition and therapeutic and healthful activity for individual gardeners. Outdoor worm bins will be established to produce worm castings as an additive to potting soil for growing plants. Worm bins will be provided for classrooms for teaching recycling and care of worms. All gardeners will be encouraged to become more active composters and recyclers. Beehives will also be established. Vermiculture and bee keeping will also be explored as viable ways to produce income. GICD will "pass on the gift" in numerous ways. We will continue donation to food banks and increase these donations. We will encourage
and teach families to be good stewards of the land while benefiting physically, nutritionally and economically. We will help train and support other groups to build community through building and sustaining community gardens. Through the Urban Initiative GICD can partner with Heifer in fulfilling their vision. "Heifer envisions an urban area in which limited re-source families and individuals can: reinvigorate an entrepreneurial spirit and develop successful microenterprise projects learn to maintain and sustainably use green space and healthy soil benefit from the healing effects of bringing animals, land and people together reconnect with their food source build strong neighborhood and community alliances." Story by Darlene Smith
Produce Donation Progress
This year’s (up through November 9th) total harvest delivered to local food pantries by our four donation gardens is:
That’s enough for 13,440 servings!
To learn more visit the Donation Garden page on our website at:
We need your help: Volunteer to help with picking and transporting produce to food pantries and food banks. Contact GICD or Darlene Smith at 972-690-1752 or email email@example.com.
Breadbasket, Foundry Methodist The most rewarding experience for me is when we gather to Church, Director Cynthia Martin harvest the back beds. The last harvest, we collected over a hundred pounds of greens, sweet potatoes, peppers and fresh herbs. When we bring these to the food pantries there are always smiles on the faces of the women who take and sort our goodies. They are happy to see fresh foods, which are a contrast to the pre-packaged foods normally donated, and I am happy too. Hope Community
Gardener, Kate Macaulay
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GARDENERS IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
2004 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Gerald G. Carlton, President H. Edward Sholty, Vice President Jeffrey Lamb, Secretary Rick Guerrero, Treasurer Bob Curry Joanna L. Hampton Don Lambert Rebecca Smith
Mary Jane Beaman—One of our dearest supporters, GICD board
member and president (1999), died on June 17, 2004. She never missed our annual plant sale and other garden events. Many of our Cambodian gardeners and families gathered at the East Dallas Community Garden on June 26th to show their respect. We all miss her and appreciate her many years of service to GICD.
Garden Plots—Our Saviour and Hope Community Gardens
Don Lambert, Executive Director Bunyay Nhonh, Education Assistant
currently have space available for several new members. There may also be one or two openings in our Old East Dallas gardens in the next few months. We anticipate building several new gardens in the next few years. Priority is always given to persons living within one mile, or in the local neighborhood, and to individuals that help organize and build. Interested? Contact GICD.
New Fence at Our Saviour—We had a very successful workday on October 23, and with volunteers and help from JP Morgan Chase Bank, made a good beginning on raising the new fence. We really appreciate the bank and their fine group of volunteers. GICD Website—Our website www.gardendallas.org is up and
Ethel Sirls Campbell Navy Chean Jennifer Conrad Janet DeLee Jim Hobbs Tiah Lambert Bunyay Nhonh Sophorn Pich Lance Rasbridge Darlene Smith Paul Thai
running. It needs tweaking, and additions, but is already proving to be a valuable tool for helping the public learn about our program.
GICD Fundraising—It has been very difficult raising the funds
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necessary to keep our program running, and to add more education and community gardening opportunities. Donations from supporters, pro bono help, and the fundraising letter and annual plant sale are very import to us. We have failed to get needed Foundation grants for the past two years. We are therefore very thankful that Heifer International has agreed to partner with us, and that we have a donor that matches most of what we raise. This only meets part of our costs, and it is a continuing struggle to find enough dollars to fully fund our program.
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once a month, and is currently looking for members (annual meeting January 20th). Board members are very special volunteers that, among other things, are dedicated to seeing that GICD’s mission is carried out, help with public relations and fund raising, and volunteer during special events. Interested? Contact GICD.
Growing People Newsletter—We find it very demanding on our time, and expensive, to publish this newsletter. The original plan was to publish quarterly. Since 1994, we have only gotten out 19 issues of GPN, about two each year, and only in two years when we had a good volunteer editor did we publish all four times. Starting with this issue, we plan to have only one, an annual fall newsletter each year, and to rely more heavily on our website, www. gardendallas.org. We will be on making some of the back issues available as downloads on the website. Wish List—Garden tools in good condition, wheelbarrow, paving
bricks, 3-ring binders, volunteers to help teachers and classes at Kramer Elementary School Community Garden, volunteers to help harvest for pantry donations at Hope and Saviour gardens.
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VOLUME 10.1 garden, with the help of volunteers, and children from John Ireland Elementary school, has harvested and donated to food pantries over 2224 pounds of fresh vegetables as of November 2004. We invite you to get involved here, as a gardener, volunteer, or participant in educational or social events. In the heart of Old East Dallas, near where Fitzhugh crosses Ross and Live Oak, is a cluster of three gardens started to assist Southeast Asian refugee families. As part of your visit to this area, which many once saw as “Little Asia,” you may want to visit some of the interesting stores, like Bin Minh or Jimmy’s Food Store (recently burned, but soon to be restored), or eat at Jade Garden or Mai’s. Most of the Asian population now reside in the suburbs, but the community gardens and businesses still reflect what was home to thousands of Asian refugees from the mid-70s through the 90s. The Peace Community Garden, at 4627 Virginia, has ten family-plots and an Asian food-plant landscaped sitting garden, on a 50 x 140 feet lot. It was started in 1997. The gardeners are primarily Laotian residents of nearby apartments. They grow culturally appropriate vegetables and herbs for their own enjoyment and use. In the summer the garden is lush and intense with edible gourds, cucumbers, longbeans on trellises, and greens and herbs crowding the narrow pathways. High above the front fence are tree eggplants, a tall thorny plant, with small hard marblesized fruits in clusters. Look closely for the four-angle bean. Usually this garden is kept locked, and must be viewed by visitors through and over the fence. It is
A Tour of Six GICD Community Gardens
The newest of our six gardens, the Hope Community Garden, is on Cristler Street, one block off of East Grand and across the street from the United Methodist Foundry Church at 6211 East Grand Avenue. This garden started in April of this year, as a project of Foundry Church and GICD, and there is already a lot going on in this 50 by 130 food space. It still needs a fence, the front flower beds are mulched and waiting to be planted, the water pipes are installed but waiting to be hooked up to the city water supply, and there are plans for a social area with a gazebo. The gardeners, mostly neighbors from nearby, have built and planted 20 beds, some of which were flush over the summer with okra, tomatoes, peppers, basil and sweet potatoes; and some of which show a need for better gardeners skill and care. The pathways need to be deep mulched with wood chips. You may wonder about the large plantings at the back of the garden,
past Bruton and Umphres Road, we come to the Our Saviour Community Garden, at 1616 Jim Miller Road. This garden, now in its second year, is another garden formed around the idea of growing for yourself and growing extra to help those in need. Their motto: “Plot Against Hunger,” has
of mustard, Swiss chard, collards, and lima beans. These are donation plots, grown and harvested by the group, and any volunteers that care to help, for local food pantries. From summer plantings this year, Hope gardeners donated over 690 pounds of vegetables. There is undeveloped space for another five beds, reserved for neighbors that are welcome to join. Visit Hope Community Garden, and think about joining as a member with your own plot, volunteering to help with harvesting, or helping in some other way with building this wonderful community asset. Heading south on Jim Miller Road, just
been put into action. About half of the 55 by 130 foot gardened area is planted to crops for donation to pantries. The current fall crops: mustard, rape greens, lima beans, radishes, collard, red Russian kale, and lettuce, were planted in mid-September, about one week after the mass plantings at Hope, and weekly harvests take place early Tuesday mornings. Here you can see cover crops like buckwheat, now flowering beautifully and attracting many bees and butterflies, and a mixed rye and Austrian winter pea cover to choke out weeds and improve the soil. At a workday, Oct. 23rd, volunteers from the church, neighborhood, and a sponsor, the JP Morgan Chase Bank, worked on spreading mulch, thinning and harvesting, and began building the fence. There is plenty of space for this garden to add additional plots, and maybe as many as one hundred families will eventually garden here. One of GICD’s partners for a bigger project here is Heifer International, which will assist us in expanding the growing area, and adding a training area for horticulture, beekeeping, and composting. This
VOLUME 10.1 well worth coming after work in the evenings, or on weekends, and if gardeners are present, you may be able to enter for a look through the gate at the back alley. GICD can arrange a tour, if you would like. The Live Oak Community Garden is about 10 years old, covers three city lots, and is more than one-third of an acre. It is rarely seen by outsiders, hidden by a nice wrought iron fence, trees, and shrubs. Its 29 plots are large, and used by Cambodian farmers that primarily raise cash crops, most of which are sold at the East Dallas Community Garden across the street one and ½ blocks away. Most plots are mass planted in season to bunching onions, greens, leaf lettuce, or to vine crops like longbeans, cucumbers, and edible gourds. It is very much a place of work and intense production. When you visit in the summer it has that wonderful feel like you just stepped into the tropical Asian countryside. It is always green, lush, peaceful, and earthy. After frost, these gardeners continue to intensely cultivate beneath row-covers of cloth and plastic sheeting, and it is quite
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PAGE 5 your way to the garden, near the campus center, between a large group of temporary classrooms. This garden has two clusters of raised beds, each about 24 x 30 feet, with a bricked patio and gazebo in-between. Along one shady walkway are several large clumps of banana trees, giant edible cannas and taros. During your visit this time of year you will see some beds newly planted by the kids to cold season crops, and some areas with cover crops like red clover. In fact, just in case you might be interested, there is quite a bit of work that needs to be done right away to get some beds weeded, planted to winter crops or mulched, and get wood chips spread in some of the pathways. The garden needs more nearby neighbors to
the location of GICD’s Garden Resource Center. It annually hosts our GICD Plant Sale, and has events, tours, and educational workshops each year. This is an easy garden to visit anytime, as the Cambodian and Laotian growers are present through most of everyday, and the gate is usually open. Visitors may wander about the garden and see many of the same crops that are grown in the Peace and Live Oak gardens. During your visit you will see older women and men hand working the soil, seeding and transplanting, harvesting, and tending tables with fresh produce for sale. On the weekends, the garden is very busy, as many people visit, buy vegetables, and steep themselves in the language and rural traditions that this spot keeps alive. For our visitors, we have signboards explaining the garden, and we sometimes organize special public tours. All are welcome here, and this garden is a great Dallas treasure. The last of these six community gardens, GICD’s only school garden, is the Kramer School Community Garden at 7131 Midbury, near the junction of Northaven and Hillcrest in north Dallas. During school time you will need a visitor pass from the school office. For weekend visitors, just find
volunteer to help work with teachers and students. Some of harvest is donated to food pantries. I hope you have a chance to get out and see these six community gardens. GICD is working hard to assist community gardeners with making our projects the best they can be. We think you will enjoy your visits, discover interesting things, learn about your community, and just might get excited about community gardening. We are committed to food production gardens that enhance the quality of life in Dallas area neighborhoods. Don Lambert
remarkable to see what these farmers from the tropics have learned to grow in our winter. If the gate is locked when you visit, check back another time, or contact GICD for assistance. The oldest of our community gardens, now in its 17th year, is the East Dallas Community Garden at 1416 N. Fitzhugh. It is the only GICD community garden that most North Texans know about, and locals commonly refer to it as the “Asian Garden.” The ¾ of an acre project has over 50 large plots, a daily market, and is
To learn about the American Community Gardening Association, visit www.communitygarden.org. Please consider becoming a member and supporting this great nonprofit organization.
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FALL 2003—-FALL 2004
Communities Foundation of Texas JP Morgan Chase Bank Dr. Larry A. Cooper & Ann McGee-Cooper Master Halco Huitt-Zollars Heifer International
Noel & Jeannie Barrick Larry & Billie Bobo Gerald G. Carlton H. William Jesse, Jr. Veletta Lill David S. Litman Judson Sinclair Darlene Smith & Jay Dowling John Tatum Ann Whittus
Mary Jane Beaman Memorial
Asian Gardeners Group Grace United Methodist Church State Library of Louisiana Staff Association Maxine Aaronson Gary & Sara Ahr Linda Ahrens Mrs. Virgle Arrington H.W. Baerwalt & Shelly Dawson Carolyn Bush Gerald G. Carlton Roger & Lorraine Carrol Betty Cook Janet DeLee Joseph J. Eckstein Linda Hankinson Gretchen Kirsch Fairbanks Joe Landrum Doug & Gwen Loflin Michael & Vickie Millican Ann Piper Rose Anne St. Romain Rebecca Stickell Alex Winslow Monica Zumfeld & Greg Lorie Michael & Vickie Millican Janet Newberger Chrystin & Lonnie Pleasants Jan Pruitt Bob Randall & Nancy Edwards Thompson & Taryn Sawyer Lance Rasbridge & Dianne Sumoski Rosni Uzairi Amanda Vanhoozier Lloyd & Rosa Vaught
Cambodian American Association of Dallas Malaysian Family Club MEED-Gr. Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce Microsoft Matching Program Safeway/Tom Thumb Award Card Dallas Organic Garden Club
Gary & Sara Ahr Linda Ahrens Liz Barron Barbara Baughman Rose Blatch Suzanne & John Cabral James & Judith Caffrey Jennifer Conrad Scott & Cindy Freedman Nicholas French Lynn & Sharon Goldstein
Gary Groh Mary Margaret Halleck John & Joanna Hampton Barbara Heuerman Jerry & Shirley Hosek Jacquelyn Kiether Don & Tiah Lambert Murray & Michelina Leaf Michael Levy Beth E. Loveridge Virginia McAlester
Steven & Linda Ali Anonymous Albi & Peter Assman Subapote Atiyawijitr Catherine Barr Lorlee Bartos Bernard F. Brady Carolyn Bush Jane Cockrell Dan & Farrah Colston Janet DeLee Robin Elkin
Devereaux Ettinger Patty Frederick Gladewater Rd Missionary Baptist Church Ellen Khursudian Lisa Kresl Helen Lambert Nancy O. Lemmon Steven Lerer Virginia Lindsey Jannette Lockridge Gay & Charles Lustfield Laurel Ornish
Kelly Page Shirley Pollock Phyllis Lane Price Louise B. Raggio Beverly Samuels Robert Siegel Linda Snow Morris Stein Michael & Kasmah Sumner Tres & Rosa Thompson Dale Wooten Lin Li & SQ Zheng
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Tiah’s Garden Recipe: Pumpkin in Coconut Milk Soup
2 lb. 5 cups 2 cups 6 inch 1 fresh 1 1/2 tsp 1 to 2 Tbsp 1 can pumpkin peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks water cabbage, chopped fresh lemon grass (use thick base of stems) crushed turmeric leaf, about 1/4 cup, thinly sliced shallot or 1/2 cup onion, thinly sliced turmeric powder chicken base fresh coconut milk, about 13.5 oz salt and pepper
In a big pot boil the 5 cups of water. Add in pumpkin, lemon grass, turmeric leaf and powder, shallot and chicken base. Cook until tender, add coconut milk and cabbage. Simmer for 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. This soup could also be prepared using butternut or acorn squash, and sweet potatoes. I am not sure you can buy turmeric leaf anywhere. I buy fresh turmeric root from Asian groceries and grow it in pots, in order to have this important ingredient on hand.
Jason ate what? Yes, Mom, Jason and all the kids involved in Our Saviour Community Garden are not only eating their vegetables, but enjoying them from seed to table along with the lessons they teach. This particular Sunday, the children at the Church of Our Saviour received a " pumpkin" from the Philippines grown by one of the gardeners, also from the Philippines. This creamy white and yellow skinned round squash has made the children curious about vegetables grown in different parts of the world. We cooked it and roasted some of the seeds to compare with the pumpkins most familiar to us. It was unanimous, this pumpkin was a hit! Wanting more, the children saved seeds to plant next year and shared seeds with a seed sharing project - in hopes to get them to other kids. Besides wanting to eat their vegetables, getting children involved in the garden is helping them appreciate and embrace the differences in cultures. Gardens grow respect! Rebecca Smith
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Another way to help GICD to is to shop at the “IGIVE.COM” site on the internet. Each purchase you make will provide benefits for our community gardening program. Go to IGIVE.COM , register as a Gardeners in Community Development supporter. Be sure when asked to type in your cause to enter “Gardeners in Community Development.” Once registered, you can return anytime and your shopping will be linked to supporting GICD. They will send us the donation, and you can enjoy easy low-cost online shopping. Thank you!
GICD’s Good Neighbor Number is: 6714
The next time you’re at Tom Thumb, remember to link your Reward Card to our number. Tom Thumb will pay us a percentage of your total purchases providing another way for you to donate. So be sure and use your card every time you shop!
Fall 2004 Gardeners in Community Development 901 Greenbriar Lane Richardson, TX 75080
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