Gardeners In Community Development

Ever Growing
Summer 2007
Gardeners In Community Development 901 Greenbriar Lane Richardson, TX 75080 www, What’s in this issue:

Dallas Area Community Gardening

GICD Plant Sale A Success
Frigid rain, biting wind, and overall miserable weather could not keep committed GICD volunteers and a few die-hard plant enthusiasts from attending the first day of our plant sale on Saturday, April 14, at the East Dallas Community and Market Garden. Though sales that first day were slow, by Sunday, and for next week’s Plot Against Hunger Sale at Our Saviour Garden, the weather was beautiful and a steady stream of visitors purchased vegetables, herbs and bedding plants. Overall this year’s 12th annual fundraising GICD plant sale raised over $5000 for our educational programs. A special attraction each year are tomato, pepper and herb plants grown by our staff and volunteers. Many thanks go to all those who volunteered to work at the sale, making this year’s sale one of the most profitable ever. Special thanks go to our corporate sponsors and individuals whose donations of plants, a gift basket, and gift certificates make this fundraising sale possible. Business donors included: Blue Ribbon Lady Landscaping, Bruce Miller Nursery, Naud Burnett at Casa Flora, Vickery Nursery, Green Lake Nurs-

True Blue Friends New Fence D Magazine APEX New Gardens Garden Gleanings Heifer Volunteers Starbucks

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ery, Oak Tree Nursery, Ruibal’s Plants of Texas, Jimmy’s Food Store, Calloways at Greenville Ave., Smith & Hawkins, and NorthHaven Nursery. Individuals who contributed plants and a gift basket included: Cathi Haug, Sibyl Koss, and Patsy Aguilera. A very special thank you goes to YC Nursery that had originally promised 100 flats of bedding plants, but sent over 200 flats for the sale.

garden benches garden tool shed new lap top computer wheelbarrows gardening tools canning jars Mantis tiller Kubota tractor with loader and tiller friends with trucks volunteers

Hope Garden on Water Wise Tour
Approximately 70 people visited Hope Community Garden during the 12th Annual Dallas Water Utilities Water Wise Tour on Saturday, June 2, 2007. One of five Water Wise (Xeriscape) award winners last year, Hope Garden can now participate each year in the tour as a demonstration garden. Visitors toured the garden, talked to gardeners and volunteers, learned about donating fresh produce to food pantries, and were shown the use of water-wise techniques in the home vegetable garden. Many visitors were amazed to learn that in a 40’x60’ plot, Hope Garden had donated over 2000 pounds of freshly harvested produce to area food pantries in 2006.

Mission: improving the quality of life in neighborhoods through community gardening

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True Blue Friends
The Blue Bird of Happiness is singing a thank you to the youth group from Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church for making bird houses during GICD’s Blue Bird Nestbox Project. On Saturday, June 16, GICD volunteer carpenters, A.L. Nickerson, Michael Brown, and their apprentices, Andrew Brown and Michael

Smith, precut 40 cedar birdhouses. Then on June 26th, 37 youth and 4 adults from Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church volunteered all day at Our Saviour Garden. They weeded, mulched, reworked the compost pile, and learned about GICD, community gardening and Heifer International— and constructed 27 bird houses. It was like a

Habitat for Humanity build for our feathered friends. The bird houses will be used to support wildlife in our gardens and extras will be sold for $10.00 each. Contact Rebecca at (214) 564-5801.

Did You See?
Hope Community Garden, its gardeners, and an interview with Don Lambert on Fox 4 TV.

Asian Gardeners Featured in D Magazine
The East Dallas Community and Market Garden and three of its gardeners were featured in a two page article in the June 2007 edition of D Magazine. The magazine had as its theme Eat Local. In an article written by Sarah Eveans and photographed by Elizabeth Lavin, gardeners Sophorn Moeul, Nang Ting, and Chhuen Chung told about their life and what they grow in the garden. The article included photographs and a brief explanation of how to use green pepper, edible canna, and bitter melon in Southeast Asian cooking. Congratulations to these three women whose stories of loss and triumph are representative of all refugee farmers.
“In a sense, this [the Asian Garden] is the only farmers market we have, it is truly farm to table.”
- Don Lambert in D Magazine

The gardeners of the East Dallas Garden and Market

New Fence At East Dallas Community and Market Garden
Members of the Dallas 11th Elder’s Quorum of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints replaced the small, dilapidated fence at the main entrance of the Asian garden with a new, beautiful fence which accents the entrance to the garden and beautifies the street and neighborhood. With in-kind donations from various businesses, including Home Depot , and a matching grant of $500 from GICD, members of the church worked for several days constructing the fence— only to have to rebuild it the next week after someone drove into it. That is the true spirit of giving and volunteering.

Fresh From the East Dallas Community and Market Garden
Dallas’ hot, humid summers allow most Asian vegetables to thrive at the East Dallas Community and Market Garden. Starting now look for amaranth greens, basil, bitter melons, eggplant, ivy leaf gourd tips, lemon grass, long beans, loofah, Malabar spinach, peppers, snake gourds, taro stems, water spinach, and wax gourds. The East Dallas Community and Market Garden is located at 1416 N. Fitzhugh and is open every day. In general, bunches of freshly harvested produce cost $1.00 each. Saturday and Sunday mornings are the busiest times, with some specialty produce selling out quickly.
Ripe Snake Gourd



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New Community Gardens
Don Lambert, Executive Director of GICD, and Rebecca Smith, Education Assistant, have been busy this spring consulting with and helping to establish several new community gardens throughout Dallas. One garden, the UTD Student Community Garden was dedicated in May and is already producing produce for the students and donating to area food banks. Also in conjunction with a UTD Alternative Spring Break Program, several students along with our staff helped low income families build gardens in their own back yards to grow produce for their families. Don and Rebecca have also played a major consulting role in the establishment of Greenhill School’s on-campus garden, which will be used as an educational laboratory for the students. In addition, several area churches, including St. Thomas Episcopal Church, have consulted with us about starting donation gardens. What a good time to be involved in community gardening.

For more information go to:

Greenhill School garden

Area Community Gardens on the web:
Coppell Community Garden: www.coppellcommunity Education Community Garden at Dallas: Gardeners in Community Development: Plano Community Garden—click on “outreach projects”

APEX Adopts Asian Gardens
Asian Professional Exchange of Dallas (APEX), an organization of Asian Professionals, has “adopted” the East Dallas Community and Market Garden as one of their on-going service projects. Over the past year they helped during workdays and donated new wheelbarrows and tools to the garden. Working side by side with the older Asian gardeners has been a positive experience for both groups as these young professionals demonstrate such respect for their heritage and elders. Both the gardeners and GICD thank APEX for their support and involvement.

APEX volunteers working in the garden

Know of a community garden?
GICD would like to put together a list of all the community gardens in North Texas. Send information to

Grocery Store’s Reward Cards Support GICD
Do you shop for groceries? Of course!! Well, if you shop at Tom Thumb or Kroger, here’s a quick and painless way to support GICD at no cost to you. Just link your Tom Thumb or Kroger reward cards to GICD’s organization and a percentage of your purchase price will automatically be donated to us. To link your Tom Thumb reward card with GICD, just fill out a Good Neighbor Application Form at the Customer Service Desk with GICD’s Tom Thumb account number 6714. Then just be sure and use your reward card every time you shop. And, if you are a Kroger shopper, pick up a Kroger Share Card from Don Lambert or Rebecca Smith, or contact GICD at 972-231-3565 or We will happy to send you a card, along with our many thanks. What could be an easier way to support GICD and community gardening in Dallas!!

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Garden Gleanings:

Worm class for Growing and Giving science club

Planting the Children’s Garden at Hope which is sponsored by Susan and Brandon Pollard

From Seedlings to Mature Gardeners, GICD Cultivates Them All

Amanda Brown teaching youth from Fireside Recreation Center

Senior harvesters from Cathedral Gardens Hope gardener Myrna Gorchoff with pantry donations

East Dallas Gardener

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Passing On The Gift
A faithful band of enthusiastic Heifer Volunteers play an important role in GICD gardening projects. GICD is one of Heifer’s North American Urban Agricultural Projects, and the only Heifer sponsored Urban Agricultural project in North Texas. In particular, Our Saviour’s Plot Against Hunger project has become dear to Metroplex Heifer Volunteer hearts. Under the capable and fun-loving leadership of Mary Ridgway , DFW Area Heifer Volunteer Coordinator, volunteers are “passing on the gift” by participating in our workdays and by holding occasional Heifer volunteer meetings in the parish hall at Our Saviour. In addition, Mary and Paula Scott have presented several programs about Heifer International to children at both Our Saviour and Hope gardens. Watching Paula’s and Mary’s interaction with the children with their many props and Mary’s wearing a hat in the shape of a cow is a delight for both the children and adults. Mary also, while on a trip to visit the Heifer project in the Hopi nation, brought back authentic Hopi corn seeds to plant a Three Sisters Garden. This native American method of gardening features corn, squash and beans that live in harmony with one another and are the primary crops of the native American people. The Hopi corn is planted at the East Dallas Community and Market Garden to honor this heritage and both Hope and Our Saviour gardens have planted variations on this native American way of gardening. Mary and heifer

What’s Sprouting?
Up and Coming Events at GICD
Starting A Community Garden- TBA Tiah’s Canning Classes– TBA Master Composter Class– TBA 2008 Plant Sale– April 19 & 20 ….. and more to come…..

“By their fruits, ye shall know them”
As part of the generous grant from Heifer International to GICD’s Dallas Urban Gardening Initiative Project over 100 fruit and nut trees, as well as berries and grapes, have been planted at Our Saviour’s Plot Against Hunger. In a few years, this planting will provide fresh fruit and nuts for the food pantries. Many thanks to all the volunteers who have worked on this project. They dug holes (in both last year’s drought and this year’s monsoon season), planted, mulched and watered the trees.

Gardeners in Community Development A 501 c (3) Non-Profit Organization Board of Directors Cathi Haug, President Amanda Brown, Vice President Carolyn Bush, Secretary A.L. Nickerson, Treasurer Patsy Aguilera Azenath Wright

Don Lambert, Executive Director Support Community Gardening
Your tax-deductible donation will support GICD’s community gardening program. Any and all donations are gratefully accepted!! Please make your check payable to: GICD Send to 901 Greenbriar Lane, Richardson, TX 75080

Boy Scout Troop 783 hand watered the trees
Digging the holes throughout the drought of 2006

A Basketful of Thanks To GICD’s Fantastic Gardeners and Wonderful Volunteers

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Starbucks Supports GICD
Harvest Donation

1943 pounds

Next time you are in Starbucks ordering your favorite latte, you can remember that you are supporting GICD as well as many other nonprofit organizations. Through Starbucks’ Make Your Mark program, volunteer time is matched with money and donated to participating non-profits. Over the past year, Starbucks has donated over $4000 to GICD. So have another cup of Starbucks coffee (or tea) and know that you are supporting our programs.

toes to sell at our plant sale, and is now our board president. She even changed her email address to gardens2give. Now that is an example of a true volunteer— and we can’t thank her enough for her enthusiasm, commitment and time.

Produce harvested for food pantries in 2007

Our champion in this effort is Cathi Haug, a star Starbucks employee, who attended one GICD workday and got hooked on community gardening. In addition to coordinating Starbucks volunteer projects, she has her own garden plot at Our Saviour Garden. In 2006 Cathi won the coveted GICD Volunteer of the Year award. As our “pickle lady” Barbara Baughman (left) and Cathi Haug (right) selling she raised money selling her own homemade Cathi’s homemade pickles at Starbucks pickles and donated the profits to GICD. In addition she grew over 100 Texas Wild toma-

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