Friday, April 23, 2010

Building gardens for the Quake, celebrating the Aftershock

As expected, this week has been full of soil prepping, wood cutting, garden building and more. Yesterday's Food Symposium brought three well-known speakers and several impactful exhibits to the college, making it a successful first year for the hopefully annual event. But, just because it's Friday doesn't mean the week is over.

Tomorrow, Saturday, April 24, is Global Youth Service Day, an event with a name that sums up its scope. More importantly though, tomorrow is the Quake, the annual Wilmington College service event that brings students and volunteers into the community to work on specific projects for the entire day. We are working at four different garden sites around town, building raised bed gardens or retro-fitting old planters with fruit, vegetables and herbs. All of our sites could use some help with volunteers, so if you'd like to get out and make a difference for a few hours tomorrow morning, let us know!

Here are the places that are getting some Grow Food, Grow Hope love tomorrow:

The Clinton County Youth Council
We'll be building at least one raised bed garden at the CCYC, as well as assisting in a cleanup effort and helping paint some murals inside the facility. If you are interested in volunteering at the CCYC, contact Eric Guindon, our Community Outreach Coordinator, at (937) 382-6661 ext. 488 or Kevin Walls, CCYC Director, at (937) 728-1328.

Wilmington Childcare & Learning
We'll be building two children's garden beds on the playground of Wilmington Childcare & Learning. If you are interested in volunteering at WC&L, contact Mariah Fulton, our Youth Outreach Coordinator, at (937) 382-6661 ext. 488.

Sugartree Ministries
We will be transforming six dilapidated garden planters in front of the old Verizon building across the street from Sugartree Ministries into retro-fitted, raised bed gardens. We will be adding and preparing soil in the beds and will plant at a later date. We will also be working inside the Ministry on a variety of projects. If you are interested in volunteering at Sugartree Ministries, contact Jessica Braun, our Food Distribution Coordinator, at (937) 382-6661 ext. 488.

Mulberry Street Community Garden
We're very excited about our newest garden site downtown, on a tract of land on Mulberry Street owned by the generous Scott Kirschner. We are building a seven plot community garden Saturday afternoon, as well as adding and amending the soil for each bed. If you are interested in volunteering at the Mulberry Street Community Garden, contact Aileen Ash, our Growers Co-op Coordinator, at (937) 382-6661 ext. 488.

After the Quake, we'll be celebrating our day of service on campus with the annual Aftershock event. Starting at 6:00 p.m., there will be live music as well as the Summer Break Games, a series of games and challenges. The games will include: Watermelon Pig Out, Jello Diving, Suds of War, Breakfast Face and Sit on the Sundae. If the names alone don't entice you, then the games themselves surely will.

So come out on Saturday and pitch in to help your local community. And maybe get a little breakfast on your face afterward.

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