July has been wet and weedy, but thanks to help from several talented and dedicated volunteers, we've revealed the peppers, chard, celery, and broccoli and cabbages ready to harvest for the food pantry. We appreciate all the help in the St Nick's Community Garden so far this season. Meanwhile gardeners are growing herbs and greens and other delicious veggies at Hillcrest for the pantry each week. Blue Point gardeners are growing, too. Thanks!
For the third summer in a row, Blue Point Church is growing tomatoes for the Scarborough Food Pantry. A project originally funded by Project G.R.A.C.E., our church Mission Committee will be pleased, once again, to deliver fresh tomatoes for our neighbors experiencing food insecurity. You’re invited to stop by and talk nicely or sing sweetly to help them grow!
For the beauty of the earth, for the splendor of the skies,
For the love which from our birth over and around us lies,
Lord of all, to you we raise this, our hymn of grateful praise.
A generous gift from the Prout’s Neck Association is providing the funds for our community gardens, including the organic compost and seedlings that were planted at St Nicholas Church by three friends, Kate, Rafik, and Mary! We are hoping to harvest lots of tasty peppers, eggplants, beans, celery, and greens for the food pantry this season. A very big thank you to Broadway Gardens, too, for donating whisky barrel planters (and the nourishing soil that goes in them) for the community garden at Hillcrest and to all the gardeners who share their bountiful harvests with the pantry, too.
Jordan‘s Farm just delivered our garden‘s secret ingredient: ‚surf’n’turf’ compost made in Maine by Benson‘s Family Farm. Thank you, Hillcrest volunteer Bob for hooking up the hoses. Thanks also to St Nick‘s volunteer Chris for roto-tilling. Next we‘ll be shifting all that material and planting — May and June workdays will be posted (soon) on the calendar for anyone who wants to join us in the garden
Hunger doesn’t take a vacation, and apparently neither do high school youths!
An outstanding group of friends James, Trevor, Cree, and Nick took time out of their one week of summer vacation in Maine to help us with several tasks in the garden. They pulled weeds, leveled the ground around the fence, patched holes, and spread about 6 yards of wood chips that put the finishing touch on the Hillcrest Garden's new site. They approached each project with a cheerfulness and thoughtfulness that is exemplary and inspiring. Not even a summer rainstorm could dampen their spirits - we are so glad they wanted to spend time with us!
It's been cold and clammy, wet and rainy, but at last it's looking like planting weather! We have two garden work days coming up, and all are welcome!
Tasks include moving 3 yards of light compost and raking the beds, planting veggie seedlings and seeds, and planting herbs and flowers. Bring work gloves if you have them; tools and extra gloves will be on site, too.
WORKDAY ONE (Weather Permitting)
Wednesday, May 29th 3:00-6:00 CANCELLED (conditions too wet to plant)
WORKDAY TWO (Tentative, weather permitting)
Saturday, June 1st 10:00-11:30 (Fingers crossed, conditions will be ok!)
To make room for the expanded Community Center at Hillcrest, the garden had to move... and it's in a great spot now with wider paths between the beds which have new cedar planks, lots of soil and compost, and barrels out front with flowers to encourage pollinators to visit. There are chairs and benches to encourage neighbors to stop and visit, too. We are grateful to the DeFosses family and State Manufactured Homes for their generous support.
Saturday, April 6th 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
It's time for ACE's biggest, craziest event of the year! Their sixth annual Garden Party at Oak Hill Ace Hardware kicks off Spring on Wednesday, April 25th (4-7pm) in a colorful way with 20% off storewide*, free flat of pansies with any purchase, and, of course, their famous 10 for $10 dirt cheap sale. They're gearing up to top last year's sale of 2,500 bags of soil! Also, ACE is welcoming back friends from Cumberland County Master Gardeners, Scarborough Garden Club, and Scarborough Community Garden as well as other outdoor, gardening and farming experts. Bring your CFLs, batteries, old paint (in original containers with a label), American flags, and mercury thermostats and take advantage of our free in-store recycling programs. (Note: This event will be held at Oak Hill Ace Hardware only.)
The community is invited to a special Earth Day Festival @ the Scarborough Public Library from Noon to 3pm! The event will celebrate two new ReVision Energy solar installations at the Library: an electric vehicle (EV) charging station and a rooftop solar panel array. Earth Day activities will include an appearance by News Center Maine meteorologist Jessica Conley and weather van Stormy, live music by The Incredulous String Band, electric vehicle demonstrations by Pape Chevrolet, a Minecraft Lab where players can build virtual solar arrays in the Library’s Minecraft world (2-4pm), and exhibits by community environmental organizations, including the Scarborough Community Garden! An official ribbon cutting of the EV charging station will take place at 1:00 pm. This event is free to attend. Hope to see you there!
Sunday, April 22nd
Scarborough Public Schools and the Scarborough Police Department are co-hosting "Raising Healthy Teens (and people in general)" and Community Health & Wellness Fair. >>View PDF Flier