People Are the Heart
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.
Our good friends at ACE Hardware have donated and delivered three more barrels for gardening at the Blue Point Church. Thank you! This doubles the growing possibilities at this site. We are grateful for the gift.
Happiness is time spent in the garden, and we're especially happy to welcome volunteers from the Scarborough Garden Club who are helping us harvest every week. Thank you! (Pictured here are Penny & Pat, with 20 pounds of garden bounty!)
Keller Williams RED Day in the Garden
Our friends at Keller Williams volunteered for the garden as part of their annual "RED Days". We are glad Keller Williams' Cash Wiseman called Project GRACE to ask how they could help their neighbors on May 11th, a day of giving back nationwide for the realty group. To help us get the garden ready for growing season, they moved a mountain of lovely organic compost from Jordan's Farm, and laid the pathways, too. THANK YOU!
To this... in about 2 hours! Wow!
Green for the Garden (Thank you!)
The Higgins Beach Association recently held their 'welcome back' auction and supper for its members, a time to catch up on what's been happening here and away. The annual event included a silent auction for which members of the neighborhood association collected great prizes from local artists and businesses. With good-natured and spirited bidding, members of the HBA raised a very generous donation for Project GRACE. While much of the gift is designated for fuel assistance, once again, a portion of the gift will also be used to help the Community Garden grow. Thank you, neighbors!
The Cumberland County Master Gardeners, Walmart Foundation and Sibley-Saltonstall Foundation awarded Project GRACE grants in support of its community nutrition work, including the Community Garden. Thanks to this key support, we can plant and grow. Thank you!
St. Nicholas Episcopal Church also renewed their support for the garden, pledging to cover the water bill again. Thank you!
We also appreciate the gifts in kind and discounts that allowed us to get supplies, seedlings, and compost for the garden. Thank you: Jordan's Farm, Green Spark Farm, Highland Avenue Greenhouses, Broadway Gardens, Flaherty Farm, O'Donal's, and Scarborough's ACE Hardware.
We had a great time at the Scarborough Rotary's annual "Touch a Truck" at the Scarborough Downs. Lots of kids stopped by our booth to plant seeds (put earth in the cup, poke the seeds into the planting mix, pinch some compost on top, and pour a spoonful of water to moisten). Garden enthusiasts - of all ages! - planted beans and nasturtium to take home.
We had a great time with all our friends who stopped by ACE Hardware (at Oak Hill) this weekend -- thank you Anne and Dan for inviting us to be at your annual garden party! And it was great to share a table with the Scarborough Garden Club and the Cumberland County Master Gardeners. We gave a way a lot of seeds, soil test kits, and some planting advice, too!
Harvest Fest! October 17th
Garden in the News...
Garden Dedication Cermony
Terry Reimer (Episcopal Diocese of Maine) and Ellen Parenteau (Scarborough Food Pantry) get ready to cut the ribbon!
Please join us for the
Scarborough Community Garden
Dedication Ceremony & Open House
11:00 a.m. Sunday, May 31st
St. Nicholas Episcopal Church
350 US Route One, Scarborough
We hope you will join us in the garden on May 31st for a few words
of welcome, a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and light refreshments.
At 11:15 St. Nick’s Vicar, the Reverend David S. Heald, will offer
a blessing and dedication of the garden. All are welcome.
Hosted by: friends of St. Nick’s and the Scarborough
Community Garden Steering Committee
Scott and Jane Ducott/St. Nick’s, Pam Hillman, Bill Nixon,
Elizabeth Richter/Scarborough Garden Club,
Kathy Sparda/St. Max, Steffi Cox/Project GRACE,
Roger Doiron/Kitchen Gardeners International, ChrisTaylor.
RSVP appreciated: 883-9437 or 883-5111 or online.
By the Garden Gate
Ron Forest and Sons Co. installed our garden gate and fence today! They built it sturdy and strong so the fence can act as a trellis to support climbing plants, helping to maximize growing space.
Ready, Set, Grow! May 2nd Work Day
The Cumberland County Master Gardeners will be helping us plant the garden on Saturday, May 2nd (9:00 - Noon). We're looking forward to having their help and expertise...and you are welcome to join us! Join our email list to stay in touch (the garden's email list is maintained by Project GRACE).
Tasks for the day include: planting early seeds and seedlings, creating paths and planting areas, pruning and clearing of brush, removing stones from the soil, making plant markers and garden signs, organizing the tool shed and setting up communication station.
Please bring your own: hand cultivators, pruning shears, sunscreen, hat, work gloves, sturdy shoes or boots, rain gear in case of inclement weather.
We Need a Few Things...
Our wish list includes:
-- tools in very good condition (spade, shovel, hoe, dirt rake, pitchfork, hand tools)
-- watering can
-- rain barrel
-- composter (we'd love one that spins!)
-- 5 or 6 bales of straw
-- wooden garden shed
-- seedlings and seeds
-- hardware gift certificates for supplies
Youth Gardeners Ready to Help
We're happy to report that several youth and children's groups have stepped forward with offers to help us plant and tend and harvest the garden! Thank you, Sandpiper Children's Center, St. Max Youth Ministry, Scarborough honor society, Holy Mackerels Youth Group of St. Nick's, Scarborough girl scouts, to name just a few!
Spending time outdoors and in natural environments is good for kids: from simple joy to reducing stress to improving cognitive function and motor skills. It's also good for them to know where their food comes from, and how they can play important roles of helping in their community, too. (>>More)
Green for the Garden
We extend our appreciation to all supporters of the garden, and especially to our very first funders, whose gifts make it possible for our dreams and ideas to take root and grow. Thank you!
Episcopal Diocese of Maine
Highland Avenue Greenhouse & Farm Market
Cumberland County Master Gardeners
Kitchen Gardeners International
R J Grondin & Sons
Scott & Jane Ducott
St. Nicholas Episcopal Church
Thanks to our good friends at R J Grondin and Sons and Coastline Irrigation, we have a garden!
R J Grondin & Sons volunteered time and materials to dig the plot and turn the earth and level the plot just before Thanksgiving. Coastline Irrigation installed a fully automated irrigation system which is expandable as needed. A rain gauge is also part of the system, so that it won’t water when raining. This phase of the garden was generously funded by a grant from the Episcopal Diocese of Maine.
Pumpkin Festival Raises Funds for the Garden
Highland Avenue Greenhouse & Farm Market is hosting their 3rd annual Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, October 18th.
The festival is fast becoming one of Scarborough's favorite Fall traditions. With games, refreshments, pony rides and much more - the festival is family-friendly fun for all ages. This year, proceeds from the event will benefit Project GRACE, and the nonprofit group will use the gift to support the Scarborough Community Garden!
Carrotoke? Singing for Social Justice!
Kitchen Gardeners International challenged members of St. Nick’s Episcopal Church and the steering committee of the garden to sing into carrots for a “higher cause”. Jane Ducott's spirited vocals lead the choir in a round of "Love Grows"! Check out the video on KGI's YouTube channel... and consider posting your own! You might just help us win a gift certificate!
You can also view our short video on VIMEO.