Rose Roots July 2021 Newsletter: RootZone

Updated: Jul 8, 2021


You Rose Roots gardeners are a busy bunch and it shows! The garden plots and community spaces look amazing! This has been a banner year, with nearly every plot of 95 plots planted and people already seeking to sign up for next year. Note: We will offer the opportunity to reserve your garden plot in Nov 2021 for the 2022 season.


If you missed our All Gardener July Monthly Meeting this Tuesday, check out everything that is going on in our Minutes soon located Here. We are excited that over 30 people have signed up for Service Teams Here. June was a busy month with composting workshops, Youth Team activities, food donations, garden music night, Kick off for implementation of our Westside Neighborhood Improvement Project, and workshops and DUG trainings on how to garden for success and engage with your community.


Our Rose Roots Apparel should be arriving next week and we will have a check-off sheet in the barn to pick up your items, so keep an eye out for that update.


COMING UP


Wed July 7, 6 pm: Westside Landscaping Project Community Open House

We have a community open house meeting tonight Wednesday at 6 pm at the garden to share landscaping plans for the Westside neighborhood improvement project. The site is staked and we will be welcoming community feedback on our concept sketches. Come check them out!


Thurs July 8, 7 pm: Patty’s Garden Roving Tips and Tricks Workshop Patty Sacks, Rose Roots Garden Vice President, recently retired after serving our National Park Service as a Senior Landscape Architect for 30 years helping design and develop parks all over the country. She has a wealth of knowledge to share, and with an excellent sense of humor. Join Patty at the garden for a walking tour and Social to better understand local growing tips and tricks.


Sat July 10, 9 am: Manure Turning Party

Join Patty and Jason to turn manure and socialize! We’re looking for volunteers for this Saturday the morning of July 10 at 9 am to help turn manure on the west side of the garden which is being turned into rich fertilizer. Please email Vice President Patty Sacks at pjsacks@gmail.com or show up if you can help for an hour or two.

Sunday July 11, 9:30 am: Buzz about Bees Pollinator Workshop Come take a tour of our our stunning pollinator garden, learn about native species that attract pollinators, and enjoy some time with our master Gardener Nicole McCrorie who will help us get up close and personal with bees and all the other pollinators we love to support!


Thursday July 15, 7-8 pm: Music at the Garden: Kelan Spinden

Come enjoy live music at the garden with singer song writer Kelan Spinden. Bring a chair and sunhat, and BYO picnic and drinks. Youth activities will be led by our Youth Group who has organized a garden scavenger hunt. Enjoy being part of our beautiful garden community!


July 24, 7:30 pm: Movie at the Garden "Kiss the Ground" and a kids opener flick

This is an incredibly uplifting movie about how we can help heal the earth by supporting healthy resilient soils and in turn support the global carbon sequestration movement. Bring a blanket or comfy chair and enjoy popcorn and drinks which will be provided.


Check the Calendar Here for updates.

Patty shares landscape improvement concept sketches

Weeding Your Plot Borders

Just a reminder: each gardener is responsible for weeding the pathways around their plot borders so we can keep our community spaces neat and tidy. Any work in community spaces outside your plot counts towards your 12 required service hours.


Log service hours Here. (Over 400 have already been logged online, and the hours logged in the barn notebook will soon be tallied. Great job everyone!).


Check to see how many hours you've logged (if online) Here.


Youth Group leading activities at Garden Music Night

GARDENER UPDATES


2021 Budget Approved

See the Rose Roots 2021 Budget Here approved at our July All Gardener Meeting.


Refrigerator Search

We are looking for a refrigerator (only fridge no freezer) for our produce in the barn. Our fridge recently died. If you are able to donate, it is for a very good cause as all produce stored there gets donated to community members in need. Contact us Here if you can contribute.


Produce Donation in Full Swing

Produce donation is in full swing and we hope to have a working fridge in the barn in the next week or so to store it before it is delivered to the Community Table Food Bank and Veggie Van. Be sure to get your veggies to the barn on pick-up days Mondays and Thursdays by 9 am to contribute to those in need.


Sign up to Deliver to Community Table Here.

Check the Dates you've signed up for Here.



Pollinator Garden at RR entrance in all its glory!

Plot Planting Follow-Up

We recognize that life happens, and we don't have as much time available for gardening as we thought. So we've developed a follow-up process if plots aren't planted by the June 1 deadline each season, and our Vice President Patty Sacks will provide follow-up.


Gardener Support Facilitation:

-Offer a mentor to pair with the gardener to help them get started.

-Offer a monthly work day specifically focused on plots that need some love. If you need help with your plot, please contact us Here and we will support your plot in our Thursday Work Parties.

-We will put the garden neighbors in contact with the plot owner to offer a team approach to support the gardener's efforts.


As a community garden we want to ensure all gardeners feel supported and connected, so reach out if you'd like a mentor, a bit of help with your plot, or you'd like to get in touch with your neighbors.


Gina Schley's Crash Course on Successful Gardening

Gardening/Good Karma Tips

Here are two very good ways to generate good karma and help your fellow gardeners:


1) Be mindful of growing sunflowers or corn that shade your neighbor’s garden plot. It’s a total bummer to plant your precious babies and watch them flounder due to a sun hogging wall of sunflowers or corn in a neighboring plot.


2) Don’t put your sunflowers, root balls (shake the dirt out in your plot), non-organic material or anything else you wouldn’t mow over with your own mower in the compost pile. Our hard working Compost Team will totally send hearts and rainbows your way. Plus there’s that whole thing about the butterfly effect. You never know, one little thoughtful action could change the world! Note: we are still working on getting seasonal pick up of trash and recycling bins lined up. In the meantime, take home whatever won’t compost please. Check out our Compost page Here to better understand the process.

Composting Workshop for all gardeners

In Service to Our Garden Community,

Erin Newton, Rose Roots President

leadership@roserootsgarden.org

(720) 702-8806


Offer Feedback, suggestions, and improvement ideas for our Leadership team on our Rose Roots Feedback Form