Rose RootZone: Aug Iss.1 2021 Newsletter

Updated: Aug 21, 2021

July was a very busy month for Rose Roots gardeners. Below is a recap of all the wonderful ways gardeners are growing community and supporting our thriving garden.


Garden Community

Nicole McCrorie, Pollinator Garden Lead

Buzz about Bees Pollinator Workshop

Many thanks to Nicole and Tyler for providing a helpful breakdown of the Pollinator Garden's various species they’ve planted and maintained with the help of many gardeners over the years. The Pollinator garden is located at Rose Root's entrance and with such a banner year, we've seen many community members perusing the species and learning about native drought resistant species from the genus and species labels. Check out Nicole's wonderful tour of the pollinator garden Here.


Gardener Outreach

Patty has been talking with gardeners on Thursdays and weekends about what their gardening information needs are and also have collected some ideas as to how to help new gardeners get their plot in the ground. Gardeners have been most interested in learning what to plant, when to plant, when to harvest, succession planting, how to recognize pests and what to do about them. We will continue to offer mentorship and workshops to focus on these areas.

Music in the Garden Night: Kelan Spinden

Many thanks to Kelan Spinden for a lovely evening of song at Rose Roots Garden on July 19. We enjoyed his original scores and cover music whilst the youth scavengers were sleuthing around the garden.


Movie In the Garden Night: "Kiss the Ground"

John Malito, our Rose Roots Treasurer, volunteered to pick up the blow up Video screen provided by the City for our first ever movie night!


John, Patty, and Margaret prevailed with the convoluted movie equipment setup and though it was a small group, those who caught this award winning uplifting documentary about regenerative farming and nurturing soil to improve our environment highly recommended it.

Service Hours

Over 700 service hours have been logged using our online logging form Here and in the barn log book. Well done you busy bees! If you'd like to check to see how many hours you've logged, see our combined totals from the online and barn logging in the third tab Here. If you're looking for ways to fulfill your 12 required service hours per plot per season, check our calendar Here for upcoming Thursday and Saturday work days. Ten gardeners came out for our most recent work night and enjoyed community time together. Come join the fun!

Finances

Our garden is doing well with our small budget and strategic purchases this season. We've replaced all hose hangers, improved plot borders, maintained weed cloth and edging in community spaces, and replaced our refrigerator which died. See our financial Budgeted and Actuals to date Here.


Gardener Feedback

-In our gardener feedback form Here on our website, we received a suggestion to designate one of our parking spaces for ADA access. The City has been contacted to see if this can be accomplished.

-Another gardener requested more help mowing the compost pile which gets quite big this time of year. This is a great way to get service hours!

-A gardener requested that we encourage gardeners to hang their hoses up, don't let them cross other garden plots, and be sure to put tools away, so here's yall's reminder!

-Our dedicated composters requested that we remind people not to put anything in the compost pile you wouldn't mow over with your own mower including plastic, metal, thick sunflower stems, and rocks.


Operations

An organic 30% vinegar mix was tested, purchased and applied to community garden spaces to help reduce weeds and preserve our weed barrier.


We purchased a new fridge mid-donation season when ours died. Donations continue to come in full force.


Two Fans were installed by Fisher Thompson Construction in the barn roof to help pull the heat out as the building is not currently insulated and heats up. Fisher Thompson Construction's time, expertise and materials were donated and there is already a notable difference in temperature! When gardeners are present, we are propping the door open to pull cooler air in as the fans suck the hot air out.


Community Outreach


Food Donations

Thank you to Rose Roots Gardeners providing donated produce in the barn on Mondays and Thursdays for distribution to the Community Table and Veggie Van. The new fridge has been full, donations are increasing as gardeners have more surplus produce, and the Community Table and Veggie Van have been loaded with Rose Roots Garden delights. To date, approximately 230 pounds of produce have been donated by Rose Roots gardeners. All food was distributed to local community.


Community Volunteers Chip In

Patty Sacks reported: "We would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to former Rose Roots gardener Jason Andersen and his youth group of 12 energetic missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints. They showed up on relatively short notice on July 10, from 9-11 am to turn our "cooking" horse manure pile and to weed in the garden common areas. They approached these mundane but necessary tasks with a positive attitude, cheerfully tossing manure and pulling our pernicious weeds with vigor. Jason and the team expressed interest in returning in August to assist Rose Roots Community Garden with any upcoming volunteer projects in the mill. I, for one, look forward to working with these volunteers again. Many hands do make for light work! Many thanks to Theresa McKinney for stepping up to make the Gatorade run and for snapping a group photo of the team."


Jason’s Feedback: "Hey All, It was our pleasure to assist such a great non profit organization. Thank you Patty for the kind words, it really made mine and their day.

Looking forward to working with you all in the future." -Jason Andersen



DUG Sister Garden Visit with Beeler Garden


We had a wonderful visit with Beeler Gardeners, our Sister Garden in Aurora, paired by DUG. George Washington Garden, a half community/half school garden was in attendance and we shared ideas and experiences. Beeler Garden recently experienced vandalism to their chairs, table and kiosk so Rose Roots offered a donation for recovery. Most of the gardeners are Nepali and we were treated to an insightful tour from garden lead Jim Warland and Michaely, a young enthusiastic gardener who shared with us her experiments in the garden. Other Nepali gardeners pointed out their favorite plants to grow, including saag, a tasty spicy green. See an interview with the composed Michaely Here. Thank you to DUG and intern Katie Cmil for organizing.

Visit with Beeler Sister Garden

Artist in Residence at the Garden



Artist Janice Wright’s Report: