We have exciting garden news to share. Greentown is the recipient of a $500 Gro2000 grant! Scotts/Miracle Gro is enabling our organization to finish the irrigation system this year. Watering is always a challenge with large gardens such as ours and now we will be able to automate a good portion of the work. Hand watering is routinely needed, but deep root soaking with drip irrigation helps the plants survive heat with less stress. Thank you Scotts for your support!
We would like to congratulate one of our very own Linda Belles for receiving a community service award from the Waukegan Parks District for all her hard work and dedication to GreenTown Waukegan! Her, along with other fellow team members, attended the Volunteer and Patron Reception on February 23 and had a great time talking to other volunteers and organizations working to make Waukegan a better place. [video width="720" height="720" mp4="http://waukegan.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/video-1487960787.mp4"][/video]
Dear Garden Friends; The cold blustery days of winter are well behind us and the many days filled with the chill of the cold winter winds that blow memories of the warm days of summer are gone. The first hint of early spring with its faint wisp of hope for what would be planting season soon arrived. Looking over the garden plan from 2015 with what worked and what could have been done better becomes a blur as this review reminds us of the crops that our partner Community Christian Church is able to obtain through the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Tomatoes come in pallet size so we can eliminate this from our garden plan; carrots, onions, and potatoes are all available to food pantries to supplement the many canned…
Want to help out and volunteer? We are so close to achieving our goal of harvesting 2000 lbs of fresh healthy food for hungry families! We run on volunteer power so don't be afraid to sign up! There will always be a GreenTown member present to help and guide you! All you need to bring is sunscreen and water! Keep hydrated! Sign Up Here!
Last Saturday we reached an important landmark in this year's harvest goal. We are half way to harvesting 2,000 lbs of fresh produce! Thank you to our wonderful GreenTown members and citizen volunteers who have made this possible. We are definitely looking forward to achieving our goal later this season! If you would like to help you can join us Saturday mornings and help harvest fresh produce that is donated to a local food pantry! We run on volunteer power so all help is wonderful!
Our fantastic crew of volunteers harvested 173 lbs today! Eighty pounds of it were loose leaf lettuce heads that looked like they were on steriods. Swiss chard came in at 31 lbs, spring mix 19 lbs, collards and spinach both hit 18 lbs. We will have a large harvest next week. Come join us! [URIS id=564]
In partnership with the Waukegan Park District, GreenTown is providing educational workshops that will cover the basics of creating and taking care of an urban garden in your home. Registration for these classes is done through the Waukegan Parks District. Call Jack Benny Center for the Arts 847-360-4740 to reserve your spot! All classes are held at Henry Pfau Callahan Park. Seedling Workshop # Ages 10+ A good harvest begins with seeds and careful seedling care. Join us for an informative, hands-on and fun workshop under the spring sun! We will examine the hows and whys on seed germination, watering needs, temperature requirements, and a brief intro to soil amendments and soil health. This class can serves as a proper introduction to anyone interested in the world of gardening and vegetable…