We have made it past the deepest part of winter, the days are getting longer, and before we know it spring will be here. In 2017 our Community will hold it’s First Annual Festival of Spring. This will be an enhancement of last years Plant Sale and Seed Giveaway, incorporating more workshops and useful information to enable all of us in the Fairpark Community to get more out of our gardens this year.
On Saturday April 29th, in the park next to the Northwest Community Center, the Festival will be held. However, starting this month the preparations will begin. First we will be erecting a greenhouse, in partnership with All Chay restaurant. This will allow us to sow the seeds that will become the tomato, pepper, eggplant and herb plants that will be available for our gardens. The seeds need to be sown in February and early January to give them time to grow to a good size for putting into the garden.
Once the seedlings are started, volunteers will ensure that they are cared for and grow into vibrant little plants eager to get into your garden soil and thrive. In 2016 the event included a Plant Sale, a Seed Giveaway, a Children’s Plant a Seed and Watch it Grow activity, and a workshop for making cages to keep snails and slugs from eating little seedlings as they emerge from the soil.
This year, the Fairpark Community Festival of Spring will include all of that and more. We are working to arrange workshops in bee keeping, fruit tree grafting, water conservation and soil improvement. We are also open to suggestions for other activities that would improve and enhance this years event.
If you have any suggestions, for fun and educational activities or for varieties of plants you would like us to get started, please send those suggestions to: firstname.lastname@example.org . We would love to hear from you!
So, Save the Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in the Park on the south side of the Northwest Community Center.
Also, if you are interested in volunteering to work on this fun and rewarding project, we could use your help from late January up to and including the day of the event there will be work to do. Just write to the above email address if you want to help. In the meantime, don’t forget to prune your fruit trees, and have pleasant dreams of fresh from the garden tomatoes, lettuce, peppers and all the other wonderful food that we grow in the dirt and enjoy at our tables!