Looking for an Earth Day learning activity for your child? Then please register for the Urban Barefoot Gardeners Program, A Children’s Gardening Drop-in Workshop, taking place at our community garden this Saturday! Kids can get their hands dirty, learn about urban gardening, composting, and plant their own tomato seedling to take home! This is a free event, but spots are limited, so please register! The event has been made possible by the ARC Foundation.
In the community garden pollinator space. Please sow with us on Saturday, March 11th from 10am to noon! The butterflies that follow will be ever grateful for your helping hand. We have OLTHIA to thank for envisioning and then implementing with us two years ago at a workshop.
This week our community garden was featured in the Oklahoma Gazette cover story Growklahoma City! Urban Farmers Cultivate Community and a Connection to the Land by Greg Elwell.
Here’s an excerpt:
Planning Midtown’s Urban Neighbors community garden is more of a group effort, said garden co-chairwoman Shelley Pruitt. When the group meets March 11, members will pick and plan what to grow in the 10 raised-bed gardens for the next year.
Every Saturday, the group meets at 417 W. Park Place to work and welcome newcomers. The garden started in 2013, a few years after Pruitt moved downtown.
Please pick up a copy of this week’s Gazette and read the full article!
Also, please join us on March 11th to work the garden. Fill out the interest form to let us know to expect you!
Thank you so much to our annual general meeting host [ARTSPACE] at UNTITLED, our now traditional annual speaker, Steve Lackmeyer, for giving us so much of his time and attention each year, and our door prize donor, Lifesquire. If you haven’t visited UNTITLED recently, you should consider not only revisiting, but returning regularly given the number of programs they have, and this is not even to mention their new retail space, [HIVE] at UNTITLED.
So you didn’t make it to the AGM? Here are the highlights of what you missed (or view the full presentation):
- WE STILL NEED BOARD MEMBERS! If you are a UN member and have a couple spare hours a month, please consider contacting us to let us know you’d like to help.
- The Urban Garden Kick-Off is March 11th, sign-up to work it!
- Our Spring Wine Dinner is March 29th at Red PrimeSteak, buy tickets while they last!
- The GO Bond election is as important as MAPS, make sure you learn and VOTE!
Welcome 2017, we are so happy to meet you. The garden has been awaiting a new year for new things come alive in its sacred spaces!
Saturday, March 11 at 10am we will kick off the season with coffee and pastries in the garden. Join us to pick up your garden packet and let’s brainstorm the unfolding of this magnificent space for 2017!
Growing out from raised bed gardening to include the pocket prairie pollinator space and a vision for growing up to include secret garden portals of entry under arbors covered with beans and vines. That is what has been discussed over tea this winter!
Please contact us for more details or just show up ready to champion a community dream in the garden on Saturday, March 11th at 10am…
Join our gardeners on November 26th at 11am for a seed ceremony!
Add this event (from the Garden Work Calendar) to your personal calendar!
What a big day the community garden had! From sifting compost (uber cool design by Mary, Chris and Ron) for the most glorious foundation for our little organic plants fresh from Sunrise Acres to sorting out wood chips (and creative little tables for our upcoming conversation pit) for a divine pathway through our pocket prairie pollinator garden we rolled our sleeves up and we got the job done. What a heavenly community of gardeners, some familiar with gardening and some just willing to learn, together we make a pretty awesome space. Join us any Saturday, we love new neighbors joining us. We worked all morning and then a couple of us headed south to the coolest organic farmers we know and bought flats of plants. Before the rains came we were able to make solid headway to a bountiful harvest we know is coming! Here is what our mouths are watering for…more herbs-we added Cuban oregano, sweet marjoram, basil (of these cool varieties-genovie, holy, cinnamon, lime) parsley, dill bouquet and more fennel all nestled up to our amazing rosemary 3 season big, spicy and regular oregano, bronze fennel and lovely blooming chives. Okra (oh how successful it was last season, mmmmm), tomatoes planted deep in these varieties-bumblebee minis(remember those little striped jewels fresh off the vine?), a new sturdy big red meant to bush with out stakes (anticipating a big tomato win for our tastebuds with this one) and of course some hopeful cherry tomatoes for Jill’s caprese to die for. Eggplant, cucumbers and the DTF special, lemon cucumbers! Eightball squash, yellow squash and green zucchini are all mounded up for yielding a grilled favorite. We added watermelon (sugar baby) and ambrosia cantaloupe to keep our strawberries and pumpkins company! Tucked into this oasis you can also find our Yukon gold and purple Cherokee potato plants growing lush. Jenn and Ben may fly home for this harvest! Onions and beets are ready for a blow your mind tasty roasting while the arugula spices up your salad. Green beans and peppers will be planted this week. Thank each and every one of you as we grow on!
what a lovely day to be in the community garden among friends, neighbors and upcoming seedlings. The early Spring work days are the foundation laying days for bountiful days to follow, please join us each and every Saturday morning at 8am and work with us as long as your schedule may allow! We collaborate about Projects at hand and the big dreams for the future of the garden such as a May dinner party, straw bale garden for squash and zucchini, trellis with climbing beauties, soon to fly colorful new flags, chairs for connecting with neighbors and a very exciting opportunity to be featured in local “must read” publication! Eleven committed souls showed up for an early morning dig, plot and plan session that reaped big reward…
We got the new plantings all bedded down in the most lovely golden straw, began some excavation up front for our new 8 Adirondack chair conversation pit, and created a perfect compost sifting station all while connecting, watering, weeding, digging and planning! Thank you for putting on your gloves and being a part! With the new arrivals coming up we are full speed ahead on our watering schedule, please note the schedule and let me know if you can commit to any open spots (it takes about an hour and a half and I know for me it a blessed time on my early morning Tueday as the sun is rising up to shine on our little garden) Sunday-Francine/Wynde Monday-Luke/Shelley Tuesday– Shelley/Jill Wednesday-Mary (Midtown Jazz night at 7pm come one come all) Thursday– open Friday-open and Saturday– Trey (also workday 8 or whenever you can make it until we are finished for the day often followed by brunch somewhere walkable!) Thank you and grow on, Shelley
Planting full speed ahead! Potatoes, Yukon gold and purple along with our favorite little Napoli carrots and sorrel. In a bed not far way is 4 lovely rows of rainbow Swiss chard and more salad bowl lettuce planted from seeds donated by our garden friends at CommonWealth. Still growing from winter planting we have beets, kale, brussel sprouts and lots of very hearty and fragrant herbs. Please consider which day you would like to commit to watering (all new hoses and sprayer this season!) this season and reach out to me either by email, commenting here or texting-you may even wish to pick up the phone and call or drop by the garden every Saturday morning at 8 until we call it done! Thanks so much for growing as a community right here in the urban garden downtown OKC! On Wednesday nights at 7pm our amazing Midtown has jazz night crawl so join us in the garden for evening connection with super tunes inspiring us from all around!
Dear Community Gardeners,
Urban Neighbors Community Garden is a community growing space dedicated to organically growing vegetables, herbs and flowers in the company of friends and neighbors. We partner with Fertile Ground in composting; in essence creating amazing soil. Olthia and The Nature Conservancy worked in our space to create a pocket prairie garden which hosts super pollinators keeping with our mission of all things sustainable. Participation comes with responsibility and a bountiful harvest!
The blog is intended to be a connection tool for us as we grow crops from the soil and expand knowledge as well as experience in the garden . Meet me here for organizing our thoughts on the garden, introducing new gardeners and people that keep the garden running smoothly with updates, recipes and opportunities.
I hope you find this blog useful – follow our garden on Instagram at urbangardendokc. We will also keep you advised on the Urban Neighbors website, Facebook page and via twitter at urbanneighbors.
Let’s enjoy a bountiful gardening season!
Sustainability Chair for
PO Box 1333
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73101