Chilly Nights

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What a treat it was to have summer-like weather for nearly a month now. Luckily the plants at The Hub Garden Project are mostly inside, because those chilly winter temperatures are coming back lately these evenings. Posted is a picture of our plot at the moment. All of the plants are tucked in under row-cover to keep the plants a little bit warmer as the cool nights continue. Under the covers includes mostly hardy crops including beets, carrots, spinach, mixed greens, radishes, white turnips, and cauliflower. Most of those crops would do just fine in colder temperatures, but covering them takes a bit of stress away and will help the crops to be abundant earlier in the season.

As the season progresses and temperatures rise again, it will be very exciting to share more information on what is going on in the garden. Keep looking out for opportunities to get involved. Always feel free to contact us if you have experience to share or thirst for knowledge about growing your own food.

Exciting New Programs on the Horizon

After a fun and productive meeting with Kathy Anderson and Laura Colero from ANESU food services, we are excited to be launching a collaborative cooking program during Summer break. Once a week Laura will be joining us to take a walk through the garden and see what fun ingredients we can make into a meal for all Hub participants and anyone else that would like to share a meal with us. We will devise a plan and gather other food items and reconvene on Thursday for our cooking class.

This means that we have lots of fun activities to participate in at the Hub. Mondays and Wednesdays send your kids, or join us yourselves to harvest fresh food from the garden. We will be learning the process of growing your own food and then bringing it right into the kitchen. Which brings us to Thursday when you all can come cook with us or send your children who have a passion for cooking to come help us out. This program gives us a great opportunity to see the rewards of our own efforts and then share it with our friends in the community.

Keep us in mind if you have any kitchen supplies that you might want to donate. We could use:

*Blender

*Griddle

*Food Processor

*Good quality sharp kitchen knives.

We will also need some outdoor gear to help us harvest on the rainy days. Help us out by donating gently used:

*Rain coats

*Rubber boots.

Thank you all, as always. We are continuously taking in donations of beautiful mature plant starts thanks to a supportive community member. We are also getting lots of hands in the garden to help make it what it is. The Hub Garden Project would not exist without the help of this community and their youth. We cannot wait to start giving it back.

Get Involved

Hub Garden Project

Want to get involved in The Garden Project? There are many ways to help us out.

Donation Requests:

  • Fertilizer
  • Row cover
  • Hoes
  • Broadfork
  • Griddle
  • Food processor

Anything can be new or used.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  1. Help us keep the grass out of our garden and donate an hour or so of time to pull up some roots.
  2. Come during drop-in hours (3-6) to help teach our youth about vegetables and get in on planting activities.
  3. Let us know if you can water the plants on the weekends when we don’t have anyone from the program in the area.

 

Here are some options of things people can do to help us out.

Contact us at thehubgarden@gmail.com.

We will continue to invite everyone for specific dates and projects.

 

 

 

 

Overflowing with Gratitude

Some lovely squash and cuke starts reaching for the sun.
Some lovely squash and cuke starts reaching for the sun.

 

It takes a bit of ingenuity to gather all of the elements together to make a project like the Garden Project at the Hub really work. Having come from out of state to take on this project as an AmeriCorps while balancing adapting to a new place, it has certainly taken a bit more time than one would have hoped. The Garden Project is so glad to be at a point where the community is really coming together to make it all possible. We have received many donations in the last couple of weeks that are really keeping us moving forward.

Some donors we would like to highlight include Sally Burrell, Karla Flanders,¬†Ernie Senecal, Ash Smith, and Min Brown. Sally contributed all of the potting soil that we may need and is assisting us by donating a bunch of mason jars. This expands our capacity for canning and sprouting portions of our programming. Karla and her family have offered to contribute 1 dozen local eggs to our program every week! This will help us incorporate our produce into breakfast meals and discuss the benefits of local eggs. Ernie dropped off and picked up a tiller to get our garden bed all prepped. This helped us expedite starting the garden. Ash stopped by and dropped off plant starts from Burnt Rock Farm that they were not going to use. With his continued support we will be able to flesh out the garden in places we otherwise wouldn’t have the capacity to fill. Finally, just today Min stopped by looking to see the garden and we naturally fell into a process of pulling roots in the bed to aid in tilling.

While finding time to piece this blurb together more and more thanks were being added to our list. This is the kind of community that will make something like this possible. We are overflowing with gratitude for this community and look forward to continued collaboration.

Garden Beginnings

Jazzy making our first soil blocks of the season!
Jazzy making our first soil blocks of the season!

We have a lot to be thankful for here at The Garden Project. On this sunny day we were finally able to make our first soil blocks and get our seeds going. We have been pushing hard to get this all together and it feels really great to be out gettin’ our hands dirty. In the soil blocks seen above we have started cucumbers, summer squash, kale, beets and broccoli. Some of these may be a tad late but we have high hopes for growth. We also hope to have extra starts as we have a higher capacity to make starts than space to plant. Stay tuned for more updates with gratitude, donation-requests, free produce, and volunteer opportunities.

Awesome events at the Hub over spring break!

There are some awesome things happening at the Hub over spring break!

 

PREP is back!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1571855933090316/

And this time, it’s only two days! So if you want $100, all you have to do is be at The Hub on April 20th and 21st ¬†from 10AM to 6PM (it may take way less time each day) and learn about sexual health! At the end, you’ll get $100!

E-mail rkrushenick@gmail.com for more info and to sign up!

 

We’re going hiking!

https://www.facebook.com/events/445286168968321/

Brian will lead a hike to Bristol Ledges on April 22nd (we’ll be meeting at the Hub at noon)!
A short but steep hike with an ascent of 960 feet; incredible views of Bristol and the Champlain Valley and bound to be tons of fun!

Don’t miss this adventure, make sure to bring a water bottle!

 

And… THE HUB LOCK-IN!

https://www.facebook.com/events/340161412859038/

That’s right! The Hub is having another LOCK-IN. APRIL 23RD INTO APRIL 24TH!

That’s a full night of:
Snacks
movies
video games
snacks
pizza
skating
hide and seek
bonfire
ping pong
internet

It starts at 9PM and goes until 9AM Friday morning. Once the doors lock there is no getting back in! You’ll have to fill out a permission slip so don’t hesitate! We will limit this to 25 people. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE.

New website!

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We have a new website, and you’re on it! The Hub is a teen center and skate park located in Bristol, Vermont. Open every day from 10AM to 6PM.

Learn more about us by exploring this website and stop in to see us soon!