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Congresswoman Kaptur visits the Garden
The opening of the 2018 Garden on Saturday, May 26th, was a special event—not only because it seemed the rains would never stop and the opening would never come. We were privileged to have a visit from Marcy Kaptur, U.S. Representative from Ohio’s Ninth Congressional District, who toured our Garden and addressed the gardeners in attendance. Congresswoman Kaptur is a proponent of local, urban food production and advocate for affordable access to healthy food including fresh produce. Congresswoman Kaptur has a self-described passion for agriculture and has made initiatives regarding the issue of agriculture among her legislative priorities. Cleveland Council President Kevin Kelley and Ward 12 Councilman Tony Brancatelli also attended. It was an honor to host our elected officials and show off our "digs." Thank you, all! You're invited back any time to see how the Garden grows!
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Thank you to all the generous donors who contributed to the success of our benefit! Please patronize the businesses who kindly support us.
African Safari Wildlife Park
The M.A.D. Club
M.A.D. (Make a Difference) club is "an organization of students working together to build enthusiasm within their school and outside community by joining in a movement of creative ideas and volunteer time in order to make a positive difference in the lives of others." The Club currently has chapters at Gilmour Academy, Padua Franciscan High School, and Mentor High School. The 2018 season will be our third season with student volunteers from M.A.D. who recruit sponsors and plant, tend, and harvest Hunger Center plots along with performing other volunteer tasks at the Garden.
Check out their website to learn more about M.A.D. Here's a video they made to "recap last year's season full of fun, sunshine, potatoes and service":
BFCG is the March centerfold!
See the feature article about the Garden in the Old Brooklyn News March 2018 quarterly issue: http://bit.ly/2oY5qhl
"Putting Waste to Work" – KeyBank article
Featured on the KeyBank website is an article about Key employee and BFCG gardener Paul Kazmierczak and the Key-Rust Belt Riders food waste-composting initiative at the Garden. Read it at https://www.key.com/about/key2cleveland/quality-of-life/composting.jsp.
2017 Cuyahoga County Fair
We were a red ribbon winner! Thanks to gardener Kim Ripinski and her team for the terrific concept and execution. Thanks also to everyone who contributed produce. Let's grow some ideas and volunteers for the 2018 Fair! It's a great way to earn your volunteer hours. Interested? Submit to email@example.com.
Bees and Pollinator Garden
In 2016 we became beekeepers with the acquisition of two hives. They have been placed in an enclosure at the end of the asphalt path. Nearby is a new pollinator garden plot of flowers – all perennial, native plants. The Garden Coordinator and other members of the Operating Committee took beginning beekeeping classes from the Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association, where the Garden is now a member. The initial bee and garden installations were funded by a grant to the Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation. See more about the Old Brooklyn Pollinator & Habitat Project here.
For the 2016 season the Garden purchased a tractor with a reverse turn tiller, front loader and mower attachment. This will allow the Garden Coordinator and volunteers to prepare for the spring tilling and focus on amending the soil for higher yields. A new compost bin is also being planned because a large garden needs a large compost pile. The tractor will be the most efficient way to ‘turn’ the pile. The tractor will allow for better use of resources. Much of the labor at the Garden has been done manually - The wood chips, for instance, have been carted by wheel barrel from one end of the Garden to the other to form paths. The front end loader will be able to distribute wood chips and soil amendments throughout the Garden, saving time and volunteers’ sneakers.
Ben Franklin Community Garden T-shirts
In 2013 the Ben Franklin Garden introduced a new t-shirt design, the work of gardener Carol Schiro. T-shirts are sold at garden events – Kickoff Meeting, Ice Cream Social, etc. A limited number of t-shirts is still available. Proceeds from the sales benefit the Garden operating fund.
T-shirts are $14.00 each.
T-shirts feature a small graphic on the front and large graphic on the back. Women’s style shirts are dark green on straw yellow; men's shirts are dark green on white.
Wear your heart on your sleeve and your garden over your heart…
Colors – Straw yellow in women's and white in men's
Please Note – scarecrow not included!
"Recipes from the Garden" cookbook
Copies are still available of “Recipes from the Garden” for just $10. The cookbook is sold at garden events throughout the year. It may also be purchased at the Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation office (2339 Broadview Road).
The garden would like to thank the following businesses for providing monetary support to offset the price of printing: Honey Hut Ice Cream, M&W Meats and the Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation.