At last week’s Site Coordinator meeting we discussed strategies that coordinators have tried to keep their gardens full. Some ideas included:
- making signs to stake around the garden site
- using Nextdoor (a private neighborhood based social media site) to post when plots are available
- collaborate with the property owner (school, church, community center) to promote the garden
- put flyers in businesses that might attract gardener types (GD2 signs at the Racquet Club)
- chat it up (we could use a good elevator speech)
- use the mass media: story in the Caliente, communication via KXCI, etc. make an event to make it newsworthy that could then be promoted
If any of you has tried something recently that might have been effective (or ineffective) please share!
Honey bees (Apis mellifera) on an opium poppy (Papaver somniferum)
Dixondale Farms is collaborating with CGT on an onion experiment and fundraiser!
Dixondale has donated six bunches of onions (one each of Texas Legend, Texas Super Sweet, Texas Early White, Southern Belle Red, Yellow Granex and White Bermuda Crystal Wax).
We plan to plant the onions in each of three school garden plots. We completed our first planting at Ventana Vista Garden this morning.
Tomorrow we will plant at Homer Davis and Davidson Gardens, weather permitting.
Upon Harvest, the onions will be weighed and measured and we will report back to Dixondale (and you) about which varieties do best in our challenging climate. We hope to involve students in as much of the process as possible. Following the assessment the onions will be sold at local Farmers’ Markets. The proceeds will benefit our garden scholarship fund.