Ashtabula Grows! Tuesday, May 12 at 6pm


Mental Health Check In…how are you doing? What is inspiring you this week? 

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The Promise of Spring and Summer Harvest!

Hello, Ashtabula Grows!

What a week of surprise…Snow, more local cases of COVID-19, and, most importantly, even more reasons to be thankful for living on The Great Lake Erie! Perhaps we could use a mental health day.

At this point we have discussed the overall vision – improving community resilience and food security. We all know one thing; there is no guarantee of  what tomorrow brings. Being as prepared as we can – as a community – will help alleviate undue stress and maybe even bring us closer as a community. There are some other positives – what is one that works for you right now?

Sarah Brower had the virtual floor last week and spent time devoted to plants, seed starting indoors and outdoors. Gifted in many ways, we have heard from several of you that you would like some time to digest this new material and ask more questions!

This week will be a week of reflection of what you have been up to, so far. We will do some small group questions, polls and we have a very engaged instructor this week to guide us through mental health through gardening. Check out Dierdre Fleming’s bio! 


Videos from last week’s class are up!

Part one: Welcome and Sarah Brower on Seed Starting – indoors 

Part two: How-to and Garden Tour 

Please note: OSU disclaimer – some content may not be part of the OSU guidelines to best garden practice.


We will also be discussing the garden kits! If you have been to two or more classes, learn how you can receive your garden kit this week!  If you are unable to attend tonight’s meeting but have been to two classes, email us and we will get you the instructions for kit…


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“Sometimes we have to soak ourselves in the tears and fears of the past to water our future gardens.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem


Have a question or having any trouble with Zoom? Please email us at AshtabulaLocalFood@gmail.com

 

Ashtabula Grows! Getting Started – Tuesday, May 5

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Indoor seed starting – May 2020

Hello, Gardening Friends! This week’s class will include: site selection, soil preparation, indoor seed starting, direct sowing, where to get seeds and seed starts – library, nurseries….This Tuesday, May 5th at 6pm. You do not need to re-register if you previously registered. You will receive an email with information before next class with more information!

Register here!

The first class held on Tuesday, April 28th was great fun! We have had an opportunity to meet each other, learn about the program and how to help Ashtabula become more resilient, as a community, while improving food security. Twenty-five folks joined the webinar and there is an active fb group, Ashtabula Grows! where you can add pictures of your progress, ask questions and post your favorite resources as well. Links to classes are below and we have a resource page that is being updated frequently with websites, Youtube videos, links to farms in the area and a whole lot more.

Missed the first class? Click on the links below to take a look!


Part I: Introduction to series, collaborators and logistics.

Part II: Community building and food resilience by Sarah Brower.

See a list of classes


Register here!


Follow us on facebook

Screen shot of our first class, April 28th

Register here!

https://www.facebook.com/ashtabulalocalfood/

Next class: Getting Started – May 5

Hello, Gardening Friends! This week’s class will include: site selection, soil preparation, indoor seed starting, direct sowing, where to get seeds and seed starts – library, nurseries….This Tuesday, May 5th at 6pm. You do not need to re-register if you previously registered. You will receive an email with information before next class with more information!

2020 seed starts indoors

Register here!

The first class held on Tuesday, April 28th was great fun! We have had an opportunity to meet each other, learn about the program and how to help Ashtabula become more resilient, as a community, while improving food security. Twenty-five folks joined the webinar and there is an active fb group, Ashtabula Grows! where you can add pictures of your progress, ask questions and post your favorite resources as well. Links to classes are below and we have a resource page that is being updated frequently with websites, Youtube videos, links to farms in the area and a whole lot more.

Missed the first class? Click on the links below to take a look!


Part I: Introduction to series, collaborators and logistics.

Part II: Community building and food resilience by Sarah Brower.

See a list of classes


Register here!


Follow us on facebook

Screen shot of our first class, April 28th

Register here!

https://www.facebook.com/ashtabulalocalfood/

Tuesdays at 6pm – Ashtabula Grows! Home Gardening: Gardening apart while growing together

An online home gardening series to build community resilience and food security.

Register here!

Howdy, friends and neighbors! Ashtabula Local Food is teaming up with OSU extension, Community Counseling Center and the Ashtabula Master Gardeners to inspire home gardening, give insight into starting seeds indoors and out, help navigate the land and temperature of NE Ohio (what grows best, when, and how) and help you have a productive home garden.  Our simple goal is to build community, improve health, contribute to food security and, perhaps, give you a little piece of mind. These are uncertain times so we would like to help you take care of yourself.

We will be hosting a live class every Tuesday via Zoom at 6pm with 30 minutes of instruction followed by 30 minutes of questions and answers. Then, follow us on our own group facebook page during the week. Feel free to send pictures, ask questions, or, get to know your neighbors by helping them in their garden (after May 1st, of course, and while respecting social distancing).


Classes are free and interactional!

Instruction by local gardeners and community members

See a list of classes


Register here!


Follow us on facebook

Starting seeds indoors while we wait for weather to catch up with spring!

Register here!