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New Plattsburgh Community Garden at the Plattsburgh Housing Authority on South Catherine

posted Feb 25, 2014, 12:54 PM by Doug Butdorf

Expected Timeline (some items are weather dependent): 

**** Stared Items require heavy volunteer assistance ****

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February 17:  PlattsburghCommunityGarden.org opens online registration for existing and new gardeners.

Week of April 7th or 14th:  Complete water connection and install lockable frost-free yard hydrant

- Being completed by PHA maintenance staff


Saturday, April 26th:  Plattsburgh Community Garden Annual Meeting and Plot assignment Lottery

- Garden plots will be assigned for both the Penfield and the PHA gardens


Week of April 28th:  Arrange for and receive delivery of Storage Shed materials

Week of April 28th:  Arrange for and receive delivery of Wood Chip Mulch for ground cover

Week of April 28th:  Arrange for collection and delivery of Corrugated Board (cardboard) for ground cover

Week of April 28th:  Arrange for and receive delivery of Rough Cut Lumber for construction of raised beds

Week of April 28th:  Arrange for and receive delivery of Garden Soil and Amendments


**Saturday, May 3rd:  Measure and Layout and string / paint Garden Area and shed location - Begin Shed Construction

**Sunday, May 3rd:  Complete shed construction


Week of May 5th:  Arrange for and receive delivery of hand tools / wheel barrow

Week of May 5th:  Arrange for and receive delivery of Fencing Materials


****Saturday, May 10th:  Finalize plot layout, construct raised beds and lay corrugated board

****Sunday, May 11th:  Fill raised beds and lay wood chip mulch


Week of May 12th:  Arrange for and receive delivery of hoses and above ground water system components


**Saturday, May 17th:  Finish garden construction - Begin fencing construction

**Sunday, May 18th:  Finish fencing construction, including gate.


*Saturday, May 24th:  Design and Construct above ground water system

*Sunday, May 25th:  Complete water system construction

Monday, May 26th:  Open garden for planting (Memorial Day)


Funding Status: 

- Three grants are pending.

- Tool / materials donation requests are in process through local retailers with potential commitment from Curtis Lumber, followed by Walmart, Lowes, Alix's, ACE and Aubuchan.

- Outreach is under way to local community organizations (Rotary, Lions, etc) and to the CVPH Foundation. 

- A City of Plattsburgh Street Drive has been requested - status pending.

Cash funds needed for initial construction is approx. $4,000


Volunteer Labor Needed: 

- the Plattsburgh Renewal Project has expressed interest in helping coordinate volunteer labor

- Sunrise Rotary has expressed interest in helping coordinate volunteer labor

- The SUNY Plattsburgh student Food Group is interested in helping, as they can based on school schedule

- Other suggestions for volunteer labor would be most welcome.  

- We are particularly in need of at least one skilled construction / builder person who can lead our volunteers in construction of the garden shed.

- Volunteers should be directed to bring work gloves, shovels and in the case of shed construction - tools (including battery drills, etc) we don't know if we have electricity on site for construction needs.

- seeking local clergy for Opening Day blessing of the gardens on May 26th (Memorial Day)


Online sign-up for a garden plot will be available on February 17th.  Interested gardeners should be directed to: http://plattsburghcommunitygarden.org/i-want-a-garden-plot


Summer Solstice Celebration and Community Garden Open House - June 20th

posted Jun 13, 2012, 5:25 AM by Doug Butdorf


Celebrate the longest day of the year! 
With an open house for the community garden starting at 5, a composting workshop at 6, music, crafts and more.

Bring some veggies for the grill! Enjoy some grilled pizza provided by Board Member Sue Hager! 

Tara Frederick & Mary Alice Shemo are willing to coordinate the food for the potluck. Please email them at hap_kidomom@yahoo.com or shemogua@juno.com to let them know what you're planning to bring. That way, late deciders can contact one of them to ask what's still needed. If you're not bringing anything, come anyway, come anyway, there'll be grilled pizza!


To get involved, email hart.melissa@rocketmail.com

Gardners March Madness: Growing from the Ground Up

posted Mar 8, 2012, 5:25 AM by Doug Butdorf

Get your garden off to the best possible start this spring. On Saturday, March 24 from 10:00 – 2:30 the Master Gardener Volunteers with Cornell Cooperative Extension are holding ‘Growing From the Ground Up’, an interactive program consisting of  four one hour blocks focusing on some of the fundamentals of successful vegetable and flower gardening. Each block begins with a short illustrated talk and then breaks into small groups for hands-on activities and discussion. Topics include practical ways to improve your soil, using raised beds, simplified composting, starting seeds and handling transplants, and how to make the most out of the space and growing conditions you have.

The program runs 10:00 to 2:30 at the Miner Institute in Chazy. Instructors include Amy Ivy, Jolene Wallace and Master Gardener volunteers.  The cost is $20 per person and includes refreshments and resource materials. Bring your own bag lunch. Registration is required by March 19. For more information or to register contact Cornell Cooperative Extension at 561-7450, email Jolene Wallace at jmw442@cornell.edu or download the flier from http://counties.cce.cornell.edu/clinton .

 

 

Amy D. Ivy

Executive Director/Horticulture Educator

Cornell Cooperative Extension Clinton County

6064 Route 22 #5

Plattsburgh, NY  12901

Phone (518)561-7450

Fax (518)561-0183

adi2@cornell.edu

http://counties.cce.cornell.edu/clinton/

Plattsburgh Community Garden Group sets 2012 schedule

posted Feb 6, 2012, 8:53 AM by Doug Butdorf

In an effort to make it easier for community members and member gardeners to participate in scheduled work days, the Plattsburgh Community Garden Group has established a community work day schedule on the first and third saturdays from 10AM to 2PM at each of the two community gardens.  In addition, the Plattsburgh Community Garden group is making plans for a season kick-off event on April 21st, a Summer Solstice event on June 20th, a Peak-of-Summer Potluck on August 4th and an end-of-season Harvest Bounty Swap.  Community Gardeners and supporters from the greater Plattsburgh area are encouraged to attend and participate in all of our events.

Download a refrigerator friendly 2012 schedule for your house HERE

Plot Registration Open for 2012 Growing Season

posted Feb 6, 2012, 8:48 AM by Doug Butdorf   [ updated Feb 6, 2012, 8:48 AM ]

The Plattsburgh Community Garden Group is now accepting registration for the 2012 growing season.

Details available HERE

Huge Native Plant Sale!

posted Jun 8, 2011, 4:16 PM by Doug Butdorf

The Ausable River Association’s Native Plant Sale fundraiser is scheduled for Sunday, June 26 from 9am - 2 pm at the Keene Farmers’ Market.  A variety of native plants will be available.  All plants are being provided by Fiddlehead Creek Farm and Native Plant Nursery http://fiddleheadcreek.com/.  If you already know what you want, the owner of the nursery is willing to take pre-orders.  Therefore, if you have a specific request for plants, please email me by June 17.  If they are available, we will have them at the sale with your name on them.  Attached is a list of plants.  Also, visit Fiddlehead’s website (above) for more information. 

PCGG Teaching Garden Curriculum Gets listing from Urban Farm Hub and National Community Garden Association

posted Mar 25, 2011, 12:52 PM by Doug Butdorf   [ updated Mar 25, 2011, 12:56 PM ]

The Urban Farm Hub has listed the Plattsburgh Community Garden's Teaching Garden Curriculum as an "amazing resource."  Thanks, too, to the National Association of Community Gardens for the listing in the March newsletter.  Great stuff!




Press Republican: Community Garden Expanding for Season

posted Mar 25, 2011, 8:37 AM by Doug Butdorf

http://pressrepublican.com/0100_news/x10255584/Community-Garden-expanding-for-season

The Press Republican published and article about the expansion of the Community Garden for 2011 growing season.

March 25, 2011

Community Garden expanding for season

Press-Republican

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh Community Garden Group Inc. has plots available at two community gardens for the 2011 growing season.

The group was established in 2009 to create allotment-style gardens in and around the City of Plattsburgh that build community and provide an enjoyable and safe place for people to grow crops, gather as friends and learn the techniques of successful gardening.

The first garden was established at Melissa L. Penfield Park, where 44 gardeners now are provided with access to water, soil amendments, community tools and some assistance with soil preparation and garden planning.

Gardeners pay $25 or $50 to secure a plot, depending on the location. Sites are assigned on a lottery basis.

NEW SPACE

This year, the group is extending to an additional garden location. The Mary Hulbert Memorial Community Garden will be established on land made available by Hulbert Bros. Supply on Route 3 across from Wendy's.

All told, Plattsburgh Community Garden Group hopes to make available more than 6,000 square feet of gardens on 50-plus plots.

"Our family and the employees of Hulbert Bros. Supply are pleased to see the garden space utilized again," Allison Hulbert-Bruce said in a news release.

"We know that PCGG will do a great job of carrying on my grandmother's (Mary Hulbert) legacy. She would be very proud to see the space being utilized in this way."

Hulbert Bros. will provide access to the property and hookup to a water supply.

Community Garden Chairman Doug Butdorf said they are grateful to Hulbert Bros, "who came to us seeking a way to utilize this garden space that was so lovingly cared for by Mary Hulbert for years. We are proud to carry on that legacy and plan to bring back a wonderful garden for the customers and employees of Hulbert Bros. to watch with interest through the year."

To apply for a plot, visit www.plattsburghcommunitygarden.org and click the "I want a Garden Plot" link.

Plattsburgh Community Garden Accepting Applications for 2011 Gardening Season

posted Mar 21, 2011, 4:17 PM by Doug Butdorf   [ updated Mar 25, 2011, 8:41 AM ]

Plattsburgh Community Garden Group Announces Plot Sign-Up for 2011 Growing Season and Expansion to Mary Hulbert Memorial Community Garden

For Immediate Release - March 23, 2011

Contact:  Doug Butdorf, Chair

Plattsburgh Community Garden Group, Inc.

518-314-1390 - dbutdorf@gmail.com

 

Contact: Allison Hulbert-Bruce

Hulbert Bros. Supply

518-561-5400 x 24 – Allison@hulbertsupply.com

The Plattsburgh Community Garden Group, Inc. (PCGG) is pleased to announce the availability of community garden plots at two community gardens for the 2011 growing season.  To apply for a plot, please visit http://www.plattsburghcommunitygarden.org and click the “I want a Garden Plot” link.  Sign Up Now!

The Plattsburgh Community Garden Group was established in 2009 to create allotment style community gardens in and around the City of Plattsburgh that; build community, provide an enjoyable and safe place to grow crops, gather as friends, and learn the techniques of successful gardening.  In our first year, the Plattsburgh Community Garden Group established our first garden at Melissa Penfield Park, where we now provide up to forty-four gardeners with access to water, soil amendments, community tools, and some assistance with soil preparation and garden planning in exchange for a modest fee. 

In 2011 we are extending to an additional garden location: The Mary Hulbert Memorial Community Garden on land kindly made available to us by Hulbert Bros. Supply on Rt 3 across from Wendy's.  All told, the Plattsburgh Community Garden Group hopes to make available over 6,000 square feet of gardens on over 50 plots.  Both locations are established as allotment style community gardens where individual plot holders grow vegetables for their own benefit.

“Our Family and the employees of Hulbert Bors. Supply are pleased to see the garden space utilized again.  We know that PCGG will do a great job of carrying on my grandmother’s legacy.  She would be very proud to see the space being utilized in this way,” says Allison Hulbert-Bruce, granddaughter of Mary Hulbert.  Hulbert Bros. Supply has entered into an agreement with PCGG providing access to the property as well as a hook-up to a water supply.  “We are grateful to Hulbert Bros who came to us seeking a way to utilize this garden space that was so lovingly cared for by Mary Hulbert for years.  We are proud to carry on that legacy and plan to bring back a wonderful garden for the customers and employees of Hulbert Bros to watch with interest through the year,” says Doug Butdorf, Chair of the PCGG.

For more information visit: http://www.plattsburghcommunitygarden.org

Download the 2011 Plattsburgh Community Garden Group Plot Holder Agreement,

Plot Garden Form SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  April 16th, 2011 (to participate in the assignment lottery) or May 31st for first-come/first served plot assignment, if available.

SUBMISSION PROCESS:

1)    Complete form pg 4

2)    Mail completed pg 4 to address at right – keep pgs 1-3

- Or -

1)    Bring Completed Form to Spring Kick-Off and Plot Assignment Lottery on April 16th (Farmers Market Pavilion @ 12 NOON)

PLOT ASSIGNMENT PROCESS:

All Plots will be assigned using a lottery system.  Each plot will be numbered.  Names will be drawn from a hat and assigned accordingly.  In the event we have more applications than plots, only those names drawn from the hat will be assigned to a plot.  Any gardener submitting plot agreement by April 16th can keep the same plot they gardened the prior season.

Garden Choices and Plot Sizes

Melissa Penfield Park Community Garden Plots are 25’ long x 4’ wide – fee $25

Mary Hulbert Memorial Community Garden Plots are various configurations, approx 300 sq ft – fee $50



Teaching Garden Curriculum Released - Spreading the know-how.

posted Feb 18, 2011, 12:19 PM by Doug Butdorf

In 2010, the Plattsburgh Community Garden at Melissa Pennfield Park was proud to host a teaching garden project developed by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton County.  The curriculum is part of the "Establishing Organic Teaching Gardens " Project funded by the Toward Sustainability Foundation.  Out of our teaching garden, coordinated by Anne Lenox Barlow, Horticulture Educator and assisted by Alexander Scharf, came the completion of a Curriculum for community gardens, school gardens and other organizations to ensure all the bases are covered in the establishment of a teaching garden project.  

Please feel free to use this great set of tools.

In addition to the curriculum, Alex compiled a beginners growing guide for Northern New York which includes all the information a beginning gardener needs for a successful crop.

View the Curriculum

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