Hot off of the presses from The Community Greenhouse Partners! You won’t want to miss this fun and informative event! I’ll see you there!
“Please join us for a great afternoon of planting and learning, as Community Greenhouse Partners plants the "Katherine B Jones Memorial Woodland Garden" on the corner of East 65th and Superior on Palm Sunday, April 17th, 2011.
At 12:30 PM, Gary Paul Nabhan will conduct a free workshop focusing on: "Heirloom Fruit Search, Community Conservation, and Local Market Recovery". Nabhan is an internationally-celebrated nature writer, seed saver, conservation biologist and sustainable agriculture activist who has been called “the father of the local food movement” by Mother Earth News. Gary is also an orchard-keeper, wild forager and Ecumenical Franciscan brother in his hometown of Patagonia, Arizona near the Mexican border.
At 2 PM, we will move out to the front lawn of CGP, where we plan to plant at least 25 trees including various types of apple, pear and plum, bushes including huckleberry, blueberry and raspberry, plus many other varieties of plant life. The goal is to create a true Forest Garden, to act as an example of how vacant land can be transformed into a healthy landscape that creates both community and economic development opportunities.
Bring gloves and garden tools. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to the number given below or respond at their Facebook Event Site!
This event is made possible by a generous grant from the Katherine B and Thomas H. Jones Charitable Trust of the Cleveland Foundation. Additional support is being provided in the forms of tools being lent to CGP by the Greater Cleveland Habitat For Humanity's Re-Store. Thanks also to Food and Water Watch for helping with publicity. Additional Sponsors always welcome, contact Tim Smith for details at
The CGP Vision:
• Our most valuable assets are our people and our customers.
• Agriculture is the key to a sustainable future.
• Reach out to our neighbors and help them by helping themselves.
• Create a better future through education and training.
• Respect the community and the environment.
• Integrity and responsiveness in all our interactions with constituents.
In order to meet this mission CGP will develop programs that combine earth, food, employment, self-worth, education and opportunity into a replicable sustainable system that benefits both the individual as well as the community. These programs will be based on the following values:
• A valued, sustainable community is one that integrates human capital into a balanced ecosystem.
• Changes to the environment must be considered in context of their impact on the next seven generations.
• Changing the dynamics of a community begins with opportunity and creating the tools to achieve it.
• A healthy community is one that provides for the whole person.
• Respect for the individual, community and the environment must be integrated into all our actions.
• Our actions and accomplishments will be measured by our impact on the individual, the community and the environment.”
This is a press release from The Community Greenhouse Partners. They are doing amazing things here in our fair city! Please go to their website and learn how you can be involved!
Photograph of Heirloom apples courtesy of Ifoodtv. Please read their article How to save heirloom apples . It's a wonderful introduction to the whys and hows of the preservation of older varieties of this beloved fruit!