Solstice Newsletter

It has been great to see so many of you over the last month, watching these gardens take shape, and chatting about what’s working, what’s not, and what, if anything, we can do about it.

Calling all community garden enthusiasts! The Spenard Community Garden is edible as can be, and there’s a real opportunity to invite and welcome folks from the hundreds who visit the adjacent food pantry each week. Our weekly garden gatherings (Wednesdays from 4-6 pm, 1303 W 33rd) are full of conversations about the garden, from helping visitors harvest a salad, to showing kids the joy of shmooshing lemon balm under their noses, to talking about the wonders of a well-mulched and pesticide-free veggie patch. Thanks to the dozens of folks who’ve contributed already this summer! There’s a real opportunity here for more community connection at other times of the week, so please drop me a line if you’d like to be involved.

I’m also excited to announce that ACAT has a new and improved  Glyphosate fact sheet to help get the word out on the harmful effects of Roundup and other weed and feed products. We produced this document for you to read and educate yourselves on this dangerously common gardening chemical, but also to share widely within our community. Here’s a PDF and PNG (page 1and 2) file formats to share electronically and for posting to social media.

Last, but by no means least, CHE-Alaska’s featured speaker for July will be our local gardening authority Jeff Lowenfells for an in-depth discussion of pesticide use in Alaskan gardens, alternatives, and regulations. You can join us on Wednesday, July 29 from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM. Write me for more details. All welcome.

Hope you and your plants are enjoying these light rains of late, ring with ideas and questions, and hope to see you in the gardens soon.

Nick Riordan

Organic Gardening Coordinator


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