Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Read how the Rochester community came together to raise organic vegetables for those in need.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Kristin Bull
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
The following news was submitted by Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve. Sometimes when you are working on a project, all the right pieces seem to fall into place. That was the experience of organizers of the Rochester Community Garden. According to Sue Neal, Executive Director of Dinosaur Hill, the organization that operates the community garden “we were hoping the garden would become not only a place for our community members to grow produce organically for their families but a place to make new community connections”. One such community connection grew almost as organically as the vegetables that grow in the garden. This spring all of the garden plots were reserved so the garden was full when organizers were contacted by a local service club …
Monday, July 23, 2012
From tomatoes and zucchini to brilliant sunflowers, the garden is becoming a gathering place for families.
First, the garden itself grew larger. And now, after the hot sun and recent rains of July, the flowers and fruits and vegetables are growing, too. It's the second year for the Rochester Community Garden, an effort launched in 2011 by Rochester's City Beautiful Commission and Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve. Last year, the garden debuted with 42 plots; this year, it increased to nearly 100. In addition, a new Children's Garden, built last fall by volunteers from Home Depot, allows for educational programs that focus on gardening and plants. The Community Garden was designed for area residents without a garden-suitable lawn to grow food for themselves. Many gardeners also donate to local food banks. Applications are taken in early spring for …
Sunday, September 18, 2011
The event was a fundraiser for the garden, which city leaders hope to expand next year.
The Rochester community celebrated the inaugural year of its Community Garden with a Fall Harvest Festival on Saturday. The event included food, drinks, live music and crafts near the garden, off Woodward Street inside Scott Street Park. Under a warm pre-fall sunshine, about 100 people gathered to celebrate the first year of the garden and the start of autumn. The Gamage family of Rochester was among the attendees. They leased a plot in the garden and planted tomatoes, carrots, peppers, onions and flowers. Linda Gamage said she and her children, Emily, McKenzie and Bryce, participated in the garden because their own yard is too full of shade. Throughout the summer, she said they went to the garden nearly every day. "We'll definitely do …
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Fall harvest event to raise funds for more plots next year.
Gardeners who rented plots inside the Rochester Community Garden have been busy harvesting tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables all season long. Community members are invited to help celebrate their garden bounties on Sept. 17. The Rochester City Beautiful Commission and Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve are hosting the city's first Fall Harvest Festival, with proceeds benefiting the garden. The festival will include food, crafts and activities for kids, a silent auction and entertainment. A cash bar will also be on site. The festival is set for 2:30-7:30 p.m. at the Eagles Club, next to the community garden on Woodward in Rochester. "We had great success in year one, and we're looking for folks to get us to year two," said Rochester …
Monday, July 25, 2011
From tomatoes to peppers to pumpkins, the garden near Scott Street Park is in bloom.
The vegetables, herbs and flowers growing inside the Rochester Community Garden have this message for the hot, humid days of late: We'll just keep growing. Though it is surrounded by strips of brown, dry grass in the city — understandable, considering a recent stretch of 90-plus degree days — the community garden near Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve was full of life Monday afternoon. We went there to water our Patch garden and discovered a bounty of green-leaf lettuce, some almost-ready-to-pick green peppers and a blossoming zucchini plant. Around our plot there were sunflowers, pumpkins and nonstop tomatoes: green ones, red ones, cherry, grape and full-size ones. We dropped off our green-leaf lettuce at the Rochester Community House, where …
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Here's what's happening inside my Community Garden plot this week.
A fence now completely surrounds the Rochester Community Garden, and it's a good thing: I sure don't want anything to eat my pepper. The tiny green pepper (which will eventually turn red) is the most visible sign of life this week inside my plot in the garden, which I planted earlier this month and will write about weekly to chronicle the first year of the project. The fence is secured with a chain and a combination lock, and only the 40 gardeners know the secret code. As I looked around at the other plots this week, I saw small green tomatoes and other peppers starting to grow; I saw planted herbs doubling in size. Rain is in the forecast for most of this week; I'll speak for my peppers, zucchini and other vegetables when I say "hurrah!"
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Rochester Patch has a plot in the Rochester Community Garden. Each week, we'll take you there to watch things grow.
About three hours after I wrote about my very first gardening adventure last week, I made sure my priorities were straight: I bought a proper watering can — one that was at least a billion times the size of the children's version I tried to use earlier. And I needed it. The week was dry, and so was my plot inside the Rochester Community Garden. I visited my garden of tomatoes and other vegetables four times this week, including the garden's dedication Thursday. Each time, I walked apprehensively over the hill from the Scott Street Park parking lot, slightly worried that I might not find any sign of life when I arrived at plot No. 30. I was proud to find that, instead, the garden appeared to be meshing with the earth around it; my Early …
Thursday, June 9, 2011
City leaders celebrated the opening of the Community Garden.
What started as a sketch on a napkin and grew with the help of a committee's dedication was officially open for outdoor business Thursday. Rochester leaders gathered under a cloudy afternoon sky to dedicate the new Rochester Community Garden. The garden includes 42 separate plots for growing everything from pumpkins to marigolds. City residents applied to lease spots in the garden, which is managed by the Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve. "This really is a great story for Rochester — it's one of the prides of our town," said Mayor Jeff Cuthbertson. He applauded Dinosaur Hill Executive Director Sue Neal, Department of Public Works Director Bill Bohlen and City Councilmember Ben Giovanelli as being the "heart and soul" of the project. "This …