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August Workday

We had a very productive workday this month!

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Jake Walsh from JT Builders, joined us to help finish the benches, including some with backs! Great for resting after working hard in the garden!

We also planted Hops!

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Seed Saving Workshop- Diversity is Strength

Where do you get your seeds? 

At the Seed Saving Workshop we learned how to collect and store seeds from our own backyard (or our friends'!) and why its important

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Garlic Harvest - the first

Don't you love harvesting the rewards of your labor?! We harvested the garlic we planted last fall, almost a full year ago! We grow most of our veggies in our short growing season spring to fall but garlic stays in the ground over the winter so we decided to grow a communal garlic plot.

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One of our young members, Kai, showing off a monster bulb we harvested!

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Eating Our Harvest

Our gardens' are responding to the rain by filling out and stepping up production. With gratitude we are harvesting our beautiful vegetables that we put so much time, energy, and love into growing.

But now what? I often watch with delight as my brightly colored veggies adorn my fridge...for a week. And then I realize wow I probably should eat those!

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To help us make the jump from growing our own veggies to eating our own veggies Michelle Wilson from SNAP Education joined us with easy recipes and helpful tips.

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Compost System

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We have a composting system!

After our great workshop on Healthy Soil and Compost we got moving on our own system to recycle to plant material and nutrients from our gardens and put it back into our soil.

So how are we using it?

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Raised Beds

Welcome Southwest Center for Independence(SWCI), one of our new community partners with a plot at the community garden this year. SWCIL is a local non-profit who "supports independent living by and for people with disabilities, and facilitates change within the community for the inclusion of all people."

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What Did Mozart Do After He Died?

He de-composed!

At the Soil and Compost Workshop with Keoki Moore at Shared Harvest Community Garden we learned how the fertility of the soil throughout the history of Earth has been perpetuated by decomposing biological matter and how we can recreate that cycle to improve our gardens' soil fertility through composting.

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Permaculture Food Forest: First Guild

One year ago, on June 1st 2013, the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden open for the first time.

It feels fitting in the growth of this space that on June 1st this year we planted the first guild in the permaculture food forest. A year ago there was nothing but bare soil now we are a flourishing community planting the seeds for harvests in years to come.

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                                     (Look real close to see the seedling and transplants ready to grow!

The permaculture food forest is an exciting piece of our vision. Oh, what is a permaculture food forest you say? Glad you asked.

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No small parts, Only small people

That quote is great for community gardens because if everyone pitches in in their own "small" way we become something much greater than our individual contributions. 

We all play a part to make our community wonderful and today some of those parts actually were played by small people, or more precisely, young, growing people- the students at Riverview Elementary. They may be little but don't let that fool you into thinking they don't have a BIG contribution to make.

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Riverview students, with their Science teacher Mr. Charlie Love, have been hard at work planting veggies to be eaten and harvested when school starts in the fall. But beyond their own school plots they started planting the insectary! The WHAT you say?

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Diggin' In: Workday #1

The name of our garden, Ohana Kuleana, comes from Hawaiian words that mean "Community Responsibility."

Part of that shared responsibility comes into play at our monthly workdays when we come together to work on big projects to improve the garden.

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