Thursday, June 25, 2009

June Update

It's been a very busy summer so far at New Roots, and we are happy to share many of the exciting things we've accomplished the past few weeks, and all the things we are looking forward to in the weeks to come. Two interns have joined the team, and will be taking care of your communication needs for the rest of the summer.

Ben is a reluctant KU student (only one year left!) who is loving hanging out in the heat with all the refugees and volunteers and staff down here in Juniper Gardens. I can't wait to see you all this weekend at market and show you around during the Urban Farm Tour!

Sofie is a student at DePaul University who just started this week-the hottest of the summer so far! She has really enjoyed getting to know all the growers and volunteers, and can't wait to meet everyone who supports New Roots at markets!

We have spent a lot of time on building projects this year, and are really proud of how the farm is looking. The trainees at YouthBuild made us a wonderful shed which we've painted in mango and blue. On Tuesday, a group of volunteers from Olathe Bible Church helped us move it halfway across the farm to our community garden plots. It was quite the operation--it took many pushers, 2 by 4s and a giant pickup truck, but thanks to their help we'll have a convenient, pretty place to store tools for community growers!

The interns also helped us put down mulch and even helped one of the growers weed her plot. We are so thankful to have such hardworking helpers.

It's taken many months of planning, planting, and lots of patience, but we're fast approaching one of the most exciting parts of the year--MARKETS! You can see how hard Pelagie (and her sa-weet fedora) and our other growers have been working, and it's about to all pay off . We'll be at the Brookside Market on Saturdays from 8:00-1:00 and the Overland Park Market from 7:30-1:00. CSA members can pick up their bags from their growers at these markets.

We also hold a market at the farm on Mondays at 3rd and Richmond so neighbors can buy fresh vegetables. We love being a part of this community, and like to make it better by sharing what we do here. So far it has been very successful--everyone sold out last Monday and we even went around the neighborhood spreading the word so more people will come this week!

Finally, this Sunday (June 28) we are taking part of the KCCUA Urban Farm Tour. Over 20 urban farms in the Kansas City area are opening their doors and plots for people to visit. We can't wait to show off all our hard work. We will have food venders, drill team performances, live goats, and many other exciting activities, so we hope you can make it out!

There's a lot going on this weekend, so we will let you know how everything went soon!

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