Taking Root #51

March 15, 2016
Garden Plots Available at Brownsville Community Garden
By Gini Bramlett
For the Calapooia Food Alliance

Anyone who gardens is sure to have been thinking about their garden plans for this season with this past week’s unexpected, sunny days. Those of us blessed to have good spaces to grow our own food are already getting a few things planted, and starting some in the greenhouse.
Those garden-minded who live in the local area need not fret if they get the gardening bug, but don’t have a good location to plant one. The Brownsville Community Garden offers plots in varying sizes for affordable cost. The garden is located on the property of Central Linn school.
Plots are available at low cost for anyone who has the urge to grow some of their own food. Plots vary in size and cost and include water (that alone more than covers the plot cost), some soil amendments when available, and lots of garden tips advice, as well as the camaraderie of fellow gardeners.
The Calapooia Food Alliance (the folks who oversee the garden) strives to keep the community garden organic, as well as no-till. The CFA strongly encourages plot renters to make every effort to abide by these goals. If you need help with how to be more organic, the CFA, as well as fellow plot renters are there to help.
I will be sharing more details about the plot rental fees and plot sizes available over the next month or so. You can also get information by visiting the Calapooia Food Alliance Website at gocfa,org. Applications (to print) for renting plots and CFA board phone numbers are also on the Website.
Another project of the community garden is the ongoing construction of the new pavilion. Last year board members and volunteers helped plan, design and build the main structure. This year the plan is to construct a deck. The pavilion will act as a venue for various events planned including entertainment, evening garden visits, garden workshops and classes, and a nice protected break spot for the volunteers who help in the garden.
Speaking of volunteers, the CFA is always on the lookout for gardeners who would like to help get the garden in shape in spring and help maintain the areas during the growing season where food is grown that is donated to local food distributors. The mission of the CFA is to facilitate and promote healthy, local, sustainable food production and consumption. If you relate to our mission, visit our website, give us a call or email us. Any amount of time you can help to further our mission is welcomed no matter how small.

Munch Night
Come on down to Randy’s on Main Street for the CFA’s monthly Munch Night fundraiser at 6 pm. on Friday, March 17 and enjoy a homemade buffet dinner prepared by the CFA board along with the film, “How to Cook Your Life”, by German filmmaker Doris Dorrie. A summer in the life of renowned Zen practitioner and cook, Edward Espy Brown is documented as he teaches culinary classes in Zen centers in Austria and California, revealing the role food plays in our bodies and spirits.
All are invited! And, don’t forget your bowls and table service to fill your tummies with “Nummy Bowls” of rice beans and all the healthy condiments, along with Kathleen Swayze’s secret nummy sauce. Water is provided. Feel free to bring your own beverage of choice. A $10 donation is requested,

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