The rain held off long enough for 75-80 of us to have a wonderful first HarveStamford Community Supper. So many thanks go to the Seedsavers for providing the gardens to visit and the potato salad and soup to enjoy! Their financial support in that effort was much appreciated! Huge thanks go to Caroline Burch, Susan Flash and Sara Bonthuis for all their planning and execution. The Building Community Group is active! The kitchen was buzzing all day. CJ Vadnais took several groups of people to the gardens on the tractor. Clay Zeller-Townson, Matt Aucoin and their amazing crew provided outstanding musical entertainment and delicious blueberry crisp for all! And the people of Stamford came together and enjoyed an evening!
Dear Stamfordians, This is the big week for Stamford Growing Thyme Garden Camp AND the HarveStamford community dinner! There are 25 Stamford campers and several parents who have been meeting every week and learning about foods and gardening, and Wednesday is our last day of camp! It has been wonder-filled! We will be harvesting vegetables from the Gardens, including lots of potatoes, basil, green peppers, hot peppers, kale, chard, and other possibilities (tomatoes are still green)…Now, it is time to put it all together and celebrate our community on Saturday August 17 at 5pm, as you all know.I would love it if everyone could contribute even a single cuke or tomato, so that we can make a vegetarian vegetable Stone Soup and a potato salad, and if enough veggies show up we will turn them into a salad.
I also hope everyone can attend on the 17th! Bring your friends, families and any strangers you haven’t met yet in town! I would also like to ask you to help out in any way or time that you can spare with the following: a. bring ANY organically raised vegetables you can share to Helen’s or I can come pick up, by Tuesday afternoon, to be used at the last day of CAMP on Wednesday. We are going to learn to hold a Farmers Market and need a variety of veggies. Any not used by camp will be in the fridge until Friday and/or Saturday, when we (I and anyone who wants to help) will make a mixed vegetable soup, which could be predominantly tomato if any show up!Kids will also harvest one bed of potatoes, and we welcome anyone else who has grown their own organic potatoes to bring them and cucumbers, in particular. b. come at any time you are available, on Friday or Saturday, to work in the kitchen OR gardens (pruning, tying up tomatoes, sweeping, etc.) to get them ready for Saturday. That could mean chopping vegetables, stirring soup, slicing cukes or tomatoes, or pruning tomato plants. I will be starting at 6:30am on Friday. c. Help set up or clean up Saturday afternoon and then evening. d. come down to see the gardens (we are hoping for a wagon ride; porta-potties are on site) on Saturday either before or after the meal. NUTSHELL: please contribute your veggies and time at your convenience, if able to do so.Next Step: email me and let me know what you can bring, and when, and if you can help out at any time. Contact me to let me know when you are available, and I will give updates of what there is to do! n.b.: I will also be interviewed Wednesday afternoon by Libby Wieland, a Board Member of NEGEF and Education Trainer with VCGN (our two grantors).She has recruited me to be a volunteer Ambassador for Vermont Community Gardens Network, and this is an exciting venture.She will be looking at the gardens and participating in camp that day. (nervous laughter here) (we have been working together for years on school garden programs…) Wish us all good luck! Looks like the weather may be with us on both Wednesday and Saturday at this point. Call or email (or text!) if you have questions…Helen
Fun was had by all painting tiles we designed over the past couple of weeks. There are two more painting evenings – August 1 and 8, 5:30-7:30 pm. Enter the school through the library. Thanks to Victoria Jefferies and to the Stamford Library!
Stamford Tile Project Update Many of you have already designed a tile (or several tiles!) as part of the Tile Project at the school with Victoria Jefferies. If you have already designed your tile, it’s time to paint it! Painting sessions will be held on July 25, August 1 and August 8 from 5:30-7:30. Even if you have not designed a tile, you may attend one of the painting sessions to paint a plain tile. All sessions are located in the school – enter through the library. Please come!
Those who have attended sessions so far (more than 30 of us!) have really enjoyed the experience and are looking forward to completing the tiles and ultimately to seeing the tiles incorporated into the new bulletin board at the library or on the new plaque to be displayed on the front of the town/school building.
Community, and being a member of the community, used to be an important part of life in small town Vermont. For many, and for many reasons, that sense of belonging and working toward the greater good of the community has all but disappeared at a time when it is needed more than ever. Several new groups have recently form in town to bring this important aspect of small town living back.
Whether you are young, old, or somewhere in-between; new to Stamford, long time resident, or interested in joining in our community – here is an event for you.
Join us on one or all of the following dates to make ceramic tiles for community display. ALL are welcome to participate. Bring your Stamford friends! No experience necessary! The tiles will be used for a library bulletin board frame and a town plaque.
Access the multi-purpose room in the school by entering through the outside library door. Let us know you’ll be attending by emailing Victoria at firstname.lastname@example.org or by signing up in the library. But if you forget to sign up, come anyway!!!!
Make and Design Tiles: Thursdays, July 11,18 and 25 – 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 12 – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, July 13 – 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Painting (Glazing) Tiles: Thursdays, July 25, Aug. 1 & 8 – 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
The program is being offered through the volunteer efforts of the Stamford Building Community Group. Funding for the project is provided by the Stamford Community Library and The Ben & Jerry’s Foundation.
Thanks to the Stamford Community Library and Stamford School Principal Micah Hayre for their logistical support. Gail Sellers, River Hill Pottery, is assisting with this project. We could not do this project without their professional help, nor without their commitment to “building community” locally.
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