On May 3, 2016, a delegation of 21 staff members from the Urban Agriculture section of Sucheon, South Korea toured the Magnuson Community Garden with Emily Bishton (Children’s Garden Chair), Jerry Packard (Orchard Chair), and Christina Pfeiffer (MCG President).
Emily Bishton (far left, below) describing the Children’s Garden programs to the group and their interpreter.
During this wonderful cultural exchange, we shared information about how this multi-purpose community garden came to be built, how it is maintained, and what kinds of events and activities we have here. They were impressed by how much is done by volunteers in cooperation with city staff, as those efforts are only done by paid staff in their city. During their visit, they also got a glimpse of a parent and child Nature Adventure pre-school program with Emily in action, as well as meeting some P-Patch gardeners working their plots.
Approximately 25 people turned out to work in the p-patch this past Saturday, April 9th, for the first work party of the season. The weather was superb!
work party 4.10.16
Accomplishments included taking out all the hoses from winter storage and distributing them throughout the p-patch and storing used burlap sacks in the tool shed.
Additionally, several people worked on plot #223, which had fallen into severe decline. By the time all the quack grass had been removed, a plot that had been among the worst in shape was transformed into one of the best garden plots, ready for a new gardener to start this season.
Despite heavy rain most of the morning of Saturday, Oct. 8th, eight hardy souls showed up for the work party this morning. Accomplished tasks included gathering up all the hoses and stowing them in the back corner of the tool shed. Since it was pouring heavy rain the whole time, the rest of the final chores will need to be done next Saturday, Oct. 17, at 10:00 AM.
Oct. 17th tasks will include:
- Cleaning out the Food Bank end of the tool shed
- Treating the food bank plots with calcium carbonate to help prevent tomato blossom end rot
- Final weeding of Food Bank plots and other common areas
- Winterizing the Food Bank plots with burlap bags