Congratulations to the ELF’s who have been busy this winter, planning and preparing for the upcoming season.  We have been awarded a grant from the National Gardening Association and The Home Depot allowing us to buy much needed tools and  materials Continue Reading »


The gardens are looking great and loving the rain!

All of our summer produce will be going to the Plymouth Food Pantry, senior center, Meals for Many, Circle Camp and the farmstand. When school starts up in the fall, a large portion of our produce will go to the Plymouth Elementary and High School. The PSU garden will serve it’s dining hall.

Here is the schedule for volunteers:

Whole Village Garden (supervised by Bob Richer) – Meeting to garden every
Wednesday from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Plymouth Elementary School Garden (supervised by Amey Bailey) – Meeting to
garden every other Tuesday at 4 p.m. – June 21, July 5,19, August 2, 16.

Pemi Youth Center Garden (supervised by Bryan Dutille) – Meeting to garden every other Monday at 4 p.m. – June 27, July 11, 25, August 8, 22.

Fairgrounds Road UMC Garden (supervised by Julie Bisson) – Meeting to garden every Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Plymouth State University Garden (supervised by Chris Meyers) – Meeting to garden …TBA

We will be setting up at the Farmer’s Market every Thursday beginning June 30th.   We need volunteers for the following:

2:30 – 3 pm  Setup
3 – 4 pm Kids(2 or 3) to sell produce, art center helper, face painter
4 – 5 pm Kids(2 or 3) to sell produce, art center helper, face painter
5 – 6 pm Kids(2 or 3) to sell produce, art center helper, face painter
6 – 6:30 pm Takedown

If you are interested in helping out, email Julie Bisson at jgbisson@plymouth.edu and let her know what you can  do!

Our big ELFS Spring Gardening Gathering will take place on Saturday, May 28th at 10 a.m. at the Methodist Chuch garden site on Fairgrounds Rd.

Come out, play in the dirt, pack a picnic lunch and help plant seeds and seedlings in our 10,000 sq ft garden.

Here’s what we accomplished this past week:

  • Saturday, May 7th: Bob and Jessie, Julie & Tonia and their families dig and plant at the Whole Village Garden.
  • Saturday, May 7th: Casino  finishes tilling up the Plymouth Elementary School (PES) garden.
  • Monday, May 8th: Steve from PSU drops of a truck load of leaf compost at PES. Amey hauls it to the garden in wheelbarrows.
  • Tuesday, May 9th: Students in the afterschool school program “Fitness & Fun” help make raised beds in the Plymouth Elementary School Garden with Deb, Katie, Julie & Amey.
  • Wednesday, May 10th: Creesends a truckload of manure to PES. Julie hauls it to the garden in wheelbarrows.
  • Wednesday, May 10th: Heather’s Wellness Class (20+ students) spread mulch in the PSU garden and plant some crops.
  • Thursday, May 11th: Amey finishes hauling manure and spreading it in the garden.
  • Friday: rest!

Thanks to all of you, we are off to a great season of gardening!!

You might think that nothing happens during the winter but it,s not true – a lot of planning and preparation takes place in the winter months. Aside from receiving our grant (see below post), we have seeds ordered, we are adding a new garden space at the Plymouth Elementary School (PES) to supply fresh vegetables to the cafeteria and we are working to organize our volunteers and many outreach efforts that we plan for the 2011 season.  We plan to maintain 3 gardens in 2011, providing produce for PES, the Bridge House Food Pantry, the Circle Camp and our own farm stand at the Plymouth Farmer’s Market. Sound like a lot?  It is, but it is fun and fulfilling.  Would you like to be involved?  Help is always needed and we have a variety of tasks to suit everyone: big or small commitment, getting your hands dirty or not, gardening or organizing, etc.  Please be in touch if you would like to be involved, and we can certainly find something for you to do that suits our needs and your interests – we are looking for both kids and adults!

p.s. Seedlings are started too!

Wow! There is a lot going on! Its hard to keep up with everything. We have 2 gardens planted and growing and producing pounds and pounds of veggies. We have harvesting going on twice a week, food being distributed to the Circle Camp, the Senior Center, the food pantry and the Pemi-Youth Center, weeding and garden maintenance happening and of course, the farmstand every week.  As Julie puts it, the farmstand is now just a small part in amongst a bigger picture. It is all so exciting.  It is all being made possible by the many volunteers helping out in all sorts of wonderful ways. Thanks to everyone! Thanks to Julie for creating all the enthusiasm!  Let’s all enjoy this moment of abundance.

Groundbreaking - May 2010

Busy bees are happy bees

It was a beautiful day this past Saturday during our Groundbreaking at the Whole Village Center as a new site for growing food for the farmstand.  Thanks for Master Gardener Rob Richer for overseeing the excitement!  Kids dug and played while the ground was given a once-over.

it’s spring when the world is puddle-wonderful
– e.e. cummings, Tulips and Chimneys (1923)

Groundbreaking - May 2010

Parents can help out, too

Groundbreaking - May 2010

Happy 40th Earth Day!

Earthday 2010

Friends cleaning up on Earthday