How far we’ve come!

Our 2013 guild team members

Our 2013 guild team members

Lots of Food held their bi-weekly guild team meeting last night. We sat down and went over the timeline of how far we’ve come and where we are going, and WOW!

In just 3 short months since we’ve been in action, we have accomplished so much.  12 gardens have been identified and most have the designs in motion A few have started planting and putting volunteers to work.

Congratulations to everyone who has taken part in this project!

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Yes, You can help! Here’s How

We hope you can help us in one of these ways:

  • If you are a Facebook user, please “Like” our facebook page
  • Keep up with what’s happening by following our blog
  • Manual Labor – Winzell and Lori have need some helpers to plant and work at our site at Montgomery Neighborhood Center 10 Cady Street this Friday, 7/26, from 10:30-3.  Please emailpatty@lotsoffood.org or call 506.6505 if you can help them this week.
  • Graphic Designers – Help us design a logo by entering the Lots of Food Logo Contest
  •  Artists/Educators – A next step is to figure out signage for our spaces.  Attend our meeting on Thursday, 8/1, from 10-noon (RSVP via email) or Send us your ideas for signs we can place in our gardens that:
  1.  Include our logo, name, and website
  2. Meet local codes regarding signs
  3. Are made from durable and preferably sustainably sourced materials
  4. Are scalable, meaning we can use the same design in all of our gardens
  5.  Include a means for us to share educational materials with passersby
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Lots of Food Logo Contest!

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Please help us create a logo to better represent Lots of Food (LOF)’s vision and reflect the spirit of our project – Earth Care, People Care, Resource Share via permaculture.

Artists should refer to LOF website to view our complete mission /vision statement.

If your logo is chosen, it will appear on all official LOF communications (our website, facebook, garden signs, information sheets, our seed packets, banners, business cards, etc.)   You will also gain our deep (that is “deep” as in muddy garden hands and sweaty brow deep)  appreciation. LOF will credit the winning designer on our webpage and list a link to the designer’s business if one exists.

What a great way to share your creativity and to further a worthy cause with your eye-catching design!

Submissions should be sent to info@lotsoffood.org by July 31.

That’s plenty of time to dream up and submit more than one design! Hey, why not?

Contest Guidelines

  • The preferred format is jpg.
  • Contestants must reside in the Rochester area where LOF is based.
  • Decision on the winning design will be made by the LOF Guild by August 9th
  • The winner will be notified by email, and publicly acknowledged on our website and facebook.
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Pear trees are in @ Montgomery Center!

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Special thanks to Wenzell Beckett, Jonathan Bernard and Lori Staubitz for their hard work.

Next in line to be planted is Sea Kale, Comfrey, Arugula and Bee Balm!.

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Great time at the Westside Farmers Market

Director Patty Love tabling at the Westside Farmers Market last week. She made a few new volunteer connections, strengthened some existing relationships and met a few new potential allies!

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Volunteers needed at Montgomery Center!

Looking to get those hands dirty?

We need help at the Montgomery Neighborhood Center 10 Cady St in the corn hill neighborhood where raised beds are needing to be filled and mulched, so if you are be interested in helping with this, please email volunteer coordinator Deb Klee @ klee.deborah@gmail.com

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Lot Design for Montgomery almost complete!

The lot design for the first Lots of Food garden at Montgomery Neighborhood Center is almost complete! Much thanks to Lori and Winzell.

There will be a need for volunteers coming up soon, so get your garden gloves (and hammers) ready!

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Updates from Montgomery Center Garden

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Here’s the progress from last week:

  • Two deliveries of soil from a former SWAN garden site.
  • Setting up an informal Charette there.
  • Fenced garden is complete with
    the exception of the gate which will be completed on Friday June 14th.

The next step will be to design eight Asian Pear polycultures  along the access Ramp.

Thanks to Mr. Winzell has been instrumental in selecting plants for the Montgomery Center garden!

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Lots of Food at the Westside Farmers’ Market

Stop by the Lots of Food info table on Tuesday, June 25th at the Westside Farmers’ Market (4pm-7:30pm) to learn more about our exciting local food-web building project, and to  share your ideas  about healthy community building through food, herb and medicinal gardening.

If you would like to join Lots of Food’s volunteer corps, please contact klee.deborah@gmail.com.

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May Update: What a busy month!

This is what we’ve been up to!

  • Held initial site visits to all 10 lots we plan to install this year
  • Built up our various volunteer leadership teams, including a retreat last May 30th to ensure a healthy organization
  • Developed an empowering organizational structure and job FUNctions
  • Decided on a process site development from initial identification to planting and maintenance
  • Gathered donations of plants, trees and other needed items
  • Met with leaders in the Faith community to introduce Lots of Food
  • Hosted a class teaching some of our main volunteers about ecological gardening and introducing them to permaculture where we planted two beds behind the Maplewood YMCA to get some practice
  • Laid the foundation at one of our sites – the Montgomery Neighborhood Center located at 10 Cady Street – where two of our Guild Team members have been helping the gardeners get their raised beds completed so we could then expand around that to install a Lots of Food garden, which is still in the design stages
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