Inspiring participation in public affairs
in the spirit of Thomas Jefferson’s life, thought, and ideals.

WELCOME TO THE RIPTON COMMUNITY GARDEN
FOR SUMMER WORK & FUN:

SUMMER 2003: HERE’S THE DIRT!
THURSDAYS, 9AM-NOON

    JUNE 26

    SAFETY FIRST!
    The garden is a place of nourishment, learning, fun, and solace. But to the uninformed, it holds its share of perils. Make sure you know what's edible. Don't step on that rake! Am I allergic to that? The safety issues are both human-made and natural. This first day we'll get a safe start in the garden.
     

    JULY 3

    SEEDS, GLORIOUS SEEDS
    It all starts (and ends) with them: without seeds, our garden wouldn't amount to a hill of beans! A seed begins as a seed and often ends as a seed, and in between, these tiny miracles contain all that's needed to produce a sunflower, a bean, or a towering white pine. How do they do it?
     

    JULY 10

    DREAM GARDEN
    Together we'll take a look at our garden plot and discuss what to plant and where to plant it - and why. Then, take a break in the shade with art supplies and paper to let our imaginations and creativity run wild as we design our dream garden.
     

    JULY 17

    WATER, WATER, (EVERY)WHERE?
    If plants need water to survive, why don't we water our Community Garden? Sure, we give the little transplants a good drink to get them started, but after that, they're on their own. How do they survive? If we don't give them water, where do they get it?
     

    JULY 24

    THE BIRDS AND THE BEES
    These guys are more important than most of us realize. Without these and other pollinators, most flowering plants couldn't produce fruits and seeds to create the next generation. Let's look at what we can do to help them help our garden!
     

    JULY 31

    WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?
    In honor of the most neighborly of neighbors, Fred Rogers, we'll spend some time today with our neighbors in our neighborhood garden. Your job? Pitch in and be a good neighbor: bring a neighbor or a friend to community garden with you today. Then bring another neighbor some goodies from the garden.
     

    AUGUST 7

    NAVIGATING OUR GARDEN
    What's growing where? We'll make a map of the garden, identify what's growing, and talk about companion planting - who likes to be planted next to who and why not all plants get along.
     

    AUGUST 14

    ARE YOU GONNA EAT THAT?
    Where does the food you eat come from? What percentage of your own food do you grow? If you don't grow it, who does? Here's a look at why buying locally makes sense.
     

    AUGUST 21

     WE REAP WHAT WE SOW (AND HOE!)
    Today we get to taste some of the fruits (and veggies) of a summer's worth of hard work. We've learned a lot, we've worked hard, now let's enjoy and share!
     

    ADDITIONAL NOTES:

    1. Garden sessions will include planning, planting, weeding, harvesting, hoeing, thinning, and more. Depending on the tasks that need to be accomplished, the size of the group, weather, and energy levels, this time may be lengthened or shortened.
       
    2. Please be prepared with: a water bottle, a hat, close-toed shoes (no sandals!), sunscreen, and clothing that can get DIRTY!
       
    3. Snacks will be available every time we meet, but please eat a good breakfast before you come - all the great farmers and gardeners do!
       
    4. Bring a friend, spread the word. This is a COMMUNITY effort. Participate!
       

    A GARDEN FOR DAILY LIVING

    Plant three rows of peas:
                   Peace of mind
                   Peace of heart
                   Peace of soul

    No garden should be without turnips:
           Turnip for service when needed
           Turnip for help one another
           Turnip the music and dance

    Plant four rows of squash:
                   Squash gossip
                   Squash indifference
                   Squash grumbling:
                   Squash selfishness

    Water freely with patience and
    Cultivate with love.
    There is much fruit in your garden
    Because you reap what you sow.

    Plant four rows of lettuce:
                   Lettuce be faithful
                   Lettuce be kind
                   Lettuce be happy
                   Lettuce really love                                 one another

    To conclude our garden
    We must have thyme:
                 Thyme for fun
                 Thyme for rest
                 Thyme for ourselves
     

    For more information call Wendy at 388-9522 or 7676. The Ripton Community Garden program is sponsored by The Jefferson Legacy Foundation.

    The Jefferson Legacy Foundation
    Town Office Building, P.O. Box 76
    Ripton, Vermont 05766
    E-mail:
    info@jeffersonlegacy.org
    Phone 802-388-7676 Fax: 802-388-1776

    Portrait of Thomas Jefferson by Jamie Wyeth.
     Used with permission of the artist. Copyright © Jamie Wyeth