Adult Gardener Workshop at MOSAIC Community Garden tonight

When:   Tuesday, July 9, 2013     6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
What:    Adult Workshop 1 – Organic vs. Conventional Gardening
             Project: Hanging Planter using Recycled Fabrics
 
Tina is ready and set to facilitate a workshop/group discussion on Organic vs. Conventional Gardening.  She will also provide instruction on how to make a hanging plant bag using recycled fabric!
 
Please plan to attend the class that day (even bring a friend) to understand the benefits of organic gardening and how a recycled old shirt, pantyhose or other materials can be used to create a wonderful vertical garden.
 
Below are more details regarding the workshop…we hope to see you there!
 
In order to make the RECYCLED FABRIC HANGING PLANT BAG…
 
Gardeners Will Need to Bring:
 
Old shirt, pants, or piece of fabric – must be BREATHABLE such as Cotton or Linen
* NO polyester, NO synthetic fabrics (won’t breath)
 
twine, ribbons, or other tying material
 
MOSAIC Will Supply:
 
“S” hooks, planting compost/soil, and seedlings/plants

MOSAIC looking for part-time Garden Manager

MOSAIC Community Land Trust in Pottstown is looking for a part-time manager for their community garden(s). See details below.  This is a GREAT position if you love working outdoors, working with people, and sharing your interest in healthy living with the larger community!

The deadline for applying is February 15, 2013.

Job Title: Community Garden Manager
Reports To: President of MOSAIC Community Land Trust and Garden Committee

Position Summary:
Working under the direction of Mosaic’s Community Garden Committee (Committee), the Manager will work with community members and community groups to organize and coordinate the operation of one and potentially two community gardens. The Manager will be responsible for the following:

 Ensure that the gardens are kept clean and pristine, and all garden beds are fully utilized
 Ensure that all gardeners are in good standing (rules and regulations from the operating manual are followed)
 Collect plot fees and develop policy for assignment of plots
 Facilitate new gardener orientations, work projects, and general garden meetings;
 Coordinate gardening education programs
 Provide mediation within the community garden group(s), if needed;
 Act as a liaison between community garden group(s) and the Committee;
 Collaborate with the Committee and the community gardeners to update the Community Garden Manual
 Manage construction projects and volunteer garden staff at the garden
 Provide regular communication to the gardeners, volunteers, community and garden committee;
 Take on other project-related duties as they arise.

Qualifications
• Strong commitment to community empowerment, social justice, and community food security
• Demonstrated experience working with diverse communities
• Experience in urban gardening/ farming
• Negotiation and problem solving skills
• Ability and desire to work outside
• Ability to work within a budget creatively
• Valid Pennsylvania driver’s license and insurance; and a reliable vehicle

Hours
10-30 hours/week, flexible schedule with willingness to work evenings and weekends. This is a one year contract position. Contract extension will be partially based on available funding.
Salary and benefits
This is a half time position with no benefits. Salary from $12,000 to $15,000 depending on qualifications.
To Apply:
Interested persons should send a resume, three professional references, and cover letter including qualifications for this position to: David Jackson, Mosaic CLT President, at itsdl2u@yahoo.com or by mail to the address below by
February 15, 2013. For further information please see the Mosaic CLT website: www.pottstownclt.wordpress.com

Free plants at MOSAIC Community Garden tonight & tomorrow morning!

Calling all area gardeners!

The 8th grade students at St. Aloysius School started a bunch of plants from seedlings this past spring with help from Strogus Flower Shop and funding from the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation. They gave the starter plants to their parents and parishioners, but they had many more left over.

Anna Brendle from the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation suggested they get in touch with us. So… there are a bunch of good-looking plants at the rear of the garden now. The MOSAIC Community Garden is at 423 Chestnut Street, Pottstown, PA 19464. I’ll be there from 6-7:30 pm tonight and from 8-9:30 tomorrow morning if you want to stop by and pick some up. They’re FREE! There are mostly squash and zucchini, but also some spinach, peppers, and tomatoes.

After tomorrow morning, I’ll set the remainders on the rear curb of the garden, in the alley. Spread the word!

Community Garden info. session this Saturday at Victory Christian

This is just a reminder that an information session will be held this Saturday afternoon from 2-3 pm at Victory Christian Life Center at 28 N. Washington Street, Pottstown, PA 19464.

Come out to get an application and learn all about the community garden being built by MOSAIC Community Land Trust at 423 Chestnut Street!

To read about our last info session, check out this article written by Joe Zlomek of The Sanatoga Post. And here is another link to a post about the garden at the PEAK blog. Thanks for the coverage, Joe and Mary!

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