Incredible Edible Landscapes Thursday, March 7th

Join Us for an Evening of Incredible Edible Landscapes

Thursday, March 7th, 2013 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Brown County Central Library Auditorium in Green Bay

New Leaf Foods and Sustainable Green Bay invite you to a panel presentation about creating Incredible Edible Landscapes in your yard. Learn how you can turn even the smallest spaces into productive and beautiful urban ecological islands–growing food for people and pollinators.

Local experts will share their experience and knowledge on the following topics:

  • “Yardening” – A blissful yard/gardening marriage.  A presentation encouraging an eco-friendly and yummy landscapes.

Margaret Gerhard – (a.k.a. “mother nature”) is an artist, teacher, student, dreamer, and ardent environmentalist.

  • “Permaculture” – The basics of Permaculture including a brief description of what it is about.

Ted Skenandore – an Oneida Tribal member, who works as the Agricultural Supervisor at Tsyunhehkwa, the Certified Organic Farm for the Tribe. Graduate of the CUA (Commercial Urban Agriculture) course at Growing Power in Milwaukee. Diploma of Indigenous Permaculture Design

  • “Heirlooms & Diversity” – Growing heirloom vegetables and flowers for the preservation of agricultural biodiversity. Especially the preservation of genetic variability by maintaining heirloom plant varieties.

Vicki Medland – Associate Director of the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity at UW Green Bay & Master Gardener

  • “Nutritious Landscaping” – Let the edibles escape from the vegetable garden.  Add texture, color, and seasonal interest when you inter-plant beautiful food-producing plants throughout your yard.

Joanne Kaiser Gardner – Nutrition Consultant (MS, RD), Master Gardner

We hope you will join us for the evening!

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2nd Community Garden Tour was held this month!

Sustainable Green Bay sponsored its second Community Garden Tour on Saturday, August 4, 9am-12:30pm, with a selection of five of the Green Bay area’s many and varied community gardens—Three Corners, Seymour Park, Tsyunhehkw^, Franklin Middle School Prairie Garden, and the newest one–Gathering Place Community Garden.  Attendance was good, and the garden hosts shared their knowledge and experience with enthusiasm.  Each garden was hosted by one of its primary supporters—Nancy Nabak and Steve Boehlin at Three Corners, Margaret Kubek at Seymour Park, Jeff Metoxen at Tsyunhehkw^, Ned Dorff at Franklin Middle School and Tina Mercier and Kim Diaz at the Gathering Place. The tour organizer was Kim Diaz and the photographs are by Joanne Gardner.

Now in its third year the Three Corners Community Garden continues to grow and expand.  The garden

is located on University Avenue between the Golden House and Saint George Street.

It started with eight 20’ X 20’ plots which were leased to interested individuals or groups and secured with a security deposit and a 20’ X 40’ communal plot where volunteers were responsible for planting, maintaining, and harvesting.  Vegetables are given to volunteers, and donated to local organizations.  This plot may change from year to year, but will always be clearly marked. Initial funding for this project came from a grant from Neighborworks Green Bay, the Norbertine Volunteer Community, and the Green Bay Neighborhood Leadership Council (GBNLC).

Last year, through the support of Saint Norbert College Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Chapter and Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation, three raised beds were constructed and assembled in order to accommodate disabled residents who were interested in gardening.

This year because of growing demand we extended our leased plots to twelve of which eleven are being utilized. In addition, Noah Berg from Troop 1563 approached our group with an Eagle Scout Project request.  His project consisted of constructing and assembling fifteen 4’ X 8’ raised boxes along with finding ways to fund the project.  This year we are using these boxes for our communal garden.  The seeds and plants for the communal garden have been donated by Seymour Park Garden, Lindsley’s Green House, and Three Corners Neighborhood Association.  The garden is also encouraging neighborhood and community interaction.  Nicolet Elementary School has sixty students enrolled for their Summer School Gardening Program and has leased three 20’ X 20’ plots.  The Boys and Girls Club has also leased one 20’ X 20’ plot and will be helping to assist with the communal garden.  Their plan is to teach children the “seed to feed” concept.  By growing your own herbs and vegetables, you can feed your family healthier and more affordably.  Rain barrels supply water for the gardens.

Thanks to all the volunteers and organizations that have contributed in making Three Corners Community Garden a great success.  If you wish to lease a plot, volunteer with the communal plot, or are in need of vegetables please contact: Norbertine Volunteer Community, 920-403-2944, nvc@norbertines.org. You can also follow the progress of the Three Corners Community Garden by liking Three Corners Neighborhood Association Facebook or visiting http://greenbaywi.gov/3corners/.

At the Seymour Park Community Garden, we are busy harvesting! We are in the middle of our third year of growing food, sharing gardening knowledge, and sharing food with our neighbors.

Over the past few weeks alone we have harvested more than 50 pounds of food to share with the First Presbyterian Church food pantry and Seymour Park kids and families. We have expanded the kids’ gardening program thanks to the hard work and dedication of our two summer AmeriCorps*VISTAs. We now have an upcycled materials curriculum (e.g., making watering cans out of milk jugs); we added a field trip to the Broadway farmers’ market and a subsequent Good Food Fest using food purchased at the market; we expanded our curriculum from last year to include more gardening and nutrition lessons; and we have had more experts in the garden, including bug and bird experts and an expert from Tsyunhehkw^, the Oneida Nation’s organic agriculture farm.

We are proud to have increased the use of upcycled materials in the garden. Our raised beds, various support structures for tomato plants, bean racks, bird baths and pollinator attractors are constructed from found and donated materials. Our vision is to model gardening alternatives that are affordable and easy to use so as to inspire neighbors to have their own backyard or porch garden. Next year we hope to install an olla and soaker hose irrigation system, and a vertical agriculture structure that will increase our growing space…up!

Community Garden Night is every Tuesday from 5pm – 7pm. Check out what we’re up to – our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Seymour-Park-Neighborhood-Association/156335737738777; our Tumblr blog: http://seymourparkcommunitygarden.tumblr.com. If you have questions about the garden, please contact Margaret Kubek at mekubek@gmail.com.

 

Jeff Metoxen  explained that the Tsyunhehkw^ Community Garden is one facet of the Oneida Nation Tsyunhehkw^’s program, which includes agriculture and cannery.

We require organic gardening techniques and prohibit the use of GMO or treated seeds and conventional fertilizers. Whatever the gardeners decide to grow is theirs to do with as they wish. However, we encourage our growers to talk with one another about what each one is growing and to sell at the Oneida Farmer’s Market.

Our horticultural staff is available to help you with any of your gardening questions. If we don’t know the answer we will find it for you.  If people need help putting away their food for future use we also have a community cannery available for a small fee. The Oneida Nation provides the land, gardening information and classes, some plants and seeds, fencing, initial tilling, and water for the garden; all the rest of the work and tools are supplied by individual family gardeners.

Franklin Middle School Natural Landscape Garden is the largest public prairie garden in the city of Green Bay. It was planted by students, staff and community volunteers.

It features beautiful plants, including queen of the prairie, Michigan lily, indigo, and several asters and coneflowers. Kids enjoy the wild strawberries, onions, and raspberries.

The Gathering Place Garden was started this year.  The garden site is located on the corner of Webster Ave. and Cherry St., behind the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) house on Cherry St.  NAMI oversees the Gathering Place on the next block of Cherry St., which is the local drop-in recovery center for those with mental illness.

The purpose of the garden is to provide a place for Gathering Place members to participate in gardening and enjoy the produce.  Support from donations and volunteer help has made this project possible.

 

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Community Garden Tour Coming Up on Saturday, August 4, 2012

On Saturday, August 4th, from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm, five community gardens will be open for tours. Each garden will have a host during a designated time who will answer any questions you might have. The five gardens are Three Corners Community Garden, Seymour Park Community Garden, Tsyunhehkwa Community Gardens, Franklin School Native Garden, and The Gather Place Garden, and the times for each garden during which a host is available are 9:00 – 10:00, 9:30 – 10:30, 10:30 – 11:30, 11:00 – 12:00, and 11:30 – 12:30 respectively. See this flyer for more details on each garden, as well as contact information: SGB Community Garden Tour Flyer.

Not sure where the gardens are? Take a look at this map: SGB Community Gardens Tour 2012

We hope to see you there!

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Bike Sharrows

With the completion of bike sharrows and lanes, cyclicsts will now have new opportunites to travel the streets of downtown Green Bay.  In shared lanes, cyclists and drivers will notice a new marking, designating the lane as a shared lane between bicycles and vehicles. Based on the width of the street and the presence of on-street parking, these shared lanes will either direct cyclists to use the full lane or move to the edge of the street. These are not the same as bike lanes! Bike lanes are designated lanes used only by cyclists. Sharrows will now exist on Washington, Cherry, and Crooks Streets, while additional bicycle lanes can be found on sections of Broadway, S Washington, and S Baird Street.

Use this pamphlet to learn more about the new sharrows and bike lanes and how to use them as both a driver and a cyclist: Brochure-Sharing the Streets.

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An Ordinance Repealing and Recreating Section 8.11, Green Bay Municipal Code, Regarding Noxious Weeds and Maintenance of Vegetation

Natural/Edible Landscapes mimic the ecology of a natural forest. They are attractive, productive, diverse, food producing landscapes through the use of native plants, with flowing and nonlinear designs, perennials and seasonality.

The City of Green Bay has repealed and recreated Section 8.11 Green Bay Municipal Code regarding noxious weeds and vegetation. The new ordinance involves noxious weeds and maintenance of vegetation with the purpose to prohibit the uncontrolled growth of vegetation and to control noxious weeds, while permitting the planting and maintenance of planned natural landscaping that adds diversity and richness to the quality of life. It is in the public’s interest to encourage diverse landscaping treatments; particularly those that encourage the preservation, restoration and management of native plant communities which can be economical, low maintenance and effective in soil and water conservation.

 For more information:

APPROVED – 8 11 – Noxious Weeds and Unsightly Plant Growth

A PowerPoint Presentation regarding Natural Landscapes can be found here!

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3rd Annual Green Parade and Eco Block Party!

Sustainable Green Bay is delighted to be participating again in this year’s Green Parade and Eco-Block Party put on by the Greater Green Bay Earth Week Coalition. Our theme this year will be “Support your Community Gardens“! 

Here is all the information you will need, hope to see you on Saturday, May 5 2012!

3rd Annual Green Parade and Eco-Block Party!

 

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Find out how clean the energy is where you live!

Follow this weblink and type in your zip-code to:

-Determine your power grid region based on electric utility.
-Compare the fuel mix & air emissions rates of the electricity in your region to the national average.
-Determine the air emissions impacts of electricity use in your home or business.

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