Saturday, March 23, 2013

Week 2: Filling up!

We're almost maxed out on both sides of the gardens. There are only about 6 plots left on the Western side.

Today was a fun day--some new people took plots, volunteers erected bluebird houses outside the gardens, and at least one gardener was hitting the broadfork pretty hard. Another blue-sky day at Lancaster Community Gardens!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

2013 Plans for Lancaster Community Gardens

Today it's 46 degrees with a bit of blue peeking through the clouds--feels like March. And in about a month it will be--which is great news for gardeners. 

The goal over the next few years for Lancaster Community Gardens is to create and/or catalyze community gardening opportunities around the city and county, to generate an over-supply of produce for donation to local food banks, and to support independent efforts with technical support, fundraising, volunteer management, and general guidance. 

Last year (our first) we had a late start but were able to donate over 300 lbs of produce to the food bank run by the Council of Churches. About 30 gardeners maintained 20 plots, as well as 7,000 square feet of community space. Teachers from Wheatland carved out a spot for classes, and over 100 people volunteered to help get things going. 

We also supported the creation of raised bed gardens at King Elementary (garden/art project), and Reynolds Middle School (community garden), and got some great help from the folks at Hamilton Elementary. Thanks for the signs!

This year we're planning on expanding the community gardens across from Wheatland Middle School, and establishing raised beds in neighborhoods around the city where and if people in the neighborhood want them and will commit to them--if we can find the space. 

In several weeks we're holding an organizing meeting for City sites, and based on the interest we'll develop a plan for catalyzing those gardens. We'll definitely need some volunteers, so please sign up and contact us at 

On another date we'll issue plot assignments for the Wheatland site, talk about plans for water, and announce a start date for the season. 

Tomorrow LGH is holding a meeting with folks from around the County about gardens and planning for this year. We're looking forward to hearing what other gardens are sprouting up around the County, and how we can help. 

If you're interested in joining the cause or want help starting your own, please contact us through the meetup site

Friday, September 7, 2012

Day of Caring!

We welcome our Day of Caring Volunteers to Lancaster Community Gardens @ Wheatland Middle School--it's going to be a fun day!

The weather looks good--no rain until the afternoon.

Please bring the following if you can--it will really help:

  • garden rakes
  • pitchforks
  • shovels
  • gloves
  • big smiles
We'll clear the western half of the gardens and plant a fall crop of spinach, lettuce, turnips, and a few other things depending on what's available as of the end of the day Friday. 

Also, Nadine Garner is developing a teaching garden, and could use assistance with that. She'll provide details at 9.

The morning will be led by Charlie Crystle and John Ambler; John is a horticulturalist and one of our most active volunteers. 

We'll see you at 9 am across from Wheatland Middle School at 919 Hamilton Park Drive. We're looking forward to it!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Fall Planting?

What do you have lined up for the Fall? Greens, squash, beans...what other goodness would you plant with your Fall plot? Some plots are still available for the fall season, but hurry :)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

WGAL Interviews Lancaster Community Gardens Plotholders!

Principal Dr. Jay Butterfield was able to lure a WGAL reporter to the gardens last week to help promote the fundraising event for the well.

They did a really great job representing what we're all about, with the help of Grace Henderson and Kate Austin, two of our early volunteers and committed plotholders.

Here's the clip!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Got Water?

The project at Wheatland is going very well--the fence is up, gardens growing, people getting to know each other, and some extraordinary volunteers doing great work on their own initiative.

But every day, gardeners haul water. Recently, one of our gardeners connected 500 feet of garden hose to provide a more constant source, but that water is chlorinated, and the hoses are leaky so water is wasted.

We're going to drill a well as soon as we can pay for it. You can help by buying tickets to the fundraising event, which should be a great time.

On August 9th at 7:30 pm, 5 performers will give us a taste of their original music, including Leo DiSanto from Vinegar Creek Constituency, The Scarlet Furies, Gil Smart, Shawn Gallagher from the Modern Day Pharaohs, and Charlie Crystle (formerly of Parrish Blue).

Buy your tickets here

Soon we'll have a sustainable source of water for this unique project that has the potential to grow to 22 acres!

Friday, July 27, 2012

King Elementary: Build Raised Beds

Can you spare an hour this Saturday? We have a really fun and productive project at one of Lancaster's great city schools and could use your passion and effort.

Over the past several weekends, volunteers from Lancaster Community Gardens, Keystone Art & Cultural Center, and the neighborhood surrounding King have worked together to build two of three raised bed vegetable gardens at King Elementary School.

This project is led by Keystone, with LCG providing a support role. Veggie starters were provided by LCG; we obtained hundreds of starters from Ken's Gardens of Smoketown, PA; Ken's was incredibly generous and donated these really great plants.

This Saturday, the crew will finish the installation. Click here to learn more and sign up to help transform this lot to something truly amazing.