So, I wanted to do a separate blog about our new campaign and what we are planning for this fall!
Introducing our new campaign......... "Beet Cancer in the Garden"! We are super excited about this project! Check out our logo, done by an amazingly talented artist and dear friend, Kimmie Carper:
to kick this campaign off, we planted 5 of our raised beds with some very healthy foods!!! bed 1: beets bed 2: kale bed 3: chard bed 4: carrots bed 5: arugula
our main educational focus will be on 2 superfoods, beets and kale.
We have met with Susan G. Komen about this project and they are very supportive. We are developing our relationship with them, and working on how we can work together to educate about the correlation of food and health to reduced risk of cancer, and for your health as you battle cancer. We have also worked with the green bottle candle company, and we will be selling candles made specifically for this campaign as a fundraiser! Proceeds will be divided between us and Susan G. Komen.
We also filed for our non-profit status, yesterday, actually, so we are very hopeful that this will come through soon, and we can start raising some money to help implement all of our fantastic ideas! =)
Well, clearly we have not kept up with the blog portion of our website, and I apologize for that! We really do love the garden, and the gardening, but it is difficult to keep the website active and up to date when we stay so busy in life! I'm sure all you bloggers out there can understand that better than even we can, since we've failed to even attempt to keep our blog current! I will try to remedy this.
Anyway, the Birmingham Eastside Ecogardens has been active and busy over the past year, as I hope we have shown by our pictures. We have gone from having one family on the land to 4 families with a garden space.
We had a productive summer, and plenty of rain this year, compared to our drought last summer! We were able to keep everything watered using our rain barrels without having to haul anything in! Hurray! We had okra, both red and green, several types of peppers, tomatoes, chard, a few squash and pumpkins, figs, peaches and pears (only a few) canteloup, watermelon, black-eyed peas, lima beans and green beans!
Right now we are in transition time between the 2 seasons, but we have gourds, persimmons and muscadine grapes,and golden-rod everywhere! The pineapple sage is blooming right now and it is just gorgeous!
We hosted a composting class at the garden this summer, led by Captain Compost, and it was fantastic! We also have worked with some 4-H students, and had a group of students from North Carolina pass through in the spring.
I hope this fills you in on some of our happenings! Keep supporting the B.E.E. Community as we continue to work and grow! We need all of your love sent our way, as it is a large space, and can get the better of us sometimes (especially mowing in the summer, sheesh!!!)