On July 11, 2014, students from Yale EXPLO came
to volunteer at the Stevens Street
Garden. Yale EXPLO is
three week summer program for students entering grades 10-12 hosted on Yale University’s
campus. Its aim is to create a dynamic environment of intellectual inquiry,
responsible decision making and spirited adventure. They are also encouraged to
be engaged with their community. The Stevens
is a place where residents can come together and learn about organic gardening
in an urban environment. The students were a huge help in
weeding, watering, mulching, and mowing the garden.
A huge shout-out to all of the students for their hard work!
On Monday, July 7, 25 volunteers from Vivint, a home security company in Hamden, joined us for a 3-hour "Give Back" event. They split into groups, with some working in the Ivy Street Community Garden continuing the efforts and cleanup there, some in the Fairlawn Manor area of Blake Street helping to beautify the sidewalks by picking up litter, cutting down weeds, raking, and tree mulching, and some in the NHS Demo Garden helping the efforts to continue building it up. Thanks to our Vivint volunteers for all of your hard work!
A new relationship
was developed today with NHS of New Haven and City Church of New Haven. Sunday,
July 29 marked a one-day campaign by the organization, called “I Heart New
Haven,” where a couple of hundred church members split into groups to serve at volunteer projects throughout New Haven.
NHS of New Haven hosted two groups at the Davenport Children’s Garden in the
Hill neighborhood. With the help of about 25 volunteers, this community garden received
a very helpful kick-start to the growing season. Raised beds were fixed up,
painted, and its soil turned over, a bench was cleaned up and painted as well
as the entry trellis at the garden, weeds were wacked and bushes were trimmed.
All in all, it was a fantastic day for which Leanna Largie, Chris Prokop and
the rest of the gardeners were very appreciative of all the hard work.