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Newsletter Update

August 11th, 2016

A Very Fruitful Harvest!

We are excited to announce that a total of over 11,000 POUNDS of fresh produce has been harvested and donated to local food banks and food programs. All of our 15 sites are busy and productive, and veggies are being harvested at each one on a regular basis!

Irrigation and watering continue to be vital elements that are crucial to the success of our gardens this season! As of the end of July, the combined water bill for 3 of our sites was over $2,000. Unfortunately, August has been just as dry as the previous months, so the gardens are still in need of an abundance of watering.

We are VERY thankful to the volunteers who spend extra time each week making sure that our plants are watered, either through irrigation/sprinkling systems or by hand!!

Volunteer Teams & Student Groups

1. In addition to the regular groups that join us faithfully, and the ones listed in the previous update, we have had visits over the past 2 weeks from the following:

– YWCA Hamilton CASS Program for Seniors.
– McMaster’s Mini-University summer camp for youth.
– Fruitland Christian Reformed Church Special Needs SERVE. (see photo below)

NOTE: There are several groups scheduled to volunteer at one of our garden sites during the rest of August, but there are still lots of dates available for YOUR group! To discuss arrangements for a group visit, please email us athamiltonvictorygardens@gmail.com.

2. Several secondary school students have been volunteering at Cancord and other sites to obtain their community service hours. If you would like to earn hours, please check the schedule here or our website for times and locations.

Summer Interns

Our summer interns continue to excel at assisting Amy and the site coordinators with many tasks such as: leading groups of children and youth involved in our Educational Program; helping to supervise teams of adults volunteering at various sites; maintaining the beds and the area surrounding them; and replanting, harvesting and WATERING (of course!).

A special thank you is extended to Yidan, who finished her 8-week Service Canada contract with HVG on July 30th. We wish Yidan all the best as she travels to France for part of August, and then prepares for school in the fall!

Party Time at K&K Greenhouse

One special event that our interns enjoyed, along with Amy and Carolyn, our Cancord site coordinator, was the “SEEDING PARTY” held at K&K Greenhouse in order to seed the 100’s of transplants that will be needed for our fall crops. We extend a BIG THANKS to K&K for all the transplants they have grown for us this season (and during previous seasons as well)!

NOTE: These transplants will be ready to deliver to all our sites by late August—in plenty of time to produce a fantastic FALL HARVEST!

Participants of the Fruitland Christian Reformed Church Special Needs SERVE Program sitting in the new gazebo area at the Jones Road site to take a well-earned break after harvesting produce
Thanks for our Gazebo and Tables

Our Jones Road Site in Stoney Creek has a new addition – a well-built and sturdy gazebo with 2 picnic tables that will provide a shady area for our volunteers to take a break!

Thanks to Threshold School of Building for constructing this rest area through their “Ready to Work Youth-Link-Skills Project”. (Check out their website to learn more about this very worthwhile program that is assisting unemployed youth, and helping non-profit organizations like HVG at the same time!)

WORK BEE SESSIONS

Note: To request information about volunteering, or to receive a Volunteer Application form and Welcome Package, contact us at hamiltonvictorygardens@gmail.com.

Remember: there is no need to call or register to take part in a work bee session. Just show up where and when you can and the site coordinator will help you get started.

Here’s a list of sessions at each garden site:

1. Cancord
Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 9 AM – noon
Location: behind the Food Basics at Barton St and Mary St.
Site Coordinator: Carolyn

2. Macassa Lodge
Hours: Wednesday and Saturday mornings 9 AM – noon, Monday evenings 6pm to dusk.
Location: At Macassa Lodge Seniors Facility at 701 Upper Sherman Ave. 
Site Coordinator: Greta
    
3. St. Helen
Hours: Wednesday 6 PM – dusk, Saturday 9 AM – noon
Location: 785 Britannia Ave, behind the St. Helen’s Community Centre
Site Coordinators: Michelle, Scott, Melanie and Sylvia

4. Jones Road (Ron Miller Community Garden)
Hours: Wednesday 6 PM – dusk, Saturday 9 AM – noon
Site Coordinator: Anne Marie
Location: 220 Jones Rd, behind the former Municipal building and the Kiwanis Club of Stoney Creek building (accessible from Jones Road between Hwy 8 and Barton St)

5. Grace Lutheran
Hours: Saturdays, 9 AM to 11 AM  Location:Beside Grace Lutheran Church (1107 Main St W) at Dow Ave.
Site Coordinator: Harry

6. Philpott
Hours: Tuesdays 5 to 7 PM, Saturdays 10 AM to noon.
Location: In the parking lot behind Philpott Memorial Church across from the central library (accessible through the parking lot gates on Park and Vine St)
Site Coordinators: Geoff & Tom

7. Mount Hamilton CRC
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9 AM to 10 AM
Location: Church parking lot at 1411 Upper Wellington St.
Site Coordinator: Trish or Christina

8. Pioneer Memorial
Hours: For info, email Amy at (amy@hamiltonvictorygardrens.org)
Location: Behind Pioneer Memorial Church at 1974 King St E. (accessible from Ipswich Road)
Site Coordinator: Sam

9. Good Shepherd Square:
Hours: For info, email Amy at (amy@hamiltonvictorygardrens.org)
Location: Beside the Good Shepherd building at King and Ray Streets at 25 Ray St. (accessible from the parking lot at Market and Ray Streets)
Site Coordinator: Mike

10. Redeemer University:
Hours: Monday & Friday, 9 AM until Noon.
Location: 777 Garner Rd. East, Ancaster
Site Coordinator: Olivia

NOTE: Please wear closed-toe shoes and clothes that suit the weather, that can get dirty! There will be water and snacks at each site for break times, but please bring a reusable water container if you can.
Please refer to the HVG website for extra details.

Upcoming Community Events

A display booth about Hamilton Victory Gardens will be set up at the following fairs and events over the next weeks. We would love to have you drop by and say HI to the volunteers who will be manning the booths!

a. Winona Farmer’s Market – Tuesdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (August 16, Sept. 6 & 20)
b. Greenbelt Harvest Picnic – August 26, 27, 28 at Christie Lake (LOTS of volunteers needed for this 3-day event!)
c. Supercrawl 2016 – September 9th, 10th and 11th weekend.

NOTE: If you are interested in helping to staff the booth at these or other community events over the next month, please contact Grant atpositive1@cogeco.ca. Your assistance would beMUCH appreciated!

SAVE THE DATE for our Annual Volunteer Harvest Dinner!

Just a heads up to let you know that our Volunteer Harvest Dinner for 2016 will be held on Saturday, November 5th. We are hoping that all our volunteers, supporters and interested folks can attend!  More details will be available at a later date!

Van Drivers Urgently Needed

HVG is still in need of additional drivers for our refrigerated cube van to help out on a part-time rotational basis. The candidates must be over 25 years of age, have a minimum of 3 years’ experience driving a Heavy commercial Vehicle ( will require a signed Letter of Experience on the company’s letterhead), and have a clean driving record. (as shown by a MVR from the ministry).

For more information, or to apply, please contact Bill at bwilcox@hamiltonvictorygardens.org or at 289-237-7714.

Sooooo much garlic! Our interns Alex, Luke, Hasan, Chris and Yidan show off the garlic drying at the A Rocha Farm.
Looks like we’re going to have quite the harvest of beans this season at the St. Helen’s site!
Seeding our fall transplants at K & K Greenhouses.
The bees have been loving our cucumber plants.

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