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A BUSY START TO SEPTEMBER!

We are excited to announce that a total of over 26,000 lbs of fresh produce to date has been harvested and donated to local food banks and food programs. Thanks to our dedicated site coordinators who have worked hard to organize the watering, maintaining and harvesting at their site!

Part of a 300-pound harvest at St. Helen site on Saturday, Sept. 10th

The fall transplants, courtesy of William Dam Seed and K&K Greenhouse, have all been planted at various sites, and are growing well. As well, many beds have been planted with seeds for the fall cold crops (e.g. lettuce, radishes, spinach). Additional seeding is planned over the next weeks.

There will be 1000s and 1000s of pounds of veggies to be harvested in the next few months so many volunteers will be needed to help out (See “Special Note to our Volunteers” below).

SPECIAL NOTES TO OUR VOLUNTEERS

First of all, we want to thank you for your assistance to date during this year’s growing season. Whether you have attended a work bee session once or one hundred times, your help has been appreciated and has contributed to the current total harvest of over 24,000 pounds of fresh produce.
Since Amy and our summer student interns are no longer working with HVG, we are in need of volunteer assistance with the FALL HARVEST. SO—we are appealing to YOU forHELP! Please come out and volunteer whenever you can over the next 3 months (even if it is just for a few work sessions or even for part of one), so that we can succeed in harvesting all the fresh produce and getting it into the hands—and on the tables–of people in need in our community. Encourage others to join you in the gardens as well. Bring a group if you would like! ***Reminder: No need to register ahead. Just show up at a site for a work session! Check list of Upcoming Work Bee Sessions below for details.

The locations of the garden sites that will be in most need of help are:

  • Cancord site at Mary & Barton St. (behind Food Basics)—work bees on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings from 9:00 to noon hour
  • St. Helen site on Britannia Avenue (Woodward & Melvin)—work bees on Saturday mornings from 9:00 to noon hour and Wednesday evenings from 4:00 to dusk
  • Stoney Creek site at 200 Jones Road(near Hwy 8)– work bees on Saturday mornings from 9:00 to noon hour and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to dusk
NOTES: 

1. The Mohawk College garden beds were destroyed by a flood in the garden area. So, no more work bees will be held there. Thanks to Elisha for her work on behalf of HVG at this site during the spring/summer.2. The Pioneer Memorial garden site is almost done for the year. Special thanks to Sam and Jackie for all their work there over the past months!

3. The Redeemer College site will be managed over the next months by the students, under the leadership of Olivia. We extend sincere appreciation to Olivia, who has done an incredible job this summer in implementing and managing the garden beds at this new site.

VOLUNTEER GROUPS IN THE GARDENS

1. We want to extend a BIG THANKS to all thesummer camp groups that assisted us over the past two months. Their help was much appreciated!

2. Thanks also to the secondary students that volunteered with us in a mutually beneficial arrangement. They received community service hours and we gained their help!!

3. Upcoming Groups: The following corporations and organizations have already sent or are scheduled to send special “Give Back to the Community” teams to volunteer at various sites over the next weeks:

ArcelorMittal Dofasco
Hamilton General Hospital
Union Gas
Stantec
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
MacServe
First Canadian Title Group
Columbia International College
REfficent/Evereone
City of Hamilton IT Group

NOTE: A reminder that YOUR group would be welcome to join us!! To discuss arrangements for a group visit, please email us at hamiltonvictorygardens@gmail.com

HVG EDUCATIONS PROGRAM

Elementary–Plans are underway to have classes of students from local elementary schools back in the gardens again by later this month. Schools that have participated in the past include: Bennetto, Hillcrest and Strathcona Public, and St. Lawrence, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, and St. Joachim Catholic.

Secondary—Special needs students from Orchard Park will be volunteering once again at our Jones Road site in Stoney Creek on a weekly basis as of Sept. 14th, and the Sir Allan MacNab class is gearing up to help out at a mountain site for its third straight school year!

GOODBYES AND BEST WISHES

There have been several major changes at Hamilton Victory Gardens over the past few weeks:

Amy Angelo, who has done an incredible job as our full-time Operations Manager for the past 1½ years, has left HVG to begin employment at another local non-profit organization. Her expertise and hands-on guidance, as well as her friendly, gentle nature and dedication to our cause, will be greatly missed. We wish Amy all the best in her future endeavours.

The 7 summer student interns, hired through a federal grant for part or all of the past 16 weeks, have been a tremendous help over the summer. However, they have now finished their contracts with HVG and have headed back to school. We extend a BIG thanks to Alex, Hasan, Luke, Yidan, Chris, Shanika and Allson, and wish them all a very successful school year!

Kiara Clark, a student at Mohawk College, did a summer placement with HVG in which she was our “official” photographer, developed several facets of our social media and prepared the Mailchimp presentation of the Newsletter updates. We want to thank Kiara for her assistance, and wish her all the best at Mohawk this year.

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.  Pleasewear closed-toe shoes and clothes that suit the weather and 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.

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 4 PM – dusk, Saturday 9 AM – noon
Please note the change in time on Wednesdays
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. Good Shepherd Square:
Hours: For info, email Bill at (bwilcox@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

Please refer to the HVG website for extra details.

Grant from ArcelorMittal DOFASCO

We are happy to announce the receipt of a $20,000 grant from ArcelorMittal DOFASCO. The funds from this grant will be used to assist us in expanding our Volunteer Base and our Educational Program in the future. More details about this will follow!

A BIG THANKS TO ARCELORMITTAL DOFASCO!!

Save the Date for our Annual Volunteer Harvest Dinner!

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.

P.S. If you would like to help with the preparations for this event, please contact Judy at jewilcox80@gmail.com.

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.

Volunteers from Union Gas with veggies they harvested and donation cheque they presented to HVG!
Volunteers from Stoney Creek Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints harvesting tomatoes during intermittent rain showers!
Replanting—these beds, from which carrots were just harvested, are now being seeded with argula and radishes that will be ripe in mid-October
Note the size of the radishes (compared to the green pen) and the twisted carrots!
If you have any comments or questions about helping out with the Hamilton Victory Gardens, please don’t hesitate to contact:Bill Wilcox, founder of Hamilton Victory Gardens, at (905) 575-9439, at (289) 237-7714, or at bwilcox@hamiltonvictorygardens.org To sign up as a volunteer in the gardens, please contact Judy Wilcox at jewilcox80@gmail.com

Hope to see you in the gardens soon,Your Hamilton Victory Gardens Team
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