Exciting times are here as we plunge into our G.R.O.W. project using resources from the 50 States for Good program sponsored by Tom’s of Maine. Many of you graciously voted via Facebook to make this possible and for that we thank you. G.R.O.W. stands for Giving Resources Organically Within. The premise is to have an organic garden on site in which our members can be a part of and reap the benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Our first challenge was to tackle where we would put the garden and how would we do it. Ironically, a woman from Roof Top Sedums had called to make an appointment with us to talk about what they do. They have many different mediums for planting various flowers, plants, herbs, fruits, and vegetables both for aesthetics and for functional use. One of their products seemed to fit the bill perfectly for our project. It is called a LiveScreen. A LiveScreen is a mobile garden wall that allows you to grow a garden on your deck or patio. It can be moved anywhere and self-waters twice a day. There is no bending, no weeding, and it is out of the reach of animals who might like to munch in your garden. They make gardening accessible to virtually everyone.
Let me be honest, I love fresh fruits and vegetables but I don’t know much about gardening. Luckily, we happen to know a few people that know a whole lot about it. We have a G.R.O.W. committee of some pretty knowledgeable experts. We have narrowed down what we are going to plant. Our next order of business will be a kick-off called “Let’s G.R.O.W. For It.” It is scheduled for Tuesday, May 13, 2014 and we will have different activities involving both members and volunteers to get the garden planted.
In addition, to our garden, we plan to run workshops monthly throughout the year to go along with the garden or the theme of sustainability. Some of our ideas are rain barrels, composting, nutritional buzz words and their meaning, and raw foods just to name a few. Stay tuned.
Program Outreach Manager
Erin was hired in January 2008 for a newly created position with the organization. Her family joined as members of Gilda’s Club in 1999 to learn to live with her mother’s brain cancer diagnosis. She also has had other family members with cancer and knows first hand the kind of comfort, support and comraderie that lies behind the big red door. She looks forward to extending that same opportunity to others and educating people on the benefits of a cancer support community. Erin lives in Silvis and enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and son.