Thursday, June 28, 2012

Children in the Garden

As part of the Community Health and Fitness program, CORE/El Centro offers children's activities during most of our movement classes.  We are excited to start engaging some of these kids in garden planting, watering, and tasting!

This week we had some of the kids come up and plant tomatoes.  We'll have a group of kids come up every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to water the garden while their parents are taking zumba classes.  We'll also have the kids make some good signage for the garden - and, of course, enjoy the "fruits" of their labor!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Lettuce Harvest!

Thanks to volunteer Stephanie, we harvested over 5 pounds of delicious leaf lettuce this week.

We washed and bagged the lettuce which was given out to staff and volunteers of the building tenants.  Until we have our policies in place to sell, we're just enjoying the abundance amongst ourselves.  As the harvests grow, we'll continue to give out samples to clients, visitors, staff and volunteers.

Come visit during the Open Hours to enjoy a sample from the rooftop gardens!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Grand Opening Celebration Pictures

Amidst 25 mph winds (gusts were DEFINITELY stronger!) and below a clear blue sky, over 60 people gathered on the Edible Skyline rooftop today to celebrate the opening of CORE/El Centro's rooftop garden.

A group of volunteers came earlier in the day to transplant tomatoes, peppers, onions, tomatillos, strawberries, marigolds, zinnias, basil, mint, sage, parsley, cilantro and 1 squash!

We had an abundance of gardening resources and information, including the opportunity to try out some adaptive garden tools (for those with arthritis or wrist injuries).

The rooftop is officially open for the public 5 hours a week - Monday 3:30-4:30, Tuesday 10:45-12pm, Wednesday 8am-9am and 5pm-6pm, Thursday 5:30-6:30pm.  Stop by and see our plant progress, sit and read a book or ask our on-staff Garden Ambassador if they need a hand!