2nd Community and School Garden Workday

Tacoma Castings

What a great day CASTINGS had in the gardens on our second Community And Volunteer Workday. It was a long day of shoveling, raking, hauling, digging, and painting. We had so much help from the great folks at #Project:U, the McCarver Peace Makers, their Parents and friends, folks from the Garden Leadership team, and the wonderful Carol Ramm-Gramenz. We had food donated by Subway and Papa Johns which all of the workers ate with great fervor. Take a look at the pictures we have posted to keep updated on our progress. Please feel free to join us on our next workday, April 2nd from 10 to 2 to be a part of this wonderful project.
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Community Garden Work Day

Today March 12th CASTINGS and volunteers from Youth United, Civitas, and PeaceMakers from McCarver Elem. will be breaking ground on the Bamford Community gardens located in McCarver Park.

After watching an inspiring video about the PeaceMakers last night at a PM meeting I am even more energized to see these gardens come alive. Of course it’s raining here in the Pacific NW, but that won’t stop us from picking up our shovels and rakes.  We are true Northwest natives and a little rain won’t dampen our spirits.

We are however really looking forward to the donated time and equipment that has been generously supplied by Metro Parks and Sean’s friend.  The use of a bobcat to dig the pathway is really exciting. Not that I don’t like hauling dirt around in wheelbarrows…no not me.

Last Saturday we worked on the school garden.  We laid cardboard and hauled 10 yards of bark to cover the cardboard and soil.  We placed the raised beds that we had constructed in September with the help of Rebuilding South Sound, PeaceMakers, and local volunteers. We also assembled our compost bins (out of Pallets) and placed worm boxes.

I am bit worried about the worm boxes getting to cold in the winter so we put a lot of cardboard underneath to help insulate the worms little bodies when the freezing weather returns.  Now we just have to get our hands on some worms.

The PM’s started saving scraps for their compost bins helping us did them out of the trash last night.  Of course we washed our hands afterwards.  Our posters are done so we can mount them in the cafeteria to illustrate the do’s and dont’s of composting.  Great drawings were done by the PM’s for the posters.  We will start composting after spring break is over.  We are all excited to see this project started.

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March 7, 2011 Agenda

MARCH  7, 2011
5:30 –7PM
Old Business:
 Action Items
Minutes not available from Feb 28 meeting.
New Business:
 March 24th Family Fun Night Planning
 March 12 Community Garden Timeline and Canvassing
 Discuss Garden Shed Design
 Discuss March 16th and visit to Home Depot . What time and supplies needed?
 Donations still needed for Gardens?
 Discuss meeting with CIST notes supplied by Jordan Ford
 Blog review.
 Facebook page for garden?
 Documentation of work completed

This weeks activities:
Monday March 7, Board Meeting @ 5:30
Thursday March 10, Garden Leadership Meeting @ 6:30
Friday March 11, PeaceMakers @4:00
Saturday March 12 Community Garden Work Day @10am
Anything I forgot?
Adjourn 7pm

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Workday on School Garden at McCaver

We had our first garden volunteer work day on Saturday March 5th.  CASTINGS board and volunteers along with several Peace Makers laid cardboard as a base and then added  7 raised beds, a 3 compartment compost bin, and 2 worm boxes which were then placed on top.  Volunteers then moved 10 yards of chips, to cover the cardboard and provide a weed free barrier for students to work in.

These are the first steps towards fulfilling the students concept and design ideas.  Our desire is to achieve the look and feel of the garden the Peace Makers created on paper and translate that into a working garden feature for all grade levels to use.

Our next work day will be Saturday March 12 from 10 until 2 with volunteers from the Peace Makers, Civitas and Youth United. Peace Makers will canvas the neighborhood with Civitas to once again provide information to neighbors about the available garden plots and Garden Forum meetings that are held the 1st Wednesday of every month.

Many thanks go out to our volunteers for all of their hard work, and to Metro Parks for their help and donations.  Also a big thank you to Papa Johns for their generous donation of food to feed everyone.

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Minutes Feb 21, 2011

Summary of February 21st Meeting Minutes:

Guest: Scott Heinz board chair with Communities in Schools of Tacoma. Jordan Ford met with Scott.  Questions about CASTINGS and CST possibly working together on future projects. Jordan will prepare summary of meeting.

Guest: Tami Mason, a UWT student requesting information on CASTINGS involvement and progress so far on Zina Linnik Park Project.  Jordan Ford and Julia talked to her.

Board Members, Julia Martin-Lombardi, Executive Director, Jordan Ford, President and Chris Tubig, Community Outreach Director attended meeting.

Discussed role of interns and job duties. Cork Takeover, Board Participation duties reiterated, Fundraising for supplies, Partnership with 4-H, Blog responsibilities and Treasures Report.

Next Meeting 2/28/2011

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FEBRUARY 28, 2011


Guest: Carol Ramm-Gramenz

Old Business:

  • Action Items
  • Blog Posting and upkeep (Julia)
  • Talk to Katie about duties (Chrystal)
  • Work Day on Saturday (Anyone that wants to come)
  • Ask RG about visit to Home Depot (?)
  • Send Treasures Report from FOPC to Jordan (Julia)
  • Cork Takeover Duties. (Jordan, Chris, Julia)
  • Report on meeting with Scott Heinz. (Jordan)

New Business:

Work day on Saturday: 3/5/20111.

  1. Create Agenda
  2. Food
  3. Wood and Supplies. Still need to Purchase.
  4. Rebuilding South Sound.  Where are we at with this?
  5. Shed?

Following Saturdays: 3/12/2011

  1. Create Agenda
  2. Food
  3. Who’s coming
  4. Rebuilding South Sound. Where are we at with this?

Last Saturday: 3/19/2011

  1. Create Agenda
  2. Food
  3. Who’s coming
  4. Dirt and supplies, and Plants

Report from Jordan on Partnership Meeting.

Report from Jordan on Scott Heinz

Report on Cork.  Chrystal

Anything I’ve missed.

Adjourned 7pm

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As a first Blog we thought we would give you a little information about CASTINGS.  These are our visions, our goals and our hopes for the future.

Join us on Twitter at @castingsorg

Vision: Inspiring a better quality of life to the heart of our neighborhoods.

Mission: Fulfilling a dream by motivating and educating Tacoma’s youth and community members in order to construct and sustain a healthy way of living.  This is achieved through agriculture by means of educational integration in school systems and local community support.

Core Values:
Education: providing an opportunity for a hands on experience for students and community through areas of math, science, and health, full integration from the garden to table process.

Community Building: promoting local sustainability and creating long-term connections within our neighborhoods.

Healthy Living: creating a healthier way of life that’s ongoing for future generations.

Julia Martin-Lombardi, Jordan Ford, Chris Tubig and Chrystal Morisette.

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