Summer can be the most challenging time in the community garden but it can also be the time of greatest abundance. In between the triumph and terror lies growth, especially in a summer of good rain like the one that we’re concluding. For school based community gardens, summertime is also when most of the students are away and the volunteer labor force is scarce. I’d like to say thank you to PVCC Horticulture and Environmental club President Jonathan Dean, who has been the most consistent presence in the garden this summer. We’re looking forward to a great growing year under his leadership this coming fall and spring. He has been helped this summer by two past club presidents, Jesse Mlcoch and Sara Elizabeth, and a number of other devoted volunteers including Levi Perry, Christine Wehner (who is our Project Director with Madison House this coming year), Lia Cattaneo, Erin Hughey-Commers and others.
These days we are readying the garden for the arrival of fall’s students. We’re weeding, harvesting, and planting. This summer the tomatoes and peppers were tremendous, and the flowers planted in the cinderblocks of the raised beds made for a festive look. We were visited on several occasions by Jennifer Page with Spectrum camps and her charges greatly enjoyed learning by doing, harvesting and nibbling their way around everything from the peppers to the beans, from the tomatoes to the nasturtiums. I hope that everyone reading this enjoyed their summer and look forward to seeing you in the fall.


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