Claire Strader, long-time farmer at Troy Community Farm, has left Community GroundWorks.

We hope to have a longer article in the next Gazette newsletter, but for now we want to say we're very grateful for Claire's many contributions to the organization. Along with being a great farmer, she is a great teacher and many interns and staff have benefited from her expertise.  Her vision and leadership for Troy Community Farm have taken it beyond our wildest dreams; the intern education program is top-notch, and the farm is productive and efficient.

Some CSA members have asked why Claire resigned.  As with any type of employment, this is private information which we cannot share.

We wish Claire the best of luck in future endeavors!

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Growing Minds Course -- July 22--26 at Troy Gardens. 

This 5-day, 20-hour course is designed for K-12 teachers and community educators who are interested in building skills in the areas of youth garden education, development, and management. This class filled quickly last year, so don't delay in applying. For details and application, click HERE.

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Tree Planting Workshop -- April 21. Thanks to generous donations from the Urban Tree Alliance and two long-time volunteers, we will be planting a variety of trees and shrubs in Troy Gardens' Oak Grove, Old Field, and Edible Woodland on Sunday, April 21st from 10 am to 12:30 pm. The plant list includes: 

  • 3 Chinkapin Oaks
  • 1 White Oak
  • 6 Prairie Crabapples
  • 3 Witchhazels (awaiting confirmation)
  • 2 Ninebark
  • 3 Juneberries
  • 2 Pawpaws

 We will begin with a brief planting and tree care demonstration by Evan Slocum of Urban Tree Alliance. Meet at the red sheds within the community gardens at 10 am.

 Please join us for this exciting event!

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June 22 - SAVE THE DATE!! Good Food Garden Party at Troy Gardens.

Fresh Season. Fresh Harvest. Full Solstice Moon.

Watch for details coming soon!


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Returning and new gardeners at Troy Community Gardeners can register in person during the Spring Garden Registration on March 9 at Lakeview Lutheran Church, corner of Northport and Mandrake, from 10 to 1.  New applicants are encourage to come early to hear the garden announcements and rules.  Translation in Hmong, Lao and Spanish.  Help with filling out the application will also be available.

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