Sage Gardeners has exciting news to share with you: 2020 marks a milestone of a year! We are celebrating 10 years of doing what we love, doing what you love: gardening with our community senior friends! This year, we are reconnecting with all of our past garden friends (and more if you know someone) to find out if you need any support. We will be spending all of our time “out in the field”. We want you to know we are here for you… whether it be connecting you to a weekly gardening volunteer or just dropping off some seeds or a bag of soil. We are here to help you with any of your gardening needs or questions! Please touch base with us - the sooner the better!
Volunteer Opportunities with Sage Gardeners:
We have several immediate volunteer opportunities available in Bozeman, Manhattan, and Belgrade:
-A couple senior communities need weekly check-ins that include thinning, weeding, and watering throughout the summer.
-Also, !!!! this weekend !!!! We need help moving a large redwood garden bed out to Belgrade in the city park... our old truck can’t take the weight, so if you and a couple volunteers can help move it and/or have either a large trailer or truck, we would love your help.
-In the next 2 weeks we have opportunities for filling new garden beds, getting established gardens in senior communities/ add't private residences cleaned up, and planting at retirement homes and senior communities.
If any of these sound interesting or fun to you please email or call us.
Contact Johni at this email for more information or to confirm: grow AT sagegardeners.org or call/text 406-599-7969.
Master Gardener Volunteer hours apply.
SENIORS: Call us soon for your seed needs.... we'd love to give them to you! Just ask! We have everything YOU need, even a helping hand.
Seeds are here and we are chomping at the bit to get our hands dirty! You can pick them up at our resource center (please call us for times and location) near campus or we can mail the out to you. Tomato, pepper, and herb plants will be available end of May!
We will be filling new raised garden beds for the residents at Highgate Senior Living tomorrow (May 12) and we could really use your help! This includes shoveling soil, lifting wheelbarrows, and shoveling some more.... not glamorous work, but worthy and rewarding! Please contact Johni for more information on time and location. Thanks so very much!
Each year our work thrives because of community members like you interested in our work. Whether you pass along information about our projects, volunteer during one of many dig and fill days, or you donate to our senior gardening program, we are grateful for your support. Our work happens because of you and we thank you.
But.... the work continues.... so please consider spreading the word, volunteering, or donating this spring. We need you!
#GiveBig initiative is a 24-hour, online and live celebration of giving created to connect people who care to causes that matter to build a better community. The goal is simple - inspire our people to come together, show pride in our communities, and contribute to support the life-changing work of local nonprofit organizations! Please consider donating to Sage Gardeners on this day through Give Big.
And besides... in just one week the days will start to get longer and there will be more sunshine!!!! Ahhh, the power of positive thinking.
Another season has begun. And its the beginning of December! There is no break for a gardener.... let it be known! Please contact us and let us know if you need suggestions on reliable seeds to purchase for the upcoming season... and if you are a senior, we will have plenty of seeds for you (at no charge)... just let us know what you need (sooner the better).
For the most up to date information, current projects, and beautiful photos... please visit us on Facebook! www.facebook.com/SageGardeners/
There's is always something new added in and its a great way to connect with all of you!
Also... if you tried to send an email recently and it was returned, please try again. We had a couple weeks of a downed server and it created a mess with one of our email addresses. So, please try again or just pick up the phone... we are always here to answer your questions or just talk about gardening!
Here are some recent photos from fall winterizing and harvesting:
Right now, we are starting to clean up and put gardens to bed. In about another week or so, it will be time to begin harvesting from the gardens. I have visited with many of you over the summer and listened to the gardening joys, struggles, and challenges. Just like last year, I saw tulips bloom in the spring that amazed me they could grow that huge in a raised bed and fall right in time for veggie planting; I saw struggling gardens last year turn into thriving gardens this year just from a little amending; I tasted the juiciest and brightest red strawberry in Manhattan; I saw purple, green zebra striped, and yellow tomatoes surprise even the most skeptical gardener (they were quite surprised at how wonderful they tasted); and I watched pumpkin after pumpkin grow bigger and they’re still growing. It was a great season and one we should all be proud. Watching tiny seeds survive a heavy rainstorm, only to sprout up in the hot summer sunshine, and then for their lovely colorful flowers to produce such a flavorful plate full of delicacies…. it’s no wonder why we crave putting our hands in the dirt each season.
Sage Gardeners is in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle today! Check us out on page 5/6:
We are 3 short weeks away from Gallatin Valley Give Big Day! Support your favorite senior gardening organization, Sage Gardeners. May 3 is the day to give big and give back. Click the photo below to find out more about Give Big Day.
What is Give Big Day?
We are making history in the Gallatin Valley! The Bozeman Area Community Foundation is hosting the largest county-wide celebration of giving to date called Give BIg Gallatin Valley! Give Big is a 24-hour, online and live celebration of giving on May 3rd created to increase philanthropy in Gallatin County. The goal is simple - inspire our neighbors like YOU to come together, show YOUR pride in our communities, and contribute to support the life-changing work of our local nonprofit organizations!Together, we can make a BIG impact.
Johni founded Sage Gardeners in 2010. She "primarily" focuses her talents and energy as the executive director, program director, communications, fundraising, and development director, and most importantly, volunteer coordinator. She holds both an undergraduate and graduate degree from the University of Denver in environmental science and environmental policy (respectively). She has a level two Master Gardener certificate (working on the third), studying horticultural therapy and nutrition student, and always a warm weather seeker.