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.
Contact Johni at this email for more information or to confirm: grow AT sagegardeners.org or call/text 406-599-7969.
Gallatin County Master Gardener volunteer hours apply!
Next week... I will bring you plenty of opportunities to get your hands in the dirt to help those that may need a little extra assistance. Everything from 1-2 hours at a time for a specific project to 1 hour a week for the summer. Stay tuned..... Oh, and Master Gardener hours apply! Thank you for volunteering, we couldn't do it without you.
We are planning presentations for March .... eager to get everyone started early this spring! We have spring planting dates set for onions, carrots, peas, and greens! If your ready, let us know!!!! Seeds are here and we are chomping at the bit to get our hands dirty!
SENIORS: Call us soon for your seeds.... we'd love to give them to you! Just ask! We have everything YOU need, even a helping hand.
We still have plenty to do though. We need to harvest and put the gardens to bed. If you or anyone you know is interested in volunteering this fall, please let us know. We could use your help in Manhattan, Belgrade, Glendive, Bozeman, and Churchill.
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 undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Denver in environmental science and environmental policy (respectively), a level two Master Gardener certificate, horticultural therapy student, and warm weather seeker.