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.
Spring planting is right around the corner for the residents at Parkhaven. We would love a couple extra hands to help us plant some seeds. Should take only an hour or two. We will turn the soil, add some compost, and plant some easy pickin' seeds for our seniors in Manhattan. Please contact johni for details. Thanks for your support!!
Seniors - Do you need seeds? We have a lot of different varieties to try. I have organic, heirloom, untreated, non-hybrid, non-GMO seeds. Just shoot me an email and we can discuss what's available, what your needs are, and how I can get them to you!
Thank you to all of our volunteers this past season! We thrive because of our volunteers. We couldn't do the work that we do without the generous support from the community - our volunteers are our lifeline! You rock! Thank you.
Sage Gardeners has one last amazing project this season that needs your help! This week we are installing several large raised redwood beds at the Cancer Support Community in Bozeman. They are creating a Garden of Hope on their premises @ 11th and Babcock and wanted to include raised vegetable gardens. Sage Gardeners has agreed to donate six large beds (two 4x7’, two 4x8, and two 4x12’ beds). But, we have one last component: soil! Would you please, consider taking a couple hours on Thursday afternoon to help fill the beds…. We have over 9 yards of soil that needs to be shoveled… it will take me days if I have to go at it alone! We can start at one pm and the more volunteers we have, the faster we will wrap up.
Hi everyone! Thank you for staying in touch with us... we really appreciate your support. We are looking for volunteers the third week of October 2014 to help us fill garden beds at the Cancer Support Community. Details forthcoming. I'll be in touch as I know more or feel free to contact me for more information.
This is a great opportunity for someone living in the Manhattan area. 1 hour a week would be great throughout the gardening season. Retirement community garden check-ins, watering, thinning, weeding, harvesting, taking any veggies to their kitchen, being social with the seniors, assisting in needs at the garden, or just making a presence once a week in the garden (even if you are relaxing), etc. Any time during the day and week. Once every couple of weeks an email update is requested. For more details, contact Johni at firstname.lastname@example.org. Master Gardener hours apply. Your help is sooo appreciated!
Check back by the end of this week (May 16) as exact dates will be determined for volunteer opportunities (its all about the weather) ... your help is what makes Sage Gardeners grow... thank you!
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.