Thursday, March 29, 2012


As the weather starts turning to spring, we take time to reflect on last year’s bounty. Remembering what did well and what did not. I think about the what, where and when of this year’s planting. The garden consumes my thoughts. It is no longer a hobby, it is an obsession. I love to grow.

With the seeds ordered and the garden tilled, I crave digging in the dirt. I can’t stop thinking about those huge tomatoes we harvested and canned as tomato sauce and salsa. I think about the green beans that graced our dinner plates all winter long. The idea of being able to provide fresh, healthy organic food for my family excites me. What do you have planned for your garden this year? If you do not have room for a garden call or email the Elkhart Local Food Alliance, we can help you find a place to grow.

~ Trisha

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Reflections from Nicole as another season winds down...

Every season is different, and perhaps this is what brings us back to year after year of gardening; each day is truly an adventure, and even more so when it's shared with friends new and old! And this year with the Elkhart Local Food Alliance has been no different. We've added new gardens and gardeners to our collective, worked with new kids in our 4-H programming, incoporated top bar beekeeping into our educational programming, and are beginning work on a new greenhouse project. Much more than vegetables are growing here, it seems! And perhaps best of all, our relationships with each other and the land on which we live here in Elkhart County, are also growing. I am continually delighted as I experience the delight of others when they are first introduced to a new plant, a new wild edible, a new taste in the garden - and this reminds me of what it's truly all about! We are becoming more connected - to each other, to the earth, to the subtle shifts in our local climate, to the turning of the seasons, to where our food comes from... and through all of this becoming more connected to ourselves!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

August Updates and Photographs!

After another wonderful Summer of 4-H and much joy at the recent Elkhart County 4-H fair we are delighted to continue watching the bounty of our gardens grow, blossom and fruit! Here are some pictures from around the Jubilee Neighborhood Demonstration Garden.
Maddie Made Pickles from Cucumbers harvested at the Garden of Eden!

Bounty from the Garden of Eden!

Volunteer Cosmos!

We finally got the sign put up thanks to Volunteers from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary's !Explore program!

The Three Sisters: Corn, Beans and Squash

A 4-Headed Sunflower

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

UPCOMING EVENTS!!! (Not to be missed....)

There are LOTS of amazing events happening in the next few weeks here in Elkhart! Don't miss out! 

1st: This Thursday for 4-H there is an Urban Wild Edibles Hike! Meet at Jubilee House at 4:30! This is a great opportunity to get to know the neighborhood and recognize sources of free food right where we live! 

2nd: ELFA Spring Kick-Off!!!! Meet at Jubilee House at 3 p.m. on SUNDAY (this Sunday) May 15th! We will travel by bike (so bring your bike, or if you are unable there will be vans) to 7 of the ELFA Gardens to install our new SIGNS (thanks to Sam Jerome!) and then meet back at the Roosevelt Center Park for a potluck! 

3rd: Rise up Farms is hosting a 5K on Saturday the 21st! It is sure to be a great time! 

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Hawthorne Elementary School Garden Kick-Off!!!

 Hawthorne Garden!!

We've had an AMAZING time kicking off the Hawthorne Elementary School Garden Project. A great group of kids showed up, our beds are ready (manure all mixed in!) and we are excited to explore themes of Food Justice, Interconnectedness, Garden Literacy, and---a topic the kids are surprisingly interested in-Companion Planting! 

Last week we shaped up our beds to get them ready for planting, explored the world of Worms and Ducks and continued getting to know each other and build relationships. 

Any and All volunteers are welcome! Join us any Monday at 2:30 p.m. in the Courtyard of Hawthorne Elementary School!  

Monday, April 18, 2011

Meeting: 3:00 @ Jubiee House! Tuesday, April 19th.

South Side Clovers::: EVERY Thursday at 4:30!
3:00 at Jubilee House! Everyone Welcome! 
From Nicole: 
"dear gardening friends!

> just a reminder to you more regular attenders that we will have our ELFA
> meeting tomorrow at 3pm at jubilee house. please let me know either way if
> you're able to be there.
> a few items on the table:
> - updates from each garden coordinator
> - rhapsody in green tabling?
> - envirofest tabling?
> - spring kick-offs and garden signs
> - donation request updates
> - urban beekeeping in elkhart!!
> - other?
> hope to see you tomorrow!"

Fixing Bikes to Get Ready For Spring!

Jubilee Neighborhood Demonstration Garden


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Signs of Spring

Last week for 4-H we explored some of the budding signs of Spring in our neighborhood and in the Garden around Jubilee House!

Here are just a few of the beautiful reminders of Spring around Jubilee:::

Future Raspberries....Yum!

Volunteer Rhubarb :-)

The Plants in the Windows keep getting Bigger!