Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Hawthorne Garden Meeting, March 17th, 6:30 PM

Hawthorne Elementary School Garden::: 

Join us for an informational meeting for Parents, Teachers and all interested Students or Volunteers! 
March 17th, at 6:30 P.M. at Hawthorne Elementary School (Meeting place to be announced!)

Hawthorne Elementary 501 West Lusher Ave.
Elkhart, IN 46517

 Our early vision for the Hawthorne Garden will include:
-Education: A curriculum that reinforces Science Standards in a hands-on way, as well as addressing Food Security/Justice issues and giving kids a solid foundation in Gardening Practices! A weekly program at the garden is a definite possibility....
-Harvest:  Sharing food with Hawthorne Families and families of students and parents who volunteer to help with the Garden.

We are, of course, always looking for volunteers!!!
Contact Caitlin Desjardins or Nicole Bauman, if you are interested in learning more! Jasmine Tabler, of 4-H and Jubilee House Community Meal, is also excited about having a leadership role in this project!


The Jubilee House living room is HOPING for Spring, though the Snow outside the windows may seem neverending, we now have Real, Alive GROWING THINGS (i.e. Seed Starts!)!!! Here are some pictures from our most recent planning meeting and our very own future food!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Joy of Fundraising!

It's that time of year! ELFA is gearing up for the growing season and, as a part of that, writing grants and planning fundraisers! If you are interested in being involved or helping support us: take note!

First, we are profoundly grateful to the Elkhart County Community Foundation for the ways they supported us last year. Through the funds they provided us ELFA was able to start a number of gardens, strengthen programming and leadership and grow (and give!) a lot of food!
You can find more information about ECCF here:
Elkhart County Community Foundation

There are some EASY ways to support us, if you are interested. ONE is through Nature's Crossroads, where you can simply buy your seeds for this year (many locally grown!) and a portion of the proceeds will go to ELFA. The link is (and you have to use THIS link in order for proceeds to go to ELFA!)
Nature's Crossroads ELFA Fundraiser

Also, as you are looking at your flower pots, stacked in your basement or barren on your porch, imagine a plethora of beautiful geraniums (white, pink and red) filling them and bringing beauty and joy to your home and neighborhood. YES: it's time for the annual 4-H geranium sale. Single pots sell for $1.25! For more information e-mail
or Caitlin.

And, as always, more than money we are simply excited to have any, and everybody, come and join us and experience the joy of growing food TOGETHER.