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You now have the chance to show your garden pride wherever you go: the Barefoot Victory Garden has t-shirts!

They were designed by local artist Rick Beerhorst, and printed by the lovely folks at Ambrose. They will be for sale this Saturday at our benefit concert.


Tonight the Barefoot Victory Garden entered Sunday Soup #11 held at the DAAC for a chance to receive a micro grant to support the garden. We were one of four proposals and it was a packed house. The way Sunday Soup works is that with $5 attendees get a bowl of tasty soup, hang out with friends, and a chance to vote. During the dinner proposals are presented before the attendees. After each presentation attendees are given an opportunity to ask the presenters questions and give ideas for their proposals. At the end of the night everyone votes for the proposal they would like to support. Whoever receives the most votes receives all the money from the door. We had a lot of fun tonight presenting but it wouldn’t have been quite so fun if we hadn’t been given the most votes for our proposal and a grant of $482.

Our presentation consisted of 5 parts. The introduction and description of the Barefoot Victory Garden was presented by Kristi Arbogast, Rose Beerhost spoke about our choice to garden organically, I (Stacy Feyer) talked about the importance of community gardening, Rachel Mckay talked about a new project through Americorp that we will be hosting this year teaching children about gardening and nutrition, and Kathleen Merz talked about what we would be doing with our grant money. We played a video of the garden that was made by Pearl Beerhorst and read a poem by Wendell Berry called “Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front”, which was a great inspiration in starting the garden.

With the money we were given we will be purchasing seeds, planning our annual benefit concert in April, and building a new compost system. Thank you so much to everyone who came out to support us tonight. We look forward to putting your money to use and helping grow a beautiful, bountiful garden in Eastown once again this year.

Also, we will be having an interest meeting for interested gardeners on Thursday March 24 @ 7:30 pm.  The meeting will be held at 250 Fuller Ave SE.  Look forward to seeing you.

Looking for something different to do with your Halloween? Come celebrate Barefoot Victory Garden style!

We’ll be at the garden from 6 to 8 on Sunday night, passing out garden-related alternative “treats” to bring awareness about this garden and gardening in general.

So bring your trick-or-treaters over—or dress up in your Halloween finest and come help out yourself.

As our season will begin drawing to a close we will hold our last potluck/ bonfire of the season. The theme is harvest, autumn goodness. Please bring a dish to pass, a blanket, plate, silverware, and cup. We will encourage people to share something they were thankful for during this growing season. Come on out October 14 (this thursday) at 6 pm. If you have any fire wood you can spare it would be greatly appreciated.

Also, we are not done gardening!! We need lots of extra help closing out some of our beds for the season as well as take care of our fall plants. We have built two cold frames to extend the growing season. We still need your help every Monday from 6:30-8 pm and Thursday 4:30-6 pm.

Other news, the Barefoot Victory Garden has been nominated for a Neighborhood Business Award!! All are welcome to attend the awards ceremony November 4th 5-8 pm at Wealthy Theatre. Happy Harvest season and we look forward to seeing you on Thursday.

Leave some space on your calendar to join us the evening of October 14th for one last Barefoot Victory Garden potluck and bonfire. We’re hoping to finish up a beautiful season of fresh, growing goodness by gathering together once more. This time we’ll celebrate autumn: bring some warm food to share, and come hoping for some fresh apple cider. More details to follow.

And as a side note, it’s not too late to help out at the garden! Come this Thursday at 4:30 for another workday. And if you have wood sitting around that you’d like to donate, we’d still love to have it.

If you weren’t able to come out to the garden to help on Monday, don’t worry–you have another chance! Come this Thursday @ 4:30 to help with cold frames, part two. There will be plenty of work for all. And as an extra incentive, Kelley, the garden’s founder, will be visiting. Come say hi!

Don’t forget to come help the garden get ready for winter tomorrow! See you at 6:30!

Come help us get the garden ready for autumn!

(As always, come join us for work days Monday 6:30-8:30pm and Thursday 4:30-6:00pm. There’s still plenty to weed and harvest.)

But we’d love it especially if you came to join us this coming Monday (September 20) to help put in cold frames. We can use all the extra hands we can get. And if you have any extra supplies (or seeds for cold-tolerant plants) that you’d be willing to contribute, we’d love that too.

Somehow the rest of August has come and gone—with no post to let you know that there has still been plenty happening here at the garden. We’ve said farewell to Kelley, and a small group of volunteers are trying their best to fill her shoes. The garden has been growing enthusiastically and keeping us busy with plenty of food to harvest and share.

The tomato plants have gone crazy with their usual abundance. The honeydew and cantaloupes have grown to full size and started to sound hollow and ripe. The sunflowers are blooming. The beans that have climbed to the top of our trellises have given us handfuls of purple beans every week.

And last week in the middle of all this goodness we came together for another potluck and bonfire.

We were joined by some new friends us this time, as folks from Our Kitchen Table decided to start and end their tour of Eastown gardens at the Barefoot Victory Garden, joining us for food, a bonfire, good conversation, and some great impromptu music. Check out a video of the evening here:

We are sharing another meal at the garden this Friday.  7:00 p.m. is the time.  Bring a dish to pass, plate and silverware, and a picnic blanket if possible.  Everyone is welcome!

Kelley, one of the founding ladies, is moving next week and she would love to see you before she goes!  So please come to bid her farewell and eat some delicious food, as well.