VISTA Matters is the weekly community newsletter for garden members. Included are key dates and communications necessary for all members to know and be involved. 
VISTA Gardens News - November 16, 2016
Fall Festival Post Event Survey 

VISTA Gardens Members, please follow the link to take a quick survey about the Fall Festival. This applies to all members, not only those who participated. It should take you no longer than 4 minutes to finish. Thank you for your feedback as we will use it to improve next year's event. 
Barb Mahlmeister
VISTA Board of Director's
Marketing Committee
Fall Festival Thank you

Hello VISTA mates, 

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in our 2nd annual Fall Festival. Through teamwork, we were able to produce a successful event. 

Special thanks to Bill and Marty for their help readying the garden; Jen and Leah for event planning and on-site coordination; Corinna, Ann, Rolfe, Becky, Becca and Ron at the welcome table; Terrisa, Marilyn and Jamie for delivering a yummy lunch and Blake West and George Pennington for providing the musical entertainment. 

The kids loved the games hosted by Gail, Rutger and Geraldine, face painting with Suparna and Teresa and pot painting with MJ and Paula.The hens and ducks were also a big hit thanks to Lynn and her daughter. 

Josh, Marilyn and Hugh headed up the compost education, demonstrating its role as the backbone of our garden.  Rick and Gordon did a great job managing a challenging parking situation. 

Ingrid Hayes of Smoke and Eternal Fire Photography took almost 400 event pictures and they will be posted soon to Facebook and the VISTA website. We thank her for her generous time and contribution.

Many amazing members answered the call and made cookies or loaned items like tables, chairs, coolers and tents. You helped overcome a challenging situation. 

We could not have held this event without the support of our exhibitors and sponsors. Thank you Carrollwood Cultural Center, particularly Aaron Washington, for supporting this event and for everything you do for VISTA throughout the year. Thank you David (Whitwam Organics), Zack and Bianca (Urban Roots), Lucy (Wild Birds), Richard (Beekeeper), Dawn and Kayla (Carrollwood Park Conservancy) and Bruce (Wilcox Nursery and Landscape). Both your exhibits and generous raffle donations are greatly appreciated. A big thank your goes to Ryan at Greenacre Properties for his generous cash donation to the garden's operating fund. 

Special recognition goes to Dara (Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza) for providing 500 delicious chicken wings and Anita (EVOS) for the chicken tenders platters. The generous teams at Papa John's and Jet's Pizza stepped up to ensure our volunteers were well fed at the post event gathering.

And last, but FAR from least, a HUGE thank you to the team who put in the hard work to produce a terrific raffle - Caroline, Daun, Peggy and Laurie... Bravo!

In addition to the raffle contributions from our generous exhibitors there were many other businesses that made the raffle successful. Thank you Carrollwood Country Club, Publix, The Melting Pot, Time Customer Service, Kashi, Edible Arrangements, Title Boxing Club, Sacred Pepper, Whole Foods, Marlow's Tavern, Wild Birds Unlimited, Bonefish Grill, Outback Steakhouse, Carmel Cafe and the individual community members who donated raffle baskets. 

When visiting our local donors, please let them know you are a VISTA member and thank them for supporting the garden! 

Thank you again to everyone who worked on this event. Thie Fall Festival is a huge undertaking for a 100% volunteer community and we appreciate every participating member for contributing their time and resources. 

VISTA Board of Directors - Marketing
A preview of the beautiful pictures captured at the Fall Festival
Congratulations to Our Raffle Winners!

If you have not heard from the raffle committee to claim your prize please contact Caroline Serra at 

Raffle winners: P. Hess, Ross, L. Prima, C. Still, S. Gibson, A. Garner, B. West, Loriann, Messman, D. Miller, G. Polanco, K. Souverain, L. Kaiser, M. Serra, Vecerce, Grace L., T. Short, A. Griffie, Maria, B. Culver, K.  Levenson, K. Takeuchi, M. Bottini, P. Posoli
Ongoing Activities

Saturday Work Parties
Fulfill your community volunteer requirement by joining fellow gardeners on Saturday mornings to tackle the maintenance needs of the garden at large. It's a fun time and you get some exercise and the garden stays looking great. Keeping the garden regularly maintained prevents us from major intermittent workload.  The party starts at 9 a.m. every weekend, weather permitting. 

Compost Thursdays
Committee members meet at the garden Thursday's at 8 a.m. to turn the compost. Please join the team if you would like to learn more about composting.

Compost Materials Needed 
General reminder: To produce high quality input the community needs to provide a steady supply of material. This includes vegetable waste (garden or kitchen). Please bring your waste to the garden, don't let it go to the landfill! NOTE: We are at capacity for leaves, cardboard and shredded paper right now. Please do not bring any more for the forseeable future. 

Keep in touch with VISTA
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2. Tuesday email: Summarizes key activity and news for the upcoming week
3. Monthly newsletter: More detail into topics of interest and education (see link above!)
4. Web site: Our address is (note: no 's' in garden). A repository of membership information, detailed education, links to articles on shared topics of interest. Plus much, much more. 

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