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 - May 11, 2017
Help Needed: 
Writing assistance for community donations

As you may be aware, there are many organizations and companies with funds available to support our community garden. However, we must ask for the funds and compete with other non-profits with needs. 

VISTA is seeking talented, persuasive volunteer writer(s) to submit requests for garden donations.There are many infrastructture areas that require ongoing maintenance and the community has infrastructure plans that require financial support in order to proceed.

If you are interested in volunteering your skills to write ands submit applications on behalf of VISTA, please reply to this email. The Board will provide all of the information to help facilitate the process.

Thank you!
Compost Matters: Leaves are Back! 

The need for leaves has resumed and the compost committee wants yours! 

Please place your bagged leaves in the compost area and help keep the compost cycle in motion.
Sample picture - not the VISTA sink
New Garden Sink
By now you have hopefully noticed the new garden sink by the shed, installed by the always industrious, Marty Kleiner. 

Please be sure that you place a bucket under the drain pipe (beneath the sink) and dump the bucket when you are finished using the sink. 

If you are feeling particularly industrious, you can dump the bucket into one oef the compost containers. Otherwise, please dispose of the water in the grass.
Celebrating Earth Day at VISTA Gardens

A great time was had by all at this year's VISTA Gardens' Earth Day celebration. At 10 a.m., Don Proctor started the coals for the pig roast, which anchored the delicious meal featuring the culinary skills of our garden community. Members contribued side dishes, desserts and other yummy goodies for a well rounded feast, including a kale salad that turned some haters into converts (recipe below!). 

This event was a great opportunity for ViISTA Gardens to show the greater Carrollwood community what we do and why we are here. Games and bubbles kept the kids busy, while music was provided for our entertainment by Bill West's son, Blake. 
Once again, the willingness of our VISTA community members to volunteer and participate underscored the its mission of providing education about organic gardening while building friendships and comraderie.

Following is a compilation of photos from the beautiful day: 
Kale Salad 
For people that dislike kale!

Credit: Mary Kleiner

Ingredients (makes about 12 cups of salad)
  • Kale - Approximately one plastic grocery bag full
  • Carrots - Two
  • Vidalia Sweet Onion - 1 small
  • Red Cabbage - 1/3 of a head
  • Kosher Salt - 2 teaspoons
  • Red Wine Vinegar - 4 ounces
  • Olive Oil - 4 ounces
Directions (amounts can be changed to taste):
  • Cut out the stem on the kale
  • Chop the kale to about ½ inch pieces
  • Dice the onion
  • Dice the cabbage
  • Shred the carrots
  • Add two teaspoons of salt
  • Mix in a big bowl
  • Add the red wine vinegar
  • Add the olive oil
  • Mix
  • Put in the refrigerator for at least a day
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 compost the community needs to provide a steady supply of material. Please bring your garden or vegetable waste to the garden, don't let it go to the landfill!

Keep in touch with VISTA
We are working hard to streamline communications to ensure you receive the right content in the right place when you need it.
1. Facebook: Like "VISTA Gardens" to receive updates on key activities throughout the week
If you do NOT use Facebook please reply to this email and you will be added to a separate email distribution list. The team will do its best to email any time sensitive updates requiring community attention to this list when a post is made to Facebook.
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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