January 30, 2019
VISTA MATTERS: Spreading Appreciation
"The roots of goodness are in the soil of appreciation for goodness" - Dalai Lama
Thank you USF Students and VISTA Volunteers!

Thank you to the USF Bulls students who stampeded VISTA Gardens on Saturday, January 19! Through your voluntarism, VISTA was able to beautify the House of the Rising Seeds (HRS) and shared gardening spaces - starting a wall mural, resetting pavers and stones, planting flower gardens, and beginning work on an herb spiral.

Thank you's also to VISTA team leaders, Ellen Fabozzi and Vanitha Venugopal, who worked closely with small groups of volunteers. Karen and Mitch Rose, along with Ellen Whitaker, who assisted volunteers working on the evolving herb spiral.  Laura Salgado and Alicia Ladd, who created a wonderful garden salad with contributions of harvest from many VISTA gardeners.  Mike Escobar, who contributed his delicious Portuguese kale soup. Laura, along with Cheryl Smith, gathered and organized a multitude of supplies, snacks, and drinks to keep our volunteers well hydrated and fed. Many other VISTA gardeners joined in supporting USF volunteers and helping in a multitude of ways, including Bill, Marty, Corinna, Jenn and Lisa

It was a beautiful day to be at VISTA Gardens!

Urban Roots Customer Appreciation Day 
Saturday, February 2
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
11780 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618
Special fundraising opportunity for VISTA in addition to customer discounts, details in article below.

Volunteer Day: University of Tampa & Kennessaw State University
Friday, February 22
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Team Leaders Needed
There will be 34 students!

Yoga Class at VISTA
Saturday, February 23
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Please bring your own mat

T-shirt order deadline is this Thursday
Details in article below.

Presentation: Invasive Species
Marty Kleiner attended an IFAS extension presentation on invasive species and shared the slides in this link

We Still Need Leaves
Please bring your bagged leaves to the compost area to help keep the process cooking
VISTA Benefits @ Urban Roots Customer Appreciation Day
This Saturday only, Urban Roots customers receive 15% off of purchases as part of their 5th Annual Customer Appreciation Day.

In addition, Urban Roots will have vendors, a food truck, raffles, live music and craft beer. The beer bar will be staffed by VISTA volunteers and $1 of every beer ticket purchased will be donated to VISTA . Be sure to stop by, stock up and drink up (responsibly, of course)!

VISTA T-shirts For Sale
Order by January 31st (This Thursday!)
We are taking t-shirt orders! If you would like to purchase a shirt, please submit your order by January 31st, using this link.

Pricing: S - XL $20, XXL $24
Coalition of Coummunity Gardens Update

VISTA Secretary, Jenn Grebenschikoff, recently attended a Coalition of Community Gardens (of which VISTA is a member) meeting at The Heights Garden for a toure with Kitty and others, plus she attended the actual meeting.  Jenn returned with photos that show their raised-raised beds, habitat certification and greenhouse that houses their aquaponics fish/seedlings system.

Check it out!