Fostering self-reliant families and healthy, sustainable communities

April 2018

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Spring is finally here! Though we had a chilly start to the planting season, our urban agriculture team did not let the rain, snow, and, sometimes, hail stop them from going out to make the community greener and healthier. 

We have a jam packed calendar for our Isles Garden Support Network this spring. So far, we've shared seeds, plants, and gardening tips with our network, and we've broken important ground with Howell Living History Farm as we celebrated our 30th anniversary horse plow with them this month.

Our urban agriculture work is not only focused on growing fresh and healthy foods in the community, but also on growing healthy habits in our children and their families. Our  urban agriculture staff, Christina and Maddy, can tell you that their work providing gardening and nutrition education in elementary schools is bearing fruit, "The kids get really excited  to try new foods now, from sweet butternut squash to cumin roasted broccoli.  We hop e that these kids become adults who know about healthy food, enjoy it, and will advocate for it. "

This work is an important part of Isles' mission to foster self-reliant families and healthy sustainable communities. By encouraging healthier habits, we've seen enthusiasm for gardening and beautifying the community grow organically. You can see the results in our flourishing network of 70+ community and school gardens across the city. 

Be a part of it. We hope to see you at our next event, or support our services by donating below.  
In community,
Jim Simon   
Deputy Director, Community Planning & Development

On Thursday, April 12, a team of horses and staff from Howell Living History Farm arrived at Chestnut Ave Community Garden for Isles' Annual Horse Plow. This year marked a special milestone in the history of the partnership between Isles and Howell Farm as we celebrated our 30th anniversary (to the exact date) of our first collaborative community garden plow.

"It's an incredible day where school kids, farm staff, and community gardeners learn and work together to build a better future through food. We are proud to share this tradition with Howell Farm and the community. The day happens quietly year after year, but carries a powerful significance that transcends generations as well as urban and rural landscapes," says Jim Simon, Isles Deputy Director of Community Planning.

Thank you to  Howell Living History Farm , Councilwoman  Marge Caldwell-Wilson , and all of the students, teachers and community members who came and made our 30th anniversary horse plow a little more special. Check out some of our favorite photos here.
Gardening Foundations
Want to garden, but not sure where to start? Come to our next classes! 

Part II- Keep it Natural
May 19th, 9:30-11am @ 33 Tucker St
Learn how to handle garden problems safely, for you & the environment.

Part III- Tools & Techniques
June 2nd, 9:30-11am @ 33 Tucker St
Learn basic tool use & care and strategies for watering, weeding, & harvesting.

Thank you for your seed donations!
Isles receives donations every year from generous seed companies. Today, we'd like to thank  High Mowing Organic SeedsSeeds of Change, and  Botanical Interests.

Thanks to these donors, Isles is able to supply local community gardeners with a rich variety of seeds: from yellowstone carrots to genovese basil, to tiger's eye sunflowers. Our gardeners have everything they need to grow fresh and healthy foods and beautify their communities, one garden at a time.

Save the date!

Isles' Fall Fest at Mill One
will be held on Saturday,
November 3, 2018.

More details to come soon.