Community Kitchen Garden

Jul 2nd, 2013

Genworth Generates Progress in the Community Kitchen Garden

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden In June the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden received a great push forward into the 2013 growing season. Twenty-two Genworth Financial associates contributed a combined total of 73 hours of gardening labor during one beautiful late spring morning. The array of tasks […]

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Jun 26th, 2013

Testing Our Limits with Celery

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden This week we delivered 236 lbs. of produce of  red potatoes,  zucchini,  gherkins and celery to FeedMore from the Community Kitchen Garden.    The celery was a trial, since the Virginia Cooperative Extension  does not recommend celery for central Virginia. Although overall the […]

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Jun 24th, 2013

It's a Bloomin' Onion

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Our yellow onion bulbs didn’t get very large in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden, but the flower heads were dramatically beautiful during June. The tall flower stalks were amazingly sturdy, and cuttings have lasted for days in a bucket of water. […]

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Jun 19th, 2013

A Rainbow of Chard

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Today staff and volunteers in the Community Kitchen Garden harvested 32 lbs. of rainbow chard and 10 lbs. of beets and delivered it to FeedMore’s kitchen. That makes 40 lbs. of Swiss chard this week! Year to date produce donations: 282 lbs.  

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Jun 10th, 2013

The Color of Goodness

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden There’s just something extra special about the color palette with fresh vegetables — fresh as in minutes after harvest, and in this case chilled to preserve the freshness. This week Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden staff delivered 102 lbs. of beets and […]

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May 31st, 2013

We Love Paris in the Springtime

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden This week we made our first 2013 delivery of fresh produce from the Community Kitchen Garden to FeedMore, 50 lbs. of romaine lettuce, 2 lbs. of  parsley, and  2 lbs. of  cilantro. The lettuce has a nice backstory: the seed was obtained from the Thomas Jefferson […]

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May 30th, 2013

Kroger Cares

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Earlier this month, we had our first visit from local Kroger associates to the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. Led by Shawn Embrose, the team mulched pathways, weeded, tested soaker hoses and planted tomatoes and eggplant. The Community Kitchen Garden is […]

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May 26th, 2013

A Capital Idea

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The  Community Kitchen Garden enjoyed a productive visit from 20 volunteers from Capital One’s Merchant Disputes department. Led by Wilma Rooney, the team accomplished a great deal of labor for the Garden, despite the surprisingly sweltering heat for early May.  During the past two […]

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Apr 13th, 2013

Lettuce Plant Parsley

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Karen Reynolds brought her Dominion PJM Energy Settlements team to the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden earlier this week for a surprisingly sweltering afternoon of gardening. The team transplanted parsley and lettuce, seeded beets and turnips, and also accomplished some ditch digging […]

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Apr 2nd, 2013

Potato Planting at the Community Kitchen Garden

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Wondering what we’ve been up to lately in the Community Kitchen Garden? POTATOES!  Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Brian Vick,  made a 2-minute movie featuring the potato planting. Thanks to volunteers Jeff Curtis, John Jamieson & Gary Pantaleo for helping to grow food for Richmond’s neediest […]

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Mar 20th, 2013

Children Plant Potatoes & Peas to Celebrate the First Day of Spring

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Today we got to celebrate the first day of spring in the best way ever.  We kicked off the 2013 growing season for the Community Kitchen Garden by planting red potatoes, peas and radishes with  preschoolers from Capital Childcare. But do you want to know what’s […]

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Mar 4th, 2013

What's Planned for the 2013 Community Kitchen Garden

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   Most of the planning is nearing completion for the 2013 Community Kitchen Garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Beginning its 5th year, the Community Kitchen Garden  is dedicated to growing fresh produce for FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels and after-school feeding programs. You’ll see we’ve reduced the volume […]

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Jan 16th, 2013

Eat Your Greens! Broccoli Leaves That is

Photos & text by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I know this is going to sound crazy. But I have two new favorite vegetables  — and one of them is broccoli leaves.  Even my kids like them. This all started when I read Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Brian Vick’s blog post […]

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Dec 18th, 2012

Solstice and Solace, Winding up the Season

 Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Winter solstice, coming up on December 21st, can be associated with darkness and cold, but recognition of the winter solstice traditionally celebrates the return of light, as the amount of sunlight each subsequent day gradually lengthens. “Solace” means comfort and consolation. […]

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Dec 9th, 2012

The Root of the Problem

by Laura Schumm, Community Kitchen Garden Research Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden; photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Here in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden we increased the diversity among our crops this season, and we experimented with many different root crops. We grew beets, turnips, carrots, parsnips, white potatoes and sweet potatoes. We […]

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Nov 27th, 2012

Incredible Cauliflower

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator The cauliflower in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden is maturing slowly but surely. The cooler than normal temperatures have slowed the process, but we’ve already harvested 202 lbs.* of Snow Crown curds and 116 lbs.* of cauliflower leaves for […]

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Nov 9th, 2012

Best Friends Forever

by Laura Schumm, Community Kitchen Garden Research Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden; photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Plants have relationships in the same way that people have relationships. Like humans, some plants get along and some don’t. Companion planting is a practice that takes advantage of the beneficial relationships between certain plants to deter […]

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Nov 5th, 2012

Dominion Delivers

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Dominion is now the 2012 corporate leader in both the total number of associates and total number of hours committed to the success of the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. Dominion achieved the leadership position as of Monday, October 22, […]

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Nov 2nd, 2012

Scots Take the Highlands

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator This is the time of year when you hear a lot about the Scots, from ads for the Highland Games to the guy on the radio talking about grass seed. The Wooster Fighting Scots – alumni & parents from the […]

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Oct 27th, 2012

Jack-o-Turnip?

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Jack-o-Lantern carving may date back to an old story involving a turnip. Look it up. Can turnips really get large enough to hold a candle? Judging from a couple of freak radishes this summer, it’s very possible. Contemporaneous carvings, thanks […]

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Oct 23rd, 2012

Batata Boom Boom

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Ipomea batatas that is – sweet potatoes. We started the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden sweet potato harvest on Saturday, 10/20, approximately 112 days after planting the initial “slips”. A nice team representing J-Town Richmond –- including Nerice Lochansky, Tanisha […]

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Oct 19th, 2012

A Not So Sweet Surprise

by Laura Schumm, Community Kitchen Garden Research Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden; photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator As we’ve mentioned on this blog,  in July volunteers planted 250 sweet potato slips in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. The slips were donated by Clifton Slade from his organic farm in Surry, Va.   Sweet potatoes […]

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Oct 9th, 2012

Ta Ta & Toodle-oo Tomatoes

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator There’s something incongruous about a chilly 50 degree, gray, wet day and the warm color of ripening tomatoes on the vines. The stark contrast reinforces the realities of our seasonal transition. We’re about to say farewell to our last tomatoes […]

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Oct 5th, 2012

Friend or Foe?

by Laura Schumm, Community Kitchen Garden Research Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden; photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator There has been a large amount of insect activity here in the Community Kitchen Garden this year at Lewis Ginter, partly due to the extreme heat this summer and the mild winter temperatures. When combating pests in your […]

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Sep 29th, 2012

Cole Crop Capstone

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Planting is now complete for the 2012 Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden cole crops. A diverse and energetic group of volunteers came to the garden on Saturday, September 22 and completed the planting of broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. September 1 […]

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