Beautification and Event25 Sep 2011 08:19 am

Okay… so extreme weather events caused us to have to postpone our little get-to-know-the-new-garden party at neighborhood’s newest green spot. We’re tentatively planning on getting together on Friday, September 30 from 5 to 8 at the spot currently known as The Rachel Ray Garden at E. Passyunk and Wharton. (Step 1… figure out, as a community, whether we want to keep calling it The Rachel Ray Garden.)

And despite harvesting a few greens and herbs last Friday during the monsoon, we still have plenty of crops to pull.  We’ll harvest as much of the food as we can, and have a few folks come and prepare the most delicious thing we can conjure up from it all. A big salad seems like a definite, but some of the basil and mint would be amazing in some virgin cocktails. In addition we’re working on enlisting some local restaurants to donate some main courses to go with our big salads.

We could still use some volunteers to help out. Specifically, we’re looking for:

People who have a special talent for preparing food, and food ideas! The garden has tons of different leafy greens and spices, and someone who could prepare and explain the preparation of a nice sized salad, as well as some peppers, sage, basil, parsley, oregano, etc etc etc is greatly needed.

Sign creators! We need one large sign for the front of the garden, describing the story of how it got here, and how people can get involved. This will be a process with a few design meetings and such, but anyone who wants to help head this and get involved in this way is very much needed. We could also use some signs underneath the various plants, letting folks know what they are; I guess laminating them would help. Any ideas?

Anything to further spruce up the space; some holiday lights, tiki torches, or anything you can think of. We need buckets for water, and baskets for harvesting food as well!

Bowls, utensils, napkins, etc. Non-paper products would be nice to limit the amount of waste we have on site. At the very least, it would great if everyone brought their own utensils and plates but we’ll make sure to have some on hand so everyone can enjoy the feast. Do you have service for 20 that you can lend? We’ll wash it up nice and get it back to you!

See you on Friday. Now bring on some nice weather!

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