Many, Many Thanks!

12 Oct

Much appreciation to all the residents who attended the garden fundraiser on Saturday despite the chilly weather! And, of course, lots of gratitude to all those who donated funds to help keep the garden going — and growing. CVers are a generous bunch!

We will keep the fundraiser open for another few days. If you didn’t get a chance to stop by, or forgot to give, you are very welcome to donate to the self-funded now. Checks (made out to CVOI) can be left at the office or for Shari Rueckl, 195 Adams St, Apt 15B. Her Venmo handle is @misssha .


Spring Plant Sale!

21 Mar

It’s time for a

Spring Plant Sale

CVEarthlab is selling plants to raise money for the garden.  Please consider supporting us with a purchase!

          Pot of Kitchen Herbs: Basil, parsley, and dill together in a round, 6″ decorative planter. (No substitutions)

Makes a great gift!  $15.00

          Lavender Seedling:  Unlike the kitchen herbs, this small plant comes in a plastic cell, approximately 3” deep —

it will need to be transplanted into a   planter or window box. $10.00

How to Buy

  • All orders must be prepaid by April 1, 2021.
  • Plants will be ready for pickup by Saturday, May 1, 2021.
  • Send your order to You can send the suggested donation electronically via Venmo (@Misssha). To pay by check, leave one made out to Concord Village Owners Inc (with CVEarthlab in the notation line) with the doorman at one of two buildings:  at 195 Adams St. (to the attention of Shari Rueckl) or 175 Adams St (to Denise Maher).
  • Be sure to order early! Supplies are limited, and we expect to sell out.  

About CVEarthlab Garden

CVEarthlab is a self-funded educational garden in the children’s play area behind 195 Adams St. Learn more at

All residents are most welcome to get involved and grow vegetables and flowers with us!

Registration Is Open! Sign Up for Seed-Starting Workshop This Sunday 3/7/21

3 Mar

New this year: An outdoor event, “to go” supply kits

Join us to plant tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and various flower seeds this Sunday* in the children’s outdoor play area. You’ll leave the workshop with what you need to nurture the “seedlings-to-be” for 6-8 weeks, and then transplant successful seedlings into the garden in late May/early June.

Please note: we are not direct sowing seeds into raised beds yet. We’ll be outside to prepare the planters, but we’ll raise the seedlings INSIDE.

We’ve got of details to share! Thanks in advance for reviewing this notice carefully…we’ve employed several new procedures to help keep everyone safe and socially distanced. To take part, please follow this 3-step process.

  1. Make a membership decision. CVEarthlab is self-funded. Because the pandemic has prevented our usual fundraising events (but not our annual expenses), we are raising the suggested annual donation to $30.00 for family memberships. Suggested donations for individual members is $10. No green thumb required.

Not ready to commit to membership, but want to seed-start? The suggested donation is $10. per person. (Each participant will be provided with materials for two plantings, including organic soil and seeds.)

2. Pick a time slot. We’re using this online sign up form for scheduling. Participants must sign up for a 15-minute slot between 1:30 and 3pm. Thanks in advance for scheduling yourself.

3. Donate. If you are able, kindly make a donation electronically (via Venmo @misssha) or send a note to to arrange payment or finalize your reservation before 2pm Saturday. **

Can’t commit to a specific time and place?  We will provide a “to go” supply kit for those who donate or register as a 2021 member by 2pm on Saturday.

Questions? Send a message to Thank you!

 *Rain date is Sunday March 14th at the same time

**Alternatively, you can leave a donation with the 175 Adams St doorperson (to Denise Maher’s attention) or send an email message to arrange a hand-off.

Meet These Satisfied Houseplant Owners!

23 Nov

We’re Selling Houseplants to Raise Money for CV Garden in 2021

A limited supply of houseplant seedlings remain. Aloe, golden pathos, jade, coleus and more starts are available. Suggested donation for plants ranges from $15. to $22.

Easy-to-Care-For Options, $15. each:

Exotic Options for Plant Lovers, $22. each: 

They’re ready to move into your home!

If you enjoyed the garden herbs, vegetables or flowers this year, consider donating to the 2021 fund. We were not able to hold any fundraisers this year, so we’re selling seedlings and appealing for donations.

Want to purchase a houseplant or make a donation?

After you send an email message to, please send money electronically to Shari Rueckl via Venmo (@misssha ) .

Alternatively, you may leave an envelope with your doorman and send a message, with your name and address, to, and one of us will pick it up. Or, submit a check, made out to Concord Village Owners Inc, to the office, noting that the money is for CVEarthlab Garden.

To learn more about CVEarthlab Garden, or get involved, go to, where you’ll find information about membership, details on where the money goes, recent meeting notes, and garden photos.

Thank you.

Denise, Judith, Sandy, Shari, and Wendy, Core Committee Members

RELATED: Houseplant Seedlings for Sale!

Garden News, November 2020

13 Nov

Its that time of year, neighbors…Time to close down and winterize the CV Earthlab Garden.  We’ve pulled up the annual plants, but there are still culinary herbs in the standing bed outside the children’s play area behind 195 Adams. Snip some of the herbs that you’d like (you can dry and save them) as soon as possible, please; those beds will close later this month.

A Note About CVEarthlab Garden Fundraising

In a typical year, we host several fundraisers. Unfortunately, we were unable to hold any this year due to Covid-19 protocols. To try to fill the revenue gap, we’re selling a limited supply of houseplants: Aloe, spider, coleus and other plant starts are available via pre-order. Suggested donation for each plant is $15.00. – $22.00.

See pics of summer garden highlights via these links: April,  MayJuneJuly,  August

Thanks In Advance For Your Support!

Did you enjoy the garden this year?  The herb beds were popular, probably because residents were cooking at home during quarantine.  If you used the kitchen herbs, found joy in the blossoms, enjoyed the floral fragrances or the Monarch butterflies, please consider donating.

We hope the garden was a bright spot during a dreary year – and that it will be successful again in 2021.

If you’d like to preorder a houseplant or contribute money, you can do so several different ways.

  • Leave an envelope with your doorman and send a message, with your plant preference, name and address, to One of us will pick it up from your doorman.
  • Submit a check, made out to Concord Village Owners Inc, to the office, noting that the money is for CV Earthlab Garden
  • Send money electronically to Shari Rueckl via Venmo (@misssha )

To learn more about CVEarthlab Garden, or get involved, go to, where you’ll find information about membership, details on where the money goes, recent meeting notes, and garden photos.

Thank you.

Denise, Judith, Sandy, Shari, and Wendy, Core Committee Members

Related: Buy a Baby Houseplant, Nurture CVEarthlab Garden

Sachet Workshop on Sunday, December 8th: How to Register

1 Dec

It’s time to reserve your spot for the sachet-making event!

Sunday, December 8th, 4pm to 5:30pm

We’ll make fragrant sachets using lavender and other dried herb’s from CVEarthlab’s garden in the community room. The small sachet bags make great homemade holiday and thank you gifts. Because materials and manpower are very limited, we’re asking that $5. donations for each participant be made in advance.


Suggested Donation

$5. for materials for 2 sachets *

Materials include a cotton drawstring sachet bags, an organza bag,  dried lavender, dried lemon balm/grass/verbena, dried mint, dried calendula flowers, ribbon, fabric markers and other decorations. *

Donate Now to Secure Your Spot

Write checks to Concord Village Owners Inc or CVOI.  Donations can be left with doorman at 175 Adams (Denise) 195 Adams (Shari) or sent via Venmo app to Shari’s account: @misssha 

After making your donation, RSVP to , including amount donated, method of payment, and names of participants.

Space is limited: the number of participants will be capped at about 20 people.

The suggested donation fee covers materials plus funds to support the upcoming CVEarthlab 2020 growing season.  Learn more about the community garden at ; see photos of last year’s sachet-making workshop here.

Thank you!

*Please note that the suggested donation is for participants in sachet making, and does not apply to adults supervising children (unless adults intend to craft).

Depending on the final number of participants, we hope to offer materials for additional sachets at the event at 2 for $3. — as long as supplies last.  First come, first served.

We will have some wine but encourage others to BYOB and glass.

Many Thanks, Strawberry-Based Treat Recipes, and Party Pics

15 Jun

bowelIMG_6199Thank You!

Thanks to all who attended or donated to the garden for our Strawberries and Salad kickoff party last weekend.  Partygoers enjoyed fresh berries, sweet homemade baked goods, savory strawberry bruschetta, and more.  Find recipes, and photos, below.

CVEarthlab garden is self-funded and we are still collecting donations for the summer season.  If you’d like to help us grow, we thankfully accept financial donations via Shari Rueckl (195 Adams St, #15B).  Checks can be made out to CVOI; Venmo electronic donations go to @misssha.  Learn more about annual needs and membership here





Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler


Crumble topping

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 14 Tablespoons of melted butter
Strawberry rhubarb filling
  • 3 cups (12 oz chopped rhubarb—1/2”
  •   pieces)
  • 2 quarts chopped strawberries
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • Pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Topping: Whisk flour, baking powder, salt, granulated and brown sugar, lemon zest. Add the melted butter and cut with 2 butter knives as you would a pie crust. Refrigerate.
Filling: In a large bowl combine the strawberries, rhubarb, lemon juice, sugar, cornstarch and salt. Mix well and pour into a 9” by 13” baking pan. Let the mixture sit for 15 minutes. Take the crumble mixture out of the refrigerator and crumble with your hands evenly over the fruit filling.
Bake for 45-50 minutes.
It is done when fruit is bubbling and the topping is golden brown in spots.
Let crisp rest out of the oven for 15 minutes before serving. Can be served topped with vanilla ice cream.

Goat Cheese and Strawberry Bruschetta


  • 16 ounces or 3 cups of fresh strawberries
  • 16 to 20 Each thin baguette slices
  • Ounces soft goat cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons honey


  1. If desired, toast baguette slices in a 350°F oven for 10 minutes or until crisp. Cool.
  2. Hull strawberries. Slice each strawberry into several thin slices holding strawberry intact.
  3. Stir goat cheese and honey together in a small bowl; spread about 1 tablespoon onto each bread slice.
  4. Place strawberries on bread fanning strawberry over cheese. Repeat with remaining strawberries.


The Annual Fall Harvest Fundraiser Potluck Is Saturday 9.29

14 Sep
You’re Invited to CVEarthlab’s Fall Harvest Party! Join us Saturday, September 29th at 4:30pm in the Children’s Play Area.

What:  Annual Fall Harvest Fundraiser Potluck

Who:  Members of CVEarthlab, the educational community garden inside the play area, invite all residents (with & without small children) to join in!

Where:  The Garden & Children’s Outdoor Play Area, behind 195 Adams St / next to 230 Jay St

When:  Saturday September 29th, 4:30pm to 6pm

Why:  The garden is self-funded and requires money for the 2019 season. Learn about ongoing costs and more at

Come celebrate the harvest! Members of the garden committee invite you to harvest some herbs from the garden and use them in a potluck dish to share. (Potential ingredients to pick include: basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, lavender, lemon verbena, Tulsi or Holy Basil, anise hyssop as well as dried garlic that was harvested in August.)

If you’d like to help the garden grow, we invite you to donate money at the event. Checks made out to CVOI can be submitted via Shari Rueckl (195 Adams St., Apt 15B) or the management office at 215 Adams St. You can also Venmo to Shari Rueckl (@misssha). Thank you!

RSVP due by Tuesday, September 25 to .

Please include what you plan to bring. Potluck items that don’t require cooking include fresh fruit, wine and/or kid-friendly soft drinks such as lemonade or seltzer.

Rain date is Sunday September 30.

Save the Date: 9.29 Harvest Party

19 Aug

The Annual CVEarthlab Harvest Potluck will be held Saturday September 29,
4:30 pm to 6pm*  All residents are invited to celebrate the CVEarthlab garden by bringing a dish or drink to share!

Annual Membership and Donation Reminder

Interested in the garden but haven’t joined or renewed for 2018 season yet? Send your contact info to . CVEarthlab is a self-funded, organic community garden and membership is available to all CV residents. Suggested annual donation is $25 per family or $10 per individual. (Find maintenance and membership info here.)

New!  We Accept Donations Via Venmo!

Donations accepted via check, cash, or Venmo electronic transfer.
Drop checks (made out to CVOI) or cash with management office or 195 Adams doorman (attn Shari Rueckl). To pay via Venmo app, use Shari’s username: @misssha
Thank you!

*Raindate Sunday Sept 30, 4:30pm

debs-harvest-party-tart[1]Related: Click through to see recipes and photos from years past!

What it means to be a member . . .

24 Apr

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It’s springtime…a new season and the perfect time to become a member of the CVEarthlab Community & Educational Garden! CVEarthlab is a wonderful volunteer-led and self-funded communal, child-friendly garden in Concord Village’s Children’s Play Area! We offer amazing opportunities for adults and children to learn about their environment and the plants and animals that inhabit it with them; to grow and enjoy fresh produce; and to share meals, knowledge and experiences with neighbors with a wide variety of backgrounds in gardening. And, it’s crazy fun! Follow this blog (there’s a link you can click on the right or at the bottom depending on your device) or email if you want to learn more!  What does being a member mean?  You contribute $30 per family . . . and (we hope) help with volunteer work, planting, and watering when you can.

Why do we need members, and why do members need to contribute money? CVEarthLab is self-funded. Over the past 10 years, we’ve invested nearly $12,000. in cash, donations in kind and grant awards to get the garden off the ground. Most of that was start-up costs, and we were lucky to receive more than $3,000 in grants and in-kind donations, but maintenance is not free! Recent purchases include soil to replenish the beds, an automated drip irrigation system, replacement raised beds and a bench. In spring 2016, we invested about $500 in soil and equipment to refill our 4 older raised beds with new soil (and make 2 of them sub-irrigated) to maintain safe soil quality. And we test the raised bed soil (as we do every year – at @ $75 per sample) to track changes in our soil over time and ensure we’re growing in safe soil. Besides planting and watering, the garden requires a lot of manpower and a variety of resources. Sustaining its success requires an assortment of efforts and skills, including fundraising, grant researching and writing, researching and writing proposals for the board, website content creation and maintenance, documenting activities and communicating regularly with fellow members, taking photos, soil quality testing and stewardship, harvest potluck party planning and prep, errand running, weather proofing, cat, rat and squirrel deterring, making or buying organic pest sprays and fertilizers, accounting, and all sorts of creative problem solving. And money! It’s clear: we REALLY need volunteers and we hope that our members find many ways to help us grow and maintain our garden! At a minimum, though, we ask that each CVEarthLab member family or individual commit to:

1. Donate $30. per family or $10 per individual each year.  You can leave checks, made out to CVOI*, with CVEarthlab in the memo line, in the CV office or arrange for a garden member to pick something up from your doorman by sending a note to . We also accept donations via Venmo electronic payment service. To donate via Venmo app, use Shari’s Rueckl’s username: @misssha

So come on and join us!

*CV maintains an account for the Children’s Play Area, and we will deposit CVEarthlab checks to that account. 

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