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What Do You Want to Grow?

7 Apr

The seed-starting workshop starts at 11am Saturday, but RSVPs are due Friday evening. Please let us know you are coming by sending a note to cvearthlab@gmail.com.

Suggested Donation Is $10. per Person

We ask for $10. per participant or $30. per household for materials and to hold your spot. Bonus: The workshop fee covers your annual garden membership! Send payment electronically (via Venmo @misssha) or email us to arrange to pay via cash or a check (payable to Concord Village Owners) before Saturday morning.

Find us in the Children’s Play Area from 11am to 12:30pm on Saturday
The workshop starts at 11am and lasts until 12:30pm. Depending on the turnout, and how much help you need, planting should take about 15 minutes per person.

Please bring empty seltzer bottles if you can — we will provide the rest!

Rain date is Sunday April 10th at the same time.  If we get rained out and you cannot attend Sunday’s makeup, we will provide you with the materials you need to get started.

Find more details here. Thank you!

Below, from left: Seed packets for peppers, zinnia, calendula, marigold flowers, and tomatoes.


Save the Date: 5.13 Fri 6:30pm Pollinator Party

18 Apr

Mark your calendars!  We’ll hold our 2nd Annual Pollinator Appreciation Party on Friday May 13th at 630pm. Join us for light refreshments, garden tours and butterfly love!

Learn more about membership (and operational costs) at CVEarthlab.com. Thank you.

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Reminder: Seed Starting Event Wed

21 Feb
If you’re planning to join CVEarthlab in the community room Wed eve, you’ll need empty soda/water/gatorade bottles (1.5 to 2 liter work best) as well as potting soil. Organic potting soil is preferred for anything edible you may transplant into CV’s raised beds.
We’ll supply organic, no2-Liter-SIP-3.9-300-dpi-dkong-260x195n-GMO seeds plus wicking and labeling material. Wednesday’s event takes place in the community room from 6:30 to8pm. RSVP to cvearthlab@gmail.com by Monday 2/22.
Learn more about planting in self-watering containers here. Thanks!
All CV residents are welcome to become members of the 2016 communal garden. We ask that members donate $25 per household plus contribute time and muscle watering and maintaining the space this season. Checks can be made to CVOI* and left in the office or picked up from your doorman. Contact cvearthlab@gmail.com or come to the event to learn more.
Why join? The season lasts from March to October, even November, and you’ll enjoy the friendly, community spirit plus fresh flowers, herbs and veggies from late spring to late autumn. Last year we were picking basil, parsley, sage and ground cherries, kale and bush beans well after Halloween! 2016 is going to be a great year for the garden–join us!

Planting + Garden Prep Event Sunday 3pm

11 Apr

Join us this Sunday, in the CVearthlab garden, inside the children’s playarea behind 195 Adams, to transplant seedlings and prep the beds for more spring plantings.  All residents –with and without small children– are most welcome.  We will start at 3pm and will be direct planting as well as transplanting some of the seedlings from February’s workshop.


We’re focusing on organic, non-GMO plants and pollinator-friendly materials. To that end, we aim to transplant organic, non-GMO plants into the CVEarthlab garden and to avoid use of chemical pesticides.

Will you join CVEarthlab for the new season? All CV residents are welcome to become members of the 2015 communal garden. We ask members to donate $25. and 3 bags of mulch (per household), plus contribute time and muscle watering, tending and maintaining the space over the course of the season. Checks can be made out to CVOI.  Learn more here.


Fundraiser Sat 6.21: Join Us To Celebrate The New Garden Season!

2 Jun


There’s much that’s new to celebrate. The new snap peas and lettuces and growing tomatoes and basil (most of which we grew from seed!), to be sure, but also:

This is the work of donations and volunteer labor (thanks especially to Lee, Keith, Karin, and Judy for their assistance and supplies this season so far!), so let’s celebrate it!

We need more members to support this amazing, self-funded resource!  We ask members to donate $10 per person (or $25 per family) to help us with the costs of keeping our garden safe, functioning, and growing (in addition to the bigger projects above, seeds, plant supports, compost — it all adds up!).  We also need volunteers to help water and supply more mulch.

Join us to celebrate and learn more about what we do and what we need! Click here to RSVP to cvearthlab@gmail.com. Thank you.

Budget Planning for 2013 Garden

29 May

CVEarthLab’s Educational Garden for Children is self-funded. Over the past 3 years, we’ve invested nearly $5000. in cash, donations in kind and grant awards to get the garden off the ground. (We applied for one grant this year, but we didn’t get it.)

Besides planting and watering, the garden requires a lot of manpower and a variety of resources. Sustaining its success will require an assortment of efforts and skills, including fundraising, grant researching and writing, researching and writing proposals for the board, website maintenance and content creation, internal and external communications, taking and posting photographs, soil quality testing and stewardship, harvest potluck party planning and prep, mulch contributions, errand running, weather proofing, cat and squirrel deterring, making or buying organic pest sprays and fertilizers, and all sorts of creative problem solving. And money! Our most expensive supplies include planting soil (@ $10 per 2 cubic foot bag) compost ($13 per 16 cubic quart ) and mulch ($5 per cubic foot).

Thankfully, most of the overall expense (@ $5000.) was for start-up costs. We expect future annual costs to be much lower. Still, maintenance expenses are significant. It will take about $500. to fill the four raised beds (around 90 ft3 total) that need to be replenished this year in order to maintain safe soil quality.

Therefore, we ask that each CVEarthLab member family or individual commits to water the garden 7-10 times, and do at least three of the following four crucial duties this year:

1.  Collect and deliver 2-3 bags full of mulch (about 15-20 lbs).  Free mulch is available from Green Wood Cemetery.

2. Help run one volunteer activity, such as a fundraising event, garden pot luck dinner, garden clean up, or host an educational garden activity.

3. Donate one bag of potting soil (about 1.5 cubic feet; $10).

4. Donate $20 in cash.

Thank you.

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