I recently received a “Like” from the awesome folks at the Soulsby Farm blog! If you’re looking for solid gardening/farming knowledge that you can pass on to patrons or just use at home, you should visit their blog!
In the first five seconds of reading I learned that worms love Cheerios! Mind. Blown. So, I had to share. I plan on reading for way more than five seconds! Lots of great stuff there!
It’s been an insane few weeks preparing for the Public Library Association Annual Conference! I have a lot more I’d like to share, but time has gotten away from me. So here are a few ideas to get started for urban food education!
If you’re in an urban library, you can still teach patrons quite a bit about gardening, even if you don’t have a lot of green space.
For instance, you can grow lettuce, herbs and microgreens near a window. There are a ton of great tutorials out there to check out!
If you have just a small bit of dirt running along a wall, consider growing peas. Peas are easy to start now, and they’ll grow up a small trellis or string along the side of your building!
If you have some space ( a few feet ) to place a container, consider potatoes! Using a collapsing pot let’s you grow potatoes during the season, then remove the dirt and the pot easily in the fall!
And don’t forget window boxes. With a window box you can grow dwarf varieties of snap/sugar peas, edible flowers, herbs and more!
Yes, that’s a real thing. You can write a grant that helps you cover the expenses of a garden at your library! WOW! Okay, we’re running out of time…so let’s get crackin’ on those applications…
Here are two coming up soon (found through kidsgardening.org – a fantastic website!)
March 1 – 2012 Mantis Award (to receive a Mantis tiller/cultivator)
April 1 – 2012 Midwest Garden Grant (for those living in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin)
This is the time when grant applications are about to be due. I found an astonishing amount of regional and local gardening and food education grants across the country. Try search terms like your city/region/state name and ‘gardening grants 2012’.
Many local branches of Master Gardeners offer local grants! Reach out to your local group if you don’t already have a working relationship with them!