Goodness Grows News
New Year Greetings ~ Happy 2022!
We also welcomed Caleb to our GG family. It is always exciting to bring a new client onboard. The fact that some staff and clients already knew Caleb made it an even easier transition. He fits right in like he has always been with us!
Our crew stayed busy in December with jam making, catnip toy stuffing, making cookies with Dustin's Aunt Bonnie, baking cinnamon rolls, clearing away downed trees, and doing lots of work in the back greenhouses in preparation of their removal later this winter. Before we closed for Christmas, we had two celebration lunches. Pastor Mike and Stacy brought in a homemade feast with smoked ham one day and on our final work day of 2021, we had a Christmas party with special guests Cameron Fortune, Darius Surgenavic, and Sue Weaver! We even took a quick trip to Salem to visit Kitty Kromer at Reach for the STARS, so she could enjoy some of our Christmas fun with us. It was certainly a fabulous month!
We also spent time on processing dried herbs, which are now available for sale on the GG table in the Great Room, making jam, packing up Giveaway donations for the St. Vincent de Paul Society to pick up, cleaning, discussing things we are thankful for, and on many other tasks. November also brought a field trip to Wal-Mart and to take our pumpkins to feed the chickens of our "egg lady." In these pandemic times, field trips off the property have been rare, so these were highly appreciated events. The month of November ended with Christmas decorating, always a fun time!
Don't Throw Out Your Coffee Grounds & Egg Shells!
GG is collecting egg shells and coffee grounds. They can be placed in the black wastebasket to the left of the pew by the Café.
Why are we collecting these items? They are great additions to our fields and raised beds. They can be added to our compost pile or directly to the garden. Want to know more? Check out these interesting resources: Coffee Grounds and Egg Shells.
Jam Making Supplies Needed
Jungle Jam and Juicy Jam are available in several flavors at Reach for the STARS in Salem
and in Columbiana at the Chamber of Commerce office. You are also welcome to stop by GG and check out what's available on our table in the Great Room. Jam is $6.
Jungle Jam: Blueberry Jalapeno,
Cranberry Jalapeno, Hot, Cherry Habanero, Dragon
Juicy Jam: Cranberry Orange, Blueberry Lemonade
We also have:
* Organic Catnip Toys ~ handmade here, with our catnip, cost - $4
* Dried Herbs ~ grown here this summer, dried by our crew, cost - donation
Summer 2022 ~ Mission Group Work Days
Our partner church in Mission Trips, Canfield Presbyterian, has temporarily suspended the mission housing program for this 2022 season. They hope to have the program back up and running for the summer of 2023. This means that GG will not be part of week long Mission Trip experiences this year. But, there is a different option...
We are glad to set up a mission work day!
Last summer, we had several youth groups come out for one day projects. We would be glad to arrange a work day for your group. You can come in the morning, take a lunch break with us, and then stay for an afternoon work period or leave after eating. Give us a call and we can work together!
If you know of any groups - youth groups, community groups, service groups, etc. - who are looking for a project this summer, please let them know about Goodness Grows. Thank you!
For all your support last year...
We appreciate all of you and we wouldn't be here without YOU!
Check out our website & Facebook page to learn more!
Goodness Grows is a 501(c)3 non-profit operating out of Common Ground Church Community. Our mission is to cultivate personal, social, and community growth through gardening, education, and opportunity for people of all abilities. We are working to improve people's lives through social and therapeutic gardening practices. We'd love for you to join us!
Create. Cultivate. Thrive.