Goodness Grows News

May 2018

Newsletter #14

Spring is in Full Swing!

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We have been hard at work, planting, weeding, watering, and building, to be ready for CSA pick up and markets. Herbs and veggies are growing and our berry bushes are getting bigger. Thanks to Don Fisher (who laid the plastic and irrigation) and John Biastro (who loaned us the plastic laying machine), our back fields are ship-shape and full of tomatoes and peppers. Today we even found some delicious strawberries to pick. After a very long winter, spring has most definitely sprung here at GG!

Welcome To Our Summer Interns!

At the same time that the plants begin to grow, our staff does too! This is our busy season, which means we need plenty of help. Each year we hire a crew of energetic young folks who are willing and able to do it all. They spend their time planting, watering, harvesting, weeding (lots and lots of weeding!), working markets, helping our clients, cooking...the list goes on! These young people keep goodness growing right into the fall and we are so lucky to have them. This year we welcome back Trevor, who has been with us for a number of summers now. We also welcome Kelly and Darius, for their first summers here. We are thrilled to include all of them in our Goodness Grows family!

Thank You to Crestview & Transition!

Another spring session with our classes has come to a close. These students and staff members worked hard. They helped make our spring plant sale a success, built and set up raised beds, planted, weeded, watered, cleaned, made jam, and so much more. We are beyond grateful for their help, energy, and enthusiasm. Now we are looking forward to their return in the fall!

7th Annual RiverFest

This Saturday from 11 - 4

You are invited to visit us at the B&O Station in Youngstown, for one of our favorite events of the year! We will be there with Jungle Jam and hanging baskets. Come enjoy this beautiful location, celebrate the Mahoning River, check out over 20 exhibitors, listen to live music, and take a free canoe or kayak ride. This event is fun for the whole family and a great reason to take a drive to Youngstown!

Heroes & Halos Safety Day

This Saturday from 10 - 2 at Columbiana High School.

Goodness Grows is so excited to be a part of this amazing day - Heroes and Halos 7th Annual Safety Day and Interactive Health Fair! Come see safety services, health fair vendors, a petting zoo, food vendors, games, prizes, a giving tree, and more! This is a fun event for the whole community, and all are welcome. We hope to see you there!

Volunteers Needed

Shade Cloth Raising!

Saturday, June 23rd, 9am

2310 West South Range Road

North Lima, OH

Our clients have planted berry bushes in our back greenhouse, and now they need protection from birds and too much sun. If you can spare some time on the morning of June 23rd to help us cover our frame with shade cloth, we would be very grateful! Cookies, cold drinks, and gratitude provided. If you have a ladder, bring that too! Thanks!

Summer Shopping Fun!

Goodness Grows is looking forward to each of these local events. Come see us for hanging baskets, Jungle Jam, and more!

Columbiana 1st Friday Block Parties

Head to downtown Columbiana tomorrow evening (June 1st) and enjoy the first Columbiana Block Party of the season! Enjoy a car show, remote control car race, crafts, games, food & fun! This event is rain or shine, from 5pm - 8pm, the first Friday of June, July, and August.

Austintown Farmers Market

Mondays from 5pm - 8pm, starting June 11 at Austintown Township Park. Awesome vendors and activities for the whole family!

Austintown Community Day

This is a free event at First American Loans on Raccoon Rd. in Austintown on Friday, June 15th, from 2pm-6pm. There will be a pet adoption drive, a bounce house, an ice cream truck, and food/craft vendors.

Youngstown Flea

June 16 from 10am - 4pm ~ We are excited to be a part of the Flea's third season. We'll be there monthly through September. Come experience the Flea!

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CSA Pick Up Starts June 28

If you reserved a CSA subscription, it will soon be time for your first order! We look forward to seeing you on Thursdays, starting June 28th, between 4 and 7pm. Our staff and clients have been busy planting out in the gardens and fields, getting our new NFT system set up in the greenhouse for growing greens, as well as making Jungle Jam. We can't wait to share all this goodness with you!

Spring Plant Sale Success

Thank you to all who came and shopped at our big springtime fundraiser! We had a blast seeing old friends and making new ones. We also appreciate all the folks who helped spread the word on social media and beyond. Goodness Grows is grateful to have friends like all of you who keep our programs running! If you did not have a chance to come see us for a beautiful hanging basket, stop by one of the events above or give us a call to visit us at our greenhouse to shop. We'd love to see you!

4th Annual Family Fun Fest!

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Come support the work of Goodness Grows while having good old-fashioned fun with your family! Games, face painting, crafts, and more! Hot dogs and chips will be available for purchase, as will tickets for our ever-popular "Bake Walk." This year we will be joined by The Green Team, Bunnies in Baskets from North Lima's F5RS non-profit rescue, dogs from Angels for Animals, a strolling magic show, plus Funky Punky Cotton Candy is supplying free samples of their amazing cotton candy!!! Don't miss the fun! Spread the word and invite your family and friends.

Check out our website & Facebook page to learn more!

Goodness Grows is a faith-based 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 would love for you to join us!

Create. Cultivate. Thrive.