Goodness Grows News

April 2022

Newsletter #54

CSA 2022 is Sold Out!

Big thanks to all our amazing subscribers as well all the folks who shared our info and inquired about subscribing! Everyone was thinking about produce early this year, filling our shares to capacity even before the Early Bird Deadline arrived. Now we look forward to June!

Greenhouse Take Down with Lamppost Farm

The day before Easter was truly a busy one here at the property of Common Ground Church Community! It was also a day of joy, old & new friends, family, hard work, mission, laughter, and fellowship. Folks from Lamppost Farm, Common Ground, and Goodness Grows came together to take down the old greenhouses out back, left over from the days when this property was Mellinger's Nursery and Garden Center. Over the years, we have used them for a variety of projects but it was time to give them new life. The Lamppost crew will be putting them to good use on their farm, keeping them here in the community and caring for creation by reusing these materials. It was a win for everyone! We want to thank each and every person who helped with this huge project. It definitely takes a village to complete a job like this.

What will replace the greenhouses? Wait and see!

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GG Crew at Work

Our GG crew manages to amaze us time and time again with their work ethic and determination. We are very lucky to work with such a fantastic group of young adults. Everyone who uses this property is blessed by these young people and all that they accomplish! Over the last couple of weeks, Miss Rachel and her fiancé Mike (a stone mason and a talented builder) led Bradly, Brista, Caleb, Dustin, Keegan, Shawn, and Tori in dismantling the greenhouses to make the big Saturday work day go as smoothly as possible. As Mike reported last Wednesday, "Good news. We have the greenhouse stripped down to the framework. All we have to worry about Saturday is taking the framework probably will take most of the day Saturday to finish. This prep work was only possible because of Rachel and her HARD WORKING TEAM!!" So, once again, we say thanks to this fabulous GG crew and to Rachel and Mike!!!

Coming This Summer!

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We are beyond excited to be part of a brand new, super exciting local farm market in Columbiana! From the market's Facebook page, "Harbel's (replica of Harvey S. Firestone's horse barn named after his favorite horse) is home to an impressive display of Firestone memorabilia, as well as a farmer's market from June thru October. Part of Vagabond Village at Firestone Farms." Located at 45443 State Route 14 in Columbiana, OH, the market will feature produce and items from an array of local vendors. It will run 10am-2pm on Saturdays, June 4th through October 29th. We hope to see you there!

Market Open House, First Saturday of May

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Scenes From GG

Whether working or playing, our crew has fun together!

GG Loves Volunteers

Would you like to join in the fun with us at Goodness Grows? We love volunteers. Stop in and visit us to see how you could be a part of growing goodness! If you have a skill or hobby to share, if you want to come do a cooking/baking project, if you'd like to take a nature walk...YES! We love having people join us on all those things. You can also volunteer to help with our work here. As we head into the busy season, there are always, always, always weeds to be pulled, plants to be watered, and outside chores to be done. We would absolutely welcome your help! Give us a call or stop in Monday-Friday between 9am-2pm. Smiles and laughter guaranteed!

The Youngstown Flea

The Flea's 2022 season has begun! Goodness Grows will be at the May Market on
Saturday, May 7 from 9am-3pm at 365 E. Boardman St. in Youngstown.
Kitty will be there with Jungle Jam, Juicy Jam, & organic catnip toys. Stop in & check it out!

From their Facebook page:

"It's all about Mom. Yes, plant, dog, cat, kid, whatever makes you a Mom! What better way to celebrate than local shoppers and supporters, and of course our "makers" will be everywhere.

Beautifully, handmade, hand-crafted home goods and decor, grooming products, jewelry, sweets n' treats, and cool treasures to find as gifts for the ones you love most.
It will all be there. Free Admission + Free Area-Wide parking (limited).
#MayFlea is for Mom! #ShopTheFlea."

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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'd love for you to join us!

Create. Cultivate. Thrive.