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Hello all,
I hope you are all hanging cool in the continued extremes of our weather patterns. Wowsa, and the Lavender in the herb bed is thrilled! 🙂
The Solstice Celebration was a lot of fun! Thank  you everyone who participated and made it another special night in the Garden.
 

General Meeting this Thursday, July 5, 7-9pm

in the Garden
back up is DJamil and Adam’s
17 Wachusett St. #3
This meeting Kathleen will bring the original plans that were drawn up for the Garden to share with us and to add to our visioning process for the long run..
How can we build our Bright Future while honoring our roots?
Bring a snack if you like though not required.
Next Workday
Saturday, July 21, 10-3ish
1pm potluck
All are welcome, your presence is always enough…
IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Coop update from Adam
The Harvest co-op board is in the process of deciding whether a fundraising campaign is realistic, or whether we need to close the Harvest co-op stores in JP or Cambridge and bring the spirit and practice of co-operative food gathering to different places. In either case, we’d love your help in building co-operative shopping and food gathering and food preparing efforts. To join in, please call or email Adam Frost, longtime co-op member, 617-522-1049, adamfrost@computerCareandLearning.com.
Sarah has an apartment for rent

3 bdrm apt. on Weld Hill Street available sept. 1 or sooner  in updated vintage triple-decker.  Large back porches, yard.  Permit parking on street with resident sticker.  Shared free washer & dryer in cellar; landlord  willing to share WIFI.   Quiet convenient neighborhood, 7 minute walk to Orange line train and busses.  A short walk to Harvest Coop Market, Leland St. Garden, the Arnold Arboretum, and the lovely Olmstead designed cemetery at Forest Hills.  $2400.00 per month.  No mammal pets (others are OK), no smoking anything on the premises. Pls. contact me at sarah.buermann@gmail.com for more info, & for photos.


One of my favorite sounds of summer is the song of the Crickets. I found this short little ditty to share…

Song of the Cricket

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pR3yr_v-xlc

Take care till next time,
DJamil and the Leland Garden team

 

Hello all,
I hope this note finds you well. Ready or not, the Summer Solstice is just a few days away, and we’re going to celebrate… You are invited! 🙂

 

Solstice Celebration – June 21, 2018
7-9pm in the Leland Garden

We’ll celebrate the Sun with poetry and song by Emma, Micah and Larry – sometimes together and sometimes apart…an herb walk with a guest herbalist, Sun salutations  with Nicole and YOU! Bring finger food snacks to share if you want.
All are welcome.

 

This is our first collaboration with the Trustees. Many thanks Michelle for your work. The flyer is here for more information– please download from this link:
In the June Trustees Gardeners Gazette (attached)
you will find lots of great events coming up, including their ongoing Tour of the South End this Saturday and a debut Jamaica Plain Garden Tour on July 14. If you would like to volunteer for either or both, please contact Michelle –  mdelima@thetrustees.org or Peter – pbowne@thetrustees.org  for more info.
To read the gazette, click on this pdf link:
REMINDER
upcoming event:
Gardening with Native Plants:  It Matters!
Monday, June 18, 6-7:30pm
A presentation by Claudia Thompson

Founder of Grow Native Massachusetts

Connolly Branch of the Boston Public Library
In closing, here is A very Special Offer…
Lisa  has been a long time resident and supporter of the Garden.  Over the years she has shared her art, song, Easter egg and Treasure Hunts and so much more…
The bottom two pics are of her handmade note cards she makes from the Garden itself! And, they are for sale $6-8. (sliding scale)
Give her a ring to learn more. 781.454.9870. She will be at the Solstice Celebration as well.

Wishing you all the best until next time,
DJamil and the Leland Garden team

 

I hope this note finds you well as the gardens grow, grow

First, we’ll be getting ready this  Saturday, June 16 for a work-play day
10ish-3pm
1pm potluck
With an outstanding team spirit, we got the Willow tree moved from the herb bed where it is now recovering.  The trauma is showing, to be sure, and I have a good feeling with love, patience and gentle tending it will ultimately thrive in its new location.  Yeah Team…it was a great day!
This Saturday we have oh so many weeds, some harvesting and sewing of new seeds, et al.
All are welcome…your presence is always enough

grow..!

General Meeting Thursday, June 7, 7-9pmIn the Garden, weather permitting.Thank you Alex and Lindsay for being our back up @ 24 Wachusett, #3
We’ll firm up the Solstice event on June 21 and make a plan for transplanting the Willow from the herb beds; continue the table conversation; perhaps visit project and planning ideas plus the unexpected that always shows up! 🙂
Bring a snack if you like, though not required.

Work-Play Day Saturday, June  16, 10ish – 3pm1pm potluck
The workdays are scheduled the 3rd Saturday of every  month. As well, we show up spontaneously so if you are interested to join in any other time, please let us know and chances are pretty good someone can meet you.
All are welcome…your presence is always enough. 🙂

Solstice CelebrationJune 21, 7-9pmin the Garden
We will be celebrating the longest day kicking off with our Yoga Guru, Nicole leading us in Sun Salutations and poetry, a yet developing herb walk and Music by our very own Emma and Micah, and Larry, too!

We received another one of those last minute calls requesting a visit to the Garden, this time from  Jessica at Service Works who was doing a program with this English High School class. Her work is focuses on introducing kids to give back to the community by volunteering. When she asked them what they wanted to do, they said “plant a tree.” The high school declined their offer, so we found some weeds for them to pull instead. They found us via the websitelelandgarden.wordpress.com…thank you Adam!

Here’s a little Iris Love from the Garden!
We hope to see you soon.
Take care,
DJamil and the Leland Garden team

Hello all,

I hope you are doing well. It is really wet so far, and 3 seasons in a week seems to  be the new normal, right?! We have planted a bunch of friends already –  Tomatoes, Parsley, Tomatillos for the first time, Turnips, Beans, Greens … with a few more waiting patiently to find their places.

Work-Play day Saturday, May 19

10-3ish, 1pm Potluck

We’ve got herbs to plant, compost to turn, weeds to pull, paths to restore, shrubs to prune,  and chairs to sit in and enJoy the garden….Rest is a verb!

All are welcome. Your presence is always enough 🙂

General Meeting in the Garden

Thursday, June 7, 7-9pm


IN THE HOOD

Emmet Schaeffer has a new telephone number. His old number was a casualty of changing his service provider. You can find him at 617.390.5512.

Harvest Co-op, as many may be aware, has been struggling for some time. Following is a message from Adam Frost who has been on the forefront working to keep it alive, and still is.
from Adam:May 13, 2018Dear co-opers,We had a Harvest co-op board meeting on Monday,  We learned in the
public part of the meeting that the co-op will have to close by August
if we cannot bring in $300,000 in a blend of increased sales, member
equity, and contributions.We decided to increase our emphasis on local, natural and organic
foods; to devote more effort to marketing; and to do more community
organizing. Although we want the co-op to succeed, we recognize that
bringing in a quarter of a million dollars in a couple of months is a
task that seems out of reach.Unless…Please contact Adam to learn more about his vision and solutionsadamfrost@computerCareandLearning.com  617-522-1049 (also a new number)Events Around Town

Tuesday, May 22, 6-8pm @ Roxbury Community College

For more detail of the context:

https://www.jphs.org/transportation/people-before-highways.html

Many thanks Lindsay!
Trustees South End Garden Tour

Saturday, June 16,  10-4pm

 

If you would like to help out, please contact Michelle at the Trustees
mdelima@thetrustees.org

Gardening with Native Plants:  It Matters!
Monday, June 18, 6-7:30pm
A presentation by Claudia Thompson

Founder of Grow Native Massachusetts

Connolly Branch of the Boston Public Library
 
Solstice Celebration in the Leland Cooperative Garden
June 21, 7-9 in the Garden
Our first collaboration with the Trustees…Weed walk and spiritual herb bathing…more details to follow.

Wishing you all the best umbrellas!

Take care,

DJamil and the Leland Garden Team

Hello all!

I do believe with my whole heart that it is trying to be spring…and for what seems lacking in sunshine and warmth, the colors of spring in the symphony of blooms and greens has kept its promise of the changing season once more…There is much to share in this little newsletter, so here we go! Welcome new readers and Garden enthusiasts…

The last newsletter we were preparing for a visit from 40 kids and they came! Kathleen did a fantastic presentation and Lisa was an absolute G-dsend…

Kathleen has this to share about the event:

“The April school vacation week in Boston this year was mostly chilly and rainy — no good for outdoor fun. But the Wednesday of that week — April 18 — was bright and sunny and felt almost warm. And on that day the Hyde Park YMCA brought 40 children, ages 6-8, to the Leland Street Garden!
    We had a short program for them and they sat on tarps or plastic bags and ate their picnic lunches. Their favorite part of the day was finding worms in the compost and elsewhere.
Although very few plants are up after our long, cold winter, we were able to show them the garlic shoots and the red stems of the rhubarb emerging and to taste the first shoots of the chives. Most of the kids had a very good time.
    Many thanks to DJamil and Lisa for helping to supervise…and for even bringing children into their homes to use the bathroom!
    This was the first formally organized play-and-learn event for kids since our “summer camp” week (arranged with the Forest Hills Covenant Church) in 2012.  We would like to be able to do more for children in the Garden….although we learned that 40 children at once is too many. 15 or so at a time would be just right.
    Is anyone interested in helping to organize another childrens’ program at Leland Cooperative Garden this summer?

~Kathleen Robinson

You are welcome to ring her to chat about possibilities, 617.971.0119, or send us an email anytime.


This photo composite offers a bit of the action in the past few weeks. The new sign and bulletin board placed by Jeremy and Jordan, and a HUGE thank you to Tenley and Tim for gifting the Garden with this handsome and sturdy table and chairs… Wow!

Also, just behind the bulletin board you can see a rather bright strip of wood chips and a few dark spots. Those dark spots are the new shrubs that were planted there next to the bees and will serve as a natural barrier that offers food and beauty for all. Nice work Emmett and Alex! That is approximately a 25 foot trench they dug! 🙂


While I was out snapping a few of these photos I found the Verizon crew busy at work completing the Peace Garden path restoration that connects Barlow St. to the Leland Garden. They even hauled away some large concrete blocks and left a good bit of wood chips. Many thanks to Alex for handling this so professionally, staying with the communications until the work was complete, and for this great picture of a job well done!

Stepping into the Neighborhood

Welcome Laura to Boston Food Forest Coalition! She is making a difference already and we look forward to fruitful collaborations in the future

You can find their upcoming events here on their website:
http://bostonfoodforest.org/events/
or here on their Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/BostonFoodForest

From the community

 

3 bdrm. apartment available on Wachusett St. $2400.

contact Wayne @ 774.417.1272

Emma and Micah will be playing original music at Waltham Fields Community Garden plant sales on both  May 5 & 12  from 10am-12.30pm

 

 

” Emma Gies and Micah Huang craft original, vocal-harmony driven songs from the heart. After meeting at Pitzer College in 2011 (through Emma’s violin teacher- Micah’s mom!), the two started playing together and haven’t looked back. They’ve played extensively on the West Coast and in Budapest, Hungary, where they lived for a year studying Gypsy/Roma music on a Fulbright grant. Musical influences from their travels blend with American roots music into a sound they uniquely describe as ‘art-folk.’ The two are currently completing masters degrees in Boston at The New England Conservatory and Tufts University respectively. Through their music, Emma and Micah aim to create moments of connection, both big and small.”

Attached, enjoy the Trustees Boston Gardener’s Gazette

TrusteesBostonGardenersGazette – April ’18 Festival Farm flier

In the past few weeks I learned that this community had 3 babies all born within 3 weeks of each other…Welcome Julian, Nyla and Lily Piper!  🙂

In celebration of Daffodil’s and Our Bright Future…until next time!

DJamil and the Leland Garden team

General Meeting

May 5, Wake Up the Earth celebrates 40 years
http://www.spontaneouscelebrations.org/
and the Southwest Corridor Community Farm – where the Festival was born –
will be hosting several events throughout the day as well.

55 Lamartine  St. (4 blocks from Stonybrook T – please see attachment)

And, the Southwest Corridor almost became Interstate 95, which was what brought the people together and inspired the Wake Up the Earth festival… Alas, the highway became the Orange line and the Southwest corridor park instead.  Thank you to all who took time to show up for what they cared about!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southwest_Corridor_Park
This Thursday, May 3, 7-9
Aimée will host the general meeting
63 Wachusett St. #2
The door is on the driveway to the right of the house – the 2nd door with a welcome sign on it.
We’ll be talking about the June 21st Solstice event with the Trustees, as well as other dates – plant sale on May 12, workday May 19 et al. Bring a munchie if you are so inclined, but surely not required. All are welcome!
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Hello all,

Where does our food come from? Jennifer from the Thomas M. Menino YMCA in Hyde Park has set her students on a mission to find out…and they are coming to visit the Leland Cooperative Garden – tomorrow – all 40 of them!

If you are available to come help out or just say hi from 10am-1pm, please just show up. You will be a welcome presence as Kathleen and I are preparing a little this and that to help these kids make a good start.

Also, if you live on or very near the garden and are willing to open up your bathroom, that will also be a huge help. Please email us by clicking HERE  or give me a ring  617.821.6443.

They will be traveling by public transportation and intending to picnic on tarps, or something that will keep them dry.

It came up late last week and it should be a lot of fun, at least very interesting… 🙂 Wish us luck!

WORKDAY
Saturday, April 21 10ish-3pm

1pm potluck

The compost is ready, there are beds still needing to be raked, and say hello to the new sign and bulletin board that Jeremy and Jordan from the Trustees just installed for us…and a huge thank you to them for pruning the Magnolia that took yet another major hit when the heavy wet snow a few storms back snapped the trunk nearly in half… Many thanks!

Bring a dish to share to the potluck, or just bring yourself.  Your presence is always enough…

All are welcome!

Take care until next time,

DJamil and the Leland Garden team


COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD

3 BDRM apartment available on Wachusett St.
$2400.00

Available now

Please contact Wayne @ 774.417.1272

Sunday, April 1, we are going to get in the dirt! 🙂

Workday, 10ish-3pm

1pm potluck

Easter Egg Hunt – 11am

Thank you Lisa! Story suggested we also wash feet.. Any takers?

All are welcome!  Your presence is always enough…

General Meeting – Thursday, April 5, 7-9

Thank you Alex and Lindsay’!
112 Hyde Park Ave. #1

Continuing the exploration of the new plantings; and putting together a memorial for Lyn are on the agenda so far.

 

Gardeners Gathering – Saturday, March 31

10-5 @ Northeastern

Check out the Boston Gardeners Gazette from the Trustees for more info  www.thetrustees.org

 


COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD

3 BDRM apartment available on Wachusett St.
$2400.00

Available now

Please contact Wayne @ 774.417.1272

Here’s a developing note on neighbors coming together to help each other..From the previous newsletter, there were 2 listings — Wayne’s apartment and me seeking a room. Adam, our webmaster, gave me a ring and expressed interest in Wayne’s apartment and invited me to take a room if we should be offered it. We were! We are very grateful to be staying in the neighborhood and supporting real people who are long time residents to likewise stay in the neighborhood. It’s a work in progress…I’ll keep you posted!

Looking for a place or a service, have something to offer? Send it along and we’ll be happy to share it with this garden community.

 

THE LARGER COMMUNITY

The changes in our community are on a lot of peoples mind. Many may be aware of the Community Preservation Act that was voted in last November.  Here’s a brief note from their webpage:

“We review spending from the Community Preservation Fund. We also choose members for the Community Preservation Committee.

https://www.boston.gov/departments/city-council/community-preservation-act

April 3, 6pm you are invited to:

The Community Preservation Act Forum will be on Tuesday, April 3rd at the Anne M. Cole Center (10 Lamartine St. Extension, next to the Jackson Square MBTA station) at 6 pm. A light dinner will be served.

http://www.jamaicaplainnews.com/2018/03/28/youre-invited-community-preservation-act-forum-in-jp-on-april-3/34687

Our community is what we make it.  What do we want? If you would like to share your thoughts/ideas/ concerns herein this list, we will be happy to pass them along.  We are all in this together!

I hope you all have a great weekend.

Take care,

The Leland Garden Team


Hello all,

I hope you are doing well. For me, it seems that embracing the mystery might be a helpful strategy with these ongoing shifts and changes. When it’s not scary, it is so beautiful to welcome our potential in co-creating a world that we and all Beings can live in…imagine… and, yes it snows here in March ..! 🙂

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Workday Postponed to Sunday, April 1

10ish-3

1pm potluck

We are working on preparing the area where the Bees are for new plantings.
Also, we need to make space for this years compost delivery.

All are welcome!

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Our Bees survived the winter for the first time in years!
A Special Thank you to Larry, our Beekeeper

 

General Meeting
Thursday, April 5 7-9

We don’t know where yet. Is it your place? Please RSVP if you would like to host.

UPDATE from the Barlow Street meeting is attached.

Georgia put together a very comprehensive overview of this gathering.

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Boston Food Forest Coalition Spring Workshop list can be found here:

https://mailchi.mp/5526174bd037/spring-workshops-with-the-boston-food-forest?e=35619944b3

Gardeners Gathering – Saturday, March 31

10-5 @ Northeastern

Check out the attached Boston Gardeners Gazette from the Trustees for more info


COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD

3 BDRM apartment available on Wachusett St.
$2400.00

Available now

Please contact Wayne @ 774.417.1272

Seeking Room to rent

My take home pay is approx. $1300. working 35 hours/4 days a week.

Partial barter options are available – I have many skills to share

Please contact me at DJamil.Graham@gmail.com or 617.821.6443

Anytime before May 1

 

THE LARGER COMMUNITY

JP/Rox Transportation Action Plan March Public Meeting

Thursday, March 22, 6-8pm @ English High School

https://www.boston.gov/calendar/jprox-transportation-action-plan-march-public-meeting

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Here we go Spring!

Wishing you all the best,

DJamil, Alex and the Leland Garden team

Trustees March Gazette:

TrusteesBostonGardenersGazette – March ’18.compressed

Luminaria Solstice Celebration

Thursday, December 21 6-8

Our annual celebration welcoming the return of the Light…

6-7:30pm –  join in placing candles around the garden

7:30-8pm –  share n the Universal return of the Light with song and celebration

We’ll be serving hot cider and baked treats.

Feel free to bring something to share – a song, cookie your presence…

Attached is the flyer you are welcome to print and distribute as well.

Hope you can make it! All are welcome.

Cheers with a warm blanket and a hot cuppa tea!

DJamil and the Leland Garden team


Past Events

Workday Saturday, December 16
10-3,  1pm Potluck
At the very least, we will put the tools and hoses away for the winter and look at a few ideas regarding upgrading the vegetable beds. If the snow melts, we’ll give a go to rake the leaves.
All are welcome!

Hello all,

I hope you are doing well. No matter the changes, I still love the fall…after we rake the leaves this year, we might enjoy the green grass and even pull a few more weeds!  🙂

Meeting this Thursday, December 8,  7-9

please call Adam Frost at 617-325-9526 for location
Acquiring the lot? Luminaria celebration, et al.
December Workday, Saturday, December 16 – details to follow
All are welcome!
We’re all in this together!
Take care,
DJamil and the Leland Garden team

Work-Play day

Saturday, November,18

10-3pm

1pm Potluck

Surely there will leaves to rake, beds to prepare for the ‘winter’. Maybe even a few bulbs to plant. We’ll talk about it at the meeting.

All are welcome…

Alas, a fond farewell to the tomatoes for this growing season. What a year, indeed!

Cheers,

Letter from Djamil and the Leland Garden team:

Workday Saturday October 21st

10 am to 3 pm, with 1 pm potluck lunch

We’ll be deep pruning lots of dead roses, planting garlic and kale, and may put some vegetable beds asleep for the winter. Please come by to get kale plants for your own garden!


Please read below about the wonderful garden party we had on Oct. 1st:

Hello all,

Wow! What a fantastic Garden Party we enjoyed…Many thanks to everyone who shared in the co-creation, including all those who attended. We raised over $600. as well!

If any pictures come my way, or if anyone would like to share their experience with the group, send it along and I’ll include in a newsletter.

 This poem kicked off the party and was offered by Deborah, one of the founding matriarchs. It was read in 1990 when the garden was first open and is still so relevant today.


HANDS

The only thing that can save a city now
        is people
The only thing; not rectangles of gray concrete,
not tax-base blood,
not law-and-order fortresses,
nor even million-dollar bulldozers of decisions
        read from a blueprint
        Just-somehow-people,
        Atumbling people

stuttering in underdeveloped languages

whose words create an impasse

which only touching hands can break.

Only people

can create, touch, dance,

move in unison to sing,

can act in any other medium but words

to do

to make together

out of nothing but themselves

small acts

small seats of shelter

small playground – parks for all

or yards or rooms or selves –

a city

block by block by block

of hands

~Anonymous

Thanks again,

See you soon!

Past meeting: Thursday, October 5, General garden meeting

7-9pm @ Susan’s 73 Wachusett, Unit A

We’ll be reflecting on the event, looking on to the memorial for Lyn, etc…

All are welcome!

Letter from Djamil and the Leland Garden team:

Hello all,

Ok, yes, picking a date for this years party has been a story unto itself…yet, we have success to report!

Sunday, October 1, 1-4pm is the winner!

Confirmed as of this email are local musicians – Lisa, Emma, and maybe Larry; scavenger hunt for the kids; and an exciting fundraiser-raffle with gifts so far from Brassica, Dogwood, & Tikki Masala; home baked pies, cookies, book donations and Alex suggested we throw in there turning the compost for a month as well..! Why not?! 🙂

RAFFLE TICKETS ON SALE NOW and you don’t have to be present to win.

They cost $3-5 each (sliding scale)

If you would like to purchase a raffle ticket, then email me to make arrangements at lelandgardeninfo@gmail.com

Our wish list includes paying the water bill, new tools and a tool shed to name a few…

If you have ideas, suggestions or can help out at all on the day, please email me at

lelandgardeninfo@gmail.com

We thank you!

Here are a few lovely pics of our garden, Thank you Ellen!

Entering the Garden

​The aforementioned tools

​Peeking out over the herb beds behind the Crab Apple that was there before the garden…

Here’s an interesting read. Thank you Lindsey!

The mystery of the lost Roman herb

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170907-the-mystery-of-the-lost-roman-herb

And finally,Thank you Vidya and all the staff working on our behalf at the Trustees! The September Gardeners Gazette is attached.

Hope to see you soon!

Take care,

DJamil

Trustees September Gazette:

TrusteesBostonGardenersGazette-Sept’17

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Letter from Djamil and the Leland Garden team:

Hello all,

The tomatoes and green beans are ready for picking! Come and get them!

This Thursday, September  7, General meeting  6-8pm

in the garden. If it rains, we’ll meet at Susan’s

73 Wachusett, Unit A.

Thank you Susan!

We will be working on the upcoming Garden Party.

Our next workday is Saturday September 16th, 10- am – 3 pm, with a potluck lunch at 1 pm.  Pull weeds, harvest veggies, meet your neighbors.

Saturday, September 30 – Garden Party!

Sunday, October 1, raindate

more details to follow.

I hope you are doing well. It continues to be a summer of marvel, sadness and learning to embrace the great unknown, if you will…a full and meaningful summer it is turning out to be! In close is a brief update from Sadie as well.

 We have said farewell to Lyn Gaylord on Monday, August 7. She transitioned peacefully with her beloved grandson, Brendan by her side. She was one of the major matriarchs at work in the co-creation of the Leland Garden. She lived a long good life, 91, and we will always be grateful for the time we spent learning and growing with her. All who walk in the garden for as long as the garden exists will share in the love she had of the Earth and gardening…Thank you Lyn!

This pic is from a recent demonstration she attended in Seattle which was her last home. Her furry buddy, Champ, was often close by her. We love you Lyn…


Just a few days before the news of Lyn, the garden started filling up with large Butterflies…first thee were the black ones, then the large yellow ones who turned out to be Swollowtails…and then, over this past weekend the Monarchs passed through in numbers I could not count…Honestly, I lost count as I enjoyed my tea in awe observing the various flowers that they paused on to nurture and nourish themselves on their long journey back to the volcanic mountains of Mexico where they will breed and start all over again… What a balm for the Soul to witness the return of the Monarch…I must offer my whole hearts gratitude for Kathleen’s attention to making sure the Leland Garden offers Milkweed, Queen Anne’s Lace, and many other flowers just for them. The Milkweed has been allowed to grow itself over the past several years and it seems word got out! Thank you Kathleen!




In close I will offer this inspiring note from Sadie that speaks for itself. Attached you will find the recent Gardeners Gazette from Vidya at the Trustees.     TrusteesBostonGardenersGazette -Aug’17

Cheers,

Djamil and the Leland Garden Team

from Sadie:

“Thank you so much for the support that you have extended to Otis and me at this deeply difficult time in our lives.

It is humbling, breathtaking, strength-giving to know how much love there is in this community that is banding together to hold us up right now.

A counselor I recently met with at The Children’s Room (a wonderful center for grieving families in Arlington) made the analogy of grief turning one’s life into a braid. Our lives will never be the same, and our pain and grief will not be something we ever move past or overcome. Rather, our memories of Waylon and our life with him will become one part in a braid that continues to get woven together into our life’s complex and beautiful story. You all are also part of our life in this way, pleating together individual strands of love into a strong collective braid.

Thank you from the depths of my broken but beating heart. My cup is both empty and full simultaneously. It is through generosity such as yours that there is hope for the future – not just for our family, but also for the greater world, in which suffering and pain is all too common. I have always believed in the inherent goodness inside of every human being, and the power of altruism and love to prevail over all of the darker tendencies of our species. You are living proof of that, and I love you.

Thank you so very much,

Sadie


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Garden Workday Saturday, August 19th

10 am to 3 pm, with 1 pm potluck lunch

All are welcome…your presence is always enough!

We’ll be working on laying out woodchips, harvesting collards, cherry tomatoes and whatever herbs are ready. We’ll also be meeting and greeting people who come into the garden and want to learn about Boston’s only co-operative garden.

Anyone passing through the garden is welcome and encouraged to check and  help keep  the bird bath near the bees full of water (there is a small bucket beside it) and pick up the trash along their way. Many thanks!

Cheers,

DJamil and the Leland Garden Team


Thursday, August 3, 2017, 7-9pm

General meeting in the garden (back up location 15 Leland St. #2)

 Woodchip Weekend

Great news!

Boston Tree Company will drop off the woodchips around 2pm today (Thursday, July 13). Apparently, they have been helping a lot of community gardens sharing our Tree Ancestors…woodchips! 🙂

And, we have decided to have a Woodchip Weekend!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

9am – Yoga with Nicole and Deborah continues…

10.30am-3pm – Play-Meet-Work

1pm – Potluck

Also, Amanda will come and start some mushroom spores in some of the woodchips on Saturday for those so inclined to  the rich world of fungi..!


Sunday, July 16, 2017

10ish until whenever

moving those woodchips!

There will likely be spontaneous celebrations, food sharing, and good people…

a few of us might start moving them this afternoon after they arrive.

More good news…!

Owner occupied 3 bdrm. apartment available on Weld Hill St.
Contact Sara Buermann 617.524.0685 for more details

Attached is the latest Boston Gardeners Gazette from Vidya at the the Trustees

I hope you can make it, and if you can’t, I hope you have a great weekend all the same.

Thank you Boston Tree Company!

Cheers,

DJamil and the Leland Garden Team

Herb Tour of the Garden

Hello all,

A quick invite to join Kathleen and Larry this Saturday, June 24, 10am, to walk through and identify the tremendous wealth of permaculture herbs that already exist and thrive in the Leland Street Cooperative Garden. Larry will be photographing to help make this information more accessible to all.

It will be a rather focused event. All are welcome!

Cheers,

DJamil

Yoga and WorkPlay Day in the Garden

Saturday, June 17, 2017 we have a fine line up!

9am – Yoga in the Garden with Nicole Pelletier and Deborah Schwartz to start our day

10-3pm – Work-playday: lots of weeding and the like. Your presence is always enough…

 1pm  –  Potluck:  meet the neighborhood!

The Vinyasa Yoga class is free and open to all ages and levels. To quote their flyer:

“This class series is designed to build community in the Forest Hills neighborhood, as well as physical, mental, and spiritual health.  All levels (including beginners) welcome. Please bring mat or towel (we will have a few extra); sun screen, sun glasses, water and/or coffee. This is a community space, so be prepared for dogs and their humans to walk through the garden.”

Visit to Paradise Lot in Holyoke

This past weekend, many Leland gardeners went on a special field trip to Holyoke to visit Paradise Lot, Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates’ 15 year-long experiment in permaculture on a small urban lot. You can read about the garden at https://paradiselotblog.wordpress.com/

Hello all,

I hope you are doing well with our manic weather  and all. It’s surely having an impact on the garden. The rain, so welcome, revived a lot of the plants we almost  lost in the drought last year, including some of our invasive weeds…look out for the Nettle and the Bishops weed! These are both healing herbs and are most challenging in a community garden setting. The Nettle has little thorns, even the little ones,  and the Bishops weed literally takes over and has already claimed two shrubs…If you have any organic (no Monsanto RoundUp here!) suggestions for removing the Bishops Weed, please share.

Planting is underway with the Tomatoes, and a few others in the ground with more awaiting their places.

Saturday, May 27, 11-2 more Planting, Cleaning up and playing in the garden.

The focus will be getting the seedlings situated in the ground, so bring a snack if you like.

Thursday, June 1,  7-8.30
General meeting in the garden. If it rains we’ll move to Deborah’s @ 15 Leland Street #2.

At the last meeting we thoroughly looked into the prospect of growing mushrooms and find we have everything we need. It, like so many ideas, are awaiting the timing and people power to make them happen.

We continue to watch our neighborhood transform with condos selling and new people arriving, or soon to arrive. I have enjoyed meeting kind people and their children and dogs consistently just finding their way around and more people, whom I have not met, sending emails requesting to be added to this list…Welcome all! It seems to me that the Leland Street Cooperative Garden has a Soul of its own and it is a pleasure to be able to help it make this transition for the next generations to love and care for…We are all in this together!

And I saw the first Monarch passing through as well..a big yellow one! Many of  you may know that we didn’t have any for a couple of years and they seem to be making their return.

On the tough days, it helps me to remember this amazing Being was once a Caterpillar…

Wishing you all the best,

DJamil and the Leland Garden team

General Garden Meeting Thursday, May 4th 7 pm – 8:30 pm at the Garden– All are Welcome!

A note from Djamil and the Leland Garden team:

Hello all,

I hope you are doing well. Rolling up our sleeves, we are hitting the dirt. Heads up that this is a high tick season so far with many sightings and bitings so please take care…do a tick check each night when you’ve been out in nature during the day

Thursday, May 4, General Meeting

7-8:30 in the Garden (@ 15 Leland St. #2 adjacent the garden if it rains)

We have some fun things to talk about! Dan and Amanda are both interested in bringing mushrooms to the garden and will be there to explore this opportunity. The mushrooms will be cultivated in the Peace Garden which is an area that is yet owned by the city between the garden and Barlow St. It is also currently used as a passive compost.

All are welcome!

Saturday, May 13 – Plant pick up – We Need Drivers!

1. Pick up pre-ordered seedlings @ Revision House in Roxbury

2. City Natives in Mattapan, a Trustees sponsored plant sale featuring City Native cultivated plants, and local farmer offerings – herb, Vegetables etc.
3.  Herb Society of New England plant sale at Elmbank in headquarters of Massachusetts Horticulture Society in Wellesley.

If you have a car and would like to share a few hours picking up plants at either of these locations, please let us know ASAP. We’re hoping to get to all, if possible.

Also, if you would like to contribute funds for the new season plantings, our current balance is $52.00.  Please call Adam Frost 617-325-9526 to get instructions for donating.

Sunday, May 14, Planting the goodies from the plant sales as determined by the need on Saturday  11-2

That’s it for now. Ready, Steady, Go! 🙂

Many thanks for your interest, love and support of the garden!

All the best,

DJamil and the Leland Garden Team


Workday, Saturday, April 22

Our last workday was Saturday, April 22, 10 am – 3 pm, with a potluck lunch at 1 pm.

All are welcome…your presence is always enough!

We cleaned out the beds, and got ready with the permaculture plans to continue exploring their potential manifestation.
Thank you to the Angels who turned the compost and removed the gravel.

Anyone passing through the garden is welcome and encouraged to check and  help keep  the bird bath near the bees full of water (there is a small bucket beside it) and pick up the trash along their way. Many thanks!

We’ll be celebrating Earth Day, by doing  Spring cleaning in the garden. We’ll prune, meet the plants that are sprouting, and prepare for planting. All  are welcome– you don’t need any gardening experience to join us, and we promise you’ll get lots of experience your first day!  People of all ages will find good work to do.

Please call Adam Frost at 617-325-9526 if you have any questions about the workday or the garden.

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Garden Steering Committee Meeting was held Thursday, April 6, 7-9

Welcome Bees!
The first hive has arrived and we wish them all the best! Thank you Larry.

Here is a link to the Spring Events with Boston Food Forest Coalition:
http://us8.campaign-archive2.com/?u=8c2faccf3a584c37155225523&id=83c8425023&e=2cc1cb5863

Three cheers to New Beginnings….

We look forward to meeting you all in the garden real soon.

Take care,

DJamil

From Djamil:
A heartfelt thanks to Vidya Tikku, General Manager, Boston Community Gardens and the team  from the Trustees for pulling off a truly inspiring Gardener’s Gathering. I learned a lot and enjoyed some familiar faces as well. Ladonna Redmond  spoke the truth in her keynote pointing out what a revolutionary act a community garden is, especially in the time of #45, as she put it…The Earth belongs to all and we have a right and a responsibility to show up as never before.

Soup Night / Birthday bash – Judy, Emmett and all February birthdays

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

6.30 – 9pm

Please call Adam at 617-325-9526 for location.

Potluck – bring soup or appropriate accompaniments. All are welcome.

Also, there will be a donation hat available if you would like to contribute.  The seed order will be placed the following Friday (see Kathleen’s message on the home page).

We had a garden steering committee meeting Thursday, February 2nd from 7 pm to 9 pm.

The meeting was quite spirited. Though we never rolled out the plans in full, we did decide to focus on the compost and the welcome/entrance to the garden. Also, in the picture img_0668you can see on the ground to the right one of the sandwich boards that Deborah contributed to the garden. We hope to reach more of our immediate community who are likely not receiving this email… Now, of course, they are all under snow….patience is the gift of patience I’ve heard it said. And the garden is absolutely stunning today draped in white. I can only send you my awe …

Solstice Celebration

In December, lots of people joined in the Luminaria Solstice Celebration at Leland St. Cooperative Garden,  where we welcomed the Return of the Light by putting candles all around the garden!

Long Term Future Visioning Meeting this past November 2016:

Recently, the Leland Garden was chosen as a site for in-depth exploration of permaculture possibilities by a local permaculture class. There have been several plans created and at this meeting we looked at them together to explore the possibilities. To learn more about this process, go to Planning For the Future

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From DJamil and the Leland Street team

June 10, 2017

Hello all,

I hope you are doing well with our manic weather and all. It’s surely having an impact on the garden. The rain, so welcome, revived a lot of the plants we almost lost in the drought last year, including some of our invasive weeds…look out for the Nettle and the Bishops weed! These are both healing herbs and are most challenging in a community garden setting. The Nettle has little thorns, even the little ones, and the Bishops weed literally takes over and has already claimed two shrubs…If you have any organic (no Monsanto RoundUp here!) suggestions for removing the Bishops Weed, please share.

Planting is underway with the Tomatoes, and a few others in the ground with more awaiting their places.

 

At the last general meeting we thoroughly looked into the prospect of growing mushrooms and find we have everything we need. It, like so many ideas, are awaiting the timing and people power to make them happen.

We continue to watch our neighborhood transform with condos selling and new people arriving, or soon to arrive. I have enjoyed meeting kind people and their children and dogs consistently just finding their way around and more people, whom I have not met, sending emails requesting to be added to this list…Welcome all! It seems to me that the Leland Street Cooperative Garden has a Soul of its own and it is a pleasure to be able to help it make this transition for the next generations to love and care for…We are all in this together!

And I saw the first Monarch passing through as well..a big yellow one! Many of you may know that we didn’t have any for a couple of years and they seem to be making their return.

On the tough days, it helps me to remember this amazing Being was once a Caterpillar…

Wishing you all the best,

DJamil and the Leland Garden team

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From DJamil and the Leland Street team

April 17, 2017

Hello all,

I hope you are doing well This spring is springing into action on what seems to me, an entirely new clock, if you will. Just a few years ago, about 20, when I arrived in New England, there was a specific order to the blooms, thus, the hallmarks of the season were easy enough to observe if one were so inclined. However, now the once famous first bloomers, the Snowdrops and the Crocuses, are appearing along with the Daffodils and even the Tulips – in April – an 80 degree day in April at that!  WOW! Bless us all…  🙂

Welcome new neighbors! We have been enjoying a substantial increase in children in the garden, along with casual readers and various forms of yoga. They are new faces and though we may not be formerly introduced, it is so inspiring to see the next generation arriving to care for and celebrate the Leland Street Cooperative Garden.

Workday, Saturday, April 22

10 – 3,  1 pm potluck,
All are welcome…your presence is always enough!

We’ll be cleaning out the beds, and ready with the permaculture plans to continue exploring their potential manifestation.
Thank you to the Angels who turned the compost and removed the gravel.

Anyone passing through the garden is welcome and encouraged to check and  help keep  the bird bath near the bees full of water (there is a small bucket beside it) and pick up the trash along their way. Many thanks!

With the changing clock, we also have a changing age and means of communication. While the foundation of the garden was laid in neighbors talking face to face, we now have digital options that have already brought people to the garden. While we, the current team, are truly grateful, we are not the webmasters/social media people who can maximize the potential of this option. Are you?
Adam Frost has championed this effort and is ready to help the next generation get on board. From Adam:

“The Garden needs a digital gardener to tend our website for about 15 minutes per week. We’ll provide the training in editing our free WordPress site https://lelandgarden.wordpress.com. If you’d like to try it out, please call Adam Frost, our interim web manager, at 617-325-9526  adamfrost@computerCareandLearning.com.

Thank you Adam!

Finally, for those of you who may be interested in the history of the garden, I have attached a PDF of an essay that Kathleen Robinson, one of the founders, has offered. After my close, you will find the Leland Garden History postscript she just finished.

Attached, as well, is the most recent Gardeners Gazetter from the Trustees.

This is such an exciting year. We look forward to sharing the journey, celebrating the Earth together.

Take care,

DJamil and the Leland Street team

Please click here to read the newsletter from our sponsor, The Trustees:

Trustees Boston Gardeners Gazette-April17

Leland Garden History postscript by Kathleen Robinson:

Please click here to read Kathleen’s history of the garden through 2008:

Kathleen Robinson Leland History 1982-2008

A lot of wonderful things have happened in the garden since 2008. We have changed our name from Leland Street Community Garden to Leland Street Cooperative Garden to reflect the fact that the space continues to be maintained and used by the Forest Hills community as a whole, rather than by individual plot holders.

We now have work days once a month rather than bi-weekly, and every workday includes a potluck picnic. Many neighbors enjoyed these days in 2016 – maybe we should call them play days! Every one is welcome at the picnic lunch whether or not they work in the garden. All the flowers, herbs and vegetables continue to be available to any neighbors who can make use of them.

Although there have been fewer events organized in recent years, a number of very memorable occassions have happened. These include a concert and poetry reading by talented neighbors of the garden; a film showing on a warm summer evening, complete with popcorn and drinks; two weeks of nature learning for kids in a local church summer program and a weekend design project in our garden by a permaculture design class which resulted in practical proposals to move our garden in the direction of a sustainable food forest. All the while, the winter solstice Luminaria Celebration has continued unbroken and, though our bee colonies have not always provided ample honey, we have continued to celebrate the bees the weekend before Labor day with a garden event.

We look forward to Leland Street Cooperative garden being shared by the Forest Hills neighborhood in old ways and new in the coming years. Come join us and bring your ideas!

~Kathleen Robinson

Hello all,

From Kathleen:

Every February for many hears the Leland Street Cooperative Garden (LSCG) has been ordering vegetable and flower seedlings for our raised beds from Revision Urban Farm. This wonderful farm is a project of Revision House, a shelter for women and children just a few miles from our Garden in Roxbury. Revision House started their farm on vacant land across from the shelter 9 or 10 years ago to provide healthy sustainable food for themselves — and it has grown to be a major source of local healthy food for the Roxbury and Dorcester communities selling at farmers markets and through their own CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). The farm now has a large greenhouse and sells annual vegetable and flower seedlings to keep themselves afloat financially.

LSCG is glad to be able to support this Farm and get seedlings for our annual beds at the same time. We often spend around $150.00. This year, however, our funds to start the new growing season are lower than usual. The main reason for this shortage is a very high water bill we had to pay this winter after last summer’s drought. A couple of long-time Leland Gardeners are planning to front the money for our seedling order from Revision Urban Farm this month.

If you would like to contribute to our Cooperative Garden in time to help with this month’s seedling order, please call Adam to make arrangements 617-325-9526

If you would like to participate in choosing which vegetables to grow, call Adam to make arrangement 617-325-9526. We have discovered over the years that greens, cherry tomatoes, beans and squash are what grows best in our space.

A message from Deborah:

No Hotdogs in the Compost 🙂

Welcome all compost participants  new and old. Leland Street Cooperative Garden values your contributions. Our goal is to reduce food waste and turn it into ‘black gold’ for the garden. We see this as a neighborhood project, a great way to learn about recycling and promote community involvement.

This is a free service, but we need your help to keep it going. Presently the seniors here are providing the labor to keep the compost turned and keep the operation running smoothly.

We really need your help. Volunteering is vital to maintaining the garden and a great way to meet your neighbors. We will be announcing the next compost work sessions soon. Stay tuned!

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The Senior Compost Committee [left to right]  Judy, Emmett,Kathleen, and Deborah. [The ‘hot dog’ in the compost is Kitsey and Dawson, our white four legged friend.]

Notes from the February steering committee meeting:

The meeting was quite spirited. Though we never rolled out the plans in full, we did decide to focus on the compost and the welcome/entrance to the garden. Also, in the picture above you can see on the ground to the right one of the sandwich boards that Deborah contributed to the garden. We hope to reach more of our immediate community who are likely not receiving this email… Now, of course, they are all under snow….patience is the gift of patience I’ve heard it said. And the garden is absolutely stunning today draped in white. I can only send you my awe …

Take care until next time. We hope you make it to the soup night!

Hot chocolate and a hearty cheers,

DJamil

Recent comments from our team:

Compost 

It is awesome that so many people have suddenly started putting their compost in the bin, yet we need more people to help maintain this increased volume. Please consider coming to the workday to learn about the process, or email and we can set up a good time for you.

Also, PLEASE do not put any plastic bags or otherwise in the compost, even if they claim they are recyclable. We want to believe them, however, we are not sure in what century this transformation may manifest! 🙂

Here are some general guidelines that may be helpful. We are working on new signs. If you’d like to help, let us know.
Yes – vegetables, fruits, cut flowers, healthy plants,  ideally if you put large whole items like watermelon please cut it up a bit, coffee, teas, shredded newspaper or brown bags, leaves, grass clippings, wood burning stove ash, egg shells

No – plastic of any kind, corn cobs (attract rodents and take a very long time to break down), meat products including bones, oily foods,  ‘weeds’, diseased plants, kitty litter,

Please tell your friends and thank you for contributing to the ‘green gold’ of the garden!

Our Bee Man, Larry, is still looking for a new garden that he can set up new hives.

Local Beekeeper Seeks Happy Home for Bees

  • o -Will share honey production.o   -Will mentor if interested in establishing your own hive

Larry’s cell – 617.834.6093

email – lvandeventer@comcast.net

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Happy Solstice…may all your dreams come true!

DJamil

Many thanks to Larry VandeVenter, our Bee person, who is doing a great job caring for the hives. We received an update that we lost one of the two hives to the infamous mite. Yikes! However, Larry and his mentor have successfully gathered a few hives together to hopefully make the remaining hive strong enough, with their abundant honey stores from this years hard work, through the winter. Nevertheless, he will be with us next year. 🙂

Larry would like to explore new locations to care for yet more bees. Below is a little announcement he put together: Please contact him for further information/opportunities to have hives in your garden.

Local Beekeeper Seeks Happy Home for Bees

Why are bees in trouble

Many pollinators are disappearing at alarming rates (including honey bees, bumble bees, and other native bees). Last year 40% of the bee hives in the U.S. died. We are dependent on pollination for 60% of our annual food production. The solution to pollinator health is not a simple one. Pesticides are weakening pollinator immune systems, leaving them more open to parasites and pathogens. Healthy food sources such as wild flowers are disappearing with development.

How can you help?

o   Say no to pesticides (insecticides, fungicides, and herbicides).

o   Plant native wildflowers and flowering shrubs and trees in your backyards, communities, and workplaces.

o   If you have room in your yard, host a hive or two and share in the honey and satisfaction of creating a happy home for honey bees.

Local Beekeeper Seeks Happy Home for Bees

o   -Will share honey production.

o   -Will mentor if interested in establishing your own hive

Larry’s cell – 617.834.6093

email – lvandeventer@comcast.net

Thank you all for caring and being a part of the Leland Street Community Garden. We’re all in this together! See you soon…

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