The Emporia Community Garden is open for the 2014 season! Located in the back yard of the Flint Hills Technical College, it features 24 plots of approximately 300 square feet each, which are available to community members to purchase during the growing season. The $35 plot fee includes water and garden resources. Applications are available on our website, emporialocalfood.org. The Emporia Community Garden is a project of the Emporia Area Local Food Network, whose purpose is to promote the production, processing, preservation and consumption of local food. Locally raised food promotes sound economic, environmental, social, and nutritional health within our community.
This year we are shifting to a no-till approach and will be planting a cover crop in the fall to improve soil quality and retain nutrients. As a result, the planting season will run from March thru mid-September depending on the crop that is chosen. If you have suggestions please let us know!
The garden is still in need of some supplies to ensure a productive season for our members. The following items would be greatly appreciated (used or new): garden tools, hoses, mulch, seeds and seedlings. We are also looking for instructors to teach informal classes in the garden to our plot holders. If you have a green thumb and a few tricks up your sleeve, please share your expertise! Garden members have a wide variety of experience and ability levels, so we welcome lessons on the most basic to advanced topics. Please contact Amy Becker at 341-1335 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to teach, donate materials, volunteer, or become a plot holder this season.
Many thanks to our donors from last year! The extra plants from Moore’s Greenhouse, Water’s True Value, and Riverside Garden as well as the seed from Sutherland’s were welcome perks for our gardeners. The support from local businesses makes this truly a community garden and is very much appreciated.
Veteran City Rollers, don’t miss the ladies first home bout of the 2014 season as they will be taking on Central Kansas Roller Girls from Hutchinson on May 10th at Rollers located at 701 Graham in Emporia. Doors open at 6pm and the bout starts at 7pm. Don’t forget to bring a chair!
Ever Considered fostering? Have Lots of Questions? Don’t know where to start? Come visit with the staff of TFI Family Services and current foster parents, hear more about their services and get your questions answered in a fun, informative and pressure-free setting. Its the Foster Parent Appreciation / Informational Night Tuesday, May 20th from 6:00p-8:00p at Peter Pan Park, W. Randolph Ave. Emporia (Kiwanis Shelter). Feel free to come and go during this time frame. Your children are also welcome to join you. If cant make the event but still want to know more call 1-800-279-9914 or visit them at www.tfifamilyservices.org
Interested in helping children in your area? Become a Foster and / or adoptive parent! Learn how buy taking FREE PS-MAPP Classes. June 2nd from 6- 9 p.m. at the TFI Family Services Office, 618 Commerical Street Emporia. For more information on how to become a foster parent in your community call 1-800-279-9914 or visit www.tfifamilyservices.org