While discussing the idea of the series of library programs under the umbrella of Cultivating Community, it suddenly hit me that we could have a vegetable garden on the grounds of the Porter Branch! The next thought was...we could give the bounty of fresh vegetables to the Stafford County food pantry, otherwise known as S.E.R.V.E. The idea was to help the community, teach young people about fresh food and where it comes from, and allow those families who use the food pantry to obtain some fresh produce, locally grown.
April showers bring summer vegetables! Join us this Saturday for the grand opening of our community garden.
The Porter Branch community garden will be a demonstration garden for the community and produce will go to SERVE. Join us to learn more about local farming and how easy it is to grow a little or a lot of your own food.
Watch the garden's progress on our Tumblr site: librarycultivatingcommunity.tumblr.com
A special story time and movie will be presented and children can pot a plant to take home.
Jeff and Ginny Adams of Walnut Hill Farm will have a table and information about local farming.
North Stafford High School Horticulture Program will have plants for sale
Free packets of seeds, both vegetable and flower, will be available compliments of the North Stafford County-Garrisonville Rotary Club
The Master Gardeners will answer your gardening questions
The Master Naturalists will have an information table
This is just one way the library is Cultivating Community in 2012: www.librarypoint.org/cultivate.
With the gardening season starting in full force, there are many moments when we plan a project, even get started and then get stuck. Further guidance and reading is required. The Central Rappahannock Regional Library certainly has a large collection of paper copies of gardening books. But what happens if the perfect book is checked out and has holds on it? Or, perhaps you can't get in to see us at the library. Time is running out, and you need to start now.
I was aware of the fact that EBSCOhost has a collection of electronic gardening books but did not know how extensive the collection is. By typing in "gardening," as the search term, I came up with over four pages of results.
To utilize the results of your gardening, there are also many different cookbooks also available as eBooks.