It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like… SPRING!

Greetings everyone!

The Garden is prepping for another beautiful and bountiful spring season. Last week, the Garden Leadership Team traveled to Red Hill Farm just 20 minutes away from UVA to plant our starters in their greenhouse. We started broccoli rabe, bell peppers, dinosaur kale, and eggplant, so gardeners, GET READY for some AWESOME gardening work days :) Below is a picture of Richard Harrison; he and his wife Wendy are the owners of the Farm at Red Hill. He was kind enough to give us a tour of the greenhouse. They grow produce all year round; ginger makes up a large portion of their output. In addition, the Harrisons offer a line of fresh salsas, hummus, pesto, dips and habenero jams. They sell them in multiple locations in Charlottesville (I see them at the Barracks Kroger all the time). If you ever have a chance, try them out! Black bean salsa is one of the team’s favorites.

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Here we are planting the baby seeds!

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We are excited to pick up gardening this spring. Look out for emails about work days and our annual BIG SPRING THING!

Peace, love, and sunshine,

The Garden Leadership Team

Winter Prep

As the breeze blows colder and the days grow darker, activity in the garden inevitably winds down. The next two weeks will be focused on preparing the garden for winter. Today, we covered beds with row covers and hay to keep what’s alive warm, and took out the skeletons of the fall crops. We also raked leaves and put compost on our Gilmer plot. Our favorite faculty family came by again, probably this fall’s most enthusiastic and dedicated gardeners. 

Come by for the last workday of the semester: Sunday, 11/17 at 3 pm

A potluck may or may not be in the works…

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UVA Community Garden Honored by the P.U.M.P.K.I.N Society

That’s right! The UVA Garden was recognized this past month by the P.U.M.P.K.I.N. Society, one of the secret societies here at UVA. In recognition for the garden’s commitment to the wonderful gourd, the P.U.M.P.K.I.N. Society left us the intricately carved pumpkin pictured below (it’s a fancy “P” if you weren’t sure!) and letter of recognition. What an honor! Definitely one of this fall’s highlights.

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Carvin’ in the Garden 2013

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Another fall harvest, another Carvin’ in the Garden! Would it really be October without it? One of our favorite events to host and participate in, this year’s definitely didn’t disappoint. Lots of amazing food was shared, including warm apple cider and (of course) pumpkin pie, and pumpkins carved. Thanks to all who came out!

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Love and Emilia getting into the Halloween spirit! 

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The art of seduction, carvin’ style.

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Cool, indeed! 

Happy fall everyone!