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It's no longer a dream! The Green Machine was dedicated on Sunday, May 5, at Saint Patrick Church. Now it's coming to a street corner near you, loaded with fresh fruits and healthy veggies. And The Green Machine has it's own facebook page where you can see the scheduled stops and more. Spread the word!
A brief recap of work completed during March and April in the garden. Tasks included rebuilding and stabilizing beds, repairing and resetting soaker hoses, loading a garden mix into the beds, planting seeds and transplants, spraying for aphids on the new bean sprouts, mulching up leaves and adding them at a top dressing to the beds, painting the compost bins and the tire planters. Work was accomplished during one or two days a week during the months of March and April by volunteers from the community, University of Memphis, Department of Anthropology, and University of Southern Illinois. The produce from the garden will be shared by the residents of the neighborhood and the Saint Patrick Food Pantry. Thanks everyone! Much was accomplished because of the help of many
A beautiful day was given by God for the fifth annual Spring Festival in Foote Homes Park. Volunteers from the University of Memphis, CBHS, the Vance Avenue Collaborative member agencies, churches, and health care providers joined forces to provide a Festival for the residents in the Vance Ave. Community. There was a Health Fair organized by Mae Yancy of Saint Patrick's. A Book Fair was made possible by the generous donation of books from church members of Redeemer Presbyterian, Lindenwood Christian and St. Patrick Catholic. Over 400 books were collected and distributed to children and adults. Bar-B-Que and hot dogs were provided by the Saint Patrick Community Outreach, Inc. cooking team. Also included in the Festival was an arts and crafts area and an area for children's games. These areas were manned by U of M students who did a wonderful job interacting with the children. A fun time was had by "ladies and gentlemen and children of all ages."
Armani Brown and Aden Conrad Enjoy Watering.
In May, several projects were completed. A group from the Alumni of the University of Virginia came out to plant tomatoes, peppers and add dirt to the the raised beds.
Ken Reardon and Carl Savoy constructed tripods for the purple hull peas to climb on.