First Workshop Highlights

Last week, CGC hosted the first of three workshops for our new garden partners in 2012!  It was a great success with almost 30 attendees from all four of our sites and lots of enthusiasm for the new projects.

This workshop was primarily focused on learning how to plan for a garden considering specific site details.  We began the morning with some expert instruction and that was followed by break-out sessions for each garden site to brainstorm and develop a vision for their gardens.  Former CGC co-coordinator Libby Weiland professionally organized and facilitated the workshop and we were also fortunate to have Ann McEntee share her Master Gardening expertise with our new gardeners.  Each site created a diagram of how they would like to lay out their new garden beds.  Each site worked well together and came up with several ideas in furthering their visions of the gardens.

My favorite part of the workshop was having all of our partners together in one room for the opportunity to establish new gardening connections.  From the very beginning we had offers from the more experienced gardeners to help out the less experienced, and there were several offers for cross agency collaboration.  A beautiful community is beginning!

I know that the workshop was thoroughly enjoyed and that participants enjoyed several aspects including: brainstorming new ideas, working together, meeting new people, excitement for a new project, and inspiration to create community.  What a great list of takeaways!

Finally, CGC would like to extend many thanks to Libby Weiland and Ann McEntee for preparing an excellent workshop for us and for their efforts in growing our garden community.

-Allan

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About cgcstaff

Keene Community Garden Connections (CGC) is a collaborative initiative involving Antioch University New England's (AUNE) students, faculty and staff. Partnering with non-profits and service agencies in Keene, NH, we support organizations in the development of community gardens throughout Keene. We aim to use community gardens as a vehicle to increase food access, community wellness and landscape restoration. By doing so, we hope to complement other community efforts to develop a more resilient community that is working to mitigate our climate footprint and adapting for the future.
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