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Burnham’s Field groundbreaking this Saturday

Joey, 

GoodMorningGloucester has done a great job covering the improvements to Burnham’s Field over the last four years so just wanted to share this news below — the official groundbreaking of the Burnham’s Field renovation project! It’s a good day for open space in the heart of Gloucester.

Thanks for all you do,

John McElhenny  

Burnham’s Field groundbreaking this Saturday

After four years of planning and community meetings, the renovation of Burnham’s Field, the largest open space and playground in central Gloucester, is set to begin with an official groundbreaking this Saturday, May 3, at 10 a.m.

Mayor Carolyn Kirk, City Councilor Melissa Cox and the Friends of Burnham’s Field invite friends, neighbors and anyone who cares about Burnham’s Field to attend the groundbreaking. All are welcome and invited.

The renovation is the first major upgrade to Burnham’s Field in more than 30 years. The renovation will include new playground equipment, swings, walking loop, lighting, fences, resurfaced basketball courts, a spray fountain for kids, trees and new bathroom.

Burnham’s Field is located on Pleasant Street across from St. Ann’s Church. Plans call for the work to be completed in time for the opening of the West Parish School at the former St. Ann’s School in late August so the kids will have a newly renovated Burnham’s Field to play on. For more information, contact John McElhenny at jmcelhenny@gmail.com

Good Morning Gloucester Podcast April 20, 2013 With Guest City Councillor Melissa Cox

Podcast Host Joey Ciaramitaro with guest City Councillor Melissa Cox taped April 20th, 2013

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Host Joey Ciaramitaro and Guest Bill O'Connor

Topics Of Discussion:

#BostonStrong

Boston Media Coverage

Good Harbor Beach Footbridge Repair Information

Burnham’s Field Clean Up April 21st, and Burnham’s Field Revitalization Meeting May 13th at 7:00PM

Working With Senator Bruce Tarr to revamp the downtown Gloucester Train Depot

Rubber Duck Race

Open Door Empty Bowl Dinner

Melissa Breaks her re-election Campaign announcement on GMG

Second Community Meeting on Burnham’s Field is this Tuesday

Joey,

Over the last two years, GoodMorningGloucester readers have followed the renovation of Burnham’s Field, the largest open green space in central Gloucester. In fact, many people who’ve read about Burnham’s Field on GMG have volunteered at Burnham’s Field clean-ups and even joined our new community garden. Thanks for all your interest!

The planned renovation of Burnham’s Field continues this Tuesday night with a second public meeting to welcome community input. Back in January, landscape architects from Weston & Sampson and city officials took ideas and comments from a gathering of more than 40 people. Now the community is invited once again to give their ideas and review several concepts for re-shaping Burnham’s Field. Anyone is welcome.

When: Tuesday, March 19 at 7:00 p.m.

Where: The Hive, 11 Pleasant Street (next to Pleasant Street Tea)

Who: Parents, children, neighbors, athletes, nature-lovers, dog-walkers – anyone interested in Burnham’s Field!

Questions?  Call Stephen Winslow, Gloucester Community Development Department, (978) 282-8007 or e-mail swinslow@gloucester-ma.gov

Thanks,

John McElhenny

Burnhams Field Community Gardens

On Saturday, September 22, 2012, the gardens were getting ready for the winter. These gardens are really wonderful.  Well tended and taken care of.

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Burnham’s Field Community Gardeners Hold Fall Clean-Up

Joey,
The Burnham’s Field Community Garden was a hive of activity over the weekend. The gardeners held our fall clean-up, pulling weeds, trimming back overgrown plants and making the place look shipshape. Hard to believe the Garden’s been around two summers now. Thanks to all the gardeners – and our friend Donna Ardizzoni of the One Hour at a Time Gang – for rolling up their sleeves and pitching in. The Garden looks great.
-          John McElhenny

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A troop of gardeners spruce up the Burnham’s Field Community Garden.

Garden photo - Barbara Collins 9.22.2012

Barbara Collins clears an aisle of overgrowth next to her garden plot.

Garden photo - Diane Wolff-Thomas 9.22.2012

Diane Wolff-Thomas pulls some wayward strawberry plants that developed happy feet and migrated outside her garden plot.

The Burnham’s Field Community Garden has a New Mural!

John McElhenny submits-

 

Joey,
The Burnham’s Field Community Garden has a beautiful new mural designed and painted by the talented kids at Art Haven in Gloucester.  The mural was framed and put up at the garden over the weekend by volunteers Joe and Paula Axelrod, Aria McElhenny and Rocky Delforge.

The garden’s fence also features new vegetable sculptures that were designed and painted by the Art Haven kids with Rocky Delforge’s guidance. Public art by young local artists has officially arrived in central Gloucester’s largest green space!

The Burnham’s Field Community Garden just opened for its second season, part of a successful effort that is making Burnham’s Field cleaner, safer and more family-friendly. Come visit soon!
John McElhenny

Building the Frame
Building the Frame

Joe Axelrod (left) and Rocky Delforge build the frame for the new mural at the Burnham’s Field Community Garden.

Burnham’s Field garden sign team
Burnhams Field garden sign team

Volunteers Aria and Ruby McElhenny, Rocky Delforge, and Joe and Paula Axelrod stand next to the new mural.

Veggie sculptures on the fence
Veggie sculptures on the fence

Dozens of small sculptures of vegetables and flowers painted by Cape Ann Art Haven kids now decorate the garden’s fence.

Veggie sculpture sign

Veggie sculpture sign
A sign honors the young artists who created the sculptures.

Photos by John McElhenny

2012 Burnham’s Field Community Garden Announcement for GMG

Gina Briguglio writes-

Hello Community Gardeners!
Spring is upon us! March 20th marks the official first day of the 2012 spring season and I am sure you are as excited as I am about our 2nd year out at Burnham’s Field. All this sunshine and 70+ degree weather should have you pondering your planting plan :)
I need to review my notes from the last meeting but I do believe we have one, possibly 2 plots, open in the garden. In fairness to the many folks who are currently interested, we will hold a ‘lottery’ to determine who will be joining our current gardeners. If you or someone you know is interested please email or message me the name and contact details so I can toss any new names into the ‘hat.’ My personal email is ginabeantown@gmail.com. Deadline of April 1st on submissions.
If you haven’t turned in your dues for the new season ($25 per plot) please mail or drop a check by 57 Prospect Street, Apt 2, Gloucester MA 01930. Checks should be made out to "Burnham’s Field Community Garden." If you have submitted a check that has yet to be cashed…I will be opening a BFCG checking account at Cape Ann Savings Bank this week – sorry for the delay.
Thanks so much and looking forward to seeing all of your smiling faces very soon!
Gina Briguglio
2012 Garden Manager
Burnham’s Field Community Garden

For all past GMG Coverage of The Burnham’s Field Community Garden click here

What Community Is All About- Burnham’s Field Clean Up

John McElhenny writes-

Joey,

Seventeen people came to Burnham’s Field on Saturday morning to make the largest green space in central Gloucester a more beautiful place. Mission accomplished! They fixed a fence, erased graffiti, picked up litter and trimmed brush. Local businesses got into the act, too. Paulo, Catherine and Mauro from CleanPro, the Gloucester cleaning company, volunteered two hours of their time. Mamie’s Kitchen, a great little restaurant on Pleasant Street, gave free coffee and cookies to the volunteers. Ben’s Wallpaper & Paint donated paint.

Many of the volunteers came because they had seen the announcement on the blog – yet another example of GoodMorningGloucester bringing people together to do good things for Gloucester. A short time after the volunteers finished the clean-up, more than a dozen kids were playing on the newly cleaned up courts and field.

Thanks to all who came out!

John McElhenny

Holly picks up litter

Holly Makowsky, a School Street resident, picks up litter alongside the basketball court at Burnham’s Field.

Melissa hauls brush

City Councilor Melissa Cox, whose ward includes Burnham’s Field, clears dead brush from next to the fence.

CleanPro guys sweep court

Mauro Silva (left) and Paulo Ferrari, Gloucester residents who work for CleanPro, sweep up broken glass on the basketball court.

Ed fixes the fence

Ed Collard fixes a fallen fence with help from Rich Bean (left) and Ron Gilson (in back). Ron was born in Gloucester during the Great Depression. Rich moved to Gloucester seven months ago. They met on Saturday and worked together to clean up Burnham’s Field.

Group shot

Some of the volunteers who cleaned up Burnham’s Field on Saturday. Front row: Patti Amaral, Melissa Cox, Ron Gilson, Donna Ardizzoni. Back row:  Rich Bean, Ed Collard, Bill Cox, Lindsay Welch.

Burnham’s Field clean-up this Saturday

John McElhenny forwards-

A clean-up of Burnham’s Field will take place this Saturday morning, Feb. 25. Volunteers will fix fences, paint basketball backboards, remove graffiti and pick up litter. Local cleaning company CleanPro has kindly offered to donate supplies and staff to erase graffiti. Ben’s Wallpaper & Paint of Gloucester has generously offered to donate paint for the backboards. Free coffee will be served.

Burnham’s Field across from St. Ann School is the largest green space in central Gloucester. There’s been a resurgence of pride in Burnham’s Field, including a 20-plot community garden created last summer. GoodMorningGloucester readers got to meet the gardeners in a GMG exclusive video serieshere.

The clean-up of Burnham’s Field will be held rain or shine this Saturday from 8 to 10 a.m. All are invited!

Questions? Contact John McElhenny, jmcelhenny@gmail.com

What’s New in Jenna’s Garden? Week 6

GMG Series: What’s New in Jenna’s Garden?

There’s been some drama this week in Pleasant Street resident Jenna Howard’s plot in the Burnham’s Field Community Garden. Read on for the photos and details.

By Jenna Howard

Week Six

Last week was a week full of lessons! If you read my week five update, you already know that I made the horrible mistake of cutting dry leaves off my squash. I’m sad to report that the squash did not make it! Unfortunately, in just a matter of a few days most of the squash’s big, beautiful leaves dried up and left the fruit completely exposed to the sun. I had to pull the squash from the garden because it was clear that there was no reviving it. Fortunately I did get five healthy Patty Pan squash from the plant.

I also had a great learning experience with my tomato plants this week. After a few days of high winds, I found all three of my tomato plants lying on their sides. I realized it was not only due to the strong winds but also the fact that my tomato cages were not tall enough. At this point it would be impossible to take the cages off the tomatoes, so I had to come up with another way to secure the tomatoes and keep them upright. I did that using giant stakes and then tying the stalk of the plants to the stakes. I also used gardeners’ Velcro and ties to keep all the stray branches in place.

It was a week of lessons learned! Luckily, the garden is looking much better but I can’t help but feel like there is something missing now that my giant squash is gone.

For Weeks 1-5 click here

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What’s New in Jenna’s Garden? Week 3

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Pleasant Street resident Jenna Howard is providing updates on the beets, radishes and other vegetables growing in her plot at the new Burnham’s Field Community Garden. The reports and photos will allow GoodMorningGloucester viewers to follow the garden’s progress with a weekly answer to the question, “What’s New in Jenna’s Garden?”

By Jenna Howard

Week Three:

"Over the past few weeks the Burnham’s Field Community Garden has evolved into something amazing. Everyday that I visit, I’m surprised to see the growth of all the gardeners’ plots. Our little garden has transformed into a jungle! This week the growth in my garden resulted in the harvest of more veggies — Bib Lettuce, Golden Beets and Radishes! The garden is ever-changing. With the free space I was able to plant some more herbs. The newest additions to my garden are Oregano, Thyme and Rosemary. But the most exciting addition to the garden was the very first strawberry that appeared this week. That strawberry didn’t stand a chance, as I couldn’t wait to eat it. And it was delicious!"

Jenna

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The Burnham’s Field Gardener Series- Todd Bowser and Liz Alexander

Burnham’s Field is the largest green space in central Gloucester. Recently there’s been a resurgence of pride in Burnham’s Field, including a new 20-plot garden. GoodMorningGloucester is now running a series of video profiles of the Burnham’s Field Community Gardeners. Here are their stories.

By John McElhenny

Burnham’s Field Gardeners – Todd Bowser and Liz Alexander

Warning: this video might make you hungry. Todd Bowser and Liz Alexander talk about the sautéed vegetables, pesto and Liz’s amazing red sauce that they plan to create from their garden harvest. And Todd reveals the secret to why his face looks so familiar.

Burnham’s Field Gardener – Mary Kay Filos From John McElhenny

The Burnham’s Field Gardener Series

Burnham’s Field is the largest green space in central Gloucester. Recently there’s been a resurgence of pride in Burnham’s Field, including a new 20-plot garden. In some ways, the Burnham’s Field Community Garden represents what’s best about Gloucester: a close-knit, hard-working community that cares for its neighbors. GoodMorningGloucester is now running a series of video profiles of the Burnham’s Field Community Gardeners. Here are their stories.

 By John McElhenny

 Burnham’s Field Gardener – Mary Kay Filos

 Mary Kay Filos explains why she joined the Burnham’s Field Community Garden and reveals her secret for how to create a lush, beautiful flower garden in just a few days.

Introducing: The Burnham’s Field Gardener Series From John McElhenny

Burnham’s Field is the largest green space in central Gloucester. A century ago, it was used as a dumping ground. Today it’s an area of green grass, play areas and ball fields where kids play and families socialize. Recently there’s been a resurgence of pride in Burnham’s Field, including a new 20-plot garden. The gardeners have gotten to know each other and built a small community in addition to a place to grow vegetables and flowers. In some ways, the Burnham’s Field Community Garden represents what’s best about Gloucester: a close-knit, hard-working community that cares for its neighbors.

Starting today, GoodMorningGloucester introduces a series of profiles of the Burnham’s Field Community Gardeners. Here are their stories.

By John McElhenny

Burnham’s Field Gardener – Paula Shevenell

Paula Shevenell describes her secret bug defense technique and how gardening revives fond memories of her dad and mom and the family gardens of her youth. “It really feels good to get my hands in the dirt,” she says.

Community Plots Coming Along At Burnham’s Field

Here is MouseyDew’s Photo of her plot-

Dew writes-

My plot is mostly focused on things that can be used in soup or pasta sauce: cherry and slicing tomatoes, yellow onions, garlic, cabbage, chard and celery. By using creative stakes on the tomatoes, it will help maximize what I can harvest from the space. I’ll probably replace the chard with kale later on to have a little more roughage for the fall. Be sure to bring the Bean by for a visit!

You can follow along the Burnham Field Community Garden Posts on Twitter by following this hashtag- #BFCG

John McElhenny Reports-

Joey,

The plantings are in the ground at the Burnham’s Field community garden! On Saturday, the gardeners finished building the 20 raised beds, put up a fence to keep pets out, and began the really fun part: growing vegetables and flowers to harvest in the months to come. A small sample of “crops” being planted includes bell peppers, zinnias, carrots, strawberries, lavender, watermelons and marigolds. Thanks very much to the Gloucester DPW for delivering two trucks full of donated compost.

Here’s the area of the Burnham’s Field community garden last week before the garden was built.

Burnham's Field garden - Before

Here’s how the garden looks now.

Burnham's Field garden - After

Paula Shevenell uses twine to build a grid to organize her garden plot. One of Paula’s plantings is a lavender plant that kids can touch and smell.

Burnham's Field garden - Paula Shevenell

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