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
A troop of gardeners spruce up the Burnham’s Field Community Garden.
Barbara Collins clears an aisle of overgrowth next to her garden plot.
Diane Wolff-Thomas pulls some wayward strawberry plants that developed happy feet and migrated outside her garden plot.
John McElhenny submits-
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!
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
Volunteers Aria and Ruby McElhenny, Rocky Delforge, and Joe and Paula Axelrod stand next to the new mural.
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
A sign honors the young artists who created the sculptures.
Photos by John McElhenny
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 email@example.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!
2012 Garden Manager
Burnham’s Field Community Garden
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When: Sat, Nov 19th from 8 am to 12 noon
Where: Burham’s Field Community Garden
Why: To clean up & close the garden for the season
We will be sharing a potluck style breakfast. Our ‘garden fund’ will take
care of coffee and hot chocolate. Muffins, donuts, fruit, or any other
delectables are encouraged.
Dues for the 2012 season ($25 per plot suggested) are being accepted on
Saturday as well. Please make checks out to Burnham’s Field Community
Garden. For anyone interested in a plot for 2012 that did not participate
in 2011, please email me so I can add your name to the waiting list. We
will host a lottery for open plots next March.
If you cannot make it Saturday we will miss you but must carry on ;-)
Please see to it that your plot is cleaned and cleared for the season no
later than Sun, Nov 20th. Unless you are one of our ambitious gardeners
planning to continue growing cold crops.
And last but certainly not least – THANK YOU to everyone who supported our
first year at Burnham’s Field – it was a smashing success that we will
continue to build on in 2012. Special shout out to John McElhenny for
getting our community garden off the ground, we could not have done it
without your dedication and leadership!
Gina (Curcuru) Briguglio
2012 BFCG Manager
By Jenna Howard
"Now that we are coming to the end of the season, I’m looking for ways to maximize the crops in my garden. I grew lots of herbs over the past few months– basil, thyme, oregano, rosemary, parsley and more! I’m drying all my herbs so that I can use them through the winter. Here are some simple instructions for drying your fresh herbs (long-stemmed & short stemmed)."
How to dry long-stemmed herbs
Harvest herbs in the early morning hours just after the dew has dried off the leaves. (Picking them early in the day will result in a more pungent flavor!) Remove dirt by gently rinsing cut stems in cool water, then shake off excess water. Gently pick off and remove dead or discolored leaves with your fingers. Gather the stems into small bunches and tie cut ends together with string or rubber bands. Hang bunches upside down in a warm, dark, dust-free, well-ventilated area such as a closet or cabinet. (If dust is difficult to avoid, poke a hole at the bottom of a brown paper bag and place over bundle while drying herbs.) Take down bunches in two to three weeks – when herbs are dry and brittle. Strip leaves from stems and store dried leaves in small jars or plastic bags.
How to dry short-stemmed herbs
It is best to use two clean window screens when drying short-stemmed herbs. Simply place the herbs between the two screens using a brick to keep them together. Follow the same cleaning instructions above for long-stemmed herbs. Choose an area that has good air circulation and does not receive direct sunlight. Turn the leaves periodically to ensure the entire leaf is exposed to air. This process will take about 7 to 10 days. These herbs can be stored in a glass jar or plastic bag as well.
What’s New in Jenna’s Garden?
Pleasant Street resident Jenna Howard is providing updates on the peppers, squash 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
"It was a sad week in my garden. What was once a healthy, hardy pumpkin is now no more. In just a few days my pumpkin went from a 5 foot long, flourishing green vine to a mess of wilted brown and yellow leaves. All that is left is a greenish-yellow pumpkin that is about 6 inches in diameter. The pumpkin itself actually looks like it is on its way to being a big orange Jack-o-lantern! But unfortunately, from the looks of it, I’m sad to say it is dying. Even more upsetting is the fact that at this point in the season it is too late to grow another pumpkin in time for Halloween as pumpkins typically take 95 days to mature. Well, I guess there’s always next year! But what could have happened to my pumpkin?!"
The Burnham’s Field Gardener Series
Burnham’s Field is the largest green space in central Gloucester. There’s been a resurgence of pride in Burnham’s Field, including a new 20-plot garden. GoodMorningGloucester is running a series of video profiles of the Burnham’s Field Community Gardeners. Here are their stories.
By John McElhenny
Burnham’s Field Gardeners – Kathy Hegarty of St. Ann School
Kathy Hegarty is a 5th grade teacher at St. Ann School, across Pleasant Street from the Burnham’s Field Community Garden. St. Ann students have a plot in the garden, which they visit almost every day to see how their plants are doing and learn where the food they eat comes from. “A hundred children have had their hands in this dirt,” Hegarty says. “It’s really making quite an impression and developing some lifelong gardeners.”
St. Ann School students around their garden plot at the Burnham’s Field Community Garden.
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
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
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.
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Patty Knaggs on WBUR http://radioboston.wbur.org/2011/05/11/home-selling-market
Kenny’s Strange Footwear, community garden at Burnham field,
tomato release day is coming up at Goose Cove may 25 http://www.goosecovegardens.com/
Gloucester reads poetry and Sawyer Free Library- Joey’s Poem Here
Khan Studio/ Good Morning Gloucester Gallery on Rocky Neck
, Kenny’s Real Estate Segment
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John McElhenny writes-
The Burnham’s Field Community Garden has been officially launched! On Saturday, 25 volunteers laid down geotextile landscaping fabric, built 4’ x 8’ garden boxes, filled wheelbarrows full of compost and raked fine-looking garden plots that’d make a Midwestern farmer proud. Twenty individual garden plots are planned, along with a low fence to protect the garden from critters. Thanks go out to the volunteer gardeners for their energy and awesomeness, the Building Center for donating materials, J. Harrison of The Food Project for his direction, Steve Winslow and the City’s Community Development Department for their support, and Donna Ardizzoni and the One Hour at a Time Gang for sprucing up Burnham’s Field on Saturday morning before the gardeners arrived.
John McElhenny, Allen Street
A truck dumps steaming compost for the community garden at Burnham’s Field. It took 25 volunteers about 2 ½ hours to shovel the compost into 4 x 8’ frames for individual garden plots. Twenty plots are planned.
Becky Thompson spreads compost in one of the 4 x 8-foot boxes specially built for the Burnham’s Field community garden. Thompson, who lives right by the field, is one of several Gorton’s employees who’ve volunteered to work in the garden.
Gardeners Barb Collins (left) and Marie Rodriguez fill a wheelbarrow with compost. Rodriguez is part of a group of teachers from St. Ann School who plan to use their garden plot to teach children about growing fresh flowers and vegetables.
Tim Burnham from the Building Center delivers wood to the garden site. The Building Center generously donated materials for the construction of the community garden.
Gardener Gina Curcuru spreads compost onto the geotextile fabric beneath the garden. Curcuru is one of the many gardeners who live close to Burnham’s Field and can walk to their plots.
Thanks John for getting us the pictures and the rest of the volunteers and folks who donated time, money and energy to make it happen! You all should be very proud!
John McElhenny discusses community plots at Burnham’s Field in the heart of historic Gloucester MA