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Garden/ Homestead Crawls for Late Summer

  • Sep 22, 2012 · 9:00 AM
  • September Update:

    All, if you didn't see my below comment, unfortunately some unexpected things have come up & I don't have time to organize this, as I did the last 2. Unless someone can take over (email me if you'd like!) we'll have to postpone until deeper in the harvest, likely early October.

  • Let me know if u have your own, local tour idea. I guarantee you have neighbors here who you could be sharing with in an easy, super-local fashion.

  • I will also likely organize a super-local food garden tour in my new neighborhood of North Tabor/ Hollywood. Stay posted for that.

  • * I highly support Ed's comment of making this a seed swap too. In fact, I'll take it a step further & say we should all be developing a season-based mindset where we just naturally bring our favorite seeds to any event (thank you JoAnne for the inspiration on this!)

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Hey y'all, after the great success of the Spring tour, I just wanted to at least start thinking about the late summer's tours.
Thank you for your suggestions; following your leads, here's some ideas for the sequel:

1. More gardens, more local! This will address all the driving we did, as well as get us nestled in our own neighborhoods. People can still go to other neighborhoods, (& I'll talk more about that later) but it's probably best we put an RVSP limit on each one.
To that end, since we don't always know our neighbors this day & age, I'm thinking:
*a "Meetup" postcard we can leave with neighbors who have tour worthy gardens (anyone want to design an attractive one with me? :) )
*reaching out to our neighborhood garden groups. You just KNOW they hold people who'd love to show their stuff!

2. We could, if needed, slice the tour 2 ways. This will address not only the length, but also that different people want to see & learn different things. Thus I'm thinking:
*a possible beginner/intermediate tour, then an intermediate/advanced tour
*a possible "Food Growing Focused" tour, to complement a "Beautiful Beds" tour

3. Snacks & refreshments. Yes, that was a long tour! By the end I think we were all ready to eat the last garden :) Anyone who wants to volunteer as a "pit stop" can in advance.

4. Finally, a "Best Of Portland" tour, where the Besties are chosen by anonymous vote after the local tours! I can easily organize this.

So those are my ideas: more local, more personalized, more snacks, "Best Of." If it sounds complicated, don't worry: I'm probably doing this in my neighborhood, so if you want to do it in yours you can just cut & paste exactly what I'm doing. And frankly, once you're organized... the tour takes care of itself!

I appreciate your feedback below :)
Best,
Chris

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  • A former member
    A former member

    All, unfortunately some unexpected things have come up & I don't have time to organize this, as I did the last 2. Unless someone can take over (email me if you'd like!) we'll have to postpone until deeper in the harvest, likely early October.

    September 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    dang I'll be out of town!

    August 29, 2012

  • A former member

    A former member changed the date and time to Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    August 24, 2012

  • billye t.

    I'm going to send an email because I can't figure out how to fit my comments into a post.

    garden, or could

    August 20, 2012

  • Kathleen C.

    I'm in Beaverton...

    August 20, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      If my garden hadn't fried last week I might offer mine, although it is way up in Vancouver. Only it is a brown blight. We were out of town during the worst of the heat and the sprinklers weren't working.

      August 20, 2012

  • Ed

    We could add a seed exchange to this, or have a separate event, since late summer and things going to seed coincide. This could also be a good time to re-home some plants and share divisions and extras.

    1 · June 29, 2012

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