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Founding Fathers Potluck Picnic w/ Garden Prepping, Harmar Grove, North Park

PICNIC at HARMAR GROVE, NORTH PARK.  Saturday, August 11 from noon til 8:00 p.m. "Founding Fathers - Great Gardeners - Picnic"

All freedom-lovers are invited to the Freedom Garden picnic to celebrate what we all crave so dearly … to celebrate what drove our Founding Fathers to strike out on their own … FREEDOM! With battle lines drawn in the dirt of our backyards, patios, or whatever available place, we will take the WWII Victory Garden to even greater heights. Americans still have a strong connection to the land. It resonates with the idea of freedom.

George Washington, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and Ben Franklin all shared an extensive interest in farming. Frankly, we’d have loved to be guests at the Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, and Madison family tables. You may know that Thomas Jefferson’s favorite food was macaroni and pea salad. There was actually something that James Madison loved to eat. Madison loved ice cream. Washington, the Father of Our Country enjoyed nuts and cherries. Ben Franklin had a yen for pickles. It all sounds good to us so we will be providing some of these favorites in addition to the All-American favorite, the hot dog. Bring one of your favorite picnic foods to share and come and enjoy an afternoon of games, speakers with important messages, and join together in a homegrown revolution.


1:00 pm Doug Oster – The Organic Gardener
Doug is the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Backyard Gardener. His column is distributed regionally by the Associated Press and nationally by Scripps Howard News Service. He also works as writer, producer and on air talent for WQED-TV’s OnQ program contributing stories related to gardening. He appears on KDKA-TV’s Pittsburgh Today and the Saturday Morning show during their gardening segments. Doug’s “Grow Your Own” gardening/cooking column is syndicated nationally. He is also founder of Cultivating Success, a garden program for adoptive and foster children. Doug gardens organically on four acres in Ross Township with his wife and three children. With kids aged 16, 18, and 20 he understands and embraces the therapeutic power of gardening.

2:00 pm Pastor Butch Paugh – “Hillbilly Preacher”
Pastor Butch Paugh reads passages from the Good Book and applies their message to the modern Christian. Pastor Butch Paugh talks about what made America a great nation, and what is killing our nation today. God makes a nation great, but when a reprobate people turn their backs on God, the people are punished for it. We are seeing this today here in America.

Possibly an additional presentation will be scheduled for later in the afternoon by a representative from Burgh Bees. Burgh Bees aims to introduce beekeeping and in so doing, stewardship of the environment.

Burgh Bees has adopted the following Mission Statement: “To educate beekeepers and promote beekeeping as a vital part of sustainable agriculture in Pittsburgh and its suburbs.” Beekeepers are concerned with health and nutrition and promoting consumption of products of the hive on a daily basis. If we are able to schedule a speaker from Burgh Bees, you will be amazed at the incredible things a colony of honey bees can do.

In partnership with, Allegheny County Chapter

Directions: Click on the Map Link above, or...
- from Babcock Blvd (South of Wildwood Rd), go East on Hemlock Dr to the Pool
- turn Left on S. Ridge Dr & pass the pool area
- turn Right at the fork & the Harmar Pavilion is the first on the Left.



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  • Andy

    The speakers were first class, especially Doug Oster – The Organic Gardener - who gave a food history of Ft. Pitt on how they survived various adversities and how we can learn from them if problems occur within society today affecting our food, water, & power supplies. The only problem I saw was the event started late due to problems with park operations.

    August 12, 2012

  • Andy

    Take note that more detail has been entered into the description above. And the MAP link has been fixed, which any of the group administrators here could have done.

    August 10, 2012

  • Jim B.

    PLEASE NOTE: The map posted by Andy DOES NOT take you to North Park. But the directions posted are CORRECT. Please follow the directions and do NOT use the map link. Also we will have signs posted near the swimming pool area to lead to Harmar Shelter.

    August 5, 2012

    • Andy

      Jim, please try it again. You were correct in that my link took it to some "Ridge Dr" in Hampton Twp, but the one you put up there previously took it to a spot in Pine Township, above the Lake. This Meetup site can be frustrating. Try the link again. I did an "edit map" so that hopefully it'll work now. I see someone else did a "Harmar Shelter" with a longitude & latitude, but even that one was way off. I guess unless Meetup has an actual street address, using it's mapping tools can be tricky.

      August 5, 2012

  • Andy

    I'll be donating some Aloe Vera plants for the Chinese Auction that is customarily held at this picnic. Aloe Vera extract can be used to treat skin problems and also ingested internally to remediate digestion problems. Aloe Vera is a warm weather plant, and will survive & reproduce quite well in a well drained pot. Those I'll donate will be small, but believe me they'll get much bigger and will reproduce quickly as they did in my Mom's yard in Arizona.

    July 29, 2012

  • Laura ".

    I'm new and this will be my first gtg/meeting

    1 · June 22, 2012

  • Joe M.

    Please feel free to bring friends and family. Just bring a covered dish/dessert and a beverage of your choice..It will be a great day to celebrate at the park.

    1 · June 20, 2012

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