Day of Action
This year we have been blessed to have had farmers and friends who have been raising our starter plants
for the seed bank. We have given away 300 plants in the last month.
This picture was taken in May this year 2016 and I have a jacket because it feels like 48 degree.
The 335th Monarch Waystation has been installed at Danville High School. Thank you Linda Porter ( Butterfly Lady) from the Danville Garden Club and the class of 2016
Posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 7:29 am
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- Posted on Mar 29, 2016
by Pam Wright
After a week of negotiations with the city and county, the Boyle County Farmers Market has found what they hope is a permanent home for local farmers to share their goods, and it’s not with either the city or the county.
While local government was haggling over a suitable location for the market, quiet negotiations were taking place with Danville Independent School District Superintendent Keith Look for the use of the high school grounds.
John Wyatt, the marketing director of the farmers market, said on Monday that the farmers market board had finalized a contract securing the location.
Wyatt said an offer by the city to locate the farmers market on Second Street between Walnut and Main Streets had been “taken off the table” on Friday.
“I don’t know what happened, but there was some sort of pushback from who knows where about Second Street,” Wyatt said.
Just hours before Wyatt’s announcement, City Manager Ron Scott said he had met with Boyle Judge Executive Harold McKinney early Monday morning, and the two had worked out details securing the courthouse parking lot for the farmers market.
Later in the day, Scott contacted the newspaper to say the farmers market had rejected the city and county’s offer, deciding instead to locate at the high school.
It ends a week filled with uncertainty and disappointment for the farmers market board and its supporters.
On Tuesday of last week, Boyle County Fiscal Court decided to reject a proposal to locate the Boyle County Farmers Market at Constitution Square Historic Site, citing parking issues and a reluctance to see the lawn destroyed by pedestrians.
Following the court’s decision, the city of Danville suggested several locations, including the closure of Second Street between Main and Walnut streets, adjacent to Constitution Square.
At the time, Scott said Second Street was likely the best solution for the market. However, on Friday, Wyatt learned that Second Street was no longer an option.
Earlier in the month, Jennifer Kirchner, executive director of the Danville-Boyle County Convention and Visitors Bureau and manager of the county-owned park, appeared before the fiscal court to seek its “blessing” for an $1,800 license agreement for use of the park on Saturdays from April to October each year. She found herself faced with staunch pushback from the magistrates on the proposal.
Supporters of the proposal said the idea was meant to be a "win-win solution" after the market was displaced because of the Third Street Beatification Project last year.
Magistrate John Caywood and McKinney voted in favor of the move, but the other five magistrates voted down the move.
The decision led to a firestorm on social media and phone calls to local officials from angry supporters of the farmers market. Mayor Mike Perros said Wednesday he had received a number of phone calls, including some from city commissioners, asking what could be done about the situation.
During the city commission meeting Monday, City Commissioner J.H. Atkins alluded to a lot of behind-the-scenes discussions that took place over the weekend, noting that “a lot of emails were exchanged."
Last year, the market was located at a city-owned parking lot on Third Street until the beautification project displaced the market from that location.
Wyatt said he was “excited” about locating at the high school, noting that Look has ideas on how the farmers market can collaborate with the school as a learning tool for students.
“He also suggested allowing events like bake sales to occur simultaneously with the market to benefit clubs and other organizations,” said Wyatt.
“This has been an exasperating process, but I think this (opportunity) has a lot of potential with it,” said Wyatt. “Keith Look seems to have a lot of vision, and I believe they are going to be a very energetic partner. I haven’t had time to sit down with him and map out any details, but I’m very excited about doing that with him."
Wyatt added that he believes locating at the high school will provide “the community involvement that we need to prove that we are a community market, and I think Keith will provide that."
The market is scheduled to open at Danville High School April 9.
2016 is here and we are ready.
This winter has been a cold but the interest in community gardens has caused us to expand into two other county's.
Mercer county and Burgin county 5 miles down the road has reach out for assistance.
Our goals for 2016:
Senior Center Garden
Community Park - Community Garden
Day of Action - Jennie Rogers 3rd grade
The community garden season has begun for 2015. We have had a lot of rain to start the season off but we are moving forward. Venture over to the photos and see what we are doing. If you have time, material or money to donate feel free to send us a message.
Day of Action- 2015 at Jenny Rogers
Breaking News: Batewood Homes Community Garden in the news September 2015
“All my hurts,
my garden spade can heal.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sometimes all it takes is one inspired person to change a community. Ashley Accord is the single mother of a 7-year-old son with special needs. Ashley and her son, Lukas Jones, live in a small apartment at Batewood Homes, the public housing community on South Second Street. Life can be a struggle for single women trying to support their children, and there are many of them at Batewood Homes. Often they feel bored and isolated, staying in their apartments without a social life or friends. That was before Ashley decided to pull herself out of social withdrawal and depression and bring her neighbors with her.
Her sister, Holly Accord, convinced Ashley to get outside and plant something to keep herself busy. She started in her own dooryard. All of the apartments at Batewood are neat and tidy, but few are as colorful as Ashley’s, except maybe those of her neighbors, Lee Ann Russell and Isabelle Wright. Flowers spill out of pots and brighten the ground around their doors, but Ashley had her eyes on an empty 40 by 40-foot fenced area nearby. Last year she presented an idea to the Danville Housing Authority. Could we have a community garden for all the residents?
Officials at the Housing Authority enthusiastically donated the unused playground and contributed $60 start-up money. “They saw how hard we worked,” Ashley said, “so this year they added a water spigot to the nearest building and they pay our water bills.” The Boyle County Extension Office donated seeds, and Ashley’s sister contributed hoses and a sprinkler system. Lee Ann Russell convinced local nurseries to donate starter plants. The women talked a tree service into giving them a pile of wood mulch and they carried stones from a nearby creek to edge their planting beds.
Then James Ross from the Garden Club of Danville got involved. He tilled the garden, donated seeds, planted a bed of strawberries, and brought a truck-load of goat manure and an extra compost bin from the community garden at Jennie Rogers School.
“We’re all low income,” said Ashley, “so it’s hard for us to buy the things we need for the garden. We work with what is donated. James is one of the best resources we have,” she added. “I don’t think he realizes how much we appreciate him.” Ross taught them everything they know about gardening.
With all the pieces in place, Ashley went door to door inviting her neighbors to the garden. Then she visited the Big Brothers Big Sisters Club at Batewood and recruited eager children. The kids are the most inspiring part of this story, learning healthy and positive ways to burn off energy and contribute to their community. They come to the garden happily to plant and weed, but their favorite activities are watering, harvesting and eating. They also help the adults pack baskets, which the children deliver to elderly and handicapped residents.
“We give stuff away to anyone who comes to the garden, whether they work or not,” said Ashley. Last year, the harvest was so bountiful that she learned to can, giving away tomato juice and 56 jars of squash relish. Now, even in winter Ashley stays in touch with her neighbors.
What’s in the future? Ashley wants to involve more kids. She feels the more children she has working, the better crops she has. Maybe it’s the extra help, or maybe it’s their youthful enthusiasm. She also wants to try new vegetables, like the okra they planted for the first time this year. Soon, there will be a new butterfly garden sponsored by the Garden Club of Danville.
Want to help? First on the wish list is a secure storage shed for tools and supplies. The gardeners also need large plastic storage tubs with lids. Right now they have one shovel, one rake and one hoe, which Ashley found at yard sales. Good new or used tools would be welcome, some in smaller sizes for the children. They can always use seeds and starter plants, and would like some organic pesticides and fungicides. If you want to make a much appreciated donation of money or supplies, call Rachel White at the Danville Housing Authority, (859) 236-6116.
March 2015 Seed Library is now open to the public - over 400 seed packet have gone out to the community. checkout is easy.. just find the seeds you like and take them to the desk and show your library card and your done.. Just that simple.
We are preparing a seed library at the Boyle Library Downtown Danville Ky. for the community to have access organic and heirloom with instruction and examples. We hope to reach new and wise gardeners to this years growing season. Details will be coming out soon. Check back with us in a couple of weeks
Jan 11, 2015
Our compost bins are complete. We made some changes to our design to keep cost down. Our budget was $ 60.00 for 3 bins.
Being frugal we made 4 bins for under $40.00
Big Shout Out to CAT the Volunteer Group...
Our first new projects for 2015 will be building Compost bins at Boyle County High School and Jenny Rogers Elementary School
5th grade project 2014
The Danville Garden Club 2014
Throughout the food growing season and beyond.
Stop by our new garden at Jennie Rogers in the playground. Our location has change to a space where we can grow in activies for everyone concerned
With the move to Jennie Rogers Gardens we have set new goals while working with the school system this Fall.
We have been working with students and teachers on Thursday 1pm till 2 pm to give outdoors lessons on gardening.
We have Garden Night Outs with parents, teachers and students. Next Date is October 17,2013 5-7pm. This gives everyone a chance
to be involved in the project for that month.
We are working on speaking opportunities in the classroom when the weather is to bad to be outside. If you have Ideas that would be helpful
All ideas are welcome.
We have some press from our Monarch Butterfly Garden
Join is at a Family Night Out in the Garden.
Coming up Thursday October 17, 2013 Where we will start installing our Monarch Way Station
Day of Action 2013
We want to thank Corning Glass and many others who came to the Jenny Rogers Gardens to help install a 14 x 20 community garden on United Ways Day of Action 2013
We have moved into our new location at Jennie Rogers Elementary School on E.Main St. and Walnut St. .Our first 3 goals are the Children Garden, Monarch Butterfly Garden and a Community Gardening for the community. We started having Garden Night Outs with staff, students and Garden Club members last month (August)
September is starting great with the Jennie Rogers getting ready for Day of Action September 11, 2013 - Volunteers will come to the gardens from 8:30am till noon.We will be in the Play area in the back: Feel free to stop by and roll up your sleeves and help us out. No One will be turned away :-)
We are excited about the New Community Garden going in at First Christian Church on 555 Lexington Ave. Danville Kentucky starting Feb 2013 they will have a Youth Garden, Rose Garden and a Vegetable Garden. More details coming soon.
September 3 , 2012 . Join us and the Bonner Scholars program from Centre College of Danville for a day of community building and gardening. Contact us if you are interested. Thank you.
September 12, 2012 - Join in with us and the Heart of Danvile United Way in a day of community building and gardening. Contact us if you are interested. Thank you UW it was a very successful event. DHS students Rocks!!
September 30, 2012 - Join Saint Peter and Paul (6-8th) graders Day in the Garden 2pm ( Very successful Day)
First Place Blue Ribbon
Farm Field Day: Learn How to Save Seeds
October 6th: Heirloom Seed Exchange at Bill Best’s Family Farm. This Field Day will be strictly for those interested in learning about heirloom seeds or those already growing heirlooms.
8:30-9:00 a.m. arrival, though it's not a tight schedule.
Potluck lunch. Bring a folding chair if you'd like
Best Family Farms is located at 1033 Pilot Knob Cemetery Rd, Berea, KY 40403 in Madison County. This was very good event picture coming soon.
Sunday Novenber 4, 2012 (TBA)
Southland Christian Church voulunteers will be in the garden to help us out. Very successful and very produtive.
Next Project date will be Nov. 10th 2012 2pm - Bonner students from Centre College will be coming to the garden to build a water catchment shed. Very Successful ! Great Job! Getting that Water Shed bulit... Pictures coming soon....
Jan 12, 2013 Field Trip to the Civic Garden Center of Cincinnati