Monday, December 26, 2022
Saturday, November 26, 2022
You may never have heard of the plant Brassica Oleracea, but six vegetables you can find in any grocery store and you eat on a regular basis are actually all from this one plant and they're all human made products of selective breeding [source, read more: https://t.co/ZFHFAjSjpT]
Friday, September 9, 2022
- where to park
- the schedule for the Main Stage
- the layout of the Cultural Festival on the Town Common
|What's happening at the Franklin Cultural Festival on Saturday? Download this 1 sheet guide|
Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Franklin Public Library Presents Herb Gardening with Blackstone Valley Veggie Gardens, Tuesday, June 14, 7:00 PM
|Herb Gardening with Blackstone Valley Veggie Gardens|
Let's face it.... store bought herbs, either fresh or dried, can really put a strain on your wallet. Why not grow your own? This program is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit https://www.blackstonevalleyveggiegardens.com/ .
Franklin Public Library
118 Main Street
Franklin, MA 02038
Shared from the Town of Franklin page -> https://www.franklinma.gov/franklin-public-library/news/franklin-public-library-presents-herb-gardening-blackstone-valley
Saturday, April 23, 2022
In an effort to combat inflation, as well as the stigma against mental illness, @vfjrenovations has reduced its pricing for 2022 from $320 to $295 for the raised garden bed and from $210 to $195 for the planter.
Quantities are limited, so purchase yours today and spread the word!
Did you know that in 2020, 1 of every 5 adults experienced mental illness? All profits will be donated to an organization that supports mental health awareness.
|VFJ Renovations announces price reductions for garden beds and planters|
The essay that caught my attention in 2020
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/VFJ-Renovations-336675640619192/
Disclosure: I did purchase a 2.½ ‘x6’ garden bed in 2020. I am looking forward to using it again this year.
Monday, March 28, 2022
|my garden bed from the Fanuele's early in the growing season 2020|
Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Indoor Seed Starting with Blackstone Valley Veggie Gardens
Tuesday, March 8, 7:00 PM
|Indoor Seed Starting with Blackstone Valley Veggie Gardens|
There are so many more varieties of vegetables than what the garden centers offer! We'll show you everything you need to know to start your own plants from seed. This program is in-person, free, and open to the public. For more information about Blackstone Valley Veggie Gardens, please visit https://www.blackstonevalleyveggiegardens.com/ .
Shared from Library page -> https://www.franklinma.gov/franklin-public-library/news/indoor-seed-starting-blackstone-valley-veggie-gardens-0
Wednesday, March 2, 2022
"VFJ Renovations is once again planning to build cedar raised garden beds this spring for their Empower With Gardening initiative. Garden beds are made in two styles - a 21”x21” planter for $210, and a 2'x 6' bed for $320. Garden beds and planters are made with 5/4" western red cedar. We are also taking orders for and selling Empower With Gardening signs for $25.The planters and beds will be constructed during the spring, in time for the growing season. A 50% deposit is required for all planters and garden beds. Limited number of signs are available and total is due upon ordering. All purchases incur a 3% service fee if paid by credit card. If stock becomes unavailable, deposits will be returned. Please read below about our initiative. All profits will once again be donated to a non-profit."
|my garden bed from the Fanuele's early in the growing season 2020|
Monday, December 13, 2021
"Give the gift that keeps on giving this holiday season!VFJ Renovations is now taking orders for planters, raised garden beds, and Empower with Gardening signs! Read all about what we do and why we do it at www.vfjrenovations.com. A limited quantity of signs are available now, and all planters and garden beds will be built in the spring.As in the past, all profits will be donated to a non-profit organization."
Saturday, August 7, 2021
What's new at The Pantry?
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Sustainable Gardening with Blackstone Valley Veggie Gardens
|Sustainable Gardening with Blackstone Valley Veggie Gardens - June 2|
Wednesday, June 2, 7:00 p.m.
Become a more efficient gardener by learning how to elongate your growing season and maximize your output, all while preserving resources.
To register, please visit https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIsdOGvqz8iHtSYfAVYLDX8dsRzo-l... .
Thursday, April 22, 2021
Please join us to learn about the Franklin Community Gardens and the Franklin Food Pantry Veggie Garden Project. There will be an introduction of the gardens and information on how the Project, our volunteers and partners are working together helping create community and awareness of food insecurities. This Project has many opportunities throughout the growing season including garden maintenance of the garden beds, harvesting Tuesday and Friday mornings and bringing produce to the Pantry.
On Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 9 AM - 12 we will be building new garden beds for growing vegetables and flowers for the clients of the Franklin Food Pantry. There will be other tasks including cleaning and weeding existing beds and the surrounding area. No experience required, but carpentry skills are a plus! Please bring gloves and any of your favorite garden tools. There will be garden tools on sight, however we are looking for the use of battery operated drills and bits.
For additional information please contact: email@example.com
|checking on the progress of a food pantry bed at the Community Garden last year|
Thursday, April 8, 2021
My father and I are building raised garden beds again this year with the profits going to the Franklin Food Pantry.We are only able to make about 35 planters this year and have 2 design options. We've written a letter on our website and was hoping you might be able to publish it on Franklin Matters for us?Here's the link: https://www.vfjrenovations.com/empower-with-gardening-initiative
Sunday, January 10, 2021
a. December 15, 2020
a. Stormwater Management Planb. Stormwater Brochures
a. Vaccination Schedule
|rain garden at Parmenter, one of many examples of stormwater mitigation that can be found around Franklin|
Thursday, November 5, 2020
We are planning on having a maintenance day on November 11th from 9am-12. By then all garden beds should be cleaned out and if you are planning on renting next year that would be a great day to amend your soil. With beautiful weather in the forecast for the next week, we really need to spend a few minutes cleaning out the beds. It's also a good time to plant garlic for next year as well.
What will be doing on that day? You can care for your garden by cleaning it out and then we need help moving the picnic tables and covering them, washing the tools (important so that when we use them next year if there were any disease on the tools it will not be transferred to someone's garden), cut the grass one last time, stack all the tomato cages in the back of the shed so they don't blow away, put the hoses away, put down some clover and clean out the shed. After November 11th the water will be shut off.
It's time to clean out your garden beds of all fallen produce, perennials that do not belong (strawberries, raspberry bushes, corn stalks and mint.) If you would like to grow mint then you need to put it in a plastic pot and then plant the pot in the garden. This way it does not multiply throughout the whole garden. If you ever decide not to use that garden space and the mint had been growing then it would be a big deal to remove it and this holds true for the strawberries and the bushes.
The University of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension offers these free one hour LEARN AT HOME webinars. This one is perfect for us: "Putting the Garden to Bed: Tips and Tricks for Success Next Year" . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuuAh1Ir4Es There are others and once you visit their website you can choose whatever seems to be of interest to you.
Lastly, I want to thank all our volunteers for their hard work keeping the Community Garden going so smoothly. Deb Schwab has really stepped up to be our liaison from the Recreation Dept to all of you. She has been behind the scenes organizing all the eagle scout projects, managing the volunteers for the maintenance days and I can't thank her enough. Teresa Triana, Jen Kuse (Franklin Food Pantry), Melanie Hamblen and all our eagle scouts. This has been our best year by far and it's because of all of these individuals. Thank you letters will be going out to our eagle scouts today.
We will open up registration to all returning gardeners for 2021 on Monday, February 1st, 8:30am.
|Jen Kuse and Lynn Calling viewing the garden beds that the Franklin Food Pantry used this year|
Thursday, August 20, 2020
FM #332 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 332 in the series.
This session shares my conversation with Jen Kuse, volunteer coordinator of the Franklin Food Pantry beds at the Community Garden. We are also joined by Lynn Calling, Executive Director of the Franklin Food Pantry. Our conversation was conducted at the Community Garden, outdoor, and adhering to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.
In this conversation, we learn about Jen’s green thumb (sometimes brown and dirty) as she coordinates the efforts of several local churches and many volunteers to provide fresh produce to the Food Pantry’s clients. The Tuesday of the week we recorded this, they delivered 50 pounds of produce, with likely another 50 pounds scheduled for Friday for the Food Pantry.
This is a great story to share. You can help in any number of ways. Contact Jen to volunteer with the regular maintenance, or a maintenance day, or financially.
As we listened to the recording, we found a few minor corrections. Jen never actually answers Lynn’s question on how many garden beds the volunteers are gardening and harvesting from; it currently is 12. The listing of the organizations who have helped is in the show notes below. Jen also mentions Deb's name (volunteer from The BFCCS), and says her correct name (Deb Schwab) the first time, and then refers to her as Deb Benjamin the second time. Oops, we got you covered Jen (and Deb!)
The recording runs just about 18 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Jen and Lynn. Audio file = https://www.hipcast.com/podcast/HDm92gkK
The Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School
Franklin Federated Church
St. John's Episcopal Church
Franklin United Methodist Church
New England Chapel
Jen also considers the Town of Franklin Recreations Dept and the Franklin Agway (https://www.franklinagway.com/) as partners in support and supplies.
Lynn Calling, Executive Director, Franklin Food Pantry firstname.lastname@example.org
Franklin Food Pantry = https://www.franklinfoodpantry.org/
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Thursday, June 25, 2020
MAINTENANCE DAY! Sunday, June 28 from 9-12
The plan is to: Paint the shed (thinking the same color that the wood guardrail at King Street is painted), paint the picnic benches with clear polyurethane, grass will need to be mowed again, and Bed 53 will need to be filled with soil.
That will be it for Maintenance Day/Build Days until the fall! So, please turn up!
- Please drain hoses when done watering your garden bed. When draining, fill the water can that is at that spigot. This way the water is not wasted.
- Throw away all veggie id tags in the garbage and not on the ground.
- Please help in filling bed 53 with soil.
- Please help in spreading the soil next to bed 52 where the demo bed was.
- If anyone hasn't planted in their bed and have decided not to use the bed this year, kindly contact the Rec Department.
|my garden bed is growing nicely this year|
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Next Monday, we will be removing all barricades around Town and opening parks with restrictions in place. I wanted to make sure you all received the attachment I provided last week, so I'm including it in the body of the email. Have fun and please be safe.
- Best practices for community garden management during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Additional cleaning/sanitation precautions to utilize in the Franklin community gardens
- Recommendations on being a safe, responsible visitor at the Franklin community garden.
- Garden members must wear masks or cloth covering at all times, along with gloves.
- DO not visit the garden if you feel ill, have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last two weeks or have had known contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last two weeks
- Leave garden gates open during hours of operation to avoid frequent contact. No need to keep opening and closing gates, unless you are the last one to leave later in the day.
- Avoid use of public benches or picnic tables
- Limit the size of work groups to 5 people or fewer inside the fenced area
- If folks cannot police this themselves, we may be forced to stagger times for arrival and availability to reduce crowds
- Social distancing guidelines of remaining at least 6 feet apart at all times
- If members have them, please bring your own tools or make certain you wear gloves while using. We will have cleaning supplies in the shed and we expect anyone that uses a tool will sanitize before and after use.
- We would appreciate folks helping with the following.
- Regular cleaning of contact surfaces (doors, padlocks, water spigots, gates, wheelbarrows, etc.)
- Hand-washing or hand-sanitizing regularly
Director of Recreation
Franklin Recreation Department
275 Beaver Street
Franklin, MA 02038
Office: (508) 613-1667
"just for the fun of it"
Prior notification on the Community Garden opening
|Community Garden (OPENING - Today) - Parks opening next week (with restrictions)|