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SANDUSKY, OH – Erie Fresh Edible Greenhouse Garden

May 18, 2009

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Email Correspondence – 05/17

Greetings!

Thank you for your interest in Erie Fresh and the projects that we are going to be initiating this 2009 Season. Erie Fresh, also known as the Erie County Coalition for Local Resources, is trying to increase accessibility to safe, locally grown, nutritious food and to increase knowledge about responsible resource management for the inclusive benefit of those who visit, work and live in Erie County and the surrounding regions, for this generation and the generations to come. Through programs involving the collective wisdom of pastoral, horticultural, agricultural and environmental leaders in our area, the Erie County Coalition for Local Resources will encourage cooperation between the surrounding communities, their organizations and their members to provide services that preserve resources and heritage while educating the succeeding generations on the benefits and values of sustainability: social and environmental responsibility and economic viability.

As a community organization, we are glad you are a part of what we are doing and we just wanted to send out an update to let everyone know how we are progressing.

Edible Parks/Community Gardens

The City of Sandusky has agreed to partner with us to allow for a section of the Sandusky Greenhouse renovations to be used for edibles! Although we are going to be starting out with less land (in a slightly different shape) than in the initial proposal, we are going to demonstrate the potential for growing food in our city slicker setting. As we grow as an organization, we will be able to use our resources to grow fresh food in different areas around the county. We hope to be growing the following in a natural, biologically diverse, permaculture-type system for this first garden:

Kale, Cabbage, Dill, Onions, Tomatoes, Basil, Borage, Geraniums, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Kohlrabi, Beets, Nasturtiums, Marigolds, Sage, Lettuce, Bok Choy, Cucumbers, Carrots, Radishes, Peas, Parsley, Rosemary, Marigolds, Chard, Potatoes, Pole Beans, Lettuce, Radishes, Peppers, Marjoram, Coriander, Catnip, Squash, Bush Beans, Eggplants, Mexican Marigold, Savory, Artichokes

The food grown in this city garden will be offered as a Grace Garden Share to those who are in a fixed-income situation whether they be a retired senior, are collecting unemployment or enrolled in a program offered by the Office of Family Stability (Jobs & Family Services). Any excess food will be donated to the Victory Kitchen, located on 1613 Hayes Ave in Sandusky. The Victory Kitchen is a food-bank that offers a free hot meal to anyone who may walk through its doors. They serve on average 175 – 200 plates a day.

The plans for the City Greenhouse Garden are attached to this email.

There will also be an Edible Garden installed at locally-owned restaurant, Red Gables Mesquitte Grill. All excess food grown here will also be donated to the Victory Kitchen.

We are always looking for people who would be interested in volunteering/community service. Learn how to grow delicious food while helping your community!

Erie Fresh CSA partners with the Sandusky Farmers’ Market

Did you know that although Ohio’s largest industry is agriculture and food processing, only 2% of the food consumed by Ohioan’s each year is actually grown in Ohio? That may seem strange when we have such a variety of food that can be produced just within our county (year-round with help from a greenhouse!)

We are proud to announce that Erie County officially has a multi-grower Community Supported Agriculture program. By purchasing a share, your feeding yourself and/or your family for 5 months out of the year at a price that is 30 – 50% less than the large-chain grocery stores. Spending your food dollars locally and direct from a grower, you are recirculating that capital instead of outsourcing it to another state, which allows for the grower to increase their workforce as the demand for their product increases. You don’t have the added cost of that shipped in product from another state or country, and your food is fresher, grown for quality not quantity.

The Erie Fresh CSA is able to offer the following this year:

Fruit & Vegetable Share ($18 a week)
This share is the size of one large paper grocery bag filled to the top with a variety of freshly picked, naturally-grown produce. Nutritious and delicious with all the flavors of the Lake Erie season.
FAMILY $750
INDIVIDUAL $396

Free-Range Egg Share (Grass-Fed)
Raised naturally, happy healthy chickens produce happy healthy eggs that are packed with vitamins, minerals and omega-3 fatty acids. Individuals receive one dozen per week. Families receive two dozen per week.
FAMILY $88
INDIVIDUAL $46

Cut Flower Share
Beautiful seasonal flower arrangements will brighten your home every week!
INDIVIDUAL ONLY $69

Grace Garden Share ($13 per week)
With produce grown by the passionate individuals in our Erie Fresh City Garden and through farmer contributions, we are also offering a share for our neighbors who may be enduring harder times. All subscribers to this share are kept confidential.
FAMILY $562
INDIVIDUAL $297

Every week, recipes will be included along with works by local authors, poets and artists, other goodies and information on upcoming Sandusky Farmers’ Market events
will be included with your share.

Pick up for the Erie Fresh CSA will be from 10am to noon on Saturdays at the Sandusky Farmers Market, in downtown Sandusky on the corner of Hancock & Market St. Get to know your grower! All of our current growers participate as vendors at the Sandusky Farmers’ Market.

Know someone who grows naturally that would want to be a part of this? Have them contact us! The more the merrier! There are 79,551 people in Erie County alone and that doesn’t even include the huge number of annual workers/tourists that stay for the season each year.

***Whether or not you are able to buy a share this year, please let anyone know about this opportunity to save on their food bills. Also anyone over the age of 60 who makes only $20,035 (if living alone) or $26,954 (for a couple living together) can apply to receive $50 in free coupons that can be used towards the Erie Fresh CSA. Check out the application attached to this email for more information.

Also, here are some recently released pictures of a victory garden installed in Portland, OR. http://www.flickr.com/photos/mayorsamadams/sets/72157617752280494/
Portland’s City Hall became an edible landscape early May. For more information about it visit http://www.cityfarmer.info/building-a-food-garden-at-portlands-city-hall/#more-1476

It’s time to grow!


In Good Soil,
Joshua Pribanic & Lauren Berlekamp
Co-Founders of The Erie Wire & Erie Fresh
eriewire.wordpress.com
localfoodsandusky.wordpress.com

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