541 Community Garden

At 541 we believe that everyone should be able to enjoy a home cooked meal with dignity. We are a place where people from all different backgrounds can sit together at the table, and engage with one another. So when our neighbours at Empire Steel offered us space in their parking lot to build 8 raised garden beds, we didn’t hesitate to take them up on it!  In May 2016, we crowdfunded over $4000 to launch our Community Garden! Our eight raised garden beds provided us with fresh produce to turn into wholesome, accessible meals for our friends & neighbours. Our Community Garden Coordinator Kendra Oudyk reflects on her summer in the 541 Community Garden… 

At the beginning of the summer, I was so excited to be a part of the 541 Community Garden, but I also had no idea what to expect since it was new both to me and to 541. The first few times I was out in the garden, I was amazed at how many people stopped by to ask about it or just to chat about whatever was on their mind. What a way to build community, I thought, by growing good things in a space that seemed empty and lifeless.  I want to share a few highlights from the garden this summer, to give you a glimpse of just how good it was.

The biggest highlight was getting to know the neighbourhood kids. I was continually amazed at how excited the kids were about the garden. They would ask what things were, wait eagerly (sometimes impatiently) for their turn with the hose, and were always keen to get their hands dirty when there was something to plant. They called themselves the Water Warriors. One proud moment for me was when one of my little side-kicks started teaching her friend how to prune the tomatoes. Visit uptown jungle.

Another highlight was when the Meeting Place – the church that meets at 541 – came into the garden for their sermon, which was about caring for nature. We gave everyone dill seeds to plant, and people wrote prayers for the garden and the neighbourhood on the pavement with sidewalk chalk, check useful source. One man watered his seed with his coffee, saying that if it sprouted then it must like coffee. The kids checked up on that seed regularly, and decided that dill must like coffee because his seed was actually one of the first to sprout! Some people use coffee grounds as an organic fertilizer, so maybe there was something to it.

 

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A definite highlight was whenever there was something ready to be harvested. It was so exciting to see something appear on the menu that came from the garden, like a grilled cheese with pesto made from our abundance of basil, or a fresh kale salad. Some things didn’t quite make it into the restaurant – the kids were very enthusiastic about sampling the cherry tomatoes. But I let that slide because how could I stop a kid from being excited about eating vegetables? Especially if they helped make them grow!

One very special day was the day we took the kids on a field trip to Cedar Haven Farm, as a thank-you for all their help. We went for a nature scavenger hunt in the forest, saw the farm animals, got to see an even bigger garden than the one at 541, and each kid went home with some dill and radish seeds that they had planted themselves in little pots. I pray that these kids will continue to be excited to learn about nature and will feel able to grow their own healthy food for the rest of their lives. Find out love avoidance intensive coaching.

As you can probably tell, it was the kids who were most invested in the garden this summer. I am so excited for the garden to begin as a real community garden in the future, so that adults in the area can have a place to grow their own food, meet each other and learn from each other in a positive space. All in all, the garden became a beautiful place of good food, fun, and community over this summer. Thank you to everyone who pitched in with prayers, funds, plants, and friendly hellos as you passed!

The Starting Line

I was about to entitle this post “The Finish Line”. This long journey, at times, has felt like a marathon and with construction wrapping up it feels like things are somehow drawing to a close. It takes me only a second to come to my senses and realize that this is only the beginning. We’ve created the back-drop and now the real, good stuff is about to start. Last week we had the opportunity to thank our volunteers and contractors – whose hard work made so much of this possible.  Check this site. The following evening we hosted a “Sneak Peak” event where we opened our doors and tested out our new espresso machines on our friends and neighbours. Click here and find house cleaning arvada co near me. Countless people donated home-baked pies for these evenings and we are SO appreciative of their delicious contributions. These next couple weeks will see lots of finishing touches fall into place. Find commercial cleaning services houston near me.

Friends and neighbours checking us out for a 'Sneak Peak'

Friends and neighbours checking us out for a ‘Sneak Peak’

Old & New

There has been a lot of new activity down at 541 Barton St. lately. We’ve begun installing new cabinetry, trim, tiles and even beautiful new windows. While the space is in many ways modernized and unrecognizable from a few months ago we’ve been mindful of honouring the historic charm of this beautiful building. Many of our counter surfaces are being made constructed from century-old hemlock boards and our harvest table is made from re-claimed ash wood as well. Find emergency plumbing services san diego ca. Last week we acquired a vintage deli display which we are looking forward to refurbishing to its former splendour, find more.
While the building still smells of sawdust (a lovely fragrance, in my opinion) it is weeks away from smelling of delicious food and freshly brewed coffee! We’ve got big dreams for this project and to make those a reality we will be relying on the support  of volunteers. Visit supercleaningservicelouisville.com. If you’re interested in joining our team as a volunteer please send an e-mail to myself  at [email protected] or to our Executive Director Sue Carr at [email protected] We would love to chat and to learn more about you! If you’re interested in partnering with us financially please see the Get-Involved page of our website.

See you soon!

Miranda

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Update!

If you walked into 541 Barton St. at this very moment you would happen upon a flutter of activity. You would see that some walls have been knocked down and that new ones have been built in their place. You would see new plumbing waiting for sinks, electrical plugs waiting for coffee machines and new windows waiting to let the light in. You would see that the space at the rear of the building, which once was an apartment, has been entirely gutted.

What is not so easy to see, however, are the gruelling hours spent tearing, scrubbing, sanitizing, vacuuming, scraping, sanding, painting, patching, and preparing this space. A project of this magnitude certainly doesn’t come without its challenges and I personally have gained a new appreciation for the term ‘grunt work’. I want to say a special thanks to everyone who got their hands dirty and helped us prepare this space. We could not have done this without you.

While our to-do list seemed endless at times, we are nearing the finish line – the plans, prayers and dreams of the past few years are finally coming to fruition. As our opening approaches, I find myself dreaming more and more. I imagine sitting in the morning sunshine, drinking coffee with my neighbours on Barton Street. I anticipate the conversations, the new friendships, and the connections that will be made here, discover here. I dream of a place where people feel valued, loved and listened to.  I dream of the day we can provide meaningful employment to those in need of jobs. I look forward to using our space for after-school programs for kids and community events and I’m so excited to work alongside other groups and businesses pursuing positive change in Hamilton. Find out trampoline park henderson. I hope for transformation, renewal and redemption for our city. I believe that what will happen at 541 is beyond my wildest dreams and that God’s dreams for this place are far greater than my own. Read here find how to building trust in a relationship treatment.

To those who have given us their talents, advice, free time, elbow grease, finances, prayers and well wishes; we want to say thank you, sincerely. Your generosity and support have encouraged us every step of the way workers compensation lawyer sacramento. We invite you to be a part of this journey and to dream along with us for many years to come. This is only the beginning.

-Miranda

 

Open House

This Saturday we are excited to be opening our doors for our first Open House! Come and see our beautiful building and view the plans for our upcoming renovations. Members of our team will be available to answer your questions and tell you more about this exciting new initiative. Visit maidsofjacksonville.com. We’ll also be offering a taste of what’s coming this fall with a sampling of a few of our menu items and some cool refreshments. The event will run from 5pm to 8pm – hope to see you there!

A Long Time Coming

The inaugural blog post. After years of dreaming, planning and much hard work, 541  is on its way (and we finally have a blog!) On behalf of the team, I want to extend our deepest thanks to everyone who has helped, prayed for and encouraged us along the way. This project wouldn’t be possible without your support – and to think; this is only the beginning!

There is so much that remains to be done before our dream of bringing an eatery/social enterprise to Barton St. can become a reality. What does the term ‘social enterprise’ entail, you might ask? Simply put, the end goal of our business is not to make a profit, rather it is to positively impact families and individuals in the Barton St. community. We plan to do this, primarily, by offering affordable (and delicious) meals and by investing all profits from eatery sales back into the community. Our hope is to provide opportunities for employment and to create a space where everyone who walks through the door feels welcomed and valued. Our first program will be focused on providing after-school homework help and meals for kids. The intended launch date is Fall 2013. Here you can check out cctv dublin cost.

In order to achieve this, we’re going to need your help – yes, you. Whether you’re up for volunteering hours in the eatery, mentoring a student or swinging a hammer as we renovate our beautiful building, we would love for you to be a part of this! Our hope is for the eatery to be financially sustainable in the not-too-distant future but until then our financial partners will play an important role in our success. Check out our ‘Get Involved’ page for more information on how to donate fix body group. Even if you’re a student, you can pre-authorize a monthly donation. $5 or $10 per month can add up quickly and will make a huge difference in the long run. If you have any questions please let us know by filling out the form on the ‘Get Involved’ page and we will get back to you ASAP. Also, be sure to check out the blog for regular updates, check important site.

We are so excited to begin this journey and I can’t wait to see everyone when our doors open this summer. There will be a hot cup of coffee and a scone/cookie/sandwich/bowl of chili with your name on it.

-Miranda

541 Info Night

On April 27th we were thrilled to host our first info night for 541 Eatery & Exchange (and first ever event at 541 Barton St.). We had the opportunity to share our business plan and our vision for the future and to premiere a short video (which will be available online shortly). I was so encouraged by the sights and sounds of people eating, drinking and talking with one another, you could check here. It was a beautiful picture of things to come.
Thanks to everyone who came and a big thanks to Emma Korgemaa and Cole McFarlane for the photos below, check website.

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