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									 Gardeners in Community Development

      Growing People News
   Growing People News—
Volume 12                                                                                                                    Fall 2006

                              Project Report:                                      Gardening Education
Inside this issue:
                              The heart of Gardeners in Community Development’s program is gardening education. Our
Project Report:           1   gardens are classrooms for adults and children.
Gardening Education           While indoor workshops are held when needed,
                              most of our training occurs “hands-on” out in real
Garden Notes              2   gardens where learning comes through gardening
                              activities, observing nature, and having more
                              experienced gardeners share what they know. This
Down on the (Garden)      3   in-garden training brings skills that go well beyond
Farm: Our Livestock           classroom learning. Being able to efficiently shape
                              a garden bed, spread mulch, transplant seedlings, or
GICD Supporters           4   harvest mustard greens, involves motor skills and
Fall 2005 — Fall 2006         hand-eye coordination, and learning to use tools and
                              your body that comes only from physically doing
Thanks to Our Volunteer   5   these things yourself.
                              Experienced gardeners may read books, but also
Home-Schooling in the     6   read nature. It is about reading the weather,
Community Garden              moisture and smell of earth and compost, feel of the
                              air, the weeds that readily sprout after a rain, and
Tiah's Garden Recipe      7   other things more elusive that whisper loudly and
                              insistently that now is the time to plant radishes,
                              greens, and lettuce. It is about developing an
                              “inner-garden-self” that thrives on learning while              LEARNING IN THE GARDEN
                              gardening and from shared knowledge passed on by
                              This issue of Growing People News highlights some of those learning experiences, especially the
   Visit GICD                 diversity of learning activities available during recent visits by groups of children.
     Online at                Here are some other recent training/working garden education events:
                                   A Scout Troop learned important responsibility and horticultural lessons while weekly watering fruit
                                 and nut trees this summer.
Upcoming Events:                   Many individuals and groups learned how to harvest, prepare vegetables for consumers, and about
                                 problems of food insecurity as they helped with weekly harvests donated to food pantries.

  Plant Sale                        Garden volunteers trained as tour docents, and passed on their own experiences as they guided groups
                                 of children from schools and summer kids’ programs.
       2007                        Many attended our organized workshops on water bath canning and seed saving, where real canning
                                 and real seed saving occurred.
Saturday April 14                  Volunteers on workdays learned valuable lessons about weeding, mulching, compost making, planting,
& Sunday April 15                cover-crops and harvesting.
                                   Our community gardens were on the National Garden Conservancy Tour and the Dallas Water Dept.
     East Dallas                 Xeriscape Tour, giving us an opportunity to teach others about community gardening.
       Garden                 If you or your group would like to join GICD’s “growing people” garden training opportunities by
   1416 N. Fitzhugh           volunteering in a garden or attending an organized workday or workshop, please call or check our
       Dallas                 website for more information. See you in the garden!
                              Becky Smith, Education Asst: 214-564-5801——
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                                                    GARDEN NOTES:
  GARDENERS IN COMMUNITY                            New Refugee Community Gardeners                                Don Lambert
      DEVELOPMENT                                         In keeping with the spirit in which community gardens in Old East
                                                    Dallas were established a couple of decades ago to assist refugees from
                                                    the Southeast Asian wars, GICD is currently making an effort here to find
    2006 BOARD OF DIRECTORS                         new refugee families that can benefit from having garden plots whenever
          H. Edward Sholty, President               vacancies occur. Pertaining to the East Dallas and Live Oak community
         Rebecca Smith, Vice President              gardens only, we are calling this the New Refugee Community Garden
           Carolyn Bush, Secretary                  Initiative. Since January eight families have joined, including a Bantu
           Rick Guerrero, Treasurer                 family from Somalia, a man from Yemen, and six families from Burma.
                                                    We are delighted to have community gardens as a resource that helps
Martha Doleshal                  Don Lambert        newcomers find peace, a sense of place, and a safe place to engage in
                                                    meaningful activity as they adjust to a new home. Most of these folks
                   STAFF                            come from strong farming traditions. They are happy to have a plot to
                                                    grow food crops that they miss from their homelands. Many garden with
      Don Lambert, Executive Director
                                                    their children and it is nice to see these new faces and to hear their
     Rebecca Smith, Education Assistant
                                                    laughter and expressions of joy in our midst.
                                                    Mission Madness in the Garden                    Miatta Wilson, Educator
Ethel Sirls Campbell            Levy Laguardia             The youth and children of Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Dallas
Gerald Carlton                    Tiah Lambert      regularly volunteer for service projects throughout Dallas. In the last year
Navy Chean                      Kate Macaulay       both groups have visited the Our Savior Community Garden on Jim Miller
Lee Cobler                       Bunyay Nhonh       which is just several miles from our church. What a joy!
Jennifer Conrad                  A.L. Nickerson            Each summer our elementary children have a program called Mission
Bob Curry                      Brandon Pollard      Madness Mondays where they volunteer for different organizations. They
Myrna Gorchoff                   Susan Pollard      learn about the organization and share their time and talents. A group of
Cathi Haug                    Lance Rasbridge       twelve spent the morning at the garden picking tomatoes, beans, peppers,
Joanna Hampton                   Darlene Smith      and much more. We then delivered the veggies to the Southeast Dallas
Jim Hobbs                Jim & Jackie Swafford      Emergency Food Center, weighed them in, and left them for pick up by
Michael Johnson                       Paul Thai     those in need. The children enjoyed picking and helping but also learning
Charles Kemp                        Ann Whitus      about the worm farm, bee hives, and Heifer International for which they
Ellen Khurshudian                                   have raised money at past Vacation Church Schools. What a joy to see a
                                                    child smile as they touch and feed baby worms, or pick fresh beans for the
                                                    first time or ask “what is that?” when looking at a squash. Their curiosity
             Gardeners in                           about God’s creation and how things grow is refreshing.
         Community Development                             Last winter our youth group was pleased to come and spend a
                                                    morning moving mulch and placing it around all the newly planted fruit                          trees. This was, yes, an opportunity for service hours and a part of our
                                                    annual 24 hours of service event, but it was also a time share gifts and
                                                    time while learning about the community garden program.
           901 Greenbriar Lane                             In this day and age so many young people, especially city kids, do
           Richardson, TX 75080                     not know where their food comes from and how it grows. The
               972-231-3565                         community garden is a special place to be outside, explore in nature, and
             214-675-8473 cell                      be reminded of God’s world. We at Eastminster are thankful the garden is
                                                    a part of our greater community and look forward to working together in
                          the future.
For information about newsletter contents, or       Gift Enriches Garden Soil                                   Rebecca Smith
permission to reprint, contact our acting editor,
                                                          John and Peggy Ralston’s gentle, intelligent pets, Hondo, Fancy
Don Lambert, at 972-231-3565.
                                                    Shoes, Osceola and Sand Dancer, are members of the South American
                                                    camelid family with llamas, camels, guanacos and vicunas. The adults are
                                                    only about 36” tall and weigh about 150 lb. Alpacas are prized for their
                                                    luxurious fiber which comes in 22 natural colors.
                                                          Our gardeners are thankful to the Ralstons for sharing their pets’
                                                    other natural resource, dung! Alpaca droppings are almost odorless, low
                                                    in nitrogen and a rich fertilizer, perfect for growing vegetables, flowers
                                                    and fruit. In GICD gardens alpacas are prized for their dung!
                                                          If interested in helping clean the paddocks and meeting the Ralstons
                                                    and their Alpacas, please let us know.
VOLUME 12                                  GROWING PEOPLE NEWS—FALL 2006                                                 PAGE 3

Down On The (Garden) Farm:                 fact, Don and Tiah have put a basin full    transplanted into the plots of our five
      Our Livestock                        of water right outside their back door      community gardens. The castings are
           by Carolyn Bush                 from which the bees drink. Sometimes        also used as a “tonic” for any sick or
                                           they say, in the heat of the summer, the    under productive plants in the garden.
Most of you know that Heifer               entire rim of the saucer will have bees
International is an organization                                                       Maybe it’s the “yucky factor” or that it
                                           lined up around it.                         is fun to get one’s hands in the dirt, but
dedicated to ending world hunger and
saving the earth by providing poor         Honey bees are social insects that will     investigating the worm bin has proved
families around the globe with             defend themselves if intruders              to be one of the most popular activities
livestock, such as cows and water          approach close to their hive, and will      for children when they tour the garden.
buffalos. When GICD received a grant       definitely sting if touched. Sometimes      The kids, and even adults,
from Heifer as an Urban Agriculture        people are stung when they                  enthusiastically dig up worms, look for
Project, we agreed to use some of the      accidentally trap a bee inside a flower,    their eggs (cocoons) and actually see
money to purchase “livestock.” Of          or instance. If you love flowers, and       how the worms can “eat the garbage.”
course, as community gardeners the         fruits and vegetables, you must have an     This year Rebecca Smith, our
best livestock in any garden are bees      acceptance for bees as well. Flowers        Educational Assistant, is inviting
and earthworms.                            and honey bees, including some other        teachers and school groups to come to
                                           kinds of wild bees, are necessary           the garden to learn about worm
                Our Bees                   partners. People who want to avoid          composting. She will be teaching them
We bought materials to make several        bees need to stay away from any area        how to set up worm bins in their
hives for the bees, and volunteers         where flowering plants are growing.         classrooms. Others may want to learn
quickly painted and assembled some of      To make sure that our human garden          about keeping worms in their homes or
them so as to be ready. The first two      visitors know about the bees we post        offices. If you know of any schools or
colonies were purchased in 2005 from       warning signs near the hive area.           groups who might want to visit our
a local beekeeper and very carefully       Even with last year’s problems,             worms, and learn about vermiculture
transported in back of a station wagon.    between the two hives, over 22 pounds       composting, please contact Don or
One hive was set up at Our Saviour         of delicious honey were produced.           Rebecca. You can help GICD “pass on
Community Garden and one hive at           This year we are still caught in a multi-   the gift” of Heifer’s livestock.
Don Lambert’s home.                        year drought. We need early fall rains
During that first year there were some     to stimulate flowers with sufficient               Recent Donations
problems to overcome. One hive was         nectar so that bees can store food for
                                                                                       We have been quite blessed in recent
not very good at defense, and intruder     the winter and hopefully make enough
                                                                                       months to have received some
bees from another colony took              honey to share. While we expect these
                                                                                       wonderful and much needed gifts.
advantage of their weakness. These         little worker bees to be well worth their
                                                                                       These have included donations of
intruders robbed and carried off all the   keep, that may take some time.
                                                                                       seeds from Linda Nickerson and from
honey and stored pollen, and the colony                                                Heifer International. John Ralston
suffered from starvation. We added a                     And Worms
                                                                                       donated his dad’s used, but in excellent
replacement colony this spring by mail     The other livestock raised by GICD
                                                                                       condition, Troybilt garden tiller. A
order from Weaver Apiaries of              farmers are worms. And like champion
                                                                                       group of volunteers, the APEX group,
Navasota, Texas.                           cows, these are not just ordinary garden
                                                                                       in addition to helping with garden
                                           worms but redworms or composting
While our two hives each have their                                                    chores, donated wheelbarrows, forks
                                           worms (Eisenia foetida), the type of
own unique personalities, both have                                                    and rakes. The Smith family gave a
                                           worm that is bred especially for making
proven to be very welcome garden                                                       metal greenhouse frame. And, we
                                           compost out of organic material.
guests. The honey bee’s most                                                           received a free land boundary survey
important work is pollination, and this    Our Saviour Garden has a large worm         from R-Delta Engineering.
has brought about a definite increase in   bin, we call it our “worm farm,” to
the size and numbers of squash,            which Rebecca Smith adds
tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, and           approximately 15 pounds of vegetable        In the past four years
                                           scraps, coffee grounds, egg shells, etc.
cucumbers harvested. The bees at
Don’s house are a bit more docile and      per week. In return, the bin becomes        GICD community
friendly and seem to almost welcome        filled with the worms’ nutrient rich
                                           castings (worm poop), a wonderful           gardeners have
Don and Tiah working with them.
While some gardeners have been             fertilizer and soil conditioner.            donated over 17,000
concerned that there is a risk of stings
while working in a garden with so
                                           GICD gardeners grow superior healthy
                                           seedlings using a soil mix with worm        pounds of fresh
many bees around, the bees are just        castings. The resulting herbs,              vegetables to local
intent on their work of gathering nectar   tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants, are
and pollen, and pollinating flowers. In    sold at GICD’s annual plant sale, and       food pantries.
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                                        GICD SUPPORTERS
                                      FALL 2005—-FALL 2006

      Communities Foundation of Texas                       R-Delta Engineering, Inc.
           Heifer International                                   Linda Ahrens
         JP Morgan Chase Bank                                  Peter O’Donnell, Jr.
          Les Dames D’escoffier                                Robert M. Smelick
         Nash Family Foundation                           Sparks Osteopathic Foundation
   Gary & Sara Ahr                                                           Tom & Pungut Korytowski
   Barbara Baughman                                                                Don & Tiah Lambert
   Noel & Jeannie Barrick                                                                Mary Ridgway
   Carolyn Bush                                                                   Judson Mark Sinclair
   Larry Cooper & Ann McGee-Cooper                                            Mr. & Mrs. Darwin Smith
   Darlene Smith & Jay Dowling                                                   Melvin Wheeler & Sons
                                   Bruce Miller Nursery
   Jim & Linda Hobbs                                                         Elizabeth & Jeffrey Zucker
                                      Casa Flora, Inc.
                                     Cingular Wireless
                                   First Tennessee Bank
Steven & Linda Ali                  Green Lake Nursery                                        Janet Newberger
Lorlee C. Bartos                         Sybil Koss                                    A.L. & Linda Nickerson
Naud Burnett II                                                                                 Kelley R. Page
Eldora Chambers
                                    Jimmy’s Food Store                              Crystin & Lonnie Pleasants
Beverly K. Cunningham           Landscape Systems of Texas                                      Shirley Pollock
Mark DeHaven                       North Haven Gardens                                               Jan Pruitt
Janet DeLee                                Nortex                                        John & Peggy Ralston
Connie & Ted Dornseifer                   Pepsico                             Lance Rasbridge & Diane Sumoski
Nicholas French                                                                               Rosa L. Schachle
Mary Margaret Halleck
                                 Preservation Tree Services                                   Beverly Samuels
Joanna Hampton                     Rohde’s (GreenSense)                                    Amanda Vanhoozier
Larry M. Harrington               Ruibal’s Plants of Texas                                        Jim Varnum
Cher & David Jacobs                       Staples                                                 Ann Whittus
Murray & Michelina Leaf                  Starbucks
                               Vickery Wholesale Greenhouse                                 Debra Hodges
  Abdulkadir “Lee” Abdi                                                                       June Hubble
Horacio & Shirley Acevedo            Walton’s Nursery
                                                                                           Carmen Infantas
   Albi & Peter Assman                 Whole Foods                                           Denise Janick
   Subapote Atiyawijitr              Y-C Nursery, Inc.                                     Patrice Jennison
  Eric & Catherine Barr                                                                     Robin Kosberg
Mrs. Theodore Bartosiewicz           J.L. Cordova             Angela Grancea                Daniel Kunsch
         Jane Blair                Melinda Cowart             Mariana Greene             Jeffrey & Noy Lamb
      Rose J. Blatch             Norsiah Y. Daniels          Bobby Hairgrove                Helen Lambert
   Frances A. Boddeker            Beverly Davidson            Sena Hairgrove                 Elizabeth Lee
      Jack Boedeker                Lauren De Cillis            Alex Halikias              Nancy O. Lemmon
      Sophia Brown                Linda DePhillips              Kate Harris               Loung Nyuk Leung
        Janie Buck             Janet Corrales Dorward           Cathi Haug                Patricia S. Locklair
     Melinda Cappaert              Karen Downey                Felicia Hays               Jannette Lockridge
        Joyce Carr                Phillip A. Esparza         Carolyn Henebry               Charles Lustfield
 Roger & Lorraine Carroll      Bryce & Patricia Farrar          H.C. Henry                  Kate Macaulay
        Kim Cattles           Roger & Patty Frederick       Mrs. David A. Hill             Lisa H. Marshall
     Carroll Ann Clem               Lucinda Galey         Althea & Shannon Hills          Debra K. McEntire
       Jane Cockrell         Don Croll & Jan Gartenberg      Rachelle Hinson               Marleen McGage
      Gloria Conner           Sharan & Lynn Goldstein       Roxanne G. Hodge             Deborah E. McVean
 VOLUME 12                                    GROWING PEOPLE NEWS—FALL 2006                                           PAGE 5

      Cynthia Mondell                 James & Joanne Pratt                  Sandra Shin                  Merry Trujillo
         Jadee Neal                     Billie M. Rasure                 H. Edward Sholty                 Qui Thi Vo
       Deborah Orrill                   Louise B. Raggio                   Eunice Smith                   Lynn Vogt
           PATH                          Rebecca Rivera                   Rebecca Smith                 Cindy Wabner
       Adrian Peterson                   Marsha Rubin                       Linda Snow                  Valerie Warner
    Soporn & Khesey Pich                  Gene Ruckle                      Morris Stein                 Carol Weinstein
     Harry & Alli Pierce                  Randall Rush                    Ronald Teutsch                 Nancy Wilson
        Mary Potter                      Cynthia Seltzer                 Rosa L. Thompson               Debra Wissink

 Thanks to our Volunteer Teams!!
GICD Garden Friends Team                       Plant Sales                              Helping Hands
Barbara Baughman Tiah Lambert                  Tiah Lambert, Leader                     Betty & Daryl Cordell
Carolyn Bush     Bunyay Nhonh                  Gary Aguilera          Cathi Haug
Lee Cobler       A.L. Nickerson
Michael DiCarlo  Ed Sholty
                                               Patsy Aguilera
                                               Barbara Baughman
                                                                      Margaret Moody
                                                                      Ed Sholty         Youth Service:
Myrna Gorchoff   Darlene Smith                 Carolyn Bush           Rebecca Smith     Service for Peace
Aaron Lambert    Rebecca Smith                 Barbara Brown          Thompson Family   Stacey Cho, Leader
Our Saviour Garden Team                        APEX (Asian Professional Exec.)          Konkoku Aka          Nam Young Koo
Rebecca Smith, Coordinator                     Stephanie Liao, Leader                   Nancy Cho            Sam Koo
                                                                                        Tracy Cho            Kujo Okamura
Amanda Brown           Sybil Koss              Tony Chan              Tracey Nguyen     Nari Choi            Nan Suk Park
Sophia Brown           Terry Laguardia         Ian Chen               Sokhay Prum       Martin Hernandez
Lee & Maggie Cobler    Terry Morgan            Peppe Chiang           Michael Tsao
Helen Dawkins          Lee Stubbs              Chanta Khiev           Julie Vo          Boy Scout Troop 783
Katie Grimes           Jackie Swafford         Karin Kim              Jeff Wagner       Adult Leaders: Creighton Gary, Wayne
Cathi Haug             Jim Swafford            Jeff Lee               Shirley Yu        Gary, Randy Moore, Steve Polansky,
Chris Hodge            Laura Wilder            Lily Lemons                              and Josh Weidler
Our Saviour Church Team                                                                 Jonathan Cabrales       Flavio Lujan
Rev. Raymond Jennison, congregation            Heifer Team                              Antonio Cosby           Akiko Maus
and local community                            Mary Ridgway, Leader                     Mauricio Fierro         Jose Molina
                                               Mary Cathcart       Paula Scott          Paulin Fierro           Malik Pennie
                                               Cristina Dominquez Maria Franco Tapia    Pinya Issa              Darel Richardson
Old East Dallas Gardens
                                               Diane Prince Knight Christine Volkner    Sila Issa               Josue Rojas
Lee Abdulkadir         Mon Ngeth               Margaret Reid                            Liaser Kuna             Golberto Salinas
Chit Ex                Leap Pin                                                         Mathu Kuna              Oscar Tellez
Sue & Van Keovixay     San Sein
Carolyn Marvel         Kuh & Karo Taw          Cathedral Gardens, weekly harvests       Growing and Giving Science Club
Abdi Mohamed           Savorn Touch            Rev. Deacon Nona Payne, Leader           Katie Grimes, Group Leader
Krath Mou              Prak Voeun              Bettye Anderson     Carolyn Langham      Adults from 8 families plus 22 children
                                               Ken Fleming         Rosemary Martin
Hope Garden Team                               Ron & Mary Echols   Dale Sanchez         Greenland Hills UMC
Carolyn Bush, Coordinator                      Frances Lee Galey   Lilia Sanchez        Summer Holbrook, Leader
                                               John Galey          Nina Skinner         12 youth
David Anderson        Nicholas Jones           Gary Killian
Brittany Bench       Kate Macaulay                                                      Eastminster Presbyterian
Gary &               Ortiz Family                                                       Miatta Wilson, Leader
 Melinda Clinton     Brandon &                 Starbucks—Make Your Mark
                                               Cathi Haug, Leader                       15 youth
Richard Corey         Susan Pollard
Cassandra deLarios   Jennifer Sanoja-Gattis    Jason Brown         Jennifer Lewis       Northridge Presbyterian
Joan & Jim Devine    Eric Schmidt              Brynne Chisholm     Paul McDonald        Pat Felter and Melanie Towb, Leaders
Ricardo Garcia       Pat Smith                 Mike Chisholm       Patric McQueary      20 youth
Myrna Gorchoff       Sandy Stein               Eric Haggard        Syler Ray
Sarah Harsdorff      Karen Suggs               Rachelle Hinson     Roger Rushing        Fireside Recreation Summer Youth
Thomas Jenkins       Nancy Wilson              Kelly Hollway       Kimberly Rushing     Amanda Brown, Leader
Philomena &                                    Heather Kingsmore                        10 youth
PAGE 6                                       GROWING PEOPLE NEWS—FALL 2006                                          VOLUME 12

Home-Schooling in the                        an enriching experience in organic        decomposition, among many other
Community Garden                             gardening. Each Wednesday as my           topics. Even the simple act of pulling
by Katie Grimes                              daughters and I meet other home-          weeds offers the child an opportunity
                                             school families at Our Saviour for        to distinguish varieties of leaves and
As I walk through the community              garden club activities, I am truly        classify plants. Math presents itself in
garden at Our Saviour today, dirt caked      grateful for the many benefits of the     the form of data collection and
under my fingernails, hands dry and          community garden which enrich our         interpretation, graphs, tables, map
raw from pulling                                                                       making, measurement, and
weeds, knees                                                                           comparisons of weights and sizes. We
sore from                                                                              incorporate Language Arts through the
kneeling, I                                                                            sharing of garden-based literature,
breathe deeply                                                                         independent research, and journal
and inhale the                                                                         writing. Even History and Geography
intoxicating                                                                           have a place in the garden as we learn
fragrance of                                                                           of the plants' origin, lore, and past uses
basil, tomato,                                                                         or recipes. While some of our
damp earth, and                                                                        activities use direct instruction, most of
the rich scent of                                                                      our learning takes place informally, as
musty compost.                                                                         the children make discoveries, ask
I slow myself                                                                          questions, and seek answers.
long enough to
notice the ants                                                                        The educational opportunities in the
bustling along                                                                         garden are only part of the equation,
the okra stalk,                                                                        however, in creating a holistic and
the translucent                                                                        enriching setting for school. Equally,
                             Hand in hand, we garden, parent and child                 we value the spiritual, social, and
illuminating the                                                                       emotional benefits. Our souls are
                                           lives socially, emotionally, spiritually,   nourished and we feel God's presence
squash blossom, and the gossiping of       physically, and cognitively.
the bees as they meet on the zinnias. I                                                as we experience the miracle of new
                                           Under the exhaustive guidance of            life, the cycles of the seasons, the
gather one of my three children beside     Becky Smith and Don Lambert, to
me and together we marvel at the                                                       influence of the elements, and the
                                           whom we are indebted for our                ecological interrelationships. We
miracle of life that we are witnessing.    productive plot, our fledgling club is      answer the call to love and serve our
Seeking an education to nourish my         finding in the garden a wealth of           neighbor by donating our harvests to
daughters holistically, I began to         educational opportunities that span the     feed the hungry. We connect with one
school my children at home in 2005.        disciplines. Science opportunities          another socially across familial and
This year, after being introduced to the   abound as we study the structure,           generational lines, as we work side by
community garden by a family friend        function, growth patterns, and              side: grandparent, parent, teen, child,
and volunteering there in the summer, I    development of plants; soil                 and toddler. By working communally
gathered a group of other home-            composition; the role of insects and
schooling families with the promise of     other animals; and composting and                                  (Continued on page 7)

                                                  ACGA's 28th Annual Conference
                                        Save the Date: August 9-12, 2007 in Boston, Massachusetts.

                                                          It is not too early to begin to plan to attend the
                                                          American Community Gardening Association
                                                          28th annual conference:
                                                                  Beantown Digs Community Gardens

                                        Consider being a presenter -- we are seeking proposals NOW! The
                                        deadline for proposals is December 15. The Call for
                                        Presentations application is now available.

                                        Go to for an
 VOLUME 12                                      GROWING PEOPLE NEWS—FALL 2006                                                 PAGE 7

(Continued from page 6)                         my veins and lifts my spirits, that the         praises of sautéed Swiss chard, one
in the garden, there is even a sense of         garden benefits us physically as well.          child up the garden path photographing
connection to our ancestors and to the          We leave our air conditioned caves              the splendor of each new bloom, and
greater world as we develop an                  long enough to breathe the oxygen-rich          one young child racing between us,
appreciation for their dependence upon          air that cleanses our lungs, to absorb the      cheeks glowing with fresh radiance, I
the earth's gifts, and hence a greater          sun's rays that help our body produce           am happy to be home-schooling and
appreciation for our own bountiful life.        Vitamin D, and to stretch and                   happy to have a place in the community
Finally, my sore knees and hips remind          strengthen our muscles.                         garden.
me, as the adrenaline rushes through            With one child beside me singing the

Tiah’s Garden Recipe:
Garden Ratatouille
A ratatouille is a vegetable stew, usually made with eggplant, tomatoes, squash,
peppers, and onions, seasoned with herbs and garlic. You can make ratatouille
with almost any kind of squash or edible gourd. So use what you prefer, like yel-
low, zucchini or scallop squash. As a special variation try edible bottle gourds, like
the Italian cucuzzi (Lagenaria siceraria var.). Recently I harvest some snake gourds (Tricosanthes
anguina var.) and peppers from my garden for my friend Lauren De Cillis. She made a delightful
snake gourd ratatouille.
Lauren’s Snake Gourd Ratatouille
6        small snake gourds                                      1 bunch       basil leaves
1 lb.    fresh okra                                              ½ can         black olives
1 clove garlic                                                   1 can         tomato paste, small can
6        sweet red and yellow peppers                            1 TBS         olive oil
Wash, slice and chop all veggies, sauté in olive oil, medium-high until tender (about 20-30 minutes).
Add 1 small can tomato paste and stir into the veggie mixture, lower heat and simmer for another 15
minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Great over pasta!

                                                 GICD’s Award Winning Year
            Hearts of Hope Award, Our Saviour Garden Group, from North Texas Volunteer Center
              Waterwise Xeriscape Award, Hope Community Garden, from Dallas Water Utilities
  Awards for Accountability, Passing on the Gift, and the Environment, GICD, from Heifer International USA

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                                                                         Number is: 6714
           Growing People of Dallas
                                                The next time you’re at Tom Thumb, remember to link
EAST DALLAS COMMUNITY GARDEN                    your Reward Card to our number. Tom Thumb will pay us
                                                a percentage of your total purchases providing another
    1416 N. FITZHUGH AVENUE                     way for you to donate. So be sure and use your card
                                                every time you shop!

                                          Fall 2006
Gardeners in Community Development   Growing People News
901 Greenbriar Lane
Richardson, TX 75080

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