Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Beginning of a Productive Summer

Today the kids came back to the gardens for the summer, and it was a welcome site to see some of the same ones I had seen from the year before....they all knew what they had done last year and just jumped right in!!! I could not have been prouder to see that they were still very much interested in getting things planted and started. They were quite surprised to find out that we had added some chickens and bees to our community garden which is quickly growing into an urban farm as we have expanded to an additional lot this year as you can see by the video slides. They were very much interested in holding and petting the chickens and insisted on carrying them around as if they were their pets...and the kids actually got to experience a taste of real honey that we had taken from the hive a couple of days before their arrival. It was a good day and makes it all worthwhile when you see the smiles and enthusiasm on their faces. It was hot outside, but that didn't stop them from working and taking a cool run thru the sprinklers..

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

21st Century Publicity

It is so nice to see this Hazelwood Harvest BLOGGER started. I cannot wait until the local young folks (AND the old folks) start putting their helpful hints onto the site.

We are receiving tomatoes at the church, hopefully next week. If the rain settles for a minute there is the possibility of the Lytle/Elizabeth site waking up to top soil from a new neighborhood source, so there will be a resting place for the many plants that have been started in folks' homes and churches.

During one of my prayer walks in Hazelwood I came across a bamboo forest right here in the 'wood. I had heard about it, but did not realize the number or the size of some of the now bamboo trees. Some are upwards of 1.5" in diameter and 10 or more feet tall.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

All in a days volunteers from a well planned workday for Hazelwood was so much fun!!!!

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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Wish List For Hazelwood Harvest

Thank you for your interest in supporting Hazelwood Harvest Gardens programs. If you are a non-profit wishing to partner with our cause, please contact us. We'll be happy to discuss any ideas you may have. Donations from individuals are very meaningful to us, All donations are tax deductible. We sincerely appreciate your assistance in providing items to help offset the costs of our youth and community programs While these are some of the things we need, there are often items not on this list that would benefit us. If you are interested in donating an item listed below or anything else, please call Barbara Williams (412) 421-0571 or Chuck Christen (412) 965-7679 or email Hazelwood Harvest

Donated Office Space
Office Supplies for educational use
White /Colored copy paper
Graph Paper
Photo Paper
Laptop Computer (running windows xp at least)
Digital camera or Camcorder (for video history)
Tape Measures or Yard Sticks

First Aid Supplies
Band-aids - all sizes
First Aid Kits
Disposable gloves
Insect Repellent
Sun Block
Anti Itch Ointment
Antiseptic spray or ointment

Garden Volunteer Personnel
Garden Stewards (for lot locations throughout Hazelwood)
Mentors with experience in organic vegetable gardening

Gardening Supplies Ongoing Need
Vegetable Plants and Seeds
Peat Pots for starting seeds indoors
New, durable gardening gloves (youth and adult sizes)
Watering Cans
Landscape Plastic
school size milk cartons
2-liter soda bottles
Gallon /Half Gallon Plastic Milk Jugs
Spray Bottles
popsicle sticks, garden markers,
trash bags
Paint brushes (all sizes including craft)

Major Garden /Program Equipment
New or gently used garden tools (spades, digging forks, hoes, rakes, shovels, etc.)
Storage Shed
Produce Scales
Wheelbarrows and or Garden Carts
Lumber for raised beds
donated soil
Hand Gardening Tools
Pots and Garden Containers
Garden hoses
Pick up Truck
Extension cords
Land or Real Estate


Hazelwood Harvest is requesting volunteers interested in providing a helping hand nurturing and caring for its urban community garden sites this spring and summer in the Hazelwood neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
Started last year with one site, the all-volunteer community garden engages children and teenagers from the neighborhood to grow nutritious produce for the community. Excess produce will be donated to food bank, and sold thru youth run market stand.
Hazelwood Harvest hopes to expand the community gardens to several additional plots this year. The garden 2009 season begins March 30.
For more information or to schedule your group to volunteer please call Barbara Williams at Hazelwood Harvest, (412) 421-0571 or email

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