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a vision of... Park Street Brethren Church 619 Park Street Ashland, Ohio 44805 (419) 289-0224

about us... PSBC’s Mission: In context:

CARG’s Mission:

CARG’s Vision:

To enjoy God more than ever before, to love each other more deeply than ever before and to care for our parish better than ever before. In living out the gospel, we believe that part of our role is to renew and beautify our neighborhood and the lives of the people in it, so that they can get a glimpse of the Kingdom. We have recently torn down a house and want to be good neighbors by making space for neighbors and to grow their own berries. We are hoping that the communal garden becomes a place where people come together, build relationships, and share important aspects of life, while feeling as if their quality of life is enhanced. We hope that this is just one way that we can share and communicate the love of Jesus. To strengthen Park Street Brethren Church’s impact upon its parish with a renewable garden that will bring people together, generate conversation and relationships, promote formation of life skills and produce locally grown berries for the community. To be a place that cultivates and sustains life of all kinds through shared commitment to relationships, spiritual and economic development, and the fruit of hard work. We see CARG as a place where the words and love of Jesus can be encountered in words and deeds because of the place and time we share there.

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the planning team... Tyler Remmel, manager from Hubertus, Wisconsin majoring in Journalism/English and Sport Communication favorite part of the project: “Giving something as basic as a community garden the intense passion and ‘wow’ factor as we have has been a wonderful experience.”

Corey Wengerd, records from Amherst, Ohio majoring in Sport Management with a minor in Business Administration favorite part of the project: “Actually seeing all the pieces come together. I am glad I could be a part of this project that is helping the community.”

Hueston Holder, secretary from Brooklyn, Iowa majoring in Sport Communication and Broadcast Communication favorite part of the project: “It’s nice to be doing something that will last and will help bring the community together.”

Shelly Helbert, resources from Ashland, Ohio majoring in Dietetics (having a special interest in health and preventative wellness) with a minor in Gerentology favorite part of the project: “I have enjoyed being part of a team where individual determination, skills, and personal strengths combined to help fulfill our client’s mission statement and goals.” Doug Cooper, agency representative Director of Parish and Young Adult Ministries at PSBC and Interim Executive Director of Lifework Leadership B.S. in Business Administration, B.A. in Religion from Ashland Univ. on the project and team: “The sincerity and commitment of this team will lead to a compelling case for the viability and purpose of a community garden. I believe that the PSBC community will embrace the vision and will begin to diligently look for ways to fund the project and build support for its establishment!” 5


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College Avenue Renewable Gardens 212 College Avenue Ashland, Ohio 44805

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about the gardens... The College Avenue Renewable Gardens is a 10,500 square foot lot inside the city limits of Ashland, Ohio, located on College Avenue just east of Park Street. The purpose of the CARG is to provide a healthy activity for individuals to build relationships in the community through volunteer work. We believe gardening is the perfect way to nourish the soul as well as the body. The strength of the CARG is its efficiency. Because there are prospects for sponsorships, grants, and the reuse of materials, start-up costs will be the biggest financial stressor for the garden. Further, because the garden will need less and less to start up each year, there will be great opportunities for yearly improvement as more and more volunteers from the parish get involved with CARG. What sets our garden apart from other local community gardens (like the United Way’s FLAGG) is the collective sense of ownership – the garden, while technically owned by the Park Street Brethren Church, will be maintained and harvested by the community. The garden will be a unique opportunity for parishioners to be able to consider themselves a part of “something bigger.” There are promising prospects for using the CARG as the source of micro-enterprise opportunities among individuals transitioning out of the local ACCESS program. The gardens will provide hands-on training in gardening, canning and preserving, marketing, bookkeeping, and teamwork. These skills will help ACCESS clients learn to function in mainstreams of life and work. Income from the micro-enterprise will be used to sustain the CARG. We are looking forward to networking with local community organizations to improve the lives of individuals and families by teaching basic business and financial management through a gardening concept. We would like to reach out to the local schools to encourage children to embrace the rewards of volunteering in their community. We will be applying for a 2011 New Day grant, offered through the Brethren Church National Office. This grant is awarded to projects that fulfill the New Day mission of “transformed leadership, transformed congregations, and transformation of your community...in the power of the Holy Spirit!” We are also actively seeking other means of financial support for the longevity of the garden, such as sponsorships and corporate partnerships. The goal of the garden is sustainablility, not profitability.

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why berries? This project began as an idea to create a community garden with individual plots like the United Way’s FLAGG. In order to make such an idea a reality, though, we determined that it would require us to furnish a step-by-step gardening guide to people that don’t have sufficient background to handle their own garden. We also struggled to determine an adequate way to distribute individual plots (who is more worthy or deserving than whom for gardening a plot). Finally, this kind of garden would not fit our mission, which is to encourage a greater sense of community. As a result, we decided that a berry garden would be a better way to involve the community and encourage teamwork that will lead to a strong harvest at the end of the growing season. We decided that berries would be the best crop because they are perennials, which would minimize the amount of money that the PSBC would need to put toward the CARG each year. After researching, we also discovered that different types of berry plants grow and produce fruit at different rates, so we plan on introducing early season, mid-season, and late season berries that will create a continual cycle of harvesting throughout the season. In the future, we would like to put in a bat house and beehive to help maintain the garden, the bees pollenating the plants and the bats acting as a natural insecticide.

how viable is it? Please do not be alarmed by the budget that we have prepared, this garden should in fact be very sustainable. These costs would be similar for any related endeavor. We have also excluded unnecessary costs, and have offered recommendations for possible upgrades in the future, like the bee hive and bats mentioned in the previous section. Because the berry plants will keep producing fruit for anywhere from five to fifteen years, the garden will require very little money to be maintained in the coming seasons. The characteristics of the plants also will make the first year more of a learning time, with only the strawberries able to fruit so soon. This means that the PSBC will need to supply fewer volunteers in this first year, and they can be eased into the responsibilities of keeping up the CARG. Thus, in the second and third years when full yields of fruit are produced, the volunteers know what to expect and how to keep up.

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how much will it cost? item name unit size 12" treated lumber 2"x12"x12' nails 5 lbs soaker hoses 50 feet pins 10 pack water timing system 1 pc soil 1 cubic yard hardwood mulch 1 cubic yard timbers for compost bins 6"x6"x8' hoe 1 pc shovel 1 pc grass rake 1 pc soil rake 1 pc plastic shed 1 pc combination lock 1 pc garden hose 50 feet split-rail fence 11 feet rain barrel accessories 1 barrel wood sign 1 pc park benches 1 pc

item name unit size early season blueberries 1 plant midseason blueberries 1 plant late season blueberries 1 plant jewel black raspberries 1 plant herit. everbearing raspberries 1 plant allen black raspberries 1 plant bristol black raspberries 1 plant strawberries 1 plant elderberries 1 bush grass 15 pounds landscaping (flowers, etc) varies

no. of units unit price 40 $ 15.97 3 $ 9.98 13 $ 10.97 13 $ 3.78 4 $ 24.87 42 $ 24.50 5 $ 28.50 30 $ 15.97 2 $ 12.00 2 $ 5.98 2 $ 15.00 2 $ 15.00 1 $ 439.00 1 $ 6.00 2 $ 15.97 4 $ 40.00 4 $ 26.00 1 $ 225.00 3 $ 100.00 materials subtotal

total price $ 638.80 $ 29.94 $ 142.61 $ 49.14 $ 99.48 $ 1,029.00 $ 142.50 $ 479.10 $ 24.00 $ 11.96 $ 30.00 $ 30.00 $ 439.00 $ 6.00 $ 31.94 $ 160.00 $ 104.00 $ 225.00 $ 300.00 $ 3,972.47

no. of units unit price 3 $ 8.95 4 $ 8.95 4 $ 8.95 7 $ 4.32 6 $ 3.22 7 $ 4.32 6 $ 4.32 40 $ 0.35 5 $ 20.00 2 $ 40.00 0 $ berries subtotal

total price $ 26.85 $ 35.80 $ 35.80 $ 30.22 $ 19.30 $ 30.22 $ 25.90 $ 14.00 $ 100.00 $ 80.00 $ $ 398.08

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$ 4,370.55

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how can i help? Congratulations! You’ve already taken the first step toward helping out with the College Avenue Renewable Gardens by picking up this manual. But there’s still so much you can do! 1.

Come to scheduled workdays and help. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to receive updates on when workdays are scheduled and what the goals will be. Because of the construction needed to get CARG out of the ground, expect there to be frequent work days leading up to and following the frost-free date in mid-May. We’ll need a lot of volunteers and equipment on these work days, so please help!

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Donate time after work or on your lunch break to water plants, help with weeding, clean up. Daily chores as simple as making sure that CARG is in full working order are some of the most important to the success of the project.

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Make a donation to the gardens. Money is always welcome (and donations are tax-deductible*), but what we need most are supplies. Here is a list of supplies that we will need: -

Food scraps, especially from acidic foods like fruits used for composting and soil amendment Gardening tools like rakes, shovels, and hoes Rain barrels Treated timbers for laying out composting/trash bins Garden hoses Wheelbarrows Anything else you use in your garden

*all checks made to Park Street Brethren church are tax-deductible

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Spread the word! The College Avenue Renewable Gardens is a community project, so the more people there are involved, the closer we will come to achieving our vision.

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