Mar 022011

EConsulting seed sale

Danny Mayer

Beans from PeaceMeal gardens.

On Saturday, March 5, 2011, EConsulting will be selling heirloom/heritage seeds from 11:30 A.M. to 2 P.M. at Third Street Stuff and Coffee (257 North Limestone, across from Doodles Restaurant).

We will have cool (Broccoli, Kale, Mustard Greens, Lettuce, Beets, Spinach, etc.) and warm weather (Tomatoes, Bush Beans, Watermelon, Basil, Okra, Popcorn, etc.) heirloom seeds you can purchase for your edible garden.

In addition to the seeds, you can obtain information on heirloom seeds, companion planting, healthy living, and recipes using produce from the garden. For more information, check out

The Coal War at Natasha’s

On Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 7 P.M., Natasha’s Bistro and Bar will host
The Coal War: An Evening With The Arts to benefit the making of the documentary A Thousand Little Cuts, directed and produced by Chad A. Stevens. The documentary tells the story of Coal River Mountain, under attack by Massey Energy permits to destroy it to get at the coal buried beneath it. A teaser for the the documentary may be found at:

Stevens is professor of journalism at the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill and former editor at MediaStorm, a multimedia production company. The Natasha’s gathering will feature readings by The Affrilachian Poets, a theatrical performance by Adam Luckey, and music by Coralee and the Townies, along with a silent auction.

In-Feed seed sale

On Saturday 12 March, In-Feed will hold its third annual heirloom seed sale at Woodland Christian Church. The sale will run from 8:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. and will feature more than 70 varieties of heirloom seed. Many are certified organic, and a few are even supplied by local growers. In-Feed found Bob McKinley emphasizes offering varieties that have grown well around Lexington.

In-Feed encourages the use of small or temporary spaces to grow food – mowing strips, vacant lots, even sidewalks and parking lots with the use of containers. The organization has helped plant small plots at businesses, residences, and houses of worship in various locations around town. For more information, visit

Woodland Christian Church is located at 530 East High Street in Lexington, across from Woodland Park.

PeaceMeal spots still open

This is year #3 at Bluegrass Community and Technical College’s community garden, located adjacent to our Leestown Campus, just past New Circle Road. Would you like to be involved in the garden this year? There are still some plots available. The usual size is 10’ X 10’. The cost is $10 for the year for low-income and students; $20 for everyone else. The small fee helps purchase gardening tools and supplies.

We would love to have groups sign up for work parties during the summer. If your scout, church, or organization would like to have a day at the garden, please let us know. Also, if you would like to work in the garden and be paid in produce, let us know.

Our next work party is Saturday, March 12, noon until 4:00 P.M. You are invited. Questions? Contact Rebecca Glasscock at

Jul 282010

Vacant Lot on N. Lime starting to grow

NoC News

Danny Mayer

"Beans are coming on soon.Pick anytime."

Slowly but surely things are starting to take off at the In Feed garden located on the 500 block of North Limestone next to the liquor store on Sixth Street. The bush beans planted by seed in the early days of June have begun to come on. People are already picking them. Two of the tomato plants succumbed to blight. The others, planted as small seedlings less than two months ago at the same time as the beans, are still small, but they’re all starting to set flowers, and some are producing fruit. An Italian heirloom zucchini and an avocado squash have been added, and both are prospering. Wood mulch now fully surrounds the growing plants.

The vacant-lot garden here was established less than two months ago as one of a series of garden projects for the group In-Feed. The group is one of a growing number of local gardening activist organizations that have begun to form during the past couple of years. In-Feed uses gardening as a tool for making under-used urban spaces more productive. It wants both to viscerally point out how little of urban space is used and to offer productive models for putting all that waste—private residential green space, vacant lots, business properties, church grounds, alleyways, sidewalk easements and city parks—back into use. Continue reading »

Jun 092010
Danny Mayer

Liquor store, barber shop and vacant lot garden at North Limestone and Sixth Street.

In-feed joins growing list of gardening groups

NoC News

On Saturday morning, June 5, less than twelve hours after a fatal shooting a block away, two members of In-Feed and a lone volunteer helped plant a garden on the grassy vacant lot located across the street from the old Spauldings Building on the 500 block of North Limestone. The urban gardeners put in tomato and basil plants and, from seed, bush beans, okra and sunflowers.

The small reclamation of the grassy lot was organized by In-Feed, a group challenging the widespread mis-use of green space in a region where 1 in 7 inhabitants rely on food banks for some form of nourishment during the course of the year and, more specifically, in a part of the city where mean annual incomes remain below $20,000 per year. In-Feed’s strategy is to push for making unused city land more productive and beholden to the immediate communities in which those lots exist. As the group’s mission statement puts it, “We want unused land to be made available for urban gardening.” The North Limestone garden was the first of two gardens the group would put up that day around downtown. Continue reading »