Garinger Gardens is hosting a vegetable transplant sale this Saturday, April 22, from 1-4 p.m.
Garinger Gardens is the school garden aspect of Garinger High School. I manage the program and, together with Friendship Gardens and 100 Gardens, we are working to get students and the community involved in growing food. This plant sale is a way to combine the educational aspects of the program (students are involved with planting and caring for the transplants every step of the way, reinforcing our plant anatomy and function lessons) with fundraising efforts.
All proceeds from the sale will go into the horticulture fundraising account at the school, where we can use them to purchase things that we need. Past purchases from this account have included a grow light so that transplants can be started right in the classroom as well as seeds for microgreens. In the future we would like to be able to buy a tool sharpener as well as a tilther, which will help prepare our soil for planting.
While the district does allot funds for the garden, they are only available at the beginning of each semester and they can only be used with approved vendors.
As many of you probably know, gardening is full of incidental expenses, and small things like seeds, fertilizer, and watering wands add up. The fundraising account allows the flexibility to buy those incidental things without having to wait and without having to use only approved vendors. It allows us to support smaller local businesses such as Renfrow Hardware and Seeds on 36th, instead of being limited to large suppliers with minimum orders. My eventual goal would be to fund our program entirely from our plant and produce sales.
In addition to the plant sale this weekend, we also sell produce at the NoDa Farmer's Market most Saturdays, and will start selling at the Rosa Parks Farmer's Market over the summer as well.
For the plant sale we have focused on having many different varieties of a few popular vegetable crops. We will have about 2,500 transplants available, including paste tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, slicing tomatoes, tomatillos, sweet peppers, hot peppers, okra, pickling cucumbers, slicing cucumbers, cantaloupe, eggplant, winter squash, summer squash, pumpkins, zucchini, and watermelon transplants available. Everything is $0.50. What that means is that plants in individual containers are $0.50, but four or six celled packs are also just $0.50. The tomatoes and tomatillos are mainly in four or six packs because we ran out of individual pots (another incidental expense that the fundraising account could help with in the future ), and I want people to be able to get a variety instead of being limited to six of the same plant.
We hope to see you on Saturday!