GARDEN: Gates, Music, Signs, Plots & more…

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Posted by Kurt | Posted in News | Posted on 25-05-2014

Dear Gardeners –

 

 

We’re off to a great start and the plots that are planted are looking wonderful. Thirty plots are sold this year, but we do have six still vacant. So we’ll be clearing those out this week, and covering them with cardboard to keep weeds out – until we can figure out what to do with them. Any ideas? Would you be willing to commit to clearing one of the plots this week (they’ll be marked with a stake)?

 

Garden Gate
Some folks who joined us after our introductory meeting didn’t know the garden is “open” even if the gates are closed. If you’re first to arrive or last to leave, please open/close them. I threw together this silly video to show you how to do it:  http://youtu.be/qho4bIUj8mI  Can anyone name the song?

 

Plot Signs
This week Vanessa is painting and labeling the signs. If you would like to customize your plot’s sign, please feel free. They’re attached with a Phillips screw and come off easily.

 

Music in the Garden
We try to offer one free event at the garden each month – an evening when gardeners, families, friends and the general public can enjoy the space. Next Saturday, May 31st we’ll be hosting Stephen Monroe on the Earth Stage. It starts at 6:00 p.m. Bring a lawn chair, refreshments and enjoy Stephen’s great music and the company of others. Here’s the Facebook page > https://www.facebook.com/events/1447431632171171/

 

If you know of any musicians who would be interested in performing here, let’s talk.

 

Weeds
Yeah. They’re awful! Please remember it’s your responsibility to keep weeds out of your plot AND 6 inches outside your plot. That way we won’t have weeds spreading and overwhelming others’ plots. I’ve been holding off making the sign-in sheets, assuming the six other plots would fill. At this point, we’ll just make the sheets, leaving the vacant slots empty and hand-write in their names if we get new gardeners. Don’t forget to sign in when you’re here!

 

If you know anyone who would like a plot, send them this link > http://bensongardens.org/2014-bcg-gardeners-agreement-application/

 

Signage Coming
Don’t be surprised when you see a few new signs going up in the garden. One will be alerting visitors that the vegetables are the property of the plot owners (so we don’t have loss). The other sign will give notice that dogs are not allowed in the garden. (During events we allow well-behaved pets in the garden, but they must remain on leashes). Finally we’ll have a few signs explaining the Neighbor Garden outside the fence.

 

Have a Seat!
You may have noticed the new swing at the northeast corner of the garden. It’s a wonderful addition to our garden and both gardeners and visitors often stop in to rest and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Next time you’re here, take a load off and relax in the swing.

 

T-shirts, etc.
If you’d like to order a BCG T-shirt contact Kevin at Podany Promotions. They handle all the production and sales of BCG stuff.
Address: 6026 Maple St, Omaha, NE 68104
Phone:(402) 551-7505

 

How’s it Going?!?!?
The Benson Community Garden mission is:  “To strengthen our community by providing an urban agricultural space where individuals and families can come together to grow farm-fresh foods, share tools and resources, and learn about gardening and nutrition.”  We want your experience here to be positive and successful – in an environment which is friendly and welcoming to both gardeners and guests. If you have ANY ideas or concerns to improve our garden, please let us know. Gardening is hard work, but the results are amazing!

 

 

 

Kurt

 

Kurt Goetzinger

Benson Community Garden

1302 North 60th Street

Omaha, NE 68132

Goetzinger2@cox.net

WEBSITE: http://bensongardens.org/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/BensonGardens

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/BensonGardens

 

MAILING ADDRESS: Benson Community Garden, c/o 6328 Hamilton Street, Omaha, NE 68132

 

2014 BCG Gardeners’ Agreement & Application

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Posted by Kurt | Posted in Admin | Posted on 23-03-2014

We have a limited number of plots available. If you’d like to join us, download and print out this form and submit it with payment. Thanks!

BCG Membership Application

2013 – What a great year for the Benson Community Garden!

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Posted by Kurt | Posted in News | Posted on 27-10-2013

Dear Gardeners –

I hope you’ve had a successful and fulfilling year as part of the Benson Community Garden. Between the veggies, community-building and events, 2013 has been our best year yet – and thank YOU for being a part of this. As we pull out our plants and clear the plots for winter, I wanted to take a moment to reach out to give you some info, see if you’d like to come back next year, and ask for feedback and ideas.

  • On our Gardeners Agreement we all filled out, we ask that all plots are cleared out to the soil by November 1st. If you need an extra week, that’s completely fine. We’ll padlock the garden in a couple weeks. When clearing your plot, please put your plants in the compost bin, or better yet, put them in a large lawn/yardwaste bag and I’ll put them out to be picked up by the city. If you have posts, chicken wire, etc. that you no longer need, set it by the shed and we’ll make it available to gardeners next year.
  • Are you planning to return in 2014? If so, please simply reply to this email to let us know. If so, do you want the same plot? We have a waiting list of people who would like to garden here and we will open registration earlier this next year.
  • Would you have time and be interested in joining the garden’s leadership team? We need 5 or 6 individuals to help with communications (emailing, Facebook, events, etc.), maintenance (mowing, general common area upkeep, etc.), outreach (attending others’ events on our behalf, grant-writing, etc.) and general administration. Please shoot me an email or call if you’re willing to be a leader. The time commitment is not great, but SO, SO important.
  • What type of community-benefiting things and events can we do to make a positive impact on the neighborhood? We have been very successful with our music events, movie nights, and the annual city-wide seed swap – but we can do more and better. There has been discussion of canning seminars, cooking classes, even free yoga classes. We need to know what you want to see here.
  • As we set our budget for next year, what things would make your gardening here better, easier, more fulfilling. Between the insurance policy we need to purchase (which requires over half of our annual income) and new tools, we have little left for improvements. BUT… there are opportunities to raise money to better the garden. If you had a “wish list,” what would you want? A few things I would like to have include a more-effective irrigation system for the “Neighbor Garden,” a few new shovels and tools in the shed, and an enhanced shade structure. We missed the Mayor’s Grant application deadline last year, but hope it is available in 2014 – and a comprehensive “shopping list” of infrastructure items would be nice to have before applying.
  • Finally, if you have had any bad experiences, I want to know about it. Three years ago when I bought the land and started the garden I committed my investment and time to the effort. Please let me know what can be done to make it the best it can be.

 

Thank you for being part of this community garden. It’s become one of Omaha’s most visible and vibrant – and we are often contacted by others interested in forming a garden in other parts of the metro. You and your participation and membership are the reason we exist.

 

Sincerely,

 

Kurt

Benson Oktoberfest to benefit Community Garden

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Posted by Kurt | Posted in Events, News | Posted on 10-09-2013

For their third year, the Benson Community Garden will present the annual “Benson Oktoberfest” Saturday, September 14th from 4:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. The event features live music by seven local bands (including a 10 piece Polka band), food, soft drinks, a silent auction and more.

 

Admission is $10 and all ages are welcome, but those under 21 years of age must be accompanied by a parent. Funds raised from the Oktoberfest event will support operations, outreach and programming at the garden.

 

“This end-of-season harvest celebration is more than just a fundraiser to support our garden,” said Kurt Goetzinger, garden founder. “We bring in people from across the city to enjoy an event while learning about the importance of healthy, locally grown foods.”

 

MUSIC SCHEDULE:

4:00 pm:               Stephen Monroe

5:00pm:                Mike Geiler

6:00pm:                Monarchs of Speed

7:00pm:                The New Humans

8:00pm:                The Last Draft

9:00pm:                37 Years

 

Dozens of organizations are donating items for the silent auction as well as food for attendees.

 

Traditionally, Oktoberfest is a 16-day festival celebrating beer held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, running from late September to the first weekend in October. It is one of the most famous events in Germany and is the world’s largest fair, with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year.

 

Founded in 2011, the Benson Community Garden has become one of Omaha’s more active and notable community gardens. The space includes 36 plots for individuals to grow their own fresh fruits and vegetables. In 2012 the organization started the “Neighbor Garden” which features nearly 400 square feet of vegetables for area residents. An “Earth Stage” was built to provide a venue for live music, cooking demonstrations and more.

 

WHAT:                  Benson Oktoberfest

WHEN:                  Saturday, September 14, 2013 – 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

WHERE:                Benson Community Garden, 1302 North 60th Street

WHO:                    Open to all residents – those under 21 must be accompanied by parents

MORE INFO:        goetzinger2@cox.net  or (402) 714-0290

http://bensongardens.org/benson-oktoberfest/

https://www.facebook.com/events/153277291532743/

FREE Bat Houses

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Posted by Kurt | Posted in Resources | Posted on 31-08-2013

Our furry, flying friends eat their weight in insects each night. This time of year they’re looking for a place to call home through the winter. Consider hanging a bat house in your yard to keep them cozy all winter. These fine bat houses were constructed by a local Boy Scout troop and we’re offering them to neighbors for FREE – if they promise to put them up this fall.

HERE is info on how to property install and attract bats.

To schedule time to get one, please email goetzinger2@cox.net

RECIPE: Cucumber Salad

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Posted by Kurt | Posted in Recipes | Posted on 08-08-2013

Cucumber Salad (Yields 2 servings)

Ingredients
1 cucumber, thinly sliced
¼ cup low fat ranch dressing
1 teaspoon, dried dill or 1 Tablespoon fresh dill
1 hard cooked egg, diced

Directions

1. Combine cucumber, ranch dressing, and dill.
2. Sprinkle egg over top.

 

Contact:
Dr. Georgia Jones
Extension Food Specialist
Department of Nutrition & Health Sciences
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68583-0808
(402) 472-3225
FAX: (402) 472-1587
Email: gjones2@unl.edu

Benson Oktoberfest 2013

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Posted by Kurt | Posted in Events | Posted on 05-08-2013

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2013
3:30 P.M. to 11:00 P.M.
1302 NORTH 60TH STREET
ADMISSION: $10.00 per person

Music, Food and Refreshments in the cozy confines of the Benson Community Garden. A harvest celebration and fundraiser.

For our third year, the Benson Community Garden will present “Benson Oktoberfest” on Saturday, September 14th starting at 5:00 p.m. Admission is $10, which includes live music, bratwurst, side dishes, a silent auction and more. All ages are welcome, but those under 21 years of age must be accompanied by a parent.

“We are booking local musicians and bands to entertain the attendees,” said Kurt Goetzinger, garden founder. “For our silent auction, we are seeking local businesses to donate items and gift certificates.”

100% of the funds raised that day go to support the operation and maintenance of the community garden.

Founded in 2011, the Benson Community Garden has become one of Omaha’s more active and notable community gardens. The space includes 36 plots for individuals to grow their own fresh fruits and vegetables. In 2012 the organization started the “Neighbor Garden” which features nearly 400 square feet of vegetables for area residents. An “Earth Stage” was built to provide a venue for live music, cooking demonstrations and more.

Traditionally, Oktoberfest is a 16-day festival celebrating beer held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. Running from late September to the first weekend in October. It is one of the most famous events in Germany and is the world’s largest fair, with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year.

MUSIC SCHEDULE:


4:00 pm: Stephen Monroe
5:00pm: Mike Geiler

6:00pm: Monarchs of Speed
7:00pm: The New Humans
8:00pm: The Last Draft
9:00pm: 37 Years

  1. A few people have asked if they can bring side dishes. ABSOLUTELY! If you do, please bring serving utensils, too.
  2. Can people bring their own beer & wine? Unfortunately, NO. Because we are asking for a freewill donation for admittance, the city will not allow alcohol in the community garden during the event.
  3. How much is admission? $10 per person suggested donation. 12 & under is a $4 suggested donation. 100% of the funds raised that day go to support the operation and maintenance of the community garden.
  4. What type of food is available? We’ll have hamburgers and bratwurst on the grill. Freewill donation.
  5. Will the Husker game be available? NO! This year the Huskers play at 11:00 a.m. so the game will be done a couple hours before we crank up the music.
  6. Can I sign up for a garden plot for next year? You can sign up to be on the waiting list for next year. We always give our gardeners the first option to return. Those who don’t return are offered to the people on the waiting list.
  7. Do you need anything for the event? YES! We’re looking for donations for our silent auction (gift certificates, artwork, items, collectibles, etc.). We also need a few extra strands of Christmas lights for the fence. If you would like to donate, please email goetzinger2@cox.net or drop them off on our picnic table in the garden.
  8. Is this a family-friendly event? ABSOLUTELY …but those under 21 years of age must be accompanied by a parent.

Benson Garden Fundraiser Yard Sale

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Posted by Kurt | Posted in Events | Posted on 28-06-2013

Because of the power outage this past week, our garden fundraiser Yard Sale has been postponed until next Friday and Saturday. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Community Garden Seeking Donated Items for Fundraiser Yard Sale

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Posted by Kurt | Posted in Events | Posted on 19-06-2013

The Benson Community Garden is currently accepting donated, usable items for their annual fundraiser yard sale, scheduled for June 28 & 29.

  • Clothing (no undergarments, please)
  • Household goods
  • Collectibles
  • Books
  • Toys
  • Small furniture
  • Decorations
  • Lawn & Garden items
  • Etc.

“This is a great opportunity for people to clear out their basements and garages, by donating unwanted usable items to support the Benson Community Garden,” explained Kurt Goetzinger. The funds raised from the yard sale will offset expenses associated with operating the garden and land. Unsold articles will be donated to the Open Door Mission.

Donations are accepted from sunrise to sunset at the garden, 1302 North 60th Street and can be left under the tent in the center of the garden. (Because of the limited storage space, large bulky items such as sofas, appliances, etc. cannot be accepted.)

Monetary donations can be made online through the garden’s website http://bensongardens.org/support/

The Benson Community Garden began in 2011 and offers space for 36 families and individuals to grow farm-fresh vegetables. In 2012 they planted a 400+ square foot “Neighbor Garden” where neighbors can harvest vine-fresh produce at no charge.

Get in the Know: Extension in the City

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Posted by Steph | Posted in News | Posted on 03-06-2013

Check out some great recipes for kids, June events and gardening tips in this month’s Extension in the City.