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NEW!!! CORRECTION to Printed Newsletter (web edition has been corrected): The CNNJ annual meeting will take place on Sunday evening, November 17th, 2013, at St. Peter Claver Roman Catholic Church, 56 Elmwood Avenue, Montclair. Join us for a potluck dinner, at 5:30 PM. Or just come for the annual meeting which will begin about 7:00 PM, including election of officers and a program. Members who want to propose agenda items or run for the board should let the corresponding secretary know at firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW!!! INVITATION ~ CNNJ's Annual Meeting Invitation
CURRENT NEWSLETTER ~ Cornucopia's Special 30th Anniversary Edition
PAST OPEN GARDENS & Other events:
(Click here for FLYER with details)September 21st, Hope for Peace event to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Hope for the Flowers & International Day of Peace.
Saturday, September 28th, 2013 from 2:00pm-5:00pm (Pat Kenschaft's garden at 56 Gordonhurst Ave., Montclair will close at 4:00pm)
There will be 11 Open Gardens on Saturday!!!
2 Late additions not on flyer or newsletter:
Kathy Sauerborn at 263 Chittenden Rd, Clifton, has an established garden of herbs and natives and now raises vegetables by reclaiming the lawn. Drive north from Montclair on Grove Street, take the first right and hers is the second house on the right.
Yuliya and Mike Bellinger at 438 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge, have tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, herbs, asparagus, grapes, apple trees and 30 blueberry bushes.
Saturday, July 13, 2013 from 9:00am until Noon (Pat Kenschaft's garden at 56 Gordonhurst Ave., Montclair will close at 11:00am but Trina Paulus' front yard GMO and fracking displays remain open until noon ~ see flyer or newsletter for more details)
Saturday, May 18th, 2013 from 2:00pm until 5:00pm (see newsletter for more details)
Other interesting events in May:
Saturday, April 20th, 2013 from 2:00pm until 5:00pm (see Flyer below and April Newsletter for more details)
Saturday, December 1st, 2012 from 10:00am until 11:30am
The gardening season is far from over!
Florence Rollino- 45 Wells Ct., Bloomfield
At Florence Rollino's you will see celery, cabbage, spinach, Brussels sprouts, covallo nero (Tuscan kale), bok choi, and collard greens in and out of cold frames. She is trying to have a twelve-month flowering garden, and you may see very tall cannas and drying limelight hydrangeas on the tree. From Montclair, take Bellevue Ave. east almost to ShopRite. Take the last left (Bellevue Terr.), and then the first left onto Wells Ct. Number 45 is the house at the end with solar panels.
Alan Smith- 148 Forest St., Montclair
At Alan Smith's take a self-guided front yard tour of a garden that includes a variety of greens.
Pat Kenschaft- 56 Gordonhurst Ave., Montclair
Pat Kenschaft will feature Chinese Cabbage in a cold frame and winter carrots, soon to be covered with plastic bags of leaves for protection. There should also be bok choi, parsley, celery, garlic, onions, two types of kale, collards, and lettuce. Holly berries provide December color.
Environmental displays will be in the front yard of 56 Gordonhurst Ave.
Saturday, September 15th, 2012: 2:00pm until 5:00pm
Displays including a butterfly tent will be in the front yard of 56 Gordonhurst Avenue, Montclair. Bring cameras and children! At 5:00 PM the butterflies will be allowed out of the tent, and they will begin their migration to Mexico.
After the garden tour, there will be a potluck dinner followed by an annual meeting in the back yard of Nancy Taiani at 50 Gordonhurst Avenue, Montclair. All are welcome to join us!
Judy Hinds at 156 Rhoda Ave, Nutley, shows how even a small suburban yard in partial shade can produce a wide variety of vegetables and herbs - from alliums to zucchini. She uses a modified Square Foot Garden approach with seven 4x4' raised beds. Compost & rain barrel demos. 973-661-0067
Miller Street Farm at 18 1/2 Miller Street, Montclair, was started last year on a lot of 3,100 sq. ft. It is an urban farm run by local youth farmer interns led by Emmanuela Mujica, Essex County 4-H Program Assistant, and Tim Delorm, Master Gardener and owner of TerraNoble Landscape Design. It provides food to soup kitchens, some residents, and a weekly affordable farm stand. "Like" the Miller Street Urban Farm on Facebook
At 54 Sherman St. in Montclair, Chris Beers, his roommate Frank Molignano, and neighbors Ulycess Dunmore and Josh Stausser have been collaboratively growing a garden this year (see the previous issue of this newsletter) that has spread from their backyard to the public space around their building. Come hear the story of its becoming and join in the shaping of its future by bringing your unwanted garden supplies and materials for barter or donation.
Lisa Rosen at 3 Chester Road, Montclair, has two raised beds on the side of her house. One uses the square foot garden technique to grow a wide variety of produce throughout the year including beans, chard, tomatoes, kales, collards, cucumbers, carrots, basil, broccoli, eggplant, tatsoi, spinach, edamame and peppers. The other has lettuce and other greens in more traditional rows.
Jose German and David Wasmuth at 69 Grove Street, Montclair, have a certified wildlife habitat property that includes more than 175 different Northeast native plants. They produce some fruits and many vegetables year round. They have a hydroponic system and a beehive.
Pat Kenschaft's at 56 Gordonhurst Avenue, Montclair, has provided almost all the family's vegetables year round for decades without using any poisons, commercial fertilizers, or power machinery. She does all the work herself, but has limited endurance, so can host visitors for only two hours. The garden is vulnerable to missteps, so nobody will be allowed in the back yard after 4:00 PM. Arrive by 3:30 to get a complete tour.
Alan Smith at 148 Forest Street, Montclair, offers a take-your-own-tour front yard garden into which he puts remarkably little effort. He's having his best garden season in years.
Saturday, July 21st, 2012: 9:00am until 12:00pm
The Cornucopia Network of New Jersey presents:
Six Open Organic Gardens - Saturday, July 21 9a.m.- 12noon*
(*except Pat's which closes at 11a.m.) FREE but donations accepted
Pat Kenschaft*- 56 Gordonhurst Ave., Montclair
Nick DiMinni- 11 Bruce Rd., Montclair
Grace Grund- 3 Dodd St., Montclair
Alan Smith- 148 Forest St., Montclair
Jose German / Dave Wasmuth- 69 Grove Street, Montclair
Florence Rollino- 45 Wells Ct., Bloomfield
Florence Rollino is raising artichokes this year on a beautifully landscaped property, tucking vegetables in among other fascinating displays. Driving east on Bellevue Ave. turn left (just past the Park) on Bellevue Terr., and then the first left onto Wells Ct.; 45 is the house at the end with solar panels.)
Nick DiMinni has a European-inspired vegetable and herb garden including fig trees, a pergola covered with grape vines, and a Zen garden.
Grace Grund has a dozen egg-laying chickens, who she feed organic scraps from home and Terra Tea Salon in the Montclair Public Library, and many vegetables growing in raised beds.
Jose German and David Wasmuth have a Certified Wildlife Habitat property that includes more than 175 different Northeast-native plants. They produce some fruits and many vegetables year round. They have a hydroponic system and a beehive.
Alan Smith offers a take-your-own-tour front yard garden into which he puts remarkably little effort. He's having his best garden season in years.
Pat Kenschaft has provided almost all the family's vegetables year round for decades without using any poisons, commercial fertilizers, or power machinery. Her garden will be closed to the public after 11am. Environmental Displays and the Butterfly Tent will be in her front yard from 9am-noon.Butterfly Tent - 56 Gordonhurst Ave., Montclair 9a.m.-12noon
Butterflies are early this year! Bring cameras and children of all ages! Releases when an abundant number of children present...with ALL butterflies being released by noon.
Past Open Gardens: Saturday, May 19th, 2012:
The Cornucopia Network of New Jersey presents
Seven Open Organic Vegetable Gardens
Tour: Sat., May 19
2 - 5pm*
*except Pat Kenschaft's, which ends at 4pm
FREE (donations accepted) open to the public
Sachi Tripp, 8 Waterbury Rd.
Andrea DelleChiaie, 20 Chester Road
Jose German & David Wasmuth, 69 Grove St.
Rachel Egan, 391 Upper Mountain Ave.
Pat Kenschaft, 56 Gordonhurst Ave.
Nutley: Judy Hinds, 156 Rhoda Ave.
West Orange: Necole Fabris, 8 Prospect Pl.
Sachi Tripp and her family at 8 Waterbury Rd., Montclair, are third year gardeners. They have hens and two honey bee hives. Their seven raised garden beds grow all of the vegetables they eat over the summer and much of what they eat in fall and winter.
Andrea DelleChiaie, at 20 Chester Rd., Montclair, has been gardening a few years and has 4 hens. Her front yard has 2 raised beds, 5 blueberry bushes, and strawberries. In the back she has another raised bed, a grow camp (mini greenhouse), blackberries, and a long row of sugar snap peas. In buckets on the porch she has potatoes and an apple tree.
Rachael Egan, 391 Upper Mountain Avenue, Montclair is a fifth year gardener with three small children who raises chickens and lots of veggies. She makes green smoothies including dandelions and clover from her back yard.
Pat Kenschaft, at 56 Gordonhurst Ave., Montclair, has provided almost all her family's vegetables year round for decades without any poisons, commercial fertilizers, or power machinery. Her garden will close at 4 p.m., after which no visitors will be allowed there. There will be environmental displays in Pat's front yard until 5 p.m.
Jose German and David Wasmuth at 69 Grove St., Montclair, have a 'Certified Wildlife Habitat' property that includes more than 175 different native plants from the Northeast. Their garden was featured in the March 2012 issue of the national magazine Bird Watching. It is very productive year around, producing some fruits and many vegetables. They have a hydroponic system and a beehive.
Necole Fabris at 8 Prospect Pl., West Orange, composts, uses leaves and grass clippings as ground cover, and uses natural pest control in her garden that provides much of her family's produce in the summer. She has had a rain barrel for several years.
Judy Hinds, at 156 Rhoda Ave., Nutley, uses a modified square-foot garden approach and has recently installed a second rain barrel. "Come see how the snip'n'drip irrigation is working out."
Florence Rollino, at 45 Wells Court, Bloomfield, will be growing radicchio, purple kohlrabi, and turnips if the weather holds out. There is also cabbage and spinach in the cold frames, and turnips in her front garden. Take Bellevue Avenue east from Montclair almost to the end at ShopRite. Take the last left, and then the first left onto Wells Court; 45 is the house at the end with solar panels.
Pat Kenschaft, at 56 Gordonhurst Avenue, Montclair has two cold frames with both Burpees and Johnny Seeds Chinese cabbage. Carrots and parsnips will survive the winter under plastic bags of leaves. There may be pac choi, kale, collards, celery, and lettuce, rodents willing. Displays will be in the front yard of 56 Gordonhurst Avenue. The tour is free but donations and memberships to CNNJ will be happily accepted.
Videos from the September 17, 2011 Open Garden event:
Nine Organic Vegetable Gardens plus the Annual Monarch Butterfly Tent and Release
Gardens will be open to the public Saturday afternoon, September 17th, from 2-5pm (except Pat's, which closes at 4:00 PM)
Participating Organic Gardens:
Pat Kenschaft at 56 Gordonhurst Avenue, Montclair, has raised almost all her family's vegetables year round for decades with no poisons, commercial fertilizers, or power machinery. She also does all her property care with no poisons, commercial fertilizers, mower machinery or watering. There will be environmental displays in her front yard. Trina Paulus and Una McGurk will be in front with the annual Monarch tent from 2:00 PM to about 4:30, occasionally releasing butterflies whenever there are enough children. The fliers will be off for their trip south. Among other front yard treats is Bob Simpson's delightful solar water fountain is also a favorite front yard treat - just cast your shadow and it stops, move it aside and fountain starts again. (Last tour begins at 3:30pm. Nobody allowed in the back yard after 4:00pm.)
Kathy Bachmann at 210 Orange Road, corner of Warren, on the right driving south. "This is my second year of vegetable gardening with Square Foot Gardening. I have 4 raised beds for vegetables -- tomatoes, edamame, broccoli, strawberries, zucchini, green beans, snap peas, beets, raspberries, etc. My kids love helping me and especially eating tomatoes and snap peas from the vine. If you're just starting out, this is a starter garden to check out. If you're a master, come share your tips with me. I'm also an avid flower gardener, with a perennial cutting garden -- happy to share tips about that."
Lisa Rosen at 3 Chester Road. Has two raised beds, 4 x 10' and 6 x 10'. She has been gardening for about seven years, and this is the second year she has been doing "square foot gardening" in the larger bed. She expects have kale, chard, lettuces, spinach, carrots and tomatoes in mid-September. "Stop by!"
Nick DiMinni at 11 Bruce Road features a traditional European style vegetable and herb garden, and a pergola which supports grape vines and several fruit trees. The other half of the garden is a "Zen" garden with fountains and various perennials. The yard is registered as a wildlife habitat and composting is practiced.
Jose German at 69 Grove Street has chickens and bees this year. Veggies grow in garden raised beds, table beds 4 feet over his sunny driveway, and water beds, a hydroponic setup of large pipes where water and nutrients circulate around plant roots. He has abundant eggplants, tomatoes, garlic, onions, collard greens, and grapes this year. He is president of Green Harmony Now, which provides landscaping services and advice: email@example.com, 973-233-1106.
Florence Rollino at 45 Wells Court, Bloomfield, started her own landscaped-designed garden about 10 years ago and for the past two years has included a 16 x 24-foot working 'farm' within the landscape design. She grows many, many tomatoes for 'home-drying' as well as for sauce, along with many other veggies. Take Bellevue Avenue east from Montclair almost to the end at ShopRite. Take the last left, and then the first left onto Wells Court. 45 is the house at the end with solar panels.
Necole Fabris, 8 Prospect Place, West Orange, composts, uses leaves and grass clippings as ground cover, and uses natural pest control in her garden that provides 80% of her family's produce in the summer. She has had a rain barrel for several years. "From Montclair take Harrison Avenue to the West Orange end (Main Street). Left on Main Street. Follow Main Street to the next light. Go through the light and bear right to stay on Main Street. Make an immediate right on Prospect Place. She is the second house on the left. She has a dog who is all bark, but that bark is loud."
Paul Walters, 377 DeWitt Ave, Belleville, has been involved in organic gardening and farming all of his life. Paul has been developing his homestead for several years and is showing his intensely planted front-yard organic permaculture garden. He uses an eclectic approach to produce health yields including permaculture design principles, biointensive planting techniques, water catchment strategies, vertical growing, companion planting, organic soil amendments, biodynamic practices, and heirloom plant cultivars. Diversity is key to his approach and is credited for the success of attracting native pollinators as well as for encouraging healthy plant growth.
Judy Hinds at 156 Rhoda Ave., Nutley: Come enjoy a taste of the summer harvest & see what veggies will carry through into late fall despite loss of light and heat. Leaf mold samples available. Water barrel show `n' tell. Open Garden Sept 17, 2-5 p.m. 973 661-0067.
Gardens are wonderful in the Summer! Visit us and learn!
Free but donations accepted
After 5:00 PM there will be a potluck supper in the back yard of Nancy Taiani at 50 Gordonhurst Avenue followed by the annual meeting of the Cornucopia Network of New Jersey.
All are welcome to attend!
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