Welcome Spring At The LEAF Community Open House

Spring is coming, which means it's time for the Lakewood Earth & Food (LEAF) Community's annual Open House. On Sunday, March 15th from 2-4 p.m., come to the Lakewood Public Library Main Branch's multi-purpose room to learn about LEAF educational programs, sign up for a Community Supported Agriculture program or Community Garden Plot, swap some seeds, and find out how you might like to volunteer with LEAF this upcoming year.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Programs 

Be healthy, be green, and eat local! Consider signing up for a "share" in a CSA this season, which provides you with a weekly supply of fresh, seasonal produce each week from area farmers. Several CSA programs will have representatives available to answer questions, talk about their farm/program, and register members. Programs on offer for the 2015 season of LEAF Community Farmers' Markets will include City Fresh, Cleveland Crops, Geauga Family Farms, and Maggie's Farm.

Community Gardens

Community gardening lets you know where your food is coming from, gets you the pick of the crop when your produce comes in, and gets you outside and into LEAF's community gardens. You'll have the opportunity to make new friends, learn new gardening techniques, and feel like a bigger part of the community at large!

LEAF coordinates community gardens at four of Lakewood's parks and at the Westerly Apartments. For a $25 fee, Lakewood residents are welcome to "rent" a 10' x 10' organic garden plot for the season. Learn more about this opportunity from LEAF garden coordinators at the Open House.

Education

Curious about mushrooms? Want to learn about how to plan your garden space? How to bake bread? How to make your own pickles? These are just a few of the educational programs LEAF is planning for 2015. Our first educational event will cover garden planning/landscaping with Jacqueline Kowalski of the Ohio State University Extension and will take place on Thursday, March 26th at 7 p.m. in the library's multi-purpose room. Learn more about our educational programs and make your suggestions for future programs at the Open House!

Seed Swapping and More

The Open House will feature a seed swap again this year, so bring any extra seeds you'd like to trade (in clearly marked envelopes or bags, please).

In addition, LEAF volunteers will be on hand to share information about the organization and answer your questions.

To find out more about LEAF, visit www.leafcommunity.org or email leafcommunity@gmail.com.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 6:07 PM, 03.03.2015