Happy Earth Day!

We are super excited about our potatoes, but even more excited about Earth Day! We hope you find a good way to care for and celebrate our shared home, the earth! Is there a neighbor you could reach out to today? How about a new way you can safely share your tools or time to minimize the use of resources in your neighborhood? We encourage you to spend time outside so you can talk to neighbors from a safe distance and check in on them. You might even consider starting to function like more of a “Block Leader.” Click here for more info on that (can be done in any neighborhood not just West Central) and check out these links for more ways to celebrate and get involved in Earth Day!

350 Spokane is hosting Spokane Earth Day Live:  https://350spokane.org/get-involved/spokaneearthdaylive/
National Earth Day Live:  EarthDayLive2020.org
Earth Ministry Zoom Gathering:  https://earthministry.org/

Johnny & Your Growing Neighbors Family

Planting Potatoes

If you haven’t already, today is a great day to put potatoes in the ground! A couple of weeks ago we demonstrated planting snap peas and this pandemic isn’t stopping our safe veggie plantings. We aren’t encouraging groups to gather in the garden, but we do want to equip you with the skills and resources you need to keep growing and safely sharing healthy food and relationships with your neighbors!

What are you growing? Do you want suggestions or tips? Would you like to share some tips? Here is a link to our “planting tutorial” video focused on potatoes. Let us know what you think or what other plants and gardening techniques you’d like to learn about.

Veggie Starts READY to Share!

In large part due to Karen, Mark and our friend Lynn, we have parsley, kohlrabi, Brussels sprouts, and lettuce ready to share and put in the ground ASAP. Would you like some? Swing by our little greenhouse at 2506 W. Rowan to grab a couple and/or shoot us a message to coordinate a pick up or delivery! We also have tomatoes, peppers, basil, and more warm weather crops growing. You can take some home to care for indoors, or pick those up at the end of May. We love sharing starts so that you can share healthy food with your neighbors!

Planting Snap Peas

Have you seen our “planting tutorial” video focused on snap peas? What else are you growing right now? We aren’t encouraging communal gardening/urban farming right now, but it’s a great time grow your own food and safely sharing some with neighbors. We have been helping neighbors gain access to and share gardening resources such as seeds, pots, plant starts, compost, compost bins, soil, wood chips, tools, etc. Let us know what you or your neighbors need or what you have to share with others!

Thank you for your generosity!

Even at this strange and challenging time, giving to non-profits is up across the country. Thanks for your generosity in helping to meet the needs of our must vulnerable neighbors! We would appreciate your continued donations as we safely equip neighbors to grow and share healthy food and relationships. You can donate here by setting up a one time or recurring donation. A local partner that would love your support with feeding and caring for our community is The Westminster Food Bank (509-328-5002).

Still Growing and Connecting, Safely!

How are you and yours doing during this strange time? Let us know how we can help! How are your neighbors doing? We encourage you to spend time outside so you can talk to neighbors from a safe distance and check in on them. Maybe you can also contact neighbors via phone or email to check in. Want help with ideas on how to help neighbors stay in touch and help each other gain access to needed resources throughout the “Stay Home” order? Let us know!

We aren’t encouraging communal gardening/urban farming right now, but it’s a great time to be growing your own food and safely sharing some with neighbors. We can help you gain access to and share gardening resources such as seeds, pots, plant starts, compost, compost bins, soil, wood chips, tools, etc. Let us know what you or your neighbors need!

Thanks for being a great neighbor at this time when folks really need access to safe, social support as well as nutritious food!

Johnny & Your Growing Neighbors Family

Hi Neighbor!

We hope you and yours are healthy and finding space for peace and rest in the midst of this unprecedented time. We have been shifting some plans and practices to follow CDC guidelines for the safety of our community and want to keep you in the loop. You can also always check out our website calendar (growingneighbors.org) if you are wondering about upcoming events.

How are you, your family, and your neighbors doing? Please let us know if we can help you with anything related to your health, access to food and other essentials, and/or getting your garden growing. We also encourage you to reach out to your local neighbors (from a safe distance) to see how you can love and serve one another!

Johnny & Your Growing Neighbors Family

We had a great visit to Gonzaga last month to learn about their garden, greenhouse, and Campus Kitchen programs. We are connecting with Emily (right) to start and expand urban farms in NE Spokane and Curtis (left) to help younger students visit GU to learn about greenhouse growing and other sustainable practices. Thanks friends!