LEAF Community 2011 Open House

Madison Garden

The first signs of spring are here: snow is melting, trees are budding, and the LEAF Open House is coming!

Lakewood Earth & Food (LEAF) Community will be holding its 2011 Open House on Sunday, March 20th, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room at the main branch of the Lakewood Public Library. This is an opportunity to meet LEAF members, find out what’s in store for 2011, get information, and ask questions about LEAF programs like the Third Thursday Speaker Series, bulk buying, community gardening and our community supported agriculture (CSA) programs.

LEAF Community facilitates community gardens at five locations in Lakewood: Cove Park, Kauffman Park, Madison Park, the Westerly, and Webb Park. A historical garden was also initiated at the Oldest Stone House at Lakewood Park and LEAF assisted the Lakewood Library in establishing the Learning Garden at the Madison Branch, both in 2010. Come find out more about each of these gardens and what space is available. Contact leafcommunity+gardening@gmail.com for questions about community gardening.

On the third Thursday of each month from May through September, LEAF Community holds an educational session covering topics related to local food and green living. Topics have included composting, rain barrels, canning, beekeeping, and many others. Sessions are held at local businesses around Lakewood. A representative from the education committee will share the Third Thursday Speaker Series calendar for 2011. Contact leafcommunity@gmail.com for questions about the speaker series.

Purchasing your food locally helps to reduce fossil fuels used for transporting goods to your local grocer. Farmers in northeast Ohio grow grains for flours and cereals, dry beans and many other goods. LEAF Community’s bulk buying initiative assists Lakewood residents in obtaining dry goods in small or large quantities. Contact leafcommunity+bulk@gmail.com for questions about Bulk Buying.

Fresh local produce will be coming to Lakewood through the community supported agriculture (CSA) programs organized by LEAF. CSA program representatives will be at the Open House to discuss their programs with you. You can sign up for a CSA program at the meeting or you can print the applications at www.leafcommunity.org (on the Community Supported Agriculture page) and mail registration and payment to the appropriate program. Applications and payments for Bay Branch, Covered Bridge Gardens/Peters Creek Farm and Geauga Family Farms should be mailed directly to those programs.

LEAF Community volunteers coordinate registration for the City Fresh program. Program brochures for City Fresh will be up on LEAF’s website shortly. Checks for the City Fresh program should be made payable to LEAF and sent to: LEAF, PO Box 770374, Lakewood, OH 44107. To ensure that you have a share reserved for the first week of City Fresh, the deadline to register and pay is May 15th. Please contact leafcsa@gmail.com for questions about any of the CSA programs or volunteering. If you are interested in volunteering this year, please let a LEAF volunteer know, and you can learn about the opportunities available.

Think spring and fresh local veggies! LEAF night will continue to be held on Wednesday nights from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. on the front porch of the Lakewood Public Library. Watch for an announcement in the Observer, at www.leafcommunity.org, and in the LEAF Community group on Facebook for our official season start date.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 6:48 PM, 02.22.2011