St. John Community Garden
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Spring is beginning to spring, though we've had a very wacky Winter, who knows what we'll get! We've got a lot of things planned for this 2012 season.
First off, it's time to get planting. Greens and potatoes can go into the ground on or about St. Patrick's Day. We're hoping to get lots of new gardeners this year. Please start or renew your memberships soon.
If anyone has access to free lumber/building materials, the Garden would be interested in pre-building a number of beds, that would only need to be filled with dirt by the member.
We have leaf mulch available now, from our compost bins of the last two years. This is available to our members. Help yourselves.
The Month March
Rebecca Koop will do a slide show on the 6 year development of St. John Gardens Sunday, March 25 at 4:00 pm on the main stage across from our booth.
E-mail Rebecca Koop for more information
Saturday the 28th is also the Scarritt Neighborhood clean up day. This will coincide with the event at Concourse, there will be dumpsters at the park from 8:00 am to noon only.
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Read and view what happened on April 21, 2007
Red shirts were everywhere on St. John Avenue on Saturday, April 21, 2007.
Neighborhood clean-ups, from Pendleton Heights to Scarritt, were joined by Kauffman Scholars, over 150 sophomores from Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas high schools, who combed Budd Park and St. John Avenue for litter then converged at St. John Community Gardens, 3922 St. John Ave, where they moved earth for new rain gardens, built new plots and painted a mural that should bring more attention to the site. The first class of the Kauffman Scholars program were among the thousands of young people who made their communities better on National Youth Service Day.
A large group of organizers helped make the day possible, including Rebecca Koop, executive director of the Northeast Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. Koop’s business, Back Door Pottery, is next to the community garden and hosts the mural as well as the nine connected rain barrels that are also recent additions to “make the garden grow.”
Koop and others from the neighborhood, like Marianne Rouse, started discussion about building a community garden in the vacant lot about a year ago. Koop purchased the land after a long-vacant and damaged industrial building was finally demolished in 2003.
With help from Northeast businesses and other organizations outside of the area – like Missouri Organic Recycling which provided loads of soil mixed 60/40 with compost and sand, perfect for rain gardens – the garden is shaping up.
Last week, Lexington Plumbing hooked together the nine 55-gallon rain barrels and installed tap pipes and other equipment to divert water from the Back Door Pottery roof where it can be collected and used for the plants.
Rain is free and, according to the city’s Wet Weather Solutions Program that is trying to match Kansas City’s water system to federal regulations, overflows the sewers on a regular basis.
Average rainfall of one inch within a 24-hour period, for example, can produce more than 700 gallons of water that runs off a typical house’s roof.
Another solution to wasting water and sending it either to expensive treatment plants via the sewer system or to rivers and streams when the system is overloaded, often mixed with sanitary waste water, is to build a rain garden.
St. John Community Gardens now has two baby rain gardens in the middle of the lot where water tends to collect, running off the hillside and alley behind Windsor Avenue, as well as a larger collector garden near the street, which will prevent soil from washing away like it used to when the vacant lot was bare.
The Kauffman Scholars amended soil and planted water-loving plants like blue and yellow flag irises in the two rain gardens on Saturday.
Ongoing service to the community is central to the Kauffman Scholars Program participants’ and their parents’ involvement.
“It’s a built-in component,” said Dr. Stephen Green, president and CEO of Kauffman Scholars, Inc., “and in the spirit of Ewing Marion Kauffman’s beliefs of giving back to the community. You don’t have to wait to start that.”
Green said he hoped the service day would be a memorable one for the rising 11th-graders from schools such as Northeast, Van Horn, Lincoln and Sumner and the values learned would become part of their lifestyle.
These sophomores from Sumner High School scoured St. John Avenue for litter as part of their service on Saturday (clockwise, from top left): Dekiyra Love, Laqueeta Manning, Ga’Quawna Manning, Vonnchet Traylor, Jessica Charles and Stephanie Pounds.