Volunteers Needed to Build Summer Street Park

Summer Street Park

Imagine Grinnell is currently building a natural playscape in Summer Street Park.

Imagine Grinnell is asking the community to help us build this park, located at the intersection of 3rd Avenue & Summer Street.  We are asking volunteers with many different levels of abilities to come out and volunteer 3 hours on Sunday, October 26th 1 pm-4 pm.

We will be working on

1)      Playhouse

  1. Install the roof
  2. Clean up the area

2)      Move soil around bridge

3)      Trim Trees and vegetation around the play features

Please contact Sarah Smith at info@imaginegrinnell.org or call 641-236-5518 ext 223 if you have any questions.

Imagine Grinnell Seed Library is Open

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Imagine Grinnell Seed Library is open and housed at the Drake Community Library.

People are able to check out seeds for both vegetables and native plants from the library free of charge. No seed saving experience is required, and people will not be expected to return seeds to the library. However, approved seed savers may help support the library by saving seeds.

In the future, Imagine Grinnell plans on hosting seed saving workshops to teach the basic principles of seed saving and providing instructional seed saving materials.

Imagine Grinnell hopes that the seed saving library will aid the preservation of the genetic diversity of seeds and also encourage people to plant both native plants and vegetables.

Contact imaginegrinnell@iowatelecom.net if you have any questions or wish to donate seeds.

 

Seed Saving Inventory as of June 4th includes:

 

Type Variety Harvested By Drawer
Pea Green Arrow Seed   Savers Exchange 1
Pea Tom   Thumb Seed   Savers Exchange 1
Pea Amish   Snap Seed   Savers Exchange 1
Pea Golden   Sweet Seed   Savers Exchange 1
Bean Rattlesnake   Snap Seed   Savers Exchange 2
Bean Purple   Podded Pole Seed   Savers Exchange 2
Bean Tiger’s   Eye Jordan   Scheibel 2
Bean Royal   Purple Podded Seed   Savers Exchange 2
Bean Pencil   Pod Golden Wax Bean Seed   Savers Exchange 3
Bean Tiger’s   Eye Seed   Savers Exchange 3
Bean Hidatsa   Shield Figure Bean Seed   Savers Exchange 3
Bean Sultan’s   Golden Crescent Seed   Savers Exchange 3
Lettuce Merveille   Des Quatre Saisons Seed   Savers Exchange 4
Lettuce Heirloom   Lettuce Mixture Seed   Savers Exchange 4
Lettuce Amish   Deer Tongue Seed   Savers Exchange 4
Lettuce Crisp   Mint Seed   Savers Exchange 4
Lettuce Rossa   Di Trento Seed   Savers Exchange 5
Lettuce Slobolt Seed   Savers Exchange 5
Lettuce Rossimo Seed   Savers Exchange 5
Lettuce Forellenschluss Seed   Savers Exchange 5
Spinach Monstruew   De Viroflay Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. 6
Spinach Bloomsdale Seed   Savers Exchange 6
Spinach American Seed   Savers Exchange 6
Spinach New   Zealand Seed   Savers Exchange 6
Swiss   Chard Fordhook   Giant Seed   Savers Exchange 6
Turnip Purple   Top White Globe Seed   Savers Exchange 7
Okra Star   of David Seed   Savers Exchange 7
Okra Red   Burgundy Seed   Savers Exchange 7
Turnip Golden   Globe Seed   Savers Exchange 7
Beet Chioggia Seed   Savers Exchange 7
Cucumber Longfellow Seed   Savers Exchange 8
Cucumber Russian   Pickling Seed   Savers Exchange 8
Cucumber Poona   Kheera Seed   Savers Exchange 8
Cucumber Japanese   Climbing Seed   Savers Exchange 8
Cucumber Armenian Seed   Savers Exchange 8
Cucumber Mexican   Sour Gherkin Seed   Savers Exchange 8
Cucumber Boothby’s   Blonde Seed   Savers Exchange 8
Cucumber Parisian   Pickling Seed   Savers Exchange 8
Cucumber Crystal   Apple Seed   Savers Exchange 8
Gourd Striped   Pear Seed   Savers Exchange 9
Gourd Ten   Commandments Seed   Savers Exchange 9
Gourd Spinning Seed   Savers Exchange 9
Gourd Birdhouse Seed   Savers Exchange 9
Gourd Bule Seed   Savers Exchange 9
Type Variety Harvested   By Drawer
Gourd Chinese   Miniature Seed   Savers Exchange 9
Squash Summer   Crookneck Seed   Savers Exchange 10
Squash Tours Seed   Savers Exchange 10
Squash Strawberry   Crown Seed   Savers Exchange 10
Squash Patisson   Panches Jaune et Verte Seed   Savers Exchange 10
Squash Pennsylvania   Dutch Crookneck Seed   Savers Exchange 11
Squash Boston   Marrow Seed   Savers Exchange 11
Squash Table   Queen Seed   Savers Exchange 11
Squash Golden   Hubbard Seed   Savers Exchange 11
Squash Sibley Seed   Savers Exchange 11
Squash Chirimen Seed   Savers Exchange 11
Squash Australian   Butter Seed   Savers Exchange 12
Squash Fordhook   Acorn Seed   Savers Exchange 12
Squash Table   Queen Seed   Savers Exchange 12
Squash Queensland   Blue Seed   Savers Exchange 12
Squash Turk’s   Turbin Seed   Savers Exchange 12
Melon Early   Hanover Seed   Savers Exchange 13
Melon Noir   des Carmes Seed   Savers Exchange 13
Melon Banana Seed   Savers Exchange 13
Melon Haogen Seed   Savers Exchange 13
Melon Bidwell   Casaba Seed   Savers Exchange 13
Melon Boule   d’Or Melon Seed   Savers Exchange 14
Melon Minnesota   Midget Seed   Savers Exchange 14
Melon Eden’s   Gem Seed   Savers Exchange 14
Melon Amish Seed   Savers Exchange 14
Melon Sweet   Granite Seed   Savers Exchange 14
Melon Charentais Seed   Savers Exchange 14
Watermelon Chelsea Seed   Savers Exchange 15
Watermelon Moon   & Stars Seed   Savers Exchange 15
Watermelon Moon   & Stars (Cherokee) Seed   Savers Exchange 15
Watermelon Picnic Seed   Savers Exchange 15
Watermelon Blacktail   Mountain Seed   Savers Exchange 15
Watermelon Moon   & Stars (Van Doren) Seed   Savers Exchange 15
Watermelon Sweet   Siberion Seed   Savers Exchange 16
Watermelon Petite   Yellow Seed   Savers Exchange 16
Watermelon Orangeglo Seed   Savers Exchange 16
Watermelon Mountain   Sweet Yellow Seed   Savers Exchange 16
Watermelon Red   Seeded Citron Seed   Savers Exchange 16
Herb Purple   Dark Opal Basil Seed   Savers Exchange 17
Herb Genovese   Basil Seed   Savers Exchange 17

 

 

Sustainable Living Showcase

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Imagine Grinnell will host its first Sustainable Living Showcase at the Grinnell Farmer’s Market on Thursday, May 14th from 3-6pm.

The showcase will be an educational opportunity for people to learn about simple things they can do to live a more sustainable lifestyle in Grinnell. Vendors will share information about products and practices that minimize waste and impact, such as composting, rain gardens, local foods, alternative transportation, and energy conservation measures.

Executive Director Sarah Smith describes the showcase as an educational opportunity to learn about “the many simple things we can do to live sustainably right here in Grinnell.” Vendors will share information about products that “help us to live with minimal waste and impact,” such as composting, rain gardens, local foods, alternative transportation, energy conservation measures, and an e-waste drop off site that will be free to the public.

A booth sponsored by the Poweshiek County Soil Conservation District will demonstrate impact on watershed projects in the area. They will also be leading walking tours of urban conservation practices in place in Grinnell. Those tours will leave at 3:30pm and 5:30pm; each tour will last approximately 1 hour.

Imagine Grinnell hopes that people will take advantage of the opportunity to interact with vendors and learn about the steps they can take to reduce their impact on the environment.

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August Rain Barrels Sales End Friday, August 23, 2013

Rain Barrel

Imagine Grinnell is collaborating with the City of Grinnell and Upcycle Products to sell rain barrels again in August. The 55 gallon Upcycle rain barrels are made from re-cycled food grade barrels and are available in Black, Grey, Blue, or Terra-Cotta.  There are two other options: a 30 gallon Blue Barrel or a 54 gallon Oak Wooden Barrels with a Brass Spigot.

How to Order

Please visit Upcycle Products to order your rain barrel or barrels.  There is no limit to the number of barrels you can order.

Orders are due by Friday, August 23rd and items will be available for pickup on Thursday, August 29th from noon to 1pm in the Ahrens Park Parking Lot. 1510 Penrose St Grinnell, Iowa 50112. Paid receipt is required to verify purchase information.

Questions can be directed to Sarah Smith, Executive Director of Imagine Grinnell at 641-236-5518 ext 223 (imaginegrinnell@iowatelecom.net) or UpCycle Products at 815-735-9583.

What is a Rain Barrel?

A rain barrel is a system that collects and stores rainwater from your roof that would otherwise be lost to runoff and diverted to storm drains and streams.

What are the Advantages of a Rain Barrel?

It Saves You Money

A rain barrel will save most homeowners about 1,300 gallons of water during the peak summer months. Saving water not only helps protect the environment, it saves you money and energy (decreased demand for treated tap water).

Helps Reduce Stormwater Pollution

Rainwater stored in rain barrels helps reduce the amount of stormwater runoff and the amount of pollutants that are picked up and carried to storm sewers, creeks and rivers.

Conserves Water Supply Resources

Lawn and garden watering make up nearly 40% of total household water use during the summer. Rainwater used from rain barrels helps reduce the amount of water used from underground aquifers.

Better for Plants and Gardens

Rainwater stored in rain barrels is a naturally soft water and devoid of minerals, chlorine, fluoride, and other chemicals.  For this reason, plants respond very well to rainwater.  After all, it’s what plants in the wild thrive on!

Helps Inform Your Neighbors

One of the best reasons to start harvesting rainwater with rain barrels is to teach and encourage others to do the same,  You will help to spread the culture of rainwater collection and in turn, help your larger community and the environment.

 

Announcing Tree Inventory Services from Imagine Grinnell

Kathy Andersen, a recent Grinnell College graduate, is working for Imagine Grinnell this summer to establish tree mapping and tree inventory services. This program will both serve as a source of revenue for Imagine Grinnell and also will offer private companies, landholders, and municipalities in the region the tools to strategically manage the trees on their property, all while furthering the mission of Imagine Grinnell.

Ideal for individuals with larger tree holdings, the Tree Inventory Services will include a final recommendations report with the ecological value and replacement value of the trees, specific tree maintenance needs and direction for further assistance, mitigation of Emerald Ash Borer risk, and more.

 

To learn more about the program or to set up a consultation for services, you can contact Imagine Grinnell or Kathy Andersen, the current tree inventory intern.

Katherine (Kathy) Andersen

Katherine.Andersen@gmail.com

402-681-6277

2nd Saturday coming up on July 13th!

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Registration begins at 8:15 am and the event begins at 9 am.

The starting location is in front of the Grinnell High School at Sunset Street and 8th Avenue.

$5 for adults age 19 and up, free for youth under 18. Registration for the season is included with Imagine Grinnell membership.

2nd Saturdays is a monthly series of events on the Grinnell Area Recreational Trail that runs May through September. Each event includes a 5K run/walk, a 1K Kids Fun Run, and a 5K, 10K, or 20K bike ride. There are prizes for registered participants, plus a Grand Prize drawing from all participants at the final event each year. It’s great fun for all ages and a wonderful way to get out and enjoy the trail! With over 120 participants in the past three years, 2nd Saturdays is a popular weekend activity.

 

 

May 25th: Community Garden workshop on succession planting

PrintOn Saturday, May 25th, there will be a workshop, Get the most of your harvest: Succession planting, at the Community Garden from 10:30 am — noon.

Location: James Miller Park (Lake Nyanza), High Street entrance

Community garden workshops combine learning and hands-on demonstration to showcase different gardening techniques and styles.

This workshop is free of charge.

Pre-registration is encouraged: email imaginegrinnell@iowatelecom.net, or call 641-236-5518 ext. 227.