Gravel Tour and Annual Giving Gardens Family Ride July 7

For further information, contact Kate Wiley at katherine.wiley@richmond.edu and Imagine Grinnell at imaginegrinnell@iowatelecom.net, 641-236-5518 or follow the event on Facebook.

On Saturday, July 7, Imagine Grinnell (IG) will combine its third annual Giving Gardens bike tour with a new offering—the first annual Grinnell Gravel Tour, a cycling option that is growing in popularity nationwide and within the community.

The bike tour is being coordinated this year by IG intern Kate Wiley, a 2016 Grinnell High School graduate. The bike tours are part of Imagine Grinnell’s mission to improve quality of life and promote a healthy environment for the Grinnell area with support from individuals, families, and businesses. Registration is free and no preregistration is required.Continue reading

Put Your Garden to Bed: Tips

Over the past few weeks, since the “Put Your Garden to Bed” workshop was cancelled at the end of October, Imagine Grinnell has been posting tips to Facebook to get your garden ready for winter on your own. With the weather to continuing to hold out, it may be worth your while to clean up your garden this Thanksgiving weekend before the snow hits. Continue reading

Giving Garden Work Nights: Every Tuesday from 4-7PM

Happy Monday, friends of Imagine Grinnell! Every Tuesday evening from 4-7PM this summer is “Giving Garden Night.” If you have an hour or two to contribute to helping plant, weed and pick, we would love to have you join us.

This week we will be building raised beds and planting fruit trees at “Marvin Garden”, our brand new garden location on Marvin Ave. just west of Los Girasoles and Andy’s Auto. Drop by and check it out!
Want to get email updates on I.G. Garden projects? Drop us a line at imaginegrinnell@iowatelecom.net.

Abundant Landscape Workshop, Oct. 1 & 8

This workshop is Part 1 of the Create an Abundant Landscape Workshop with Backyard Abundance (Part 2 will be on October 8th at the same time)! Learn to integrate fruit and nut trees, berry bushes, herbs, and other edible perennials into your landscape, and how to design and establish a beautiful, edible landscape that benefits you and our local environment.Continue reading

MAY15: Help build the new Summer Street Giving Garden!

Come and join us for a Sunday afternoon garden-building get together at Summer St. Park (formerly known as Jaycee Park) in Grinnell. All ages and skill levels welcome!
What is a “Giving Garden?” It’s a garden planted and maintained by volunteers to provide free, healthy food to anyone who needs it. That might be a family with a limited income, or a passer-by in need of a quick snack! Most of the food is distributed by the MICA food pantry.
Last summer, Imagine Grinnell volunteers and friends started work on a natural playscale and neighborhood giving garden at Summer Street Park in Grinnell. There is a lot of work left to do! Come join us for good food, meet new friends and help feed your neighbors! Rain Date: Sun. May 22nd.

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Imagine Grinnell Seed Library is Open

Seeds

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