Summer to Fall Garden News 2012

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George Mason University’s Potomac-Heights garden is gearing up for a powerful Fall semester!  New seeds have been planted and fresh hands have hit the dirt since the start of the new semester. GOGA’s meetings have begun as well as volunteer hours, and with this weather, there is a lot of good work being accomplished.

There is a lot happening in the Fall semester at the Potomac Heights garden. GOGA has newly elected officers all led by President, Doni Ward, a biology major deeply interested in studying the healing power of herbs. Her leadership and knowledge of plants will surely make the Potomac Heights vegetable garden a success for another two semesters.

A new garden calender has also been developed by Doni Ward and Sophie Johnson. This initiative will help the future garden predecessors to help them with the garden tasks annually. The GMU garden calender has taken three months to develop, it was a huge undertaking but will be greatly appreciated by future GOGA members.

This week, new connections are being made between Mason Dining and the Sustainability Office. Danielle Wyman, Ram Naba, Steve Westgren, Ben Mcelhaney, Rona Lascano, Doni Ward, and Sophie Johnson met at Sprouts to discuss the successful beginning of introducing the garden’s vegetables into Sprouts salad bar. With Sprouts’ location in the Johnson Center of GMU’s Fairfax campus, Mason’s home-grown vegetables will have access to a lot of plates. We are looking forward to seeing this sustainability initiative “grow” over the next semester.

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Photographed below we see GMU’s Welcome Week volunteers hard at work preparing the beds for Fall crops. Volunteers focused on bed extension, herb-bundling, weed removal, compost turning, and soil depositing. After our hard-work, Garey Davis’s class all enjoyed some fresh oregano on their pizza, it was a big hit with the volunteers!

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Malibar spinach, bok shoy, kale, sweet green peppers, and tomatoess are all blossoming heartily. We look forward to including these items as well as fresh herbs at Sprouts by the end of September. Stay tuned via Facebook, or sign up for GOGA’s email list for organization announcements, delicious recipes and awesome gardening websites.

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About gmugarden

Greetings current or potential vegetable people! This site is devoted to the vegetable garden that exists at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. The aim of the site is to keep people like you updated on the garden happenings and to show progress to those who can't participate! Enjoy and happy vegetable eating :)

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