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Events and Announcements

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Regular Monthly Work Parties Starting in July 2023

From 4-7pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month until winter

We'll send out a reminder and details before each work party.


Work day event at Clifford Park with Dartmouth Sustainability students

Friday, 8/4 from 4-6



Event with our West Hartford Library friends at the park

Tuesday, 8/8 from 4-7



Regular Monthly Work Party

Tuesday, 8/15/23 from 4-7 PM



Work Party

Tuesday, 7/18/23 from 4-7 PM 



Work Party

Sunday, 6/25/23 from 9-12 noon  



- Plant some potatoes in one section of the garden

- Finish seeding the cover crop on the garden

- Broad fork and seed the new tree nursery bed

- Work on the fruit tree guilds - more perennials, weeding

- Reseed any areas that need it


Work Party

Saturday, 5/20/23 from 9-12 noon  

- Prepare and seed islands with multi-species
- Seed pathways w conservation mix
- Clean up circles around trees
- Add perennials to guilds


Work Party

Sunday, 5/21/23 from 9-12 noon


- Till and seed the strip for the tree nursery
- Till and seed the future blueberry patch
- Abenaki garden - prep and sow mixed cover crop on part; select section for potato crop
- Start preparing a Hugel row in Abenaki garden



Tools for both days - Please bring if you can:

- garden fork

- garden rake

- garden shovel
- broadfork

- triangular hoe or other tool for making furrows
- small bucket for seed
- perennial herbs and flowers if you have no snake worms



First Spring Meeting 2023

Wednesday, 3/29/2023, 5:00 pm (virtual)


Some things to talk about:


1) Teams - How they are shaping up and how to proceed

  • Water Team (maintain weekly watering needs)

  • Growing Team (planting, planning garden design, timing of crops, building soil)

  • Outreach Team (events and education)

  • Infrastructure Team (fencing, water collection system, signs, storage...)

  • Fundraising Team (research and write grants)


2) Cover Crop Seeds - Finalize order from WLFS


3) West Hartford Event Planning Committee - Laura Brooks is on this committee and is wondering about having a BBQ at the food forest sometime this summer.


4) Schedule our first work party (with food!)


5) What else?


Contact Matt Osborne if you would like to be involved.  mosborn@hartford-vt.org


Organizational Meeting

Friday, 2/10/2023, 5:15 pm (virtual)

What we will do this year and how we will divide up responsibilities.


Organizational Meeting

Monday, 11/14/2022, 5 pm (virtual)

The organizing meeting to hatch a sustainable and regenerative human design plan for this project will be on Monday, 11/14, from 5-6pm. If you have time, interest and availability to help to ensure that this project continues growing into the future, we are looking for people who can commit to semi-regular meetings and can help with planning work parties, fundraising, outreach and education. We will discuss various ways to organize ourselves (please bring ideas!) for the long term success of this project that includes the possibility of hiring a part time coordinator, working with other town committees including the Climate Action group and other parks around town that are also interested in implementing food forests. 


Work Party

The next community work party will be on Saturday, 11/12 from 10-1pm . We will be putting fencing and tree protectors around the pears and peaches and generally having a great time! All are welcome and please spread the word!


Work Party and Potluck

 September 16, 2022 from 4-7 PM

Plant the final pear tree

Work on the plum guilds

Extend the guild areas

Seed new areas with winter cover crop

Potluck at 6 PM


Work Party

 August 19, 2022 from 9-12 AM

Mow and till green manure and seed winter cover crop on Abenaki garden

Cut and pile fleabane


Work Party

July 19, 2022 from 8-11 AM

Mulch plot prep & more

Notes HERE


Work Party

July 6, 2022 from 6-8 PM

Tilling and Seeding a Cover Crop on the Abenaki Garden

Notes HERE


Work Party

Friday, June 3, 2022 at 5:30

Laid out plastic on space that will become the Abenaki Garden.

Scattered seeds in the field between the planted trees:

Conservation Mix

White Clover

Crimson Clover


Then the rain came one more time to settle them in.



Meeting at the Park 

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 4:30

Discuss future plans and water the trees.



Phase 2 Spring Tree Planting  2022

Saturday, April 30 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon

We planted 5 Bartlett and Clapp's pear trees, 2 Bailey Hardy and 1 Early RedHaven peach trees,

3 hawthorn trees, 6 Jefferson hazelnuts, and 9 Mossbarger & Gideon chestnuts.



Phase 1 Fall Guild Planting 2021

Saturday, October 16th from 9:00 a.m. to Noon

We planted yarrow, lamium or dead nettle, lady's mantle, forget-me-nots, violets, strawberries, oregano,

thyme, and bulbs around the three plum trees.



Phase 1 Tree Planting 2021

Saturday, September 18th from 9:00 a.m. to Noon

We planted plum trees, butternuts, burr oaks, basswood, and chestnuts.

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