West 7th/ West Side Resource HUB

What is the Gardening Matters Resource Hub? The West 7th and the West Side neighborhoods have come together to form a Resource Hub. The Hub is a community based network of residents, organizations, and businesses supporting each other to grow, cook, and preserve fruits and vegetables and increase health and access to fresh food. By becoming a member, we can become part of a network of people building a vibrant and inclusive local food system. Through out the year our neighborhoods will come together and share what resources and knowledge we have.  The kick off event is April 2nd.  But, more about that later….

How do you Join the Hub? To join, individuals or organizations pay a small membership fee and choose the garden package of seeds and seedlings that best suits their needs.  The suggested membership fees are lower than the actual costs, to make memberships available to everyone. If you can contribute more, you provide critical funds for operating costs.  To sign up, go to the Gardening Matters Resource Hubs page ( http://www.gardeningmatters.org/hubs ) and select “sign up now”, or come to the next GROWING WEST SIDE MEETING Saturday March 23rd at the Riverview Library and sign up there OR at the Seed Disbursement Event on April 2nd.
These are the Garden Seed/Seedling Packages you can sign up for:
Small Garden Package Suitable for a small plot, raised bed garden or container garden.  10 packets of seeds and 12 seedlings. Suggested membership fee $10 to $20. (approximate retail value $45)
Medium Garden Package Suitable for a 12’ x 12’ garden.  20 packets of seeds and 20 seedlings.  Suggested membership fee $25 to $40. (approximate retail value $85)
Large Garden Package Suitable for a very large garden or community garden. 40 packets of seeds and 72 seedlings.  Suggested membership fee $50 to $100 (approximate retail value $225)
You can also become a member by making a donation, and not receiving seeds.
In Addition to Purchasing Seeds members will be able to purchase strawberry and raspberry bare root plants at a very good price through this program. Demos and classes will be available to help you grow fruit. Look on the Gardening Matters resource Hubs page for information on ordering. PLANTS MUST BE PRE-ORDERED.
The Seed Disbursement Kick Off Event!  This is the event where the seed packages you have signed up for are distributed. Rivers Edge Academy has invited our Resource Hub to their Community Event on April 2nd from 6:30 to 8pm. There will be food, gardening demonstrations, information about River’s Edge programming, and of course the SEED DISBURSEMENT!
Volunteers Are Needed! The event is being planned right now!  Contact growingwestside@gmail.com if you are interested in helping.