Thank you for coming to check out newsletter number two! It's been a long and cold winter in Illinois. Spring is near, and I know we are all looking forward to it! I know I am.
We are proceeding with plans for the Senior Suite of Hegewisch. Seeds have been purchased, as well as donated, and we will sow them in April. The Three Little Birds are just as anxious as you are to get going! The Earth has rested these past few months, and soon it will be spring and everything will come alive once again. Check out our lovely seed packs! Hudson Valley Seed Co is amazing, and we appreciate them; if you buy an art pack from them, the artist gets a percentage of the sale. Look how beautiful it is. Kristina, liked one so much, she bought a print! We can't wait for all of these seeds to flourish in the garden and for us to be able to share with you!
Welcome to our first newsletter! On behalf of the Three Little Birds Gardens, thank you for making our first year a highly successful year. A lot of people went into making an idea a reality, and we look forward to many, many more years to come.
As we wind down the gardening season, we want to thank all of our volunteers that have helped us this year. The pictures in this newsletter only tell part of the story. Each volunteer has a unique story. Some of the volunteers are residents of Senior Suites of Hegewisch, such as our friendly and wonderful volunteer, Ms. Suko who waters the garden beds. Ms. Suko, Ms. Mary and Oliver can be seen outside nearly every day taking care of the watering and doing light maintenance.
Our first two volunteer days happened in August. We had an amazing helpful team; the Roman family, Victoria A, Viviana, Rocio and their family and let’s not forget Jolie and Michelle and their families! Their hard work paid off; the garden beds were cleaned out and were prepared for the winter. A third volunteer day happened at the end of August. We were honored to have Boy Scout Troup 701 help us with mulch! Along with other teenage volunteers, our garden is looking fantastic and is ready for some projects for the fall and winter such as more raised beds and the pollinator garden, which will be planted in early spring.
Words from the Birds:
Jolie: As the growing season comes to an end, it is a bittersweet moment for me; we have decided it’s our last season at 72ndSt. Even though we only had one season there, I learned a lot! Thanks to the community of Engelwood, Zanjabil Gardens and Mr. Rashid. As Tyrone Jones said, “Keep planting new seeds until your mind becomes the earth that gives birth to new worlds.”
Michelle: The closing of the growing season for 72nd St garden is very emotional for me. Three Little Birds Gardens got their green thumbs developed at that location, and ending it leaves a giant crater for me. However, we preserve by developing more gardens and providing delicious organic produce.
Kristina: One year down, many more to go! I am so proud of my fellow birdies for their perseverance this year; they worked hard at both gardens and learned many skills. I spent most of the summer in Springfield, but I enjoyed my visits to Chicago. I anticipate more visits next year; the start of the growing season, the unveiling of the pollinator garden, and the harvest for next year is already in my thoughts. As Audrey Hepburn said, “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.”