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May 29 - See what's happening in our gardens

Sheryl McGlochlin - Thursday, May 29, 2014


 Live and Thrive

Working Community Garden Group

Weekly Newsletter

What's happening in the gardens:

  • It's exciting, it's busy, it's peak season.
  • 100's of tomatoes and many other crops have been or will be planted very soon.
  • Eight large gardens to work in.
  • 3 locations:  West Jordan, South Jordan, Holladay
  • Garden work and harvest distribution happening 6 days a week except Sunday.
  • No gardening in the afternoons due to the heat. ONLY mornings or evenings when it's cooler.
  • Spring crops are delicious and being harvested daily.
  • 70+ watermelon plants are growing in one of our gardens. 


Is it too late to join?  


What is the BEST WAY to hear the VERY latest and Stay In The Loop?

The very best way to stay in the loop while our garden season is in full swing - get my Text Messages!

Since things are happening so fast now, I can't update my online calendar or garden newsletter quick enough. We are working in our 9 gardens 6 days a week except Sunday (an agreement we have with the homeowners).

To keep you in the loop on a daily basis, sign up for our free Garden Text Messages, if you haven’t done so already. 

No worries if you don’t receive Text Messages.  See info below.

By receiving text messages, you'll hear the very latest on what's happening, which gardens we are working in, type of work to be done, type of food and harvest available, etc. 

FYI:  Food and harvest is distributed to ALL those who work in our gardens.  Always RSVP so we know how much to bring.

It’s easy to start receiving messages today.

Send me, Sheryl McGlochlin, a text at 801-278-5313. State your name and ask to receive Garden Text Messages from me. You’ll receive a confirmation text. 

When you receive messages from me to come and work and pick up harvest, ONLY respond IF you are able to come.  No need to respond if you can’t come. 

Once you have started working in our gardens, you will be placed on our VIP Text Message List which means you have a priority status and will be the first to hear what’s happening!

For those who don’t text

No worries!

Contact me either by phone or email to let me know WHEN you would like to work in our gardens.  If possible before contacting me, get familiar with the days and times of our group work sessions posted on my online garden calendar at liveandthrive.com.  Pick a day and time from our current schedule. 

Once I know when you are coming, you may just show up each week at the scheduled time and day. Bring a cell phone, if possible, so if you don’t see us immediately you can find out which nearby garden we are in.  

If you can’t attend for a week or longer, no problem, just let me know.

If your schedule doesn’t match up at all with our scheduled group work sessions posted online, it’s not a problem. Contact me to work out a time that will fit your schedule the very best. I’m flexible. 

You have TWO basic garden areas to work in.  Choose one or help us in both if you like. Areas include:  1) Holladay  2) South & West Jordan

What we are currently growing or will be growing soon:  

  • Bush and Pole Beans
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Cucumber
  • Garlic
  • Herbs i.e. basil, chives, oregano, sage, mint, rosemary, anise, thyme, dill, cilantro, etc.
  • Kale
  • Swiss Chard
  • Spring Mix
  • Leaf Lettuce
  • Mustard Greens
  • Collards
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Parsley
  • Peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkin
  • Radish
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach
  • Squash - Summer & Winter
  • Sweet Corn
  • Tomato
  • Turnip
  • Watermelon & other melons





Our mission

  • help people learn how to grow food
  • help people learn how to work outside in our gardens
  • help people receive plenty of delicious produce grown from our gardens

Weekly Group Garden Session includes:

  • Work
  • Tours & Open Houses
  • Harvest, food, meals

We are a hands-on, working community garden group.  All ages and abilities are welcome with plenty of flexibility on when and where you can work. Garden experience and knowledge is helpful but not required. If you love being active and trying new things, enjoy working outdoors, want to be more self reliant, have a passion to learn valuable gardening skills, want to meet other healthy-minded people, have a positive attitude and enjoy variety, love to eat freshly picked harvest that you helped to grow... then you’ll fit in well with our group!  To get started, register online or in person now and start receiving full benefits today OR attend as a visitor a few times, if you prefer.  As a visitor, come and take a quick tour or come ready to work with us for all or part of our group work session. Work with others who have similar abilities, interests and passions. After attending a few times, registration is required.  Our nine gardens are located in Holladay, South Jordan and West Jordan.  Work in all of them or just the one(s) you like.  Contribute in a way that works best for you.  Elderly members, for example, have been some of our best workers!  They are able to move the work along as they sit on a chair and work in our gardens!  Being in a garden is very therapeutic and working in one is even better!  I hope you’ll join us! 

My email: sheryl@liveandthrive.com

or text: 801-278-5313

Important Links: 

Garden Locations - PRINT

Garden Registration

Garden Calendar

10 things to know about our garden properties - PRINT

Garden Help Needed

Recommended Garden Textbook

Composting & Cleaning Up Your Garden

Become more Self Reliant

Where to find and purchase seeds

Video:  How I plant my Pea Garden

Planting the Seeds of Self Reliance

Online Garden Class

Peas - Our First Major Crop - Learn all about…

Be in the Loop - Receive Garden TEXT Messages

Those who receive text messages are many times the first to know details of what is needed and going on each week. Weekly emails are sent as well, which include additional information and of course check the garden schedule. To receive texts from me, please text me at 801-278-5313.  Leave your name and let me know you are a garden member who wants to receive text messages.

You will be amazed at how much just a few people can get done in less than an hour!


2014 Garden Group Introduction

Sheryl McGlochlin - Friday, January 31, 2014


Our Mission

To help our members...

  • learn how to grow food
  • enjoy working in our gardens
  • receive an abundance of delicious, home grown produce

Weekly garden events include: 

  • Work
  • Tours
  • Distribution of food, harvest and/or a healthy, home cooked meal

Work & Tours

We are a hands-on, working community garden group.  If you enjoy being active outdoors, want to develop more self reliant skills, work with others on a variety of garden chores, perfect your skills in growing food AND eating plenty of delicious produce that you helped grow yourself, then you are a perfect fit for our group.  Experience and knowledge in the garden is helpful but not required.  You are invited to check us out first to make sure this is what you are looking for. After attending once or twice, potential members will then be required to officially register.  Take a short tour OR come, work with us for a while. Whether you stay two minutes or two hours, just come.  Working with us for even a little while will give you a better idea of what we are about.  Meet other members who have a desire to be active and healthy.  In our nine gardens located in Holladay, South Jordan and West Jordan, the work is constantly changing but members may contribute in a way that works for them. Some elderly members, for example, have been some of our best workers!  They bring a small garden chair and sit and work in the gardens!  Being in a garden is very therapeutic and working in one is even better!  I hope you’ll join us!

What to bring or wear

Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that can get dirty.  Bring a water bottle, a snack if you like and some work gloves.

Harvest & Food

Generally there is always some type of food offered to those who come and work at our Group Work Sessions. Depending on the day or the season, our workers will either receive a meal, some harvest and/or other types of food.  Members who come and work in the gardens receive nearly all of our harvest.  Occasionally food comes from local businesses or farmers and is passed on to our garden members.  Sometimes we trade some of our produce with others growers.  Garden members never know exactly what they’ll receive until they come, however, over the course of the year,  members can expect to receive a lot of food as they attend on a regular basis. Members are encouraged to work approx. 3 - 8 hours per month and more if they like.  Consistency will always earn members the best rewards, even if it’s just coming 2 times/month.  If members don’t come and work, they simply don’t receive food that week.  Everyone’s lives get busy which is why there is a flexible schedule in place.  We understand there are times when members aren’t able to come, so communicate with me and you’ll be fine.  If your only motivation for joining is to receive food or harvest each time, you may be disappointed, so join because you love being outside, participating in garden work and meeting other healthy minded people.  It’s very exciting to watch the growing process, especially if you are part of it during the early planting stage.

Meals 

I enjoy feeding those who do the work!  I try to show my appreciation to them by making a hearty, healthy meal i.e. delicious soups, etc.  I also teach cooking classes on how to prepare easy, healthy, home cooked meals in just minutes.  Workers get to sample some of my favorite recipes!  Since our garden group has no employees I depend solely on our members to provide all of the labor in all of our gardens, which is another reason I love feeding our workers! 

Registration & Dues 

We are Live and Thrive, a CSA** .  Annual membership dues are $100, for 12 consecutive months. This is per household which includes 1 - 4 people.  I am asked a lot how the food is divided up in a fair way if one person is single while another may have a family of four and yet everyone pays the same amount. Every “membership” is treated as a “single” person so all members get food.  When there is extra food, which is generally the case, those who want more will receive it.  It always works out.  NOTE:  In order to receive food, a person must come and work with us that day or week.   Other CSA’s** have food shares that don’t require members to work.  We require our members to work in order to receive their food.  Registration & payment may be made securely online at my website: Liveandthrive.com, using a credit card or pay by cash or check.  For those who need financial assistance, contact me to work out a payment plan. 

For those who aren’t available to work at a Group Work Session

I realize  everyone is not available to work from 1 - 3 PM on a Saturday Group Work Session, for example.  Contact me to discuss a time that works best.  Those who are the most consistent in their attendance, on a day* and time that works best for them, gain the most rewards.  Regardless of which day you attend, working members receive the same benefits as those coming on our group work dates.    

**Community Supported Agriculture

*Once the garden season is in full swing and all of our gardens are open, garden work may be done 6 days a week, during daylight hours, but are closed on Sundays. Our gardens are owned by private home owners.  They agree to partner with us as long as they have one day a week without strangers on their property.

I hope you'll join us.  I look forward to meeting and working with you soon!




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