You Are Invited !
Victory Garden Kick-Off Meeting and Garden Lecture
What? The Complete Organic Gardener – Nick Mancini he will speak and answer your questions on how to grow the very best organic fruits and vegetables. Our very own Sheila Torres will speak on permaculture practices. SIGN UP FOR 2012!
Where? Newtown’s Municipal Center at Fairfield Hills – Plenty of Parking. Inside follow signs towards the First Selectman’s Office
When? Wednesday, February 29th 2012
Time? 3:30 to 6:00 pm
Who? Victory Garden volunteers and all others interested – Bring a Friend!
3:30 – 4:00 Sign-up Information for New Volunteers. Questions about volunteering answered: Harvey Pessin
4:00 – 4:15 Permaculture Lecture: Sheila Torres
4:15 – 5:30 Organic Gardening Lecture, Questions and Answers : Nick Mancini
5:30 – 6:00 Sign- up for Current Gardeners – Information about the Victory Garden 2012
- New Gardeners and Volunteers? Learn how you can ‘OWN A ROW’ or ‘GOT AN HOUR?’ volunteer to harvest, water or deliver the produce to the food pantries. Or join a team.
- New Gardeners – Deadline to own a row is March 10.
- Learn about the Victory Garden and how you can help supply fresh produce to Newtown’s Food Pantries
- All AGES and SKILL LEVELS ARE WELCOME!
- Current Gardener? – SIGN UP to ‘OWN YOUR ROW’ this spring – Deadline Feb. 29 (You can sign up by EMAIL if you cannot attend this lecture and meeting)
- See the list of plants that are being started for the garden this spring (lot’s of variety this year)
- Learn how to start, plant, grow on, stake, pinch and harvest the produce you plant.
- Come with Questions!!
To Harvey Pessin at Harve9@yahoo.com or 203-241-0301. We need your name and how many will be attending.
More about Nick Mancini at:
Nick Mancini is a Certified Master Gardener specializing in organic vegetables, fruits, and brambles. During 2008-09, he was head Master Gardener in charge of vegetables at the Bartlett Arboretum in Stamford, CT. He teaches organic gardening at Norwalk Community College where, within the extended studies division, he has developed an organic garden in which he teaches children from the Kathryn Croaning Child Development Laboratory School at the college to plant, weed, and harvest crops; they also acquire a gardening vocabulary.
Mancini also teaches organic gardening for Westport and Fairfield, CT continuing education divisions. He has lectured to the CT Northeast Organic Farmers Association, garden clubs, and horticultural societies and at libraries throughout Connecticut and the New York Metro area. A gardening consultant and coach, he is a member of the Connecticut Master Gardeners Association, CT NOFA, Connecticut Community Garden Association, and the Westport Community Garden, which he also advises. The National Plant Disease Network has certified Mancini as a “First Detector.” NPDN is an agency dedicated to detecting and diagnosing diseases such has high-consequence plant pathogens, insects, weeds, and other biological pests; it disseminates such information to its members.
This author’s organic gardening, farming, and livestock experience goes back to the year 1947 when he was seven years old and living in Italy. He remained steeped in these subjects both before and after emigrating to the United States. For years he used the “miraculous chemicals” gardeners of former decades found so irresistible, but 26 years ago he came to his senses and realized that reverting to former practices was more sensible, much better for the environment, and also produced healthier, better-tasting crops.
In addition to writing articles for CMGA on espaliering fruit trees, Mancini has written and self-published Rainbows in the Fountain, 2005, a memoir about growing up in Italy during World War II, and a novel entitled A Hairdresser’s Revenge, 2007, drawing upon his experience as a hairdresser in Westport, CT, during the 1960s.
Blog: theorganicitalian. wordpress.com
FROM I-84 EAST: IF YOU ARE TRAVELING FROM DANBURYTAKE EXIT 11 OFF I-84 EAST. GO TO THE LIGHT. TURN LEFT ONTO WASSERMAN WAY.GO TO THE NEXT LIGHT.
See sign for Fairfield Hills Campus.
TURN LEFT INTO THE CAMPUS, YOU ARE ON TRADES LANE. GO TO THE STOP SIGN, GO STRAIGHT THROUGH THE INTERSECTION.THE NEWTOWN MUNICIPAL CENTER IS ON YOUR RIGHT. SEE SIGNS IN THE BUILDING FOR THE VICTORY GARDEN LECTURE.