A vacant lot on Stoddart Avenue provides a place to grow flowers, fruits and vegetables of the gardener's own choice. (The garden is 4 blocks west of Alum Creek Drive/Bexley and 1/4 block north of E. Main St.). All gardeners are encouraged to donate a portion of their produce to a local food pantry. (See 7/7/11 Post: Plant a Row to Feed the Hungry By Donating Garden Produce to Food Pantries). To participate, contact the Garden Manager. Also see the FAQ at the bottom of this site.
Friday, August 30, 2013
The SACG Welcomes the Cutest Free Little Library for the Cutest Kids in Columbus
to spreading the joy of gardening to the next generation, the Stoddart Avenue
Community Garden has also attempted this year to educate and entertain the
neighborhood kids when the Garden is not open.Throughout the month of July, the SACG held a book drive among current
and former gardeners, the Garden Manager’s niece and nephew, and others.When we quickly ran out of books we
were delighted to receive three boxes of free books from Half Price Books
(which also donated books to Urban Connections).After all, there is not a library within
easy walking distance for the kids.
have noticed the kids hanging out in the trunk of the Garden Manager’s car from
time to time.That’s where the books
Bexley accountant and wood worker extraordinaire Jim Zeier
was persuaded with very little effort to build the SACG a Free Little Library
to benefit the Stoddart Avenue neighborhood. I was walking from Joe and Betty's to Doug & Suzy's and there was Jim working on building a closet organizer for his daughter. I decided to grab the opportunity to ask him. He asked for some dimensions or a picture to work from. Little did he know that I had already printed plans from the Free Little Library website, printed a copy of our article about our book drive and threw in a copy of the Dispatch editorial for good measure. Poor guy never stood a chance.
Kossuth Street CG's Library
You may have seen these cute little homemade neighborhood libraries mentioned on the national news from time to
time.There are similar libraries in
German Village and Clintonville. We’ve
included a picture of one from the Kossuth Street Community Garden that they
installed last Fall.(Michael Doody was
pushing me to do likewise and you can see he succeeded). And I've added a picture of the Clintonville library celebrating Switzerland's birthday.
Clintonville' Swiss Model #178
I knew Jim had a great wood shop, but I had no
idea how talented he was.Since even
before we broke ground in 2009, Jim has cut down our donated lumber into tomato
and fence stakes.However, I’ve recently
learned that he also turns wood stumps into beautiful bowls and vases.He has really been slumming it by helping the
SACG out over the years.
most of the materials for our little library, but the cedar on the roof was
donated by Trudeau Lumber (from wood left over after building raised beds for
the kids at the SACG and at the Ohio Avenue Elementary School).SACG Gardener Frank Carter supplied the post,
dug the hole and installed the library today at the corner of Stoddart and
Cherry.I tried to fill it with children’s and
gardening books, but I ran out!We could
really use some children’s dictionaries.
Take a book
that interests you, then return the book when you’re finished so that someone
else can read it, too.Or leave a book
that you’ve already read.(Please do not
add anything too racy that would make the Garden Manager’s grandmother blush in
Wouldn’t it be great for
Stoddart Avenue to be known for all of the brainy kids who live and play
here?Be a good example, and read a
book while you’re sitting on your front porch.You might enjoy it yourself.
PICK IT UP!I also picked up the supplies today from Keep Columbus
Beautiful for the next week’s litter pick up.Remember, starting at 9:30 on Saturday, September 7, 2013 and for a little over an hour, we will be
picking up litter in the Stoddart Avenue neighborhood.I will bring some refreshments and hope that
you will contribute to keeping the blood sugar up of our hardworking
THEFTS.Remember the picture of this beautiful
cabbage from last week?Well.Someone broke down the fence down next to our
front gate and stole this cabbage.AND
this miscreant also stole five bags of ripe tomatoes from Charlie’s plot.AND stole a bunch of kale from my plot.And who knows what else.The nerve.
Well, when I went over
tonight to finish distributing neighborhood newsletters and to fill the new
little library with books, a bunch of neighborhood kids descended upon me.A few
girls helped me distribute newsletters on Wednesday, but we have so many new
neighbors that I ran out.When I
returned tonight to finish the street, more girls helped me.Then about 10 kids helped water various plots
and our yellowing peach trees. Tyrese –
who’s in the picture – donated all of his broccoli and many of his tomatoes to
LSS’s food pantry.Good kid.