Bellefonte Garden Club Newletter for April 2017
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Want to grow a lot of organic food
in a small space?

Gene Bazan and Tania Slawecki will present two programs on growing vegetables using methods that increase yields, decrease purchased inputs and build soil fertility at low cost.

In their backyard garden in Lemont, Tania and Gene have integrated permaculture principles with those of John Jeavon's Grow Biointensive method. They started 20 years ago with two 50 sq.ft. beds, and now have 2,500 sq.ft. devoted to fruits, vegetables and herbs, both culinary and medicinal.

The two helped start the Center for Sustainability at Penn State in the late 1990s, which Tania directed for three years. Both have given talks on sustainable food growing, including workshops at Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, where they are lifetime members. Their website

On April 18 Tania and Gene will present intensive methods for growing food using images from their garden.

The talk will begin at 6:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 203 N. Spring St. Bring a friend.
On May 16 Tania and Gene will conduct a walk around their home garden in Lemont so you can see the principles in action and ask questions.

Exact time and directions available soon.

Club News
Executive Committee Meeting
The quarterly Executive Committee meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 11 at Steve Wheeler's home. Everyone is invited to attend as the business of the club is discussed. Call Steve for directions, 353-1255.

Scrapbook Volunteer Needed!
Bellefonte Garden Club needs to start keeping better records of our activities throughout the year. We're taking a suggestion from the Ferguson Twp. Garden Club and starting a scrapbook. If you would like to be the Club's official "scrapbooker" please call Wilda Stanfield, 353-1456. 

Library Landscape Update Project
The plan to update the library's landscape is reaching its final stages. The final plan was presented April 4 and installation will start soon. The Club thanks Lisa Erickson, Library Director, Wilda Stanfield, Ann Sager, Brent Potter, and Martin McGann's PSU landscape design class for all their assistance with this project. We'll let you know when to come by and see the result.

Bellefonte Children's Garden
Sixty second-graders from Bellefonte Elementary will plant spring greens and radishes in their own plots in the Bellefonte Community Children’s Garden April 12. They’ll return weekly until the end of May for lessons in plant and environmental science, then harvest and eat their greens and radishes at a Salad Party celebration.

About 300 second-graders over seven years have enjoyed the hands-on gardening that reinforces their classroom lessons in plant science. This year, for the first time, we have all three second-grade classes growing at once. Previously, we worked with two classes at a time. Thank you to our dedicated volunteers for making this possible.
Bellefonte Garden Club is a member of Historic Bellefonte Inc. (HBI) a 501(c)3 corporation.
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