fodor farm community gardeners

This blog is for the Fodor Farm Community Garden in Norwalk, CT. Here you can ask questions about gardening, share helpful tips, and success stories.

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  1. 1

    lindsayg said,

    *ahem!* feel free to speak up people!

  2. 2

    jane said,

    hi! i found out about fodor farm too late and the plots were all “sold”. how do i sign up for next year? it is such a wonderful place and i would like to be a part of it. thank you for your advice!
    jane

  3. 3

    tomatoking15 said,

    How to keep the grass & weeds at bay: Add more Green ($$$).

    I think the city should charge more for each plot ($15-$20). This would add more value to each plot. At the rate of $5, there’s no incentive to come back or keep up the plot. You’ll get more than $20 worth of produce to make up the cost. thoughts ?

  4. 4

    lindsayg said,

    Hmm..its a good point youre making. I think the idea of keeping the cost down was so it would be affordable for all and would attract people from South Norwalk particularly. I have a feeling whether its $5 or $20 people who arent going to do the work simply arent going to do the work. Its a shame because so many people wanted plots who werent able to get them, but hopefully after this year there will be no wasted plots. I think some people may have signed up because it seemed like a novelty and didnt realize theyd have to spend several hours a week there!

  5. 5

    kRYSTAL said,

    HELLO,
    i WAS WONDERING IF ANYONE WANTED ME TO PAINT DECORATIONS FOR YOUR GARDEN : )
    iM NOT THE BEST ARTIST BUT NOT THE WORST EITHER LOL YOU CAN CHECK OUT MY WORK BY STOPPING BY MY PATCH.THE NUMBER IS E-5
    I WRITE CUTE LITTLE SAYINGS AND LOVE ARTS AND CRAFTS SO ANY IDEAS OR SUGGESTIONS WOULD BE GREAT! : )
    hOPE TO SEE AND HEAR FROM YOU SOON!

  6. 6

    kRYSTAL said,

    I ALSO WANTED TO KNOW IF AND HOW I CAN POST PICTURES HERE
    I HAVE TONS OF EVERYONE AND EVERYONES GARDEN : )

  7. 7

    Michael Tim said,

    I love your site! 🙂

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  8. 8

    Shira said,

    Hey Lindsay,

    Any plans to keep this up and running for this year???? There’s lots going on, would be happy to update you so you can post etc.

    Best,
    Shira

  9. 9

    Natalie said,

    How can I get on a list for plots in 2009? Is it too late?

  10. 10

    Melissa Slattery said,

    I missed out on getting a plot this year and wonder if there is any other way I could participate in activities at Fodor Farm?

  11. 11

    lindsayg said,

    Hi Melissa! I’m sorry you missed out on getting a plot. Is there a waiting list? Be sure your name is on it! Sometimes people abandon their plots and they end up getting reassigned.

    There will be some activities at the farm this summer such as workshops, lectures and demonstrations. I am sure these are open to the public-as soon as some activities get organized they will be posted on the site. Check back often!

    If you REALLY want to participate youre more than welcome to help me pull weeds!

  12. 12

    Heather A 10 said,

    Hi all,
    Just a reminder…we are seeing theft of precious produce…any ideas on how we can help keep this from happening? keep an eye on your neighbors plot and keeping the gate CLOSED when you are working on your plot…a good place to start. I lost my first two precious tomatoes which I was watching and waiting to ripen…such a disappointment! Now I pick ’em before they ripen, and ripen at home…such a pity. no wonder other community gardens put locks on their facility…furry friends are one thing…two legged bandits, quite another.

    • 13

      fodorfan said,

      Hi,

      I have security experience. There is nothing worse than spending your money and time growing veggies all summer long – only to have them stolen when ripe. While I really do appreciate the steps that have been taken towards theft prevention in 2010 (signs/combo lock) I regret to say they will not be effective. People who steal at Fodor are already aware that the veggies are not free for the taking . My experience with gate locks is that a lot of people won’t lock the gate behind them, no matter how many times you remind them.

      Radio Shack sells fake or “dummy” cameras for $35. They are identical to the real thing. Two fake cameras will stop the theft! No thief wants to be caught on camera. Cameras are everywhere in Norwalk…as are dummy cameras you just don’t know the real from the fake.

      Let’s be proactive this year. Thanks.

  13. 14

    Heather A 10 said,

    NEWSLETTER update!
    Hi all…we have generated the first newsletter and have them hanging up at the farm (one on each shed, inside the door, the third on the bulleting board by the canopy). I encourage everyone to take a look!
    PICNIC PLANNED: Save the date for August 28 (Saturday) at 6 PM. BYOB and a dish to share…vegetables, of course! Other goodies welcome. We are hoping to have a charcoal grill, we’ll see….

    Check the Blog and Facebook Page to stay current with life on the Farm!
    Also, for those who receive “The Hour”…we hope to have some press coverage coming out, soon!

    TWO HELPERS at the farm…you may have noticed Jared and Russell…two teenage boys who are under Ralph’s supervision. Friendly kids, get to know them! They are supposed to be mowing, weeding and picking out the rocks etc.

    Heather

  14. 15

    Heather A 10 said,

    Congratulations JANE on your Front page picture in the Norwalk Hour! You look GREAT!

  15. 16

    Kevin said,

    Does anyone know how to get rid of this fuzzy yellow garden pests that are destroying my plants??

    • 17

      sharibee said,

      Hi Kevin,

      Where is your plot? I can stop by and have a look at your furry beasts and look them up in one of my organic gardening books.

      Suggest finding out what they are before trying to use any remedies
      since some bugs can just be doused off with water and some will just die off in the hot dry sun.

    • 18

      Heather said,

      I’ve been on a “search and destroy” mission with my fuzzy yellow pests…and the brown “lady bug” creatures as well. Squishing works well (they don’t move very quickly!) and I have salvaged my plants. I also found a horticultural OIL at home depot which I sprayed twice on undersides of squash leaves.
      There are also tiny eggs (brown/black…smaller than sesame seeds) closely laid together in a patch, on the undersides of plants…squish those too! Those are squash beetle eggs.

      good luck!!

    • 19

      Heather said,

      http://bugguide.net/node/view/61612#body

      Hi Kevin, This is what I have eating away at my garden…larvae of the Squash Lady Beetle…click on the link above for pictures and description…
      Is this your fuzzy yellow garden pest?

  16. 20

    lindsayg said,

    Hmmm fuzzy yellow pests. Last summer I sprayed all my plans with a mixture of baking soda and water and that helped. Maybe someone here knows exactly what kind of pests they are and a better remedy. Are they destroying ALL of your plants?

  17. 21

    sharibee said,

    Hi Kevin, Where is your plot? I can stop by and take a look at your fuzzy beasts.
    May have info on how to get rid of them once I see them. Have a few organic gardening books at home.

  18. 22

    Heather said,

    POT LUCK PICNIC is postponed due to the RAIN forecast tomorrow.

    We have rescheduled for OCTOBER 17 (combination pot luck and garden wind-down day) with a rain date of the following Saturday, OCTOBER 24. Sorry for the inconvenience!!

  19. 23

    Heather said,

    August NEWSLETTER is posted at the Farm! Check it out!

  20. 24

    Heather said,

    Got Bugs?

    Check out … BugGuide.net
    Pictures and easy “how to ID” guide.

  21. 25

    Sharibee said,

    I will be posting new potluck info on boards by mid Sept. for our October
    Friends of Fodor Farm Pot Luck.

    Meanwhile hope to see you in the gardens!
    Shari Brennan

  22. 26

    Heather said,

    Don’t forget….Composting Lecture this THURSDAY (November 19th) at the Main Branch of the Norwalk Public Library.

    Fodor Farm is hosting a PIZZA PARTY for Fodor Farm gardeners prior to the lecture.

    Hope to see you at 6-7 PM for PIZZA. The lecture, open to the public, begins at 7:00.

    Pizza is served UPSTAIRS in the Children’s Library resource room.

    Hope to see you there…no charge for Pizza OR Lecture!

    ~ Heather

  23. 27

    Frank said,

    Ready for the 2011 season. Is this blog going to be active this year?

  24. 29

    John said,

    Last year, we seriously considered quitting Fodor Farm because of theft. There is nothing more frustrating then putting all of you money, sweat and time into something…only to have it vanish right before harvest time.

    In 2011 we were excited about the green house. On Wednesday April 6, 2011
    I watered my miniature red rose plant in the greenhouse. Today, Saturday, just 3 days later, it has been stolen. I do not believe that one of the few gardeners that have already started in the green house stole it! Likely, it is someone else who has access. The lock has been locked every time I have gone there to water.

  25. 30

    Kathleen said,

    Hello. I sent an email to fodorfarm@norwalkct.org to ask a few questions and try to get on the waiting list but I haven’t received a response. Wondering if that is an active email address or if there is some other way to get in contact with someone? Thank you!


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