Swarthmore Resident Wins Garden Club of America Award for Working with Chester Eastside Garden – Delco Times – Low Calorie Diets Tips

CHESTER — Barbara Nagel of Swarthmore, who coordinates the St. Paul’s Community Garden for Chester Eastside, Inc., is one of 20 statewide recipients of the Garden Club of America’s Elizabeth Abernathy Hull Award. The annual prize recognizes the outstanding achievements of people who are committed to the early environmental education of children. The honor and accompanying check for $1,000 were recently presented by members of the Weeders Garden Club.

“(Garden Volunteer) Kate McAllister told us about Barbara while we were walking in the Jenkins Arboretum,” said club member Julie DeVuono. “She talked about all the wonderful things that happen in the garden and we realized she was the perfect person to nominate for the award.”

The Community Garden is one of the enrichment clubs offered in CEI’s Out of School Time program and Summer Camp Phoenix. It offers hands-on experiences and outdoor classes for children in grades K-8. Children can learn about plant life and nutrition, including tasting the fruits and vegetables produced through their labor and sharing the produce with their families and the community.

For Nagel, the community garden is a nine-month project. Under her guidance, the children sow seeds under plant lamps in winter, bring them into the garden in spring, and water, weed and tend the plants with their adult helpers until they are ready to be picked or pulled. Flowers are also placed along the sidewalk to make the garden nice for the neighbors.

The three-season process provides an assessment of the plant’s life cycle, from seed to sprout to compost that nourishes next year’s harvest. Nature provides the perfect example of working in harmony, from the worms that give roots more air to the pollinators that visit flowers and allow fruits and vegetables to thrive.

“Children can suffer from plant blindness – they don’t understand how something grows or where their food comes from,” said Karen Shepard, President of The Weeders. “When they see it in the ground and try it, they realize it just doesn’t come out of a box.”

The garden is designed to fill both children’s minds and stomachs. When Nagel’s hands aren’t digging in the ground, she’s planning the literacy component. The older children keep written diaries; Non-readers draw pictures and learn new words to describe their observations. Filled with age-appropriate books, the garden library serves as a resource to learn about the coexistence of bugs, birds and plants, the importance of rain barrels and the effects of food on our bodies.
The community garden has been recognized annually by the Penn State Delaware County Master Gardeners, ranking first in 2018 and 2019 and last year ranking fifth among the 2,600 community distribution sites registered with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Harvest Team program. The more than 700 pounds of produce collected was included in the sacks provided through CEI’s Hunger Safety Net. The program offered 3,143 bags last year and provided 1,117 families with enough food for three meals a day for each person in the household for six days.

Nagel was not aware of the nomination, which was submitted in winter. Most appropriately, McAllister and Weeders members DeVuono, Shepard and Jennifer Fryberger visited the garden to make the presentation.
“I am very surprised and honored to receive this award from the Garden Club of America. I’m proud to have worked with so many talented volunteers who helped bring the children of Chester Eastside into the garden,” said Nagel. “It’s fun to see them stick their hands in the ground and learn about the interrelationships of sun, water, soil, worms and insects to grow and bring healthy fruits and vegetables home to their families.”

Mind, body, soul and shopping event come to the Autograph Brasserie

Girlfriends are at a “She-Cation” tent at the Autograph Brasserie, 503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, Wednesday, July 20, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for a mind, body, spirit event and shopping with over 30 suppliers.

Women can enjoy mini-spa treatments and health and wellness products, meet local book authors to select summer reading, and shop for the latest fashion, jewelry and accessories, as well as great gifts and must-haves for the home. The event also features free giveaways and product samples.

Tickets cost $20 and include a glass of wine and a ticket to enter one of 32 amazing raffle prizes. Tickets are limited and can be purchased at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mind-body-soul-shopping-event-tickets-365674571487.

Linvilla Orchards Food Truck Frenzy offers international treats

Food trucks offering culinary delights from around the world will be present at the Linvilla Orchards Food Truck Frenzy on Saturday, June 18 from 11am to 5pm. The best of BBQ, Mexican, burgers, desserts, Philly favorites and more will tempt attendees’ taste buds. The event takes place rain or shine.

Guests can enjoy musical accompaniment from the Bill Currier Duo as they dine and dance the afternoon away to the bouncy tunes of The Ultimates. Linvilla Orchards also offer hay rides, train rides, pick your own fruit and face painting to make this a fun family event.
Ship Bottom Brewery, on-site, will hand brew each batch of beer sold, and wine will also be available.

Linvilla Orchards is located at 137 W Knowlton Road, Middletown. For more information, call 610-876-7116 or visit http://www.linvilla.com.

Applications to take part in the annual West Chester Christmas Parade are now available

The Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce is opening applications for participants in the West Chester Christmas Parade which will take place on Friday 2nd December. This marks the long-awaited return of the parade since the pandemic began.

Parade applicants are asked to visit http://www.GreaterWestChester.com to complete the 2022 parade application form. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis by the parade committee, and the maximum number of units allowed for the parade may be reached before the August 1, 2022 application deadline. Local registrations are prioritized during the verification process.
To help cover the cost of presenting the parade, 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(6) nonprofit organizations are available for $300. Commercial listings directly related to a for-profit business are available for $1,000. Businesses and organizations can sponsor a professional artist or group for $2,500 to help support the parade’s magic, which helps draw visitors to West Chester’s shops, restaurants and businesses.
The West Chester Christmas Parade is a major highlight of the celebrations that run from Thanksgiving weekend through New Year’s weekend during the Chester County Lights Up Holiday Weekends in West Chester.
This year’s most exciting parade attendees and sponsors include Lamb McErlane PC and Treehouse World Adventure Park, who are collaborating as the exclusive creator of the float on which Santa will arrive.

Parade-goers can expect a focus on all things local, from floats with local flair from some of Chester County’s most creative designers to scintillating performances by hometown favorites, including nationally-recognized marching bands crafted exclusively from the region.

For more information see https://www.greaterwestchester.com/lights-up–christmas-parade.html or contact the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce at 610-696-4046, info@gwcc.org.

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