Bring Out Your Produce

                                            

Make Money from YOUR Jovial Garden at the Edgewater Farmers Market

Bring Your Produce to the HEALthy Edgewater Booth

All Local Residents with Gardens and Jovial Gardens are invited to SELL your produce at the HEALthy Edgewater Booth.

Feel free to harvest as much as you can and bring it down to the market. You may get lucky and find an opportunity to trade your produce for soaps, honey, and other delicious goods.

EDGEWATER FARMERS MARKET
Thursdays from 5-8pm
25th and Chase

Live Music  – Great Food – Fresh Produce – And More

                                           

Edgewater is one of many cities and towns in Colorado participating in the LiveWell Colorado HEAL Cities and Towns Campaign. In October 2014, Edgewater adopted a resolution that encourages the City to adopt policies that improve access to physical activity and healthy foods in the community. Policies range from improved land use and transportation policies that can influence increased physical activity; to the promotion of Farmers Markets, Community Gardens and local nutrition education programs that can help increase residents’ access to healthy food. Please, come out to the market and join your community in making Edgewater a healthier place to live and play!

Sustainably,

The Jovial Concepts Team

Spring Awakening

What a season this has been so far! We can’t even begin to stress how thankful we are for our successes to date. It truly is an honor to be a part of such a community. Our gracious garden hosts are some of the kindest souls you will ever meet. It is our pleasure to have them in our program. Without their faith in us and the community, none of what we do would be possible.

It is only May, but we are already starting to see the fruits of our labor and it is so invigorating. A few of our gardens have begun to sprout; especially the ones with mixes of kale, lettuce and chard. Some of our pea stalks are as tall as six-inches, and some even taller! As we went around on Saturday and Sunday to tend to a few gardens, I could not help but to be overjoyed. With each additional seed we planted, whether it was squash, okra, or zucchini, it became apparent just how much food we could possibly provide. Though it may not seem like much now, these small victories for us will soon become food for those less fortunate than ourselves. However, with new gardens coming soon and others to still be planted, the hard work is far from over.

With a good amount of our more cold tolerant crops planted, we now look forward to adding in our seedlings. We had hoped to get them in a week or so earlier but with this crazy weather we decided to hold off. This week should be our first adding in our tomatoes. We have hundreds of seedlings sitting in a greenhouse, and a few thousand square feet of garden waiting to be planted, so we are going to need all hands on deck. We look forward to seeing you in the gardens soon. Have a Jovial day!

Come Garden With Us!

A Jovial Day

My name is Mike Geddes, and I was recently made Garden Manager here at Jovial Concepts. As the newest member of the team, I am continually blown away by what we are able to do with the help of the community. With my background in community gardening, I have seen many a garden fail because of lack of community support and engagement. However, in my short time here I have been deeply encouraged by the amount of support we continually receive.

Our entire model is based around developing community. All our land is donated by the community. We are very fortunate to have garden hosts who are kind enough to allow us to grow food for needy populations on their property. Each weekend they allow us to turn their front lawns and backyards into outdoor classrooms where we specialize in hands-on learning. A lot of them come out and join in to support the volunteers, either with shovels or snacks.

Our plants come as a result of our partnership with the community. We share a greenhouse with Edgewater Elementary, where we currently have thousands of seedlings just waiting to be transplanted. Here we facilitate garden education classes for the youth, which will help us to nurture the next generation of urban gardeners and farmers.

Even all of our labor comes from within the community. People of all ages come out to join us in the gardens. From 10 year olds who need community service hours to earn their black belt, to stay-at-home moms itching to get their hands dirty, we have seen it all. While gathering such consistent support every weekend is a feat in itself, the true magic of the day happens as you watch these strangers forge lasting and impactful relationships all while dedicating their free time to help those less fortunate than themselves.

Most important, our food goes right back into the community to help those who need it the most. Our goal is to once again feed over 250 food insecure families in the region of Metro Denver.

We are excited to announce that we have expanded our gardens to include many families on our waitlist and have a goal to double our produce donation in 2015 to 5,000lbs!

While we believe this to be a more than feasible task, we can’t possibly succeed without your help.

If you are interested in volunteering or getting involved please email info@jovialconcepts.org

Greenhouse Club Progress!

Kristina is presenting this week’s lesson, covering soil and soil quality.

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We worked on “Mud Shakes” that show the kids whether soil is suitable for planting: shake the jar for two minutes and study the way the contents settle! We also sorted cards and discussed what items we may find in soil and what items we should not.

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The kids planted even more seeds and the greenhouse is filling up quickly. They have enjoyed planting new seeds and observing their earlier weeks’ work begin to sprout.

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The kids love being able to see and track the growth of their plants!

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Week 2 of the Edgewater Greenhouse Club

The Edgewater Elementary Greenhouse Club is off to a great start! Our second group of volunteers met with the Monday group for the first time this week. Between both groups, we have about 50 second and third graders participating in the program along with a waiting list for our next session.

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The Thursday group has already planted their seeds and we have some plants beginning to sprout!

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Students were also learning to examine soil samples and choose the best type for planting.

Both groups will be using journals to track their progress as well as take notes from gardening and nutrition lessons.

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We look forward to tracking the students’ progress in coming weeks!

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Greenhouse Program Kickoff

The new Greenhouse Club at Edgewater Elementary was officially underway on January 15, 2015. This program is an after school activity for Edgewater third graders. Volunteers spent the day preparing the greenhouse for the first group of students.

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So far we have 40 third graders enrolled in the program and 30 on a wait list! Thursday was spent on orientation. The kids were very excited to get started!

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Mrs. Finnegan led introductions and fun introductory activities. We also decorated our garden journals!

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Two groups of volunteers will be at Edgewater Elementary on Mondays and Thursdays for an hour each day. On behalf of all the volunteers, we look forward to working with this great group of kids and helping them learn about gardening and nutrition.

 

Garden Party – January 25, 2015

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What a fun party!! We had over 20 people show up and a ton of food.

We are overwhelmed and humbled by all the wonderful support and people that have helped create Jovial Gardens. Thank you all very much.

I want to send a special thanks to AJ again for all of his outstanding work! I also would like to special mention Chris Grant and Vicki Peterson for all their work and support as well! We couldn’t do it without gracious folks like you!

We also want to sincerely thank Shannon and Alyssa for all the work they put into making this party happen. The food was delicious and you lady’s did a great job organizing everything. Thank you!

Thank you all again and we can’t wait to see you next month!

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Jovial Futures Will Meet on Fridays!

20140528_145710We are excited to announce Jovial Futures will be meeting 2 extra days each month at Wheat Ridge 5-8!

We have noticed that the grades of several of our students have been dropping. We though maybe they didn’t understand the homework or weren’t doing it, but the real reason they are doing poorly is absolutely shocking! Our students are actually completing their homework on time, but they are not turning it in! One student showed me a paper that was months old crumpled in the bottom of a backpack! Almost all of our Futures students had at least one completed assignment that hadn’t been turned in and a whole laundry list of reasons for why they it didn’t make it to the teacher!

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“I forgot”
“I didn’t know when it was due”
“My teacher’s email address is wrong”
“My Ipad is broken”
“I have to many other things to carry”
But overwhelmingly, “It doesn’t matter” “I don’t care” and
“I’m not motivated”

To address this issue we will be meeting twice a month to explore new organizational tactics! We are going to motivate our students by demonstrating how easy it is to get A’s and showing them the importance of good grades down the road. We will even be rewarding students who demonstrate their organizational skills as well as A’s, B’s, and C’s with raffle tickets for their own Ipad, Ipod, or Apple Headphones!!

 

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Good Luck Futures students and we will see you next Wednesday where we will be announcing the decision for our 2014 community project!

 

 

What are your best tricks to staying organized?
Please share below!

Join us for Peace Day 2014!

Join us for our celebration and educational event for the 2014 UN International Day of Peace event on September 21st, 2014.

Click through the gallery below to view past Peace Day images

 

Peace Initiative Contest 2014




What will YOU do for Peace? For Jovial Concepts, Peace is about having a safe place to sleep without fear of violence or weather, having adequate healthy food for your family, having the ability to provide for those you care about, having access to education, fair public media, health care, clean water, and most importantly having access to all basic human needs in a way that is sustainable from one generation to the next.

To do this alone would be impossible, Jovial Concepts has designed several different programs to engage communities in Colorado and globally in examining their community, educating residents, and creatively and actively problem solving. In 2013 Jovial Concepts awarded $5,000 in project funding to the best entry in our Peace Initiative contest.This year, we are expanding our contest to include Elementary, Middle, and High School submissions!

Through submitting a project to Jovial Concepts students will look at their community, learn about current social and economic problems, and come up with creative solutions. The Peace Initiative Contest process gives youth much needed experience with budgeting, planning, organizing, and application skills that will be useful for the rest of their life. Their projects will be a practical addition to college and job applications, as well as useful insight for schools and employers into the community mindfulness of Colorado youth.

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