A Day in the Life of a Running for Food Running for Health 5k Volunteer

Lily Siebert

Are you interested in volunteering for our 5k fundraising race on July 26 but are reluctant because you don’t know what to expect? Let me dispel any hesitancy and tell you what July 26 will look like for the 40 + community members who are volunteering their time! - Wake ...

Third Annual Running for Food Running for Health 5k

Lily Siebert

The third annual Running for Food Running for Health 5k fundraising race will be held on Saturday, July 26 at 7:00am. Runners can expect a fun course, great cause, nourishing food, well-organized race, and efficient chip-timing system! Post-race festivities include a student-run farmers market, live music, raffle prizes, massages, and ...

Volunteer Workday Saturday, March 8

Lily Siebert

We're hosting another edition in our series of Volunteer Days! Saturday, March 8, 9am-3pm: Join us in the West Garden to wake up those sleepy garden beds, break new ground, and work with our Student Gardeners. We're kicking off another year and could sure use your help! Contact Lily at ...

Volunteer Workday and Market

Lily Siebert

As the temperatures are dropping, the winds are growing stronger, and the daylight hours are shrinking, this can only mean that our season is coming to a slow halt. We’ve completed our 20th and final CSA pick-up and farmers market, harvested the last of our lettuce, and watched the bushy ...

Our 5k Run by Di Xie, Student Gardener

Lily Siebert

One of my favorite memories from last year was the first Running for Food, Running for Health 5k. The 5k Run is a fundraising race that directly supports the Growing Food Growing Health Project gardens at West Middle School, Sunset Hill Elementary, and Hillcrest Elementary from the fees paid by ...

Volunteers Needed: Running for Food, Running for Health 5k

Lily Siebert

Countdown for the 2nd annual Running for Food, Running for Health 5k is on! Check out [this post][1] if you are interested in learning more about our wonderful event. If you are not a runner, we would still love your participation! We are in need of volunteers for the important, ...

Goldilocks, The Three Bears, and Running a 5k

Lily Siebert

Do you ever find that when you are choosing between an overwhelming number of options (such as selecting a 5K to run), your process is similar to Goldilocks and The Three Bears? Some are too big, some are too small, some are too far, some are too fast. Then you ...

Growing Food, Growing Health 2013 Crew

Lily Siebert

We are in constant amazement of the magical, inspirational growth in our gardens. Throughout a season, we watch dozens of species blossom and change, growing stronger, taller, more mature. Of course, we see this in all the beautiful and abundant plant life, but it is most evident in one specific ...

Volunteer in the West Middle School Garden this Saturday!

Lily Siebert

Do NOT let the snow fool you, this weekend is going to be warm and beautiful! Spend part of it with our Growing Food, Growing Health Crew in the West Garden! We will be working from 9am-Noon on Saturday, March 30 and would love the help. Contact Lily at 843-8544 ...

Garden Workday Saturday, March 16 9am-3pm

Lily Siebert

The snow is MELTED (unlike our first workday) so join us for a warm, sunny workday in the West Garden, on the corner of Crestline Dr and Yale Rd. Tomorrow, March 16 from 9am-3pm. Contact Lily at 843-8544 or lily@themerc.coop if you want to attend or have any questions. Hope ...

Growing Food, Growing Health Community Dinner!

Lily Siebert

It’s Friday and the weekend is ahead of you. With so many possibilities for two days full of fun, relaxing, productive time off work, there is a familiar the-world-is-my-oyster excitement. I usually have grand plans to organize the garage or clean the windows or host a dinner party for friends. ...

Third Annual Growing Food, Growing Health Community Dinner!

Lily Siebert

Tickets are now on sale! Check out pictures from last year's event [here][1]! Stay connected through our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/GrowingFood) for the latest updates! http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/jan/16/247841/ [1]: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.337221426299214.81197.236779186343439&type=3

A Look Back at 2012

Lily Siebert

Where does the time go? It seems like just yesterday that we were planning spring workdays, crop planning, seed starting, and hiring student gardeners. Now, we’re holding wrap-up meetings, saying goodbyes, putting gardens to rest, and getting ready for 2013. Our Students have completed their last workday as Growing Food, ...

Community Volunteer Day, Saturday November 10, 9am-1pm

Lily Siebert

Join us on Saturday, November 10 for a workday in the Growing Food, Growing Health School Gardens! We will be cleaning up the gardens and preparing for the winter months. This is a great way to connect with our project and the community and gain some inspiration for your home ...

Harvesting for the West Cafeteria by TJ Everett, Student Gardener

Lily Siebert

One of the most special times for me each week is the Sunday night cafeteria harvest. Though it seems simple, it has its own special place in our project. The Sunday night cafeteria harvest symbolizes what our project is about, and what the gardens are grown for - to educate ...

Growing in Difficult Conditions by Hayley Luna, Student Gardener

Lily Siebert

“It’s hot outside!” “What a scorcher!” “When will this heat wave end?!” I’m sure all of you readers out there have heard one of these statements in the last couple of months! There is no denying that this summer is a record breaking season which makes gardening a rather difficult ...

Running for Food, Running for Health 5k Recap

Lily Siebert

Our first annual Running for Food, Running for Health 5k Fundraising Race on July 28 was the truest definition of success. We had cooler temps, 170 runners, and 60 volunteers to diligently work the course, registration, food fest, and finish line. After the event, we were left with the overwhelmingly ...

5k Volunteers Still Needed

Lily Siebert

The Running for Food, Running for Health 5k Fundraising Race is still looking for volunteers to help staff our course! If you are interested in volunteering, contact Lily at 843-8544 or lily@themerc.coop for more information. All volunteers will receive a good-bag on race day as a token of our appreciation! ...

New 5K race to promote healthy living, benefit school garden project

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/photos/2012/jul/11/237578/ A new 5K race is coming to Lawrence on July 28 that will benefit a school garden project that began at West Middle School three years ago. Since then, [the project has grown][1] to include gardens at two nearby elementary schools, on city property, and at The Merc. Not ...

Why Running for Food, Running for Health? WHY NOT?

Lily Siebert

Some of you might be asking your self, why would I run the Running for Food, Running for Health 5k Fundraising run on July 28. My question is, why not? Here are some common thoughts on why you wouldn't participate -- and the reasons why you should! 1. *“I’m not ...

Local Garlic 2012: A Good Year or a Bad Year?

Our Local Food Kaw River Valley

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/jun/27/236880/     “I haven’t seen much garlic at market yet, maybe it’s a bad year?” says Nicole, a resident of Wichita.     “Are you kidding? I’ve seen garlic the size of my fist at farmers markets around here!” responds Toby, from Bonner Springs.     “Well, we have two different growers ...

Volunteers Needed for Running for Food, Running for Health

Lily Siebert

The first annual Running for Food, Running for Health 5k Fundraising Run is happening on Saturday, July 28 at 7:30 AM. Not interested in running? No problem! You can volunteer! We are looking for lots of volunteers to staff our course to ensure a well-run (no pun intended) event. Volunteers ...

Running for Food, Running for Health 5k Run

Lily Siebert

Join us on Saturday, July 28 at 7:30am for an enjoyable race, fulfilling feast, and a delightful community event. Your participation in the event directly assists the Growing Food, Growing Health School Gardens at West Middle School, Sunset Hill Elementary, and Hillcrest Elementary. The scenic, shady certified 5k course will ...

Update from the Growing Food, Growing Health Gardens

Lily Siebert

FRUIT! It’s the word of the day, week, and month. The West Garden is producing our first blackberries, lots of raspberries, a handful of gooseberries, and working on those apples and pears. And all that in the plants’ first year…MAGIC, I tell you! And it’s not just us, either. Hopefully ...

New Gardeners!

Lily Siebert

Welcome our newest crop of fresh-faced Student Gardeners! http://wellcommons.com/users/LilySiebert/photos/2012/may/21/235203/ From left to right: Di, Breven, Tanner, Allie, and Elliot. These five students, plus our seasoned-professionals, TJ and Hayley, make up one pretty remarkable group of stewards. I have to keep reminding myself that the first time we harvest lettuce as ...

Strawberries at West Middle School!

Lily Siebert

TWELVE heaping pints of ruby red school garden strawberries were served on the West Middle School Salad bar today!! http://wellcommons.com/users/LilySiebert/photos/2012/may/1/234104/ That's all!

Whats happening in the Growing Food, Growing Health Gardens?

Lily Siebert

As you might have heard, our Growing Food, Growing Health project has a long-standing, well-developed relationship with mulch. **We are in LOVE with mulch**. This spring, we are re-kindling our love by refreshing all woodchip mulch in the gardens. I can safely say that after moving TWELVE TONS of mulch ...

Sunset Hill Volunteer Day this Saturday 4/7/12

Lily Siebert

We're getting good at volunteer days! Here we are Saturday, March 31 at Southwest Middle School enjoying the wonder of creating Lawrence's newest school garden. http://wellcommons.com/users/LilySiebert/photos/2012/apr/2/232739/ If you can tell, we are imitating our special visitors in the garden, these baby bunnies that we found in the mulch. http://wellcommons.com/users/LilySiebert/photos/2012/apr/2/232738/ We ...

Giving Garden and Updates

Lily Siebert

The **Giving Garden** is now set up in the front of The Merc! Supporters can pick out a seed packet with an item they would like to donate (a shovel, a rake, a cash donation for seeds, etc), write their name on the seed packet, plant it in the soil, ...

Rainy Volunteer Day

Lily Siebert

A little rain can't stop us! We had a great workday yesterday, Sunday, March 11. About 15 very dedicated volunteers came out to support our garden project. Thanks to everyone for your support! http://wellcommons.com/users/LilySiebert/photos/2012/mar/12/231415/ http://wellcommons.com/users/LilySiebert/photos/2012/mar/12/231416/ http://wellcommons.com/users/LilySiebert/photos/2012/mar/12/231417/ If you missed out on this volunteer opportunity because of the rain, don't worry, ...

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