April 6th was Communiversity Day. What is Communiversity Day ? Its one day a year where Notre Dame students sign up with different charities to do community service. Its our 3rd year having students come to the LaSalle Square garden, and we love it. Its at the time of year that we are looking at this big old garden that has been dormant all winter, and is in need of some TLC. In one day the students kick start the garden, mulching paths, cleaning up, and painting. This year we had around 50 students. It was amazing !!
The Coman's Teaching kids about chickens
It was a pretty crazy idea to put a 1st time large fundraiser, and our big Growing Summit event all in one 4 day weekend, but we did. Our Chocolate fundraiser with Indulgence Pastry Shop and Cafe on Thursday followed by a 3 day Growing Summit at IUSB and Potawatomi Conservatories.
We cannot thank those involved with making this weekend happen enough. The team at Indulgence, The Doubletree, CityWide, and Junk Evolution made our Chocolate Fundraiser an awesome evening. I have to admit that a 3 course meal of desserts seemed a little crazy, but everyone who attended loved it . Sean and Dave did a great job of pairing the Chocolate with the Beer and Wine. We hosted about 125 people. click here to see pictures of the event .
So after the big event with little sleep it was time to get ready for The Growing Summit. Friday's Keynote by Krista and Joel was Awesome. Next up was Saturday morning at IUSB . We had about 15 vendors and held 20 classes of all sorts of things. All the classes were well attended. Lots of new faces and some from last years event. One person came up to me and said she tried growing potatoes in a container like she learned in my class the year before and it worked great. Always good to here. On Sunday we moved into unknown territory. We tried having hands on classes for kids at the Potawatomi Conservatories. It was awesome 4 classes, Chickens, Plants, Container Gardening, and Bees, The whole place was alive with Kids. So that topped off an awesome weekend of learning, and building community.
Hi, my name is Mitch. I am the Unity Gardens Manager. I am a Purdue Master Gardener and teach many of the gardening classes. I also manage the LaSalle Square Garden, and maintain the website, blog and newsletter.