Mulberry pudgie pies & a miniature goat

Carrie Simon, pudgie pie chef

Carrie Simon, pudgie pie chef

Quincy & Tyrion
Quincy & Tyrion

This past Thursday at Gardening for Good, we welcomed two special, very distinguished, guests: Carrie Simon, local pudgie pie expert, and Tyrion, playful, one year-old miniature goat–brought from Heartland Farm Sanctuary by Quincy and Kay. We all had a blast together!


Mulberry cream cheese pecan pudgie pie

Mulberry cream cheese pecan pudgie pie

Carrie Simon, co-author of Pudgie Revolution!, joined us to share her fondness and wisdom of pudgie pies. We had so much fun talking about the endless fillings that could go into a pudgie pie. Our plan was to harvest some mulberries from the trees around the chicken coop to use in our pies. Everyone joined in the harvest, nibbling the dark juicey berries along the way. We got a wood fire going, crafted our pies using various breads, cream cheese, pecans, chocolate, and granola, and then cooked them up in cast iron pans. We burned some, we overfilled some, we didn’t sweeten some enough, and many turned out perfect! It was was so much fun brainstorming new pudgie combinations, learning from others’ mistakes, and sharing the tasty pies with everybody! And it is neat to think that our main ingredient–the mulberry–was in season and as local as can be (about 20 ft from our wood feuled grill).

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Carrie demonstrating to Kate, Sarah, & Jon

Carrie demonstrating to Kate, Sarah, & Jon

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Our evening's guests, Tyrion and Carrie

Our evening’s guests, Tyrion and Carrie

Andy & Tyrion

Andy & Tyrion

All the while, everyone enjoyed meeting Tyrion, Quincy, and Kay, and introducing them to Troy Gardens and our G4G plot. Tyrion loved climbing up on the massive stumps beneath the fruit trees. He wasn’t a fan of the mulberry fruit, but nibbled at the mulberry leaves. While we all were saying goodbye at the evening’s end, Carrie knelt down to the goat, and held out the last of our pudgie pie scraps. He happily chewed it down in many quick bites, providing everyone with an entertaining and fitting closing scene to the night.


Oh yeah, and before all that, we did find some time for weeding, watering, and more calendula collecting. And we added grapeseed oil to the dried calendula that we had collected prior. The project continues! Here is a short article that Tami found for us. It does a nice job concisely outlining calendula’s special properties: (article coming)

Our garden plots are looking beautiful. Shelly spotted a hummingbird enjoying our zinnias the other day! There will be lots of work for us in the garden when we meet again next week, July 9th!

REMINDER- There is no gathering this week (7/2), due to Fourth of July weekend. We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday.


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Seeds, a poem by Laura Well


I’ve always wondered how a tiny seed can grow into the earth in many forms.
It’s just like a tiny seed turns into flowing rivers of water, boulders of rock mountains, fields of green land, rolling hills of open land, forests of trees, waves of splashing lakes, miles of desert land, and islands of ocean water.
This seed is what brings the five elements together fire, air, water, earth, and space.

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Entering our Fourth Season: Weeks 1 and 2

The 2015 Gardening 4 Good season kicked off at Troy Gardens on Thursday May 28! Following it up, we had our 2nd gathering last Thursday June 4. From here on out, we will meet every Thursday 6:00-7:30pm at the Gardening 4 Good plots (under the blue-bottled tree!) at Troy through August 13 (with the exception of July 2–off for Fourth of July weekend).

My name is Caleb, and I am excited to be getting involved with G4G this year, and to help in carrying out the wonderful traditions of this exciting project! As most of you probably know, Rebecca, who started this all up, moved with her husband to Colorado last fall. She is clearly and dearly missed by everybody. Recently joining this G4G team, I am encouraged to see the joyous spirit that all of the returning gardeners carry with them, that Rebecca helped to instill.

We have another exciting workshop lineup this season, with many wonderful speakers and leaders from the community coming to share their time and perspectives with us.  I will get this schedule posted to the blog as soon as I can. And now for some pictures from our first two weeks! More pics to come…

John and Pat relocating our plots' compost pile

John and Pat relocating our plots’ compost pile

A beautiful, accessible raised bed, designed and crafted by UW engineer students for G4G!

A beautiful, accessible raised bed, designed and crafted by UW engineer students for G4G!

All our plant starts, enjoying the rain, but anxious to get into the rich G4G soil

All our plant starts, enjoying the rain, but anxious to get into the rich G4G soil

Pat, enjoying some serenity before Week 1

Pat, enjoying some serenity before Week 1

Tami, beginning our night with some meditation!

Tami, beginning our night with some meditation!

Doug, Randy & Tami

Doug, Randy & Tami

Steve, the Keeper of the calendula, & brother, Don

Steve, the Keeper of the Calendula, & brother, Don

The start of our  Calendula collection

The start of our
Calendula collection

See you all Thursday June 11 at 6pm!

Gardening for Good 10th night

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GARDENSONG SINGALONG…by Zoe
These pictures do not even begin to describe how beautiful our night really was at Gardening for Good. After spending some time watering our dehydrated vegetables, we all gathered around a table to sing and dance to the live music that Peter, Phyllis, Mimi, and Andy, performed for us. Everyone was smiling so brightly and had the most angelic faces I had seen all summer. As we sang together, singing one another’s names within the songs brought so much joy. Many started dancing along without a care in the world. It was a spectacular evening and reminded us all that we are a family. These special nights at Gardening for Good are always in our hearts.