Category Archives: Community Gardens

Second Annual Seed Swap

The Phoenicia Library and Shandaken Community Gardens will be holding their second annual seed swap on Saturday April 9, 2016 from 10:00 am until noon. This event is open to the public and all are welcome. Bring your saved garden seeds to swap with others, along with any excess seeds you may have saved from reputable organic seed companies. There will be table space available for all seed swappers. All seeds must be organically grown and non-hybrid. Seeds saved from backyard gardens are especially welcome. There will also be some seeds available to purchase for a nominal fee. If you have extra seed envelopes or other containers for seed sharing, please bring them along.

This is a really fun community event, so please don’t let the fact that you don’t have seeds keep you from coming. We want everyone interested in gardening and seed saving to attend. Bring the kids. Hope to see you all there!

If you have any questions please contact Joel at

Annual Seed Swap







Perhaps you’ve noticed the tender pea shoots and bright kale sprouts emerging from the two skinny beds in the corner of the community garden (to your right when you enter through the front gate). Maybe you’ve wondered whose youthful handwriting is on the wooden labels. Here’s the story behind these special plots gardened by Phoenicia Elementary School students.

The Health & Wellness Committee at Phoenicia initiated this year’s linkage with Shandaken Community Gardens—a wonderful opportunity for the students and a beautiful expression of SCG’s vision and mission. The School plots were earmarked by the garden committee as “Ed Beds” intended for educational and communal purposes during the planning phase of the garden, years ago, long before this particular partnership.

According to Health & Wellness Committee member, Maxanne Resnick, H&W keeps a focus on food, physical movement, and on illness prevention.  The committee is comprised of the principal, several teachers, the school nurse and several parents. They interface with the PTA as needed. “While the School District’s food services has done a tremendous amount to further healthy food offerings,” she says, “we feel that aiding the kids in understanding how to grow their own healthy food, and enjoying the taste of their harvest is exciting and worthwhile.”

So far, 50 of Phoenicia’s third graders have gotten their hands dirty and plan to grow veggies to eat and share with PTA families and the community. These budding gardeners have a support team of teachers, parents, and SCG’s very own Mimi, a SCG garden member who has volunteered as liaison and will help maintain the plots when school is out for the summer.

The kids will continue to grow additional crops in the PTA school garden that is located in the back of the building. Each class had its own planting bed there, and every year food has been harvested at an event in the fall and cooked in the garden by a local chef. The kids have loved this event, in which they get to harvest the food and eat it immediately.   By linking with the community garden and utilizing the donated Ed Beds, the hope is a greater abundance of produce and some volunteer community gardeners to help maintain the plots over the summer so the kids have a bounty when they return in the fall.

Arts in the Garden

Arts in the Garden
Sunday, September 8th 3 to 6pm
Shandaken Community Gardens at Phoenicia Elementary

Tasty Treats!
Musical performances by Jeffrey Roberts and Uncle Rock!
Pop-up Dance Performances!
Roving Artist Portraits!
Fun for the Whole Family!
Garden Tours!
Membership Info!

FREE and open to the public. (Pay what you can)
Come share in our celebration of Shandaken Community Gardens’ first season!

Garden Dedication

On Sunday May 5, gardeners ranging in age from 4 years old to senior citizens gathered to set our intentions to make Shandaken Community Gardens a place of beauty and bounty. A gracious and generous space to nourish the community.

Hojin Osho, a priest from Zen Mountain Monastery offered a poem as part of a dedication service she led at the garden that day. Heartfelt thanks to Hojin and to everyone who participated in that beautiful event.

Here is Hojin’s poem:

Hojin's dedication poem