The new Good Neighbor Truck went on its first mission today! I hauled tools and a wheel barrow to the New Phila Community Garden at First Presbyterian Church.
We have 5 plots! We got one in today!
Lucas Pompey and I got some work done over at the garden today! We socially distanced and stayed far enough apart and we were able to level out a bed, cover it in cardboard, and put good soil on top.
We’ll be planting and putting wood chips down to stamp out the weeds.
4 plots remain. 2 people took a 3 hours (with breaks) to do the one today.
Here are the steps we followed:
1. Put cardboard over the entire bed. The cardboard overlapped 4 to 6 inches to prevent anything from springing up in the cracks
2. As we put cardboard down we put a scoop of dirt on the cardboard to make sure it didn’t blow away while we were working.
3. We used wheel barrows to fill in the bed. (3 to 4 inches deep).
If anyone is interested in following these steps and going on their own socially distance conscious community gardening mission comment here. A few hours in the sun can’t hurt. Let me know if you are interested.
Until then, like always, there are things working in the background. I’m waiting to see if some things are going to come through to share another idea!
Until then, we’re still out helping where we can. Have a great day everyone! ... See MoreSee Less
When you know you’re doing the right thing keep going. It won’t stop being the right thing.
I want to announce a big step for the project. Kait, our daughter and I recently moved in to a new residence.
One of the things that we needed in a new space was some room for The Good Neighbor Project. Well, we found it!
Our new home has a detached garage out back that is now dedicated full time to The Good Neighbor Project. I’m storing my equipment there and in the coming weeks we are putting a new roof on it. Then it will officially be our project workshop.
I hope to turn it into a place where we can maintain, fix, and lend lawn equipment from! My vision is to have equipment that can be checked out like a library if someone needs it.
And other big news. Many of you know that The Good Neighbor truck died over the winter. Well, today I took the leap of personally buying a truck. I know some grant or organization may have helped if I asked but it just felt right to do it this way. This community has given so much to the efforts I take part in and I just want to renew my commitment to service. I am truly humbled to continue to spearhead this effort.
In this time of uncertainty and hardship the Good Neighbor Volunteers and I are doubling down on care for our community.
The truth of the matter is that YOU have the power to make a positive impact in your immediate world. YOU already have the skills and knowledge to help someone with something. Now more than ever it is time for that light to shine in each and everyone of us.
Thanks for being you, Tuscarawas county. And now we can keep mowing!
Even in the midst of all of this great things are still happening. And you know, as always, that those great things happen in the service of others! ... See MoreSee Less
You never know where the next right thing is until it comes along.
Yesterday, I was able to support the efforts of Lucas Pompey and his Tuscarawas County Mutual Aid and Support Group. Lucas is spearheading an effort to revamp community gardens in New Phila and Dover. He wants to educate the public about the importance of sustainability and home gardening as well.
So yesterday, I went to Lucas’s plots at the New Phila Community Garden at First Presbyterian Church in downtown. I was able to clear out 5 plots that were overgrown and do some general beautification.
The church and some community members dropped off some cardboard like we asked for! Thank you so much! I love this project. What was once me and a mower has turned into community members finding the next right thing to do and support!
I look forward to working more on the gardens. And don’t forget about Chris Cavanaugh still out there tilling gardens for folks. Cheer him on too! What a guy. We can see folks all around us doing great things. And it’s all in the service of others!
Big news for The Good Neighbor Project potentially coming soon. Stay tuned. Stay healthy and happy, everyone. We can do this together. ... See MoreSee Less
Community garden initiatives are still underway. Lucas Pompey is spearheading the effort. We are asking for a bit of help.
Cardboard is needed to line the beds. We’re asking for folks to drop off cardboard at the New Phila community garden in downtown next to First Presbyterian Church. You can leave it by the shed. It doesn’t matter if it gets wet. Brown box cardboard only, please.
This is a social distance way you can help out! Thanks so much! ... See MoreSee Less
Big news for the good neighbor project coming. The big news for today is that volunteers Michael Newton and Jim Mulheman are already at it.
Michael push mowed a HUGE yard. 4 1/2 hours of helpful initiative powered him through. I’m happy to report we are able to allocate Michael his own Good Neighbor Project riding mower for his efforts!
Jim swung by project headquarters yesterday with his own trailer and mower. He was on his way to knock down some grass for a single mother. He stopped by to pick up a like new red push mower that we were able to give to this resident!
We’re supporting the efforts of those tilling gardens and managing community garden initiatives too!
The mowers we use and give away (all but one) are all donated! Whether it’s the riding mower for Michael or the push mower Jim gave away we are just passing on the generosity of others to those that need a hand!
Great things are happening already! And it’s all in the service of others. We have to keep mowing! ... See MoreSee Less
I will use every resource at my disposal to help this community and I know so many others that are doing the same. We all know what measures we need to take at this point.
I want to tell you WHY it’s so important that you do your part. Because YOU MATTER. Because your actions will show your community how you care for yourself and how you care for others. And if we all take these measures as a community we will be doing a great thing and it’s not just a great thing for you individually. It’s a great thing in the service of others.
You matter so much. You individually. Please start with this first block as you care well for yourself and you will affirm your great value as well as your neighbor’s.