Our goal at the McFaddin-Ward House is to teach how easy gardening can be. We hope to inspire others to start their own gardens, and to instill a love of nature and conservation in the hearts of the children that participate in the program. We adopted a "lasagna" gardening method and maintain the project free of pesticides and chemicals.

The 4-bed Victory Garden, which is part of its education program, is supervised by staffer, Carol Cuccio. She has gardened her whole life has a real passion for teaching others to grow their own fruit, vegetables and herbs.

To learn more, or to get involved with this fulfilling project, contact us at (409) 832-1906 or email ccuccio@mcfaddin-ward.org.

Monday, February 9, 2009

We now have a compost container!

Thanks to Felix, Jeronimo, and Roy, our compost container is finished! It is located on the east side of the COBuilding in the gated area. Attached is a list of items that are ok to compost. So start collecting in your homes and around town at area restaurants, too!

Contact us a ccuccio@mcfaddin-ward.org for more details.

Happy composting!!

Good things to add:

* Fruit and veggie scraps from your kitchen
* Coffee grounds (the filter is fine too!)
* Tea bags
* Grass clippings
* Ash from your barbeque pits and fireplaces
* Leaves

Things that can’t be added:

x Meats, fish or bones
x Dairy products

Monday, February 2, 2009

4 Garden Beds at the McFaddin-Ward House

The buildings & grounds crew went to work and put in 4 raised garden beds. We are getting closer! We did a "lasagna" layering of materials for the raised beds. That is, we built a wooden border above the ground by about 6-inches and then filled the interior with a bottom layer of newspaper, followed by hay, fertilizer, straw, another layer of fertilizer and will cover the top with compost, before we add the vegetables and herbs.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

The McFaddin-Ward House’s Goals for Victory Garden

  • To bring the community and nature together with an interactive organic gardening program involving citizens and organizations of Beaumont and the surrounding area.

  • Inspire others to start their own gardens, especially local schools, children’s organizations and clubs.

  • To work with local school districts and after school programs, providing education and hands-on experience in gardening, the environment, and a healthy lifestyle.

  • To fit hand-in-hand with a general city beautification message.

We will have four garden plots: 2 vegetable gardens, 1 herb garden and 1 children’s garden