A Garden Grows in Deep Ellum

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Deep Ellum Urban Garden Project
Deep Ellum dabbles in variety of things. The familiar: bars, music venues, restaurants, tattoo parlors and stores filled with vintage tchotchkes. Then there are a few surprises, like a winery, a cheese shop and ninja parking lot attendants. Hopefully soon they'll add to the list of familiar a community garden.

A group of volunteers has created DUG, Deep Ellum Urban Gardens (a sub-committee of the Deep Ellum Community Association (DECA)), and they've got their green thumbs honed in on a patch of grass near the intersection of Canton and Good Latimer. The vision of the project is to develop a space for local residents and restaurants to grow produce, while also creating some neighborly time together.

Over the past year DUG has been busy organizing plans, obtaining permits and has also had the soil tested. With all of that taken care of, they are now working on funding.

To see the full beauty of this urban garden realized, they need to raise a total $25,000.

A cool $10K "will cover the fencing and labor," said DECA Board Member Paula Ramirez. "That is Step 1 of building the gardens. Without a fence we would not be able to safely store other gardening materials. The other $15,000 should cover the rest of the supplies we need."

An irrigation system, tool shed, gravel, mulch, topsoil and a washing station are some of the items on that supply list.

"If materials are donated, such as lumber, we will deduct that from the grand total," Ramirez added.

In true Deep Ellum fashion, DUG has bypassed the traditional sidewalk bake-sale to raise the money for this project and have instead taken the multi-media path by using a website called Crowd Tilt, which is a Dallas-based online fundraising company.

Interested donors can pledge any amount to the DUG account, and once a certain threshold is met, $10,000 in this case, the entire project is "tilted" and funded.

The campaign just went live this past weekend and has already achieved 10 percent of its goal. They have until October 31 to raise $10,000, at which point the campaign tilts, meaning credit cards are charged and a check is cut and mailed to DUG. (If it doesn't tilt, no one gets charged -- and no checks are mailed.)

Even though the timeline for Crowd Tilt ends October 31, DUG sees this as a long-term project overall.

"We have more fundraising ideas coming down the pipeline," Ramirez added. "We are working with the Deep Ellum Outdoor Market to try to set up a Food Truck day in Deep Ellum, where we would shut down part of Main street for five hours and have trucks, eating, lounging spaces and a VIP blogging lounge on a monthly basis to benefit DUG and become a staple activity in Deep Ellum.

"Even if we get to $25,000, this urban garden is not just for us, but for future generations of Deep Ellum. We not only hope to build the gardens but find a way to maintain the gardens for generations to come."

For more information visit the DUG website.


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Dard1557
Dard1557

Before you get started on your gardening project, there are a few tools and materials necessary to begin. Of course, you'll need a plot of land or area within a yard to plant your garden. The size and design of the garden largely depends on what kind of garden you will grow.Once you have determined how your garden will be physically laid out, you'll need some basic tools to get started. A hoe or small plow will be needed to turn the soil in which you will plant. For small flower gardens, a hoe or even a small trowel may be sufficient. For larger gardens and for many vegetable and fruit gardens, a plow, or rototiller, would probably be more desirable.

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primi timpano
primi timpano

And I think Holland can be a number 2 pitcher.  He may not get another shot against Detroit (4-0 Rangers?) but he's still throwing cheese (that's for the CoA content) and I expect much better next time.

primi timpano
primi timpano

I would have thought the neighborhood would be providing almost all of the labor.  If you won't dig, you shouldn't be gardening and sure should not expect others to pay for that you refuse to do.

Daily Reader
Daily Reader

Oh, I forgot, we lost the sports section last month and the homage to Witt by Witt hasn't been taken down.

Daily Reader
Daily Reader

Did these posts get mixed in from the sports section?  What the...

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Oh yeah, I forgot.

Dear LDD,   What do the food trucks think about the Dutch Oven (see, food related!) pitching another playoff game?  Do the celebrity chef's think that Albert the Great will go to the Cubs, Yankee's, Sawx, or stay put?  Do the half price drink specials think that Tebow will start another game this year?  Will that bring dissension in the Bronc's room?

Finally,   Listening to Steve Eager was bad enough after the game, then the other Chan 4 anchor (that chick) says 'lets' all root for the Rangers, AND the championship!".  Really?  Chicks don't need to talk sports, and I promise not to talk decorating and shopping. Then Steve Eager drops that nugget that NC17 was the first person ever to hit a grand slam in a postseaon game.  Really.  Note to local newsfolks as this effer proceeds............don't talk about what you know NOTHING about; ala "Snoopy Dog".  You look like heartless, soulless flakes.  Just smiles-no head.

Kergie out.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

This story is Kergie approved.......anytime we can improve a toilet like Dallas; you do it!  Salute'.  Also, guys, perfect time to go hiking.  Maybe lay down the phone and head up north 75, until it turns to 69, and east at Stringtown.  Now don't mind the mining, within a bit you 'll be looking at the Kiamichi Mountains.  Now head north when you get to the Winding Stairs Rec Area; and pull off anywhere!  Other great hikes:

-Cossatot River-Queen Wilamena State Park-Any of the Weyerhauser lands in east OK, West Ar.-Maybe North of Fort Smith in the OZARKS?

-How about 287 north/west through Amarillo, and into hiking HEAVEN-Palo Duro-Caprock-Sugarrite Canyon....and on into Taos, Santa Fe, Red River, Questa, etc., etc.

Now go enjoy life, and don't worry about some crappy restaurant with drink specials, or some crazy ass celebrity chef who doesn't give two hoots about you, or your food.  Dallas is culinary hell. The most gullible people on earth? ENGAGE. RELAX. LIVE. Have a Thoreau moment.

Oh yeah, first biothches!  BTW, where are my Sporto bro's?  Let's wreck this S.O.B., and then head over to the dead Spoto, and talk about NC17's historic home run!

nothing new here
nothing new here

they deride the Observer, its writers and readers but fortunately for us they keep coming back to remind us how clever and witty they all are. watch how they congratulate each other's comments. so cute.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Dear Daily Reader,    Do you think the Cowboys should draft a cornerback in next years draft, or maybe, find the "quarterback of the future?"  Also, do you think Holland can be a number two starter in next years rotation?  What do you think of Martin Perez?

FoxyMoron
FoxyMoron

Just got back from a 10 day hiking/camping trip in Ouray, co.. Santa, Fe and Palo Duro Canyons... Touche to the comment about Dallas harboring "Most gullible people on earth"  My husband and I always laugh at the Sheeple here..."oh Dallas Observer says this steaming pile of shit over here is great and everyone is eating it, Therefore I must eat this steaming pile of shit" and say its amazing so everyone thinks Im hip and current....

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Is this that fat guy down the street with the 747 glasses, and tons of mouth spit?  POW!

Daily Reader
Daily Reader

Neither Jerry Jones nor Nolan Ryan gives a rats ass what I think about what they do.  I'm not paying the players and I don't believe you are an owner.

Coleman
Coleman

wow, you sound like a dickhead.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Wow, me likey!  I always go to the Weminuche Wilderness area, just a bit south of Ouray-like around Platoro; but, all of southern Colorado is awesome.  I take the same trip everytime, since my parents first brought me up in 1981.

-Over Raton Pass-West at Walsenburg-Stop at Cuchara-West to the Dunes-Get stuck on the sand road-Go north to the mountains-Platoro-South to Taos, Santa Fe, etc.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

And who said Sporto's ain't smart!  And remember, daddy said, "you cain't shine no turd".  But I sure am trying with this blog; although, the "winder" is gittin' a bit cloudy as I try to rub the sh&t in.

Kergie Out.

Kris 121
Kris 121

I know, I know Mr. Kergie (holding his hand up like Horshack),    It's Hookers On Lake Lewisville.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Yup, Wildflowers Over Wars......a society that protects life, and the liberties of all Americans.  And that's bad?  This coming from a guy who met his GF on HOLL.

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

unlike you, who met your GF on WoW?

Daily Reader
Daily Reader

Let me clarify, I'm just a lowly employee who works for someone just about like you so I tune them out by reading the Observer during my working hours while they pay me.

Daily Reader
Daily Reader

If I was either one do you think I'd be responding to your asinine comments?  I'm just a lowly employee for someone who reads the Observer during my working hours just like you!

FoxyMoron
FoxyMoron

Hey I do what I can to make the world a better place..xo, Lindy

Coleman
Coleman

well, congratulations for bridging the gender gap, then.

FoxyMoron
FoxyMoron

I am a woman but I will take dickhead anytime! 

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

The truth makes you sound like dickhead?  I detect a typical Dallas @sshole here boys!  Get in yer leased Beamer and zoom up the tollway; you flaccid, tribe tat wearing thirty thousand dollar millionaire.  BTW, your boss called and needs you back in lumber. PRONTO!

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