This past May, the Sargent-Downing Gardens and Nursery was planted at the Settlement Camp! Thank you to everyone in the community who came out and those who have been helping since the start. Together, we've managed to start a great community garden with excellent results. Trees, vegetables and herbs are growing, and trees have been donated to the city. Ten trees will be planted around Beacon over the next few weeks, thanks to 10 sponsors in the community who have purchased the trees. Children can watch them grow throughout their lifetimes. We've also applied for a $50K DEC Environmental Justice grant to create stormwater capture rain gardens, which will help Beacon deal with stormwater runoff.
The Board of The Sargent-Downing Gardens and Nursery have worked hard, and it's brought these rewards and more. We donated the 9/11 Survivor Tree clone this past 9/11 to the Beacon 9/11 Memorial Garden at Patriot's Park. We volunteered to raise money to repair the roof of the future Sargent-Downing Garden's Childrens Educational Center for more children's programming. Our event is on October 8 at the Theater Building at the University Settlement Camp, 2-7pm. The event is $25 in advance, $35 at the door. Children 12 and under get in free. We'll have a pig roast, vegetarian grill, beer, country line dancing, live music from 5 bands, children's games, and raffle prizes from local businesses. Tickets can be purchased here.
With all this hard work the bottom line falls with you the community - we need your help and participation! This is a call to action - we have to sell tickets and spread the word these next few days for our fundraiser to be successful. The City will match what we raise. We are a completely volunteer group. Please help if you feel it's important to have this type of programming for our children. Please buy and sell tickets and spread the word!
To help with this weekend's ticket sales or to buy tickets, please call Board President Richie Cabo at 845 -476-1660.