Once again, Kassadi and Drew Dunn have organized and hosted another fun and productive work day at our Community Learning Garden. So much work went into this day to make it the special event it was for all who attended.
A BIG THANK YOU to Kassadi and Drew and their family and everyone who came out to participate. Exciting progress!!-LeAnn Brown
PLANTING REPORT (from Kassadi)
🥒12 cucumber bushy pickler 6 yellow slicer 6 🍅14 tomato Russian yellow azoychka 3 Black Cherry 3 Sun gold 3 Illini gold 2 Muscovitch 3 🌶14 peppers 2 picnic pepper 1 red 1 orange 1 bell golden California wonder yellow 1 bell red Wisconsin lake 3 Anaheim 4 Shishito 3 poblano These are the starts purchased from Bowman Organic Farm, & they all got planted.
Report and images provided by Lead Gardener, Kassadi Dunn:
(A)=Adult (c)=child (A)= 10 (c)= 11 Repeats from last event (A)= 4 (c)= 3 🌈(A) Harli Denney & (c) Sebastian Bowen & (c) Oliver Denney. Helped plant seeds & starts in victory garden, painted rocks& put their art in the garden, helped plant the raised beds, and helped clean up. Oliver made new friends & played in the sprinklers! 🌈(A) Ann & (A) Dave Boyack Helped plant seeds & starts in victory garden & bought water bottles for everyone. 🌈(A) Kathy Harris Helped plant seeds & starts in victory garden & offered great advice! 🌈(A) Elder Cook & (A) Elder Lindauer Helped plant seeds & starts in victory garden 🌈(A) Karalee & (A) Darren Dunn Donated shade covers for the day, painted rocks & put their art in the garden, helped plant the raised beds & helped clean up. 🌈(c) Violet Boyack, (c) Hazel Devenburg(c) Piper Lish & (c) Kaydence Dunn Came to paint rocks & put their art throughout the garden 🌈(A) Dakota Booth Helped set up, helped plant seeds & starts in victory garden, helped plant raised beds & helped clean up. 🌈(c) Orrin, (c) Isla & (c) Leo Linscomb Helped plant seeds in victory garden, painted rocks& put their art in the garden, & helped plant the raised beds. Made new friends & played in the sprinkler! 🌈(A) Brittney, (c) Frankie & (c) Eric Sorenson Brought watermelon to share with everyone, painted rocks& put their art in the garden & helped plant raised bed. Made new friends & played in the sprinkler!
A Community & Children’s Learning Garden is underway for 2022 to include a solar powered greenhouse building for year round growing and many opportunities for exploring related subjects. Children will learn regenerative agriculture methods, organic ecosystem principles as well as nutrition and healthy lifestyle practices—green living free from pesticides and herbicides—and an appreciation for nature and the environment. —Healing ourselves and our planet, too!
EARTH DAY April 22, 2022 –
Join as at the garden for our first group work day! [details]
We’re excited about the many opportunities this will provide the children for learning through fun and engaging activities during the school year, but also the potential for events and programs to involve their families and our entire community year round:
A science fair with kids working on worm farms and experimenting with solar power and any number of related projects.
Children and members of the community taking the excess produce to sell at the farmers market.
Classes where the children learn about nutrition, then host tasting tables where they share their knowledge with family and community.
Children’s cooking classes, creating healthy dinners for family and friends with the produce they themselves have grown.
Teen-focused summer programs with *regenerative agriculture focus.
Mentorship programs with the senior gardeners in our community and
Many other opportunities to be out in nature–connecting with others while learning empowering, life-enhancing skills.
Why I’m passionate about these topics:
-a personal story by project initiator, LeAnn Brown
If you know me, you’ve probably heard me express my passion for growing without chemicals and the impact of what we eat on our health and the health of our planet. This became a strong focus for me when I was researching to understand why my mom was ill and continued in earnest after her passing.
This quest led me on a journey where I made one connection after another and began questioning everything with regard to our food and healthcare systems, seeing with a new awareness the answers that seem so very obvious to me now. Along the way, I discovered other people including physicians, research scientists and laypeople like me who were making the same connections.
I didn’t discover Zack Bush MD until well into this journey but I’ve been sharing his work (see below) ever since. He has the professional background and knowledge base to address these topics as well as a heart-centered, solution-oriented outlook. He speaks eloquently about these issues, with a focus on the positive action steps we can begin taking today.
His work and philosophy regarding the importance of our connection to each other and our beautiful planet along with diversity and cooperation on the micro and macro level really resonates and aligns with my personal findings and philosophy. I hope it inspires others in the same way!
We need like-minded individuals–those who are passionate about our health and the health of our planet–to join us in bringing this project to life. — [Write us here.]
Join as at the garden for our first group work day! [details]
Planting will begin this spring 2022! – If you would like to donate or sponsor, we are still fundraising for our general expense fund as well as looking for sponsors and material donations for the following specific items:
– Lumber for raised beds: 2×12’s – (or 10′ min. boards) – 312 linear ft. – April 7, 2022 UPDATE: Boards from the old McCammon school were donated for this purpose!
Still looking to obtain:
– Stone slabs for seating in our 30′ diameter amphitheater. – 20′ x 40′ greenhouse building for year round growing and learning.
We’re looking for help in all areas so if you have skills to offer, equipment to loan or perhaps you’d like to donate or become a sponsor-please message us today.
**The following video simplifies Dr. Zach Bush’s message in one relatively short video and
reaches to the heart of the vision for our learning garden.
Solutions within (!) so please watch and pass along to everyone you care about:
*Regenerative Agriculture – excerpt from zachbushmd.com on Farming:
In 1945 Americans grew 45% of their food in their backyard gardens. Now we grow 0.1% of our food in our backyards. 50% of Americans were farming in 1880, now less than 2% of the nation is employed in agriculture.
We created this era of chemical mega farms that has led to the destruction of our soils, water systems, oceans, and human health. By the same reality, we can transform this planet to the most verdant and regenerative ecosystem that has been in many millennia.
By learning to work in a co-creative process with mother nature and her extraordinary variety of species, farmers and consumers will participate to witness richer soils and more abundance of life and health than has been seen in human history.
Rocky Mountain Power Foundation is supporting McCammon Action Council’s community garden as part of its most recent round of Safety and Wellness grants and wants to encourage others to support the effort as well, whether through donations to help them secure their greenhouse, or through volunteerism.
The foundation has provided a $5,500 grant to support this important work, and is providing additional support by increasing visibility for the organization through social media and local media.
I so appreciate Aaron Hunsaker (MAC’s Director) who got us going by networking and leading the fundraising charge; the invaluable support of Drew Dunn (Master Gardener with emphasis in permaculture/regenerative agriculture); and other gardeners in our community including Kathy Spiegel and Brent and Laurel Anderson offering advice and encouragement.
We would love for this garden to become the first of several organically grown community and family-run gardens where we all enjoy contributing and benefiting from these life-enhancing practices!
Thank you in advance for your support and for helping us spread the word! LeAnn Brown
Check out some fun ideas and inspiration on our pinterest board and let us hear from you if you’d like to be involved.
As always, you can support this project and every project in our community by becoming a Patron. – (For as little as $3.33 month you can make a big difference!) Follow the link to learn more: McCammon Action Council on Patreon
The McCammon Action Council is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization
Back in 2018, the community spoke and ever since the MAC | McCammon Action Council volunteers have been working hard to bring our fellow residents’ ideas and requests to life.
Topping the list, residents wanted a new community center and fire station.
After months of hard work researching and brain storming, a plan was put in place which would make everything feasible, allowing McCammon to receive substantial grant money and other assistance needed to pull off these important projects in a way that ties everything together. (see below)
Now it is up to the residents to vote YES and we can get the ball rolling!
Following are posters breaking down the details. If you have questions or need more information before casting your vote, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
OUR THANKS to the many volunteers who make this event possible and the companies and organizations who host each fun and educational experience. We are grateful to have such generous, dedicated people working in these important positions in our community.
Thank you to everyone who came out to support and enjoy this event with us. —We’ll see you next year!
Kathy Spiegel, owner of Marsh Valley Farm…now at the Little Rock Cafe Monday through Saturday!
Plants, flowers, produce, eggs, raw honey, hand-made jewelry and other goodies are available along with outdoor dining or take-away.
We at MAC | McCammon Action Council so appreciate Kathy for bringing the Farmers Market to McCammon. This was a big goal of the MAC early development meetings…many residents expressed they would like to have a farmers market, but no one had been able to make it happen until Kathy agreed to lead the way.
The outdoor farmers market is held every Friday from 9-noon at the Pavilion Park on 6th and Center and while we continue to grow and expand the outdoor market, we are loving that we now have access to many of these items daily at her shop at Little Rock.
Thank you Kathy for all you do to make our community great!
*The day I stopped by for this photo shoot, the Tour of Idaho participants pictured above were enjoying lunch outside under the umbrella shaded tables and remarked about the warm hospitality Kathy provided them.
The motorcycle group is touring all the way from Malad to the top of Idaho and single riders as well as groups up to three will be stopping by the entire month of August for refueling and a brief respite before hitting the intense off-road trails again.
Our thanks to our sponsor for this movie, Idaho Central Credit Union and to Carol Green for organizing the Cruise Parade…Thanks also to our Movie Nights in the Park event lead producer: Sherri Bordeaux, and director, Aaron Hunsaker.
If you have ideas, would like to volunteer, or would like to be involved as a sponsor for any MAC | McCammon Action Council event, please reach out to us [contact] If you’re not already a subscriber, please subscribe and introduce yourself here: [subscribe]
As many residents know by now, MAC is a non-profit, all volunteer organization. Our goal is to continue to produce these new fun events as well as continually add more ways for us to gather, connect and share.
Thanks to one and all who came out to support this event and for all of you working behind the scenes in so many ways to make our community great…
…Our theme says it all. —Together we grow!
*If you or someone you know is featured in these images, I’d love to include that info below the photo…name(s) and car details. 🙂 Thanks! LeAnn