On Saturday, May 14th 2011, the Escalante Community Garden, in conjunction with Tempe Community Action Agency and Tempe Leadership Class XXVI hosted the ECG Ribbon Cutting Celebration! The event, attended by about 175 diverse community members was a huge success. Attendees enjoyed a delicious pancake breakfast made by Tempe Firefighters, a seed pinata filled with Humble Seed, face painting, speeches from various community members, and a garden tour.
Thank you to everyone who made this event possible:
The ECG Committee: Farar Family, Loretta Watson, Puente-Reinhardt Family, Tucker Family, Nancy Buell, Carol Kronoff, Joyce Reigelsberger, Pam Knight, & Terry Brewer
Volunteers: Tempe Leadership Class XXVI, Public Allies Arizona, Bethany Community Church, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Girl Scouts of Tempe, ASU, Boeing, Grace Community Church, University Presbyterian Church, & the Tempe Firefighters.
Businesses: City of Tempe, EcoScraps, Home Depot, Sunbelt Rentals, Architekton, Paul's Ace Hardware, Phoenix Fence, Humble Seed, Tempe Power Equipment, Harper's Nursery, Goodman Fabrications, & Jumbo Graphics!
|We released 18,000 lady bugs into our garden. Click here to learn how ladybugs can benefit your garden.|
|Our first radishes ready to be harvested... many of the Ribbon Cutting attendees enjoyed a few delicious radishes throughout the morning :)|
|Lots o' lady bugs!|
|Our new ECG banner|
|Many varieties of lettuce|
|A garden warming gift we received!|
|Face painting at the Ribbon Cutting... thanks Dario and Adriana!|
|Our Lady Bug Pinata filled with Humble Seed's Tongue of Fire Bush Beans.|
|At the Celebration, we dedicated the community gathering area to the Puente-Reinhardt family for their unwavering support of the ECG.|
|Joel Navarro, Vice Mayor of the City of Tempe|
|Onnie Shekerjian, City of Tempe Council member|
|Adam Kress, Tempe Leadership Class XXVI|
|Dennis Farar, Escalante Community Garden member|
|The cutting of the ribbon!|