Apr 9, 2014

Spark Exploration

Thank you for investing in our youth!

We are in the 3rd week of our program and having a great time. Students have learned what a spark is and how it can help them create success in their life!

Spark: The activities which a student is passionate about! The ones that get them up in the morning and motivate them through the day!

When we started many of our kids had no idea what they were good at or even what they enjoyed! Now we have seen them making t-shirts, dancing, singing, and even talking about the relationship between activities that require agility (hula-hopping, yoga, tight rope-walking) and profession sports! Its very exciting to see them explore each others sparks.

We meet every Wednesday after school in the library to help students discover what their sparks are.

This month, we will have numerous professional speakers visit with the students and give them brief introductions to sparks that students may have never considered or even heard about.

Over the next 3 weeks, we will be exploring camp options for students and starting the enrollment process!

Other Program Updates

We are excited to announce that Jovial Futures is moving forward and will be offered at Jefferson High School next year! We look forward to our continuing partnership with College in Colorado and making sure that students in our program have the tools they need to build the successful futures they desire.

We are looking for mentors and profession speakers to inspire youth during our Wednesday programs. If you are in the Wheat Ridge/ Edgewater area and interested in mentoring a 7th or 8th grader please contact us!

Apr 7, 2014

Seedlings and Spring Time

Happy Spring!

Jovial Gardens is in full-swing and certainly off to an auspicious start!   The incredible support of our volunteers, and amenable weather over the past couple weekends has provided us more time in the gardens. We are on track and often exceeding expectations.

We have turned 41 of our 43 plots, and may include a couple more small spaces. As of today, we have over 1600 heirloom starter plants for 43 garden plots, with an overall average of 150 sq. ft. per plot (plots range from 80 - 1600 sq. ft.).  Our volunteers have collectively contributed hundreds of hours in the gardens prepping plots/turning soil, building planter boxes, collecting material donations, and spreading compost and other soil amendments, often in inclement conditions.  We have spread seed in a few of our plots - beens, corn, etc.

Starter plants include multiple varieties of tomatoes and peppers along with some herbs - primarily basil.  Many thanks have to be extended to Denver Urban Gardens for donating nearly 400 packs of seed - many of which will provide a solid jump start for next season.

As of last weekend, community donations have provided us with enough structure, including actual greenhouse pane’s/panels/framing, and funds (Thank you Denver Foundation) to complete the Jovial Gardens greenhouse architectural design (which we will publish on Facebook so people know what we’re doing) with the assistance of Kurt Sullivan. We anticipate a late April, early May completion and christening of the permanent structure.  With the updated design, we have more than doubled our initial design foot print to 400 sq. ft., and a potential growing space of nearly 600 sq. ft. 

We’re always looking for donations, including:  garden tools, poet tools, roto-tiller, coffee grounds, inoculant, building materials (cinder blocks, lumber, etc), and the use of pick-up trucks on weekends to transport manure, compost, and other supplies.

We are excited to announce that so many people want to donate yard space that we have been forced to start a waiting list!! Once we reach our $20,000 goal for this year, we will start turning the soil for the gardens on the wait list.

Volunteers include:

Katie Krueger
Eric Voecks
Jenna Manchego
AJ Johnson
Terry Henninger
Diana Hall
Chris Grant
Kim Weeks
Carrie Sonnerborn
Teri Connolly
Erin Williams
Jeanette Hyatt, her son, Kyle, and friend Jake
Adam Culp (SOS group “Sherpa”)
Emily Freer
Joel Hamilton
Angela Casella


Vicky Peters made an awesome donation.

— 3 shovels
— 2 box fans
— 1 space heater
— Lots of lumber for our planter boxes and greenhouse construction. 

Jasmine Bernheim

Three used greenhouse panels, and a frame for another.  Having the panels has given us the ability to design around them for the overall greenhouse design.

 Kurt Sullivan - Greenhouse architectural design

 Denver Urban Gardens Seed Giveaway - hundreds of packs of heirloom seeds

 Miguel and Henry - Compost

 Allyson Kissel - Plexiglass, and PVC pipe

Stan and Elizabeth Barrett donated the five 3’ x 6’ and 4’ x 6’, one inch window panes, three greenhouse gardening books, a copy of his Master Gardener materials folder, and a compact space heater.

SOS Youth!
SOS Youth!


Jan 15, 2014

Looking Forward: January 2014

Greenhouse location!
Greenhouse location!

Thanks to the amazing amount of support from this campaign, we were able to secure $7,500 to fund the 40 gardens for 2014! We are incredibly grateful to everyone who gave and for those of you who are still supporting us monthly! We have had some wonderful developments this month and are getting very excited for our spring seedlings.

So far your money has gone towards moving compost, obtaining organic heirloom seeds, giving the trailer some much needed TLC, buying boards for the gardens beds, and the creation of a greenhouse. We are so grateful that Erik is allowing us to use some space at his home to build a greenhouse for our seedlings!

--- Estimated greenhouse footprint: 180 sq ft 

--- Estimated growing/tray space (stacks): 300 sq ft. 

Erik, Seth, Andrew, and Terry have been working in the cold to make this happen by January 29th! Thank you so much, guys!

Jovial Concepts invites anyone who is interested checking out the greenhouse or some of our gardens to contact us and set up a time. Jovial Concepts will, also, be hosting a monthly potluck for our volunteers, garden hosts, and anyone else who is interested in our work. This is a great opportunity to have fun with your neighbors, enjoy some delicious food, come out and connect, learn about the gardens, create new projects and stay up to date on our current ones.

Thank you again for all your support!

Covered Garden
Covered Garden
Working Hard
Working Hard


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