- Monday, November 16, 2015
To the Editor:
I’m writing on behalf of the management and residents of Nunnawauk Meadows to express our spe-cial thanks to Harvey Pessin and the wonderful volunteers of the Victory Garden. They always think of us when their hard work produces such delicious vegetables!
- Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 10:46 am
Tucked away in the Victory Garden at Fairfield Hills, Jeff Shwartz picked out a worker bee last month from one of the three hives he owns and maintains on the property.
Mr Shwartz started beekeeping in 2006. At first he was mainly attracted by honey, but his fascination with the creatures eventually grew.
Mr Shwartz, a director of the Back Yard Beekeepers Association, now provides wasp and hornet removal services and supplies custom hives for budding, and buzzing, enthusiasts.
- Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 9:49 am
Sandy Hook Elementary School students ventured with parents and Math/Science Specialist Kris Feda to the Victory Garden in Fairfield Hills on Wednesday, June 3, to plant and work on rows overseen by the school community.
Both Reed Intermediate School and Sandy Hook School have two rows at the Victory Garden. An after school group from Reed visits the garden weekly, when planting is seasonal, with Reed teacher Dawn Ford, who was also present to help the Sandy Hook School students on June 3.
- Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 9:48 am
Reed Intermediate School students gathered at the Victory Garden in Fairfield Hills on Friday, June 12, to work as a group on two rows in the garden.
Both Reed and Sandy Hook Elementary School have two rows at the Victory Garden. Sandy Hook's rows are overseen by the school community, and Reed's Rise In Shine group ventures to the garden weekly, weather permitting, to work on its two rows.
Reed teachers Dawn Ford and John Sicbaldi advice the after school group.
- Friday, May 22, 2015
It is the time of year when we dig our fingers into the soil, plant seeds, and hope that they will flourish. We look forward to the bounty our gardens will provide. While not the agricultural community that it once was, Newtown is still a place where backyard gardens proliferate.
- Friday, December 19, 2014
To the Editor:
I'm writing on behalf of the management and residents of Nunnawauk Meadows to express our special thanks to Harvey Pessin, Victory Garden Director, and all of the hard-working volunteers who helped plant, harvest and deliver the bounty of vegetables from the Victory Garden in the summer and fall months.
- Friday, October 3, 2014
I have been worrying my whiskers off over the news coming out of Liberia. I hope you join me in sending silent purrs and good thoughts toward our friends outside of Monrovia. The building project for the New Life Christian Academy, funded by Reed Intermediate School Pushcart Warriors and an anonymous West Coast couple, is still suspended, and all schools are closed for the time being due to the Ebola outbreak.
- Sunday, June 29, 2014
Jeff Shwartz is a beekeeper, which entails much more than a sweet, amber-colored reward.
“Believe it or not, I thought I wanted honey,” he said. Regarding the work he began in 2007, he said, “I thought that a couple of times a year you pull on a deep sea diving suit and steal honey” from the bee hives. He soon discovered that tending bees was a far bigger business.
- Friday, April 25, 2014
Pressing her trowel into sun-baked soil, Victory Garden volunteer Barbara Toomey started this season’s preparations for her row in the community garden.
Pulling at weeds and leftover plant husks and removing old plant supports, she glanced up as several other volunteers arrived Monday afternoon: “It’s our first time together [this season], I guess we’ll clean up,” adding, “we’ll need fresh mulch between the rows.”
- Monday, November 11, 2013
Apples, apples, and more apples. Victory Garden Founder Harvey Pessin dropped his tailgate to reveal a truck bed filled with bagged apples. He and other Victory Garden volunteers made a trip to Washington, Conn. Wednesday, November 6, where a private property owner with more than 150 apple trees welcomed him and others to pick for free as many apples as they liked. “All we had to do was pick,” he said. Estate crews in Washington were able to haul produce and load guests’ vehicles.