Growing Garden Gnomes - A Day-Camp For All School-Aged Kids
Jul
29
to Aug 30

Growing Garden Gnomes - A Day-Camp For All School-Aged Kids

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We’re  Growing Garden Gnomes—

Yep! Growing Garden Gnomes!

A day-camp for school-aged kids where they will learn all about      gardening and SO MUCH MORE!

Daily modules encompassing themes include:

¨ Growing Organically

¨ Sustainability

¨ Alternative Growing Methods

¨ Foraging and Gleaning

¨ Personal Wellness

Each module will be packed with  activities presented through the lens of indigenous peoples’ symbiotic partnership with the earth.

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We’re  Growing Garden Gnomes—

Yep! Growing Garden Gnomes!

A day-camp for school-aged kids where they will learn all about      gardening and SO MUCH MORE!

Daily modules encompassing themes include:

¨ Growing Organically

¨ Sustainability

¨ Alternative Growing Methods

¨ Foraging and Gleaning

¨ Personal Wellness

Each module will be packed with  activities presented through the lens of indigenous peoples’ symbiotic partnership with the earth.

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 Want to help us make a difference in our community? Are you interested in helping us build something really cool???? Check it out!

The camp is in the summer, but we will be having gatherings and informational sessions every other week or so. Please come and see what nugget you can share - OR come help us as part of the support team.

www.dreambigaskbold.org/Growing Garden Gnomes Team Registration

Kid’s sign ups soon!

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Seeds of Grace at the Kitsap Great Give
Apr
23
12:00 AM00:00

Seeds of Grace at the Kitsap Great Give

Help us make this the most successful Great Give yet!

Seeds of Grace has been building gardens on the Kitsap Peninsula since June of 2014. Our yearly average of four new gardens has brought us to this year, 2019, with a total twenty-one gardens built over five years. These gardens have been strategically placed in areas where they would have the most impact: schools, subsidized housing communities, parks in less affluent neighborhoods, youth and senior centers.

Over the past five years, these gardens have provided our community with thousands of pounds of fresh, organically-grown produce harvested by the hands of hundreds of volunteers.

In 2016, we found out about the Kitsap Great Give and have participated in it each year since. The revenue raised through this wonderfully-conceived crowdfunding campaign has helped us to build these gardens. The partnerships fostered through the donations that have been made are integral to our ongoing capacity for growth.

CLICK HERE to go to our profile page on the Kitsap Great Give website.

Each year, our eyes have been opened to bigger and better possibilities as we have built, redefined and honed the programs we offer. Community support and partnerships have brought us here – and I want to share with you the latest developments.

In 2018, Seeds of Grace was informed that their letter of request for a building on acreage had won the competition out of several contenders. It seemed that our dream to create our own educational program for school-aged students struck a chord with the selection board. Upon receipt of this gift we were not only grateful, exceedingly so, we were also exceedingly overwhelmed.

Lichen Hollow is our lovingly re-named facility, located in the small niche between Illahee, Brownsville and University Point on the Kitsap Peninsula, is nestled against beautiful woods teeming with deer and other wild animals just waiting to grow into its full potential. This potential is not just as the Seeds of Grace Headquarters, but also as a meeting, classroom and private party venue for up to 100 people which then becomes another revenue stream to be used for facilities maintenance, renovation and upkeep.

This gift gave us unexpected potential; it has exponentially expanded the breadth of our capacity. We now have space to freely grow, daily tend, and openly harvest. We now have a place from which we can operate all of our administration, store all of our excess garden supplies and events décor.

While this facility is a blessing, it comes with an immediate to-do list before the full potential can be realized: the heating system was unusable when we took possession, and the roof is in disrepair and leaks in places. There are several other things on our “want” list, but our “need” list is taking priority right now.

A commitment for our heating system by the Bremerton Central Lion’s Foundation for $7500 will pay for one half and is contingent upon our raising the other $7500. This is why we have decided that it will be one of the fundraising targets we have for this year’s Kitsap Great Give.

If we are able to fund the other half of the heating system, we will not have to endure another heatless winter here (brrr!) and we will be able to realize more net revenue from renting out Lichen Hollow, which we'll use for the other renovation and repair projects! This venue "rental" plan also includes free use of the facility for other NPO's, community clubs and service organizations. We are offering the venue to other organizations or businesses who offer free classes to the community on a donation basis only. Our main desire is to bring the property back to a point where it becomes an asset to be used by the community as well as Seeds of Grace. 

CLICK HERE to go to our profile page on the Kitsap Great Give website.

Over the past few years, we had begun discussing expanding our program offerings to include education - specifically as it fits into what we already offer. The vision has included a plan to build a summer day camp for children. The gift of Lichen Hollow has given us the capacity to do just that.

We would like to put the additional donations raised through the Kitsap Great Give, over and above our heating request for matching funds, toward a program designed to give kids exposure to concepts as simple as seed sowing and as complicated as the intricate details of symbiosis in a 5-day (6-hours per day) camp that will incorporate STEM concepts, Indigenous Peoples Perspective of earth stewardship and the simplicity of brotherly love into an environment-focused, hands-on, five-day camp called Growing Garden Gnomes: Planting Seeds, Cultivating Love.

Each day’s activities will encompass themes: Growing Organically, Sustainability, Alternative Growing Methods, Foraging and Gleaning, and Personal Wellness. Within these themes will be sessions that will delve deeper into subjects like water conservation, mentoring, aguaponics, vermiculture, soil chemistry, and community service among many others-18 in all!

The students will experiment with pH, carbon capture, and different soils for different plants. They will have opportunities to walk through the forest and find the edible native species of plants and mushrooms. Every day they will bring home evidence of what they are learning, and at the end of the week, they will be able to demonstrate concepts that at the beginning of the week were foreign to them.

We feel tremendous excitement about the potential impact of this program. We know that there will be seeds planted in these children that they will carry with them into the future. They will bring with them perspectives which will facilitate the change that will be necessary for their generation and for generations to come.

We are well on our way to having the administrators, teachers, facilitators, and specialists, to help run the camp, however, we would love to invite you to join us. If you are interested in helping us make this a reality, or you have nuggets of specialized information, or you simply want to be in the presence of our future world-changers come; be a part of our first annual educational camp.

Thank you for reading through our organization's profile. Please consider a gift to Seeds of Grace as you support our wide array of nonprofit organizations represented in the Kitsap Great Give. It will make such a difference.

The support you give us through the Kitsap Great Give will be instrumental to the efficiency with which we can provide our community a wonderful venue for classes, meetings and also weddings and parties, while also giving us a solid foundation on which we will grow our future educational camps. We gratefully accept your gift and will gladly report back to you the difference you are making with this partnership, and for the children of our future. 
CLICK HERE to go to our profile page on the Kitsap Great Give website.

Impact Story - In 2016, we found out about the Kitsap Great Give and have participated in it each year since. The revenue raised through this wonderfully-conceived crowdfunding campaign has helped us to build every garden since. It is atypical that we get to interact with those who might receive the food we grow; especially those who receive it through food banks. But to know that there are many who wait for us, come harvest season, to bring the freshly picked food to the food bank for donation, brings us so much joy. This joy, we gladly share with the partners fostered through the Kitsap Great Give, not just those on whose donations we depend, (as integral to our ongoing capacity for growth as they are), but also through the awareness raised by the program. Impactful. Kitsap Great Give has truly been impactful.

CLICK HERE to go to our profile page on the Kitsap Great Give website.

Mission Statement - Seeds of Grace builds sustainable, organic gardens in impoverished neighborhoods locally and around the world to feed God's Sheep while planting seeds to educate future generations

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Seeds of Grace Volunteer Orientation
Apr
13
9:00 AM09:00

Seeds of Grace Volunteer Orientation

Are you looking for a way to "Give back more"? Got a little time on your hands?
Here is your opportunity!

Do you know about Seeds of Grace? If not, would you like to? Beginning in 2019, we will be offering regularly scheduled Volunteer Orientation sessions that will help you determine how you might be able to use your skills to help feed our community through building gardens and education.

Let's have some coffee and snacks, watch a short presentation, hear from other volunteers and ponder - Are we a good fit for you? If so, what would you like to do?

So grab a friend and come join us as we grow this organization together!

Click here for more information….

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Growing Garden Gnomes - Planting Seeds~Cultivating Love Planning Session
Apr
13
8:30 AM08:30

Growing Garden Gnomes - Planting Seeds~Cultivating Love Planning Session

Interested in helping us build something really cool???? Check it out!

The camp is in the summer, but we will be having gatherings and informational sessions every other week or so. Please come and see what nugget you can share - OR come help us as part of the support team.

www.dreambigaskbold.org/Growing Garden Gnomes Team Registration

Kid’s sign ups soon!

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Spring Cleaning at Lichen Hollow
Mar
30
8:00 AM08:00

Spring Cleaning at Lichen Hollow

As you know, it is so close to Springtime! And as you also know, that means a lot of craziness for Seeds of Grace. We are hoping we can count on you to help us by putting together a team for a LARGE work party scheduled for March 30. We have a lot of winter clean up to do and you have, in the past, either have, or indicated you would be willing to help us by pulling together people who have strong backs and also understand the mission of the organization. I’d like to ask if you would be willing to come through for us (again) at the end of this month?

We will be at Lichen Hollow serving breakfast on March 30, at 8:00 AM and will provide lunch and snacks. We have a need for project overseers – as we will also be working with the Washington Youth Academy who will be bringing 40 – 50 cadets. Each project will require from 2 – 5 people on the team. Some projects will be fairly quick, and some will take a few hours. We don’t plan to finish for the day before 4:00 PM.

The projects span a wide range of skillsets, so I am sure we will be able to use EVERY hand you can gather and commit. They include (but are not limited to):
Setting Sheds on Concrete blocks/ pads
Building a firepit
Trimming trees
Planting starts into already existing raised beds
Cutting up and stacking fallen branches
Building trails/ framing raised beds
Filling beds with soil and mulch
Cleanup in woods/ building trails
Building a “rock” path (stamped concrete puzzle pieces)
Building a brick patio
General clean up
I know there will be much more, and depending on how many of you are able to commit, we can build more projects to accommodate the number of teams we actually have, so can you please let me know at your nearest convenience how many on your team will be coming?

Alternatively, you can complete the form located here:

www.dreambigaskbold.org/lichen-hollow-work-party

Please make sure to register so we have enough food!


I thank you so much for your commitment to Seeds of Grace! Partnerships with community leaders, such as yourselves are instrumental in growing the capacity of our organization, allowing us to do so much more with the blessings we’ve been given. We thank you truly, for whatever time you can commit.

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Liberty Tax Community GiveBack for Seeds of Grace
Mar
24
2:30 PM14:30

Liberty Tax Community GiveBack for Seeds of Grace

Kitsap Community Giveback with Liberty Tax

Liberty Tax is proud to partner with Seeds of Grace again this year!

New clients who donate to Seeds of Grace get their 2018 tax return done for FREE.

Returning clients will receive a $75 discount off tax preparation.

Seeds of Grace, a local NPO, has built 23 gardens across Kitsap, Mason and Pierce Counties. The harvests have fed thousands in our communities and hundreds have found great satisfaction as volunteers, helping to build, maintain and harvest the food.
Our partnership as well as the gifts you gave last year, supported renovation projects at Lichen Hollow, and helped to build three local gardens in 2018.

2019 brings a new program for kids, called Growing Garden Gnomes. Your gift will support that program. Thank you for your partnership.

LIBERTY TAX—You do life, we do taxes

We at Seeds of Grace want to thank Liberty Tax for their ongoing partnership! We are humbled by your trust and support.

Go into any of the five Liberty Tax locations in Kitsap County or click HERE to make an appointment between today and next Saturday.

Get your taxes done for free, and support Seeds of Grace.

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Crafting for a Cause
Mar
24
10:00 AM10:00

Crafting for a Cause

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Do you have a talent, an artistic perspective or a gift of creation that you would like to lend to Seeds of Grace for a day? We would love to host you, provide you with lunch, beverages and snacks if you would come and help us build some fun items that we can sell at the Blooming Bazaar! We have supplies for candle-making, card stamping, planter assembly, planting kit creation, and so many other things - If you would like to bring supplies to donate that we can put together for the benefit of our programs, that would be great too!

Come hang out, and even if you don't have a talent, if you can use a glue-gun, hammer a nail, paint, chalk, Cricut, or whatever else we can think of, we would love to have you!

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Whether you know about Seeds of Grace and our mission, or not - YOU are welcome to join us - Come find out! Bring a friend!
I absolutely love to be alongside creative people! I love to be learning in the midst of those who love to learn. I love to walk alongside as a mentor.

I would love to have you join us!!!

THERE IS NO COST TO ATTEND, however please complete the form below, as having an accurate count of people to feed will ensure we have enough food! Also, it will tell us what you would like to do, what skills you might have or what materials you can contribute. AND THANK YOU!!!

Name *
Name
Address
Address
Phone *
Phone
Please describe your skills
Whatever they may be - list them here!
Please list their name (s) here
List their names and ages - We'll have age appropriate activities or projects for them
That's cool! Wanna bring a snack to share?

Thank you! See you Sunday the 24th of March! Anytime between 10 AM and 4 PM

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Kitsap Great Give - Support Seeds of Grace
Mar
20
4:30 PM16:30

Kitsap Great Give - Support Seeds of Grace

Lichen Hollow, our lovingly re-named facility, located in the small niche between Brownsville and University Point on the Kitsap Peninsula, is nestled against beautiful woods teeming with deer and other wild animals just waiting to grow into its full potential. 
Last year, your gifts through KGG helped us build an office, install energy-efficient lighting through 90% of the building, improve the grounds, repaint inside our building and remove a LOT of debris left behind by years of non-use. 
This year we have a couple of large projects and one of them is the focus of our Kitsap Great Give request: A matching gift commitment for our heating system by the Bremerton Central Lion’s Community Foundation for $7500 will leverage your donation. Every donation you give to Seeds of Grace during this 24-hour giving extravaganza up to that amount will be matched by those Lion’s Funds.
If we are able to fund the other half of the heating system, we will not have to endure another heatless winter here (brrr!) and we will be able to realize more net revenue from renting out Lichen Hollow, which we'll use for the other renovation and repair projects! 
Lichen Hollow is a community resource. It is used by local NPOs, by neighbors and this year, we’re offering a summer day camp for kids. Seeds of Grace operates all business from here as we continue to do the work in schools, building gardens and growing food for our community. We promise YOUR gift will positively impact many.
Would you please help us realize the full potential of Lichen Hollow by donating, so that we can install the new heating system? 

Will you please choose Seeds of Grace on April 23? 

Of course you can give directly to Seeds of Grace through our Facebook Donation platform as it is validated by Guidestar: https://www.guidestar.org/Profile/9381219

Or click this link to be directed to our Great Give Profile Page

Early giving through the Kitsap Great Give site begins April 9!

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Seeds of Grace at the Clearwater Casino Fat Tuesday Parade of Service
Feb
15
to Mar 5

Seeds of Grace at the Clearwater Casino Fat Tuesday Parade of Service

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Again this year, we have been invited to the Clearwater Casino’s Mardi Gras parade! What a joy it was last year to go and tie for 1st place with the Olympic College Foundation. There were many VERY worthy nonprofits there, so I would suggest you find out if your favorite nonprofit organization will be represented (of course if it isn’t Seeds of Grace) and go vote! It is not a complicated process: You have to get a VOTING ticket from the Player’s Club when you go to play. If you get a GOLDEN TICKET from us, (we have a lot!!!) you will receive 2 tickets from the Player’s Club. Extra vote day is February 26 – so go THAT day with your golden ticket and get a total of FOUR (4) votes! And if we have earned your votes, please put YOUR ticket into OUR ticket hopper, which will be directly adjacent to our float! Voting will commence on February 19 and ends at 6:00 PM on March 4. The parade is March 5 at 7:00 PM.

Our theme this year centers on how Seeds of Grace is educating the community using Lichen Hollow!

We’re  Growing Garden Gnomes—

¨ Growing Organically

¨ Sustainability

¨ Alternative Growing Methods

¨ Foraging and Gleaning

¨ Personal Wellness

Each module will be packed with  activities presented through the lens of indigenous peoples’ symbiotic partnership with the earth.

Session Activities Include:

 Growing Organically: Seeds; starts; growing methods; composting;  vermiculture; aguaponics; permaculture

Foraging and Gleaning:     Edible species; mycology; identification; woods  crafting; when to harvest; symbiosis

Sustainability: Water conservation and harvesting; composting; carbon capture; alternative energy; recycling; reusing

Nutrition: Plant biology; macronutrients and micronutrients; healthy options;  preparation and preservation; consequences of unhealthy choices

Self Care: Body, mind and spirit; yoga, creative activities (art. textiles, etc.); herbs for health; community service; journaling; non-edibles; meditation

Check it out and if you have time, expertise or knowledge to offer, please give Karole a call.

Join us! help us build a wonderful place for our community to learn.

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The Third Annual Seedy Soirée
Nov
17
5:30 PM17:30

The Third Annual Seedy Soirée

Seeds of Grace is hosting our 3rd Annual Seedy Soirée in November to raise funds to continue building organic sustainable gardens in impoverished neighborhoods around the world to feed God’s Sheep. This event will include an auction, heavy appetizers and a concert, featuring Dove-nominated artist, Shawn McDonald. It will be held at the Admiral Theatre, in Bremerton, Washington.

Expect to have a wonderful evening with a wide variety of activities all designed to build up Seeds of Grace's many programs, including building more gardens locally and globally, designing curriculum for our Garden Gnome Junior program, an after-school and summer youth program, expanding our Garden Gnome Digest, the adult version - increasing our overall capacity to serve our community through Lichen Hollow, our new location at 8050 Illahee Road.

Tickets, donation and sponsorship information available at: www.dreambigaskbold.org/soiree

 

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Dinner in the Vineyard
Aug
30
5:00 PM17:00

Dinner in the Vineyard

Come and join us at Olalla Vineyard where we'll enjoy a 5-course meal prepared by Chef Chris Nau. Each course is paired with a selection of wines by Mary Ellen Houston of Olalla Winery, for your palet's pleasure. Your evening will be accompanied by local musician, Harmonica Dave Canales. Please click the link below and order your tickets before they sell out.

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