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May. 26th, 2010

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What is the Kensington Community Garden all about?
The garden is an opportunity for the Kensington community along with their families and friends to come together to help others. We welcome individuals, small groups, families, friends and neighbors.
If you are generous with the hungry and start giving yourselves to the down-and-out, your lives will begin to glow in the darkness, your shadowed lives will be bathed in sunlight. I will always show you where to go. I'll give you a full life in the emptiest of places- firm muscles, strong bones. You'll be like a well-watered garden...The Message, Isaiah 58:11:

How big and where is the garden?
Approximately 1 acre. South side of Stoney Creek Road, just west of Adams, in Lake Orion. You can Mapquest 3265 Stoney Creek Road, Oakland Township, MI 48363. The Garden is just west of that mailbox.

What am I committing to if I sign up?
Signing up gets you on the email list so you can receiver frequent garden updates. To receive emails please contact Melissa Borglin at Melissa.borglin@kensingtonchurch.org .

What are we going to do with the vegetables?
The majority of the food goes to people in need at FISH of Oxford and Lake Orion, Baldwin House, Lighthouse in Pontiac, Grace Centers of Hope. Perhaps you know a family that would be blessed by vegetables as well. Bring them to the garden and work together and encourage them to take home what they need.

What supplies will I need to bring?
BRING bug spray, sunscreen, water, garden gloves, and people you want to spend time with.

Is the garden organic?
There are different meanings of "organic gardening." No herbicides (like Round-Up) are ever allowed in the garden. Fertilizers and pest control products will all be provided. Please bring no products on your own.

What about people who have never gardened before?
One of the greatest benefits of community gardening is learning from other gardeners. We have a range of experience in the gardens and many resources to help people who are just getting started.

When can I work in the Garden?
There are 6 weekly time slots, some morning, some evening where a leader is present to direct where to work in the garden. Every volunteer must have a signed waiver on file. Look for a box with the waivers on the property and complete before working. Contact Melissa Borglin at Melissa.borglin@kensingtonchurch.org for a complete schedule of hours.

Do I need to sign a waiver before working in the garden?
Yes, a waiver is required for all people on the garden site. Look for a box with the waivers on the property and complete before working.

Can my kids work in the garden too?
Absolutely!!! A waiver must be on file for minors as well. All children must be supervised at all times.

Will my family be able to share in the harvest of the garden?
Yes, it’s fun to take samples home from your hard work.

What do we do when we get there ?
Check the bulletin board on site for a list of jobs. If in doubt, weeding around the rows is always needed!

Monday's        6:30-8:15pm                           

Tuesday's        6:30-8:15pm                           

Wednesday's 9-11am                                     

Wednesday's 6:30-8:15pm                              

Saturday's       9:30-12pm                              

Sunday's          12:30-2:30pm                         

May. 25th, 2010

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Lake Orion Campus On Facebook!


Check out friends & fun at:  http://www.facebook.com/KensingtonLakeOrion
Note: No need to join Facebook to view the KC Lake Orion pages!

Apr. 26th, 2010

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Spring Serve 2010

Thank you all who served this past Saturday at the Kensington Spring Serve. Over 200 people showed up at Echo Grove, the community Garden, and homes in our area. We made a big impact in our community.

Mar. 19th, 2010

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Last week the Lake Orion campus joined forces with Birmingham and Troy campuses to host 30 guests of the South Oakland Shelter (SOS) at our Troy campus facility.   
Here’s a few stories from the week: 
-On Wednesday evening, we took a "field trip" with the guests down to a dentist office in Birmingham. They were just going to do dental exams, but once they started the exams they decided they needed to do more for our guests! They were there until almost MIDNIGHT doing extractions, fillings, and many other procedures. One guest in particular, named Jim had been VERY quiet leading up to this evening. We found out later that he was in such pain from the headaches caused by an infection in his tooth that he was ready to get some pliers and rip it out himself! Another woman, Gloria, got a discolored tooth fixed and smiled for the first time since she arrived. Many others had teeth removed because of decay or other problems. 
-Another amazing blessing was that a KCC attender donated $1,000 to Kensington's SOS week. Mike Harvill decided that it was best to bless our guests by giving them each $50 Visa Gift Cards. We gave them out last night and our guests were SO grateful! There were a lot of tears and hugs. One guy said, "Ya know, $5.00 gift cards to Burger King would have been enough for me...but THIS is AWESOME! THANK YOU!" 
-Our volunteers were INCREDIBLE! We had over 150 people over the course of the week serving food, driving vans, working security, staying up all night during the overnight shifts, doing laundry, working the check-in table, making lunches, sitting and chatting with guests, offering support....it was AWESOME!


Sep. 15th, 2009

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More info – Click to view "Arts at Kensington Church" 


Kensington Live Arts

Jun. 28th, 2009

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What A Weekend! Kensington in the Lake Orion Community...

On Goal Soccer Clinic instills faith & skills in area youth as Kensington-sponsored event gets rave reviews from parents, coaches and players!

Kensington Team Captures Lake Orion Youth Baseball League Title!  Coached by John O'Connor, Jeff Blackburn, Josh Anderson from KCC and other fine men, the boys enjoyed a thrilling 6-4 victory over Baldwin Barber Shop in the final game, showing excellent pitching, hitting and defense, capped by two rally-squashing double plays in the last two innings.

Jun. 19th, 2009

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Location of Community Garden

Kensington Community Garden Map

Lake Orion Campus Community Garden
Located on Stoney Creek Road in Oakland Township

On the south side of Stoney Creek Rd
between Orion Rd & Adams Rd
[ 0.4 miles west of Adams Rd ]
[ 0.75 miles east of Orion Rd ]

Jun. 16th, 2009

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Organic On The Move ...

Community Garden News Report!
Click On This To See Photos!!
(Jun 15 - OAKLAND TWP - by Therese Wittry)  Many things to report today.  Only 4 more rows to plant this week - 1 row of tomatoes, 3 rows of green peppers. If anyone wants to plant during the day let me know.  Thanks to everyone who helped get things planted this week.  When you come out you will find the following crops have sprouted: corn, pumpkin, zucchini, yellow squash, spaghetti squash, green beans, peas, cucumbers, spinach, tomatoes, and green peppers.  We give thanks for the nice rain on our new plants yesterday evening!  Click on this link to view photos of the garden!

A row all the way around the garden has been cleared.  The weeds around all the trees have been cut down to eliminate small animal hiding places.  10 mounds at the west side of the garden have been marked with stakes.  These mounds have watermelon and cantaloupe seed planted.  There is grass clippings available for spreading, they are located on the north-west side by the newly mowed area.

All plants have been sprayed with liquid fence.  Another animal control tactic is to save dog when brushing your pets or human hair when cutting.  We have spread some along the back of the garden.  Noise makers will begin being assembled this week.

Many visitors have been stopping by to check things out!  It is exciting to share our vision.  It is neat to see people's faces light up with ideas as to how they can help.

Summer Serve - Garden Day Saturday June, 20th -
the road side of the garden has been mowed for the tent and in preparation for the water barrel installations and shed building.

The week ahead:
  • Planting - 1 row of tomatoes, 3 rows of green peppers to be planted.
  • Weeding - the rows can be hoed, or weeded by hand.  Be very careful about 6 inches on either side of the string watching for the new sprouts.
  • Grass clippings - new clippings are available to be spread from this weekends mowing.  They are located on the north-west side by the newly mowed area.  There is a wheel barrow out there.
  • Summer Serve - Garden Day Saturday June, 20th - the road side of the garden has been mowed for the tent and in preparation for the water barrel installations and shed building.  We need about 10 more barrels to be collected this week.  Anyone available to assist with cleaning barrels for this weekend please let me or Tom Englin know.  Anyone interest in assisting with kid project set up for Saturday, please let me know.
  • Rock collecting - our pile is getting much smaller.  We need to continue to pull rocks out of the garden.  The rocks are being traded for water.  As the weather warms up, water will be essential for our crops.
Supplies Needed this week:
  • 10 more 55 gal barrels
  • Donations for liquid fence purchase
  • Pressure sprayer - for applying liquid fence
  • Skids - for rain barrels
  • Cinder blocks - for shed foundation
  • Hoses - 100 - 150 ft for watering (need at least 10)
  • Newspaper - lining the rows to keep weeds down
  • Grass Clippings - lining the rows to keep weeds down
  • Stakes - wood and metal, 2ft to 6ft - for marking rows, staking plants or hanging animal control scarecrows
  • Containers - for collecting rock, weeds, harvesting or carrying water
  • Noisy Stuff - CDs, pie pans, pop cans - for animal control
  • Irish Spring Soap - for animal control

Have a great week!

Therese Wittry
 Community Garden Coordinator

Jun. 10th, 2009

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Community Garden Update

What a fabulous start to a wonderful initiative to grow an authentic Community Garden together – providing tons of food for those in need, while working along side others for a purpose and significance greater than we can ever imagine! 

Much work has already resulted in giving our fine vegetable harvest-to-be the following look – A snap shot of the current status of each item planted, the layout on the property and of course the date which we expect to receive some of the fruits of our labor, through the blessings of our creator!


Garden Row Map Jun0909


Plans for this week:

3 rows of beets

4 rows of radishes

5 rows of carrots

2 rows of onions

newspaper and grass clippings for all rows - weeks are growing

rock collection

rain barrel prototype

identify water source

Needed 200+ 2 ft stakes for row flags

10-20 4-6ft metal stakes for "scarecrows"

dirt drop off for parking lot/driveway

wood chip delivery for parking area

finalize shed plans & supplies

funding/arrangements to order liquid fence

Jun. 9th, 2009

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Lake Orion Youth Baseball

Kensington Rallies to Beat Financials!

(JUN 9 - LAKE ORION) The mighty Kensington Youth Baseball squad rolled over the Invest Wise Financial team on Tuesday night at Freindship Park with an exciting 11-7 victory.  Backed by strong hitting, aggressive base running and great defense (featuring several rally-breaking double plays!), the win moved the boys into a TIE for FIRST PLACE in the Intermediate Division of the Lake Orion League.  Manager John O'Connor commented "I am so proud of these young men, they played a fantastic game against a tough team".  "These guys are GOOD!" added Sue Kinch, Kensington Lake Orion Ministry Coordinator, seen at the game with several other community families from the recently opened local Kensington Church campus. With only three games remaining this season, the team has hopes of capturing first place in the division ... quite an accomplishment for a group playing under the "Kensington" name in Lake Orion for the first time ever!

The team invites all of you to come out and cheer them on to victory in any or all of upcoming games remaining:

Saturday, June 13 at 9:00am, at the GM 1 Athletic Fields, 610 W. Silverbell Rd
Thursday, June 16 at 6:30pm, at Friendship Park, Clarkston Rd & Baldwin Rd
Saturday, June 20 at 9:00, also at the GM 1 Athletic Fields

Check out some of the action from this season and photos of last nights' game - courtesy of player Tom Stanisci's dad, Bill - by clicking on any of the photos below:

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