The Monthly Dig
October 2020

The Summer Wrap
A new home, Garden Program wrap up, Adios Neat Finds

As usual here in the north, it seems as though summer has absolutely flown by. 2020 has posed some spectacular challenges on us all but the NEAT Crew has battled through the adversity on their way to creating some amazing programming for our community.

THE GARDENS
The community and school yard garden projects came to an end at the beginning of the month, just as the weather began to turn. Which meant we saw the departure of two crew members: Deb Jarvis and David.  Both were integral to the upkeep and survival of our school gardens programs. They worked tirelessly to beat back weeds, fend off deer and battled through 27 days of rain to make sure the crop flourished. All those delicious cucumbers, onions, and mini pumpkins pulled went into our NOURISH program and to students in those schools, which was a nice touch.
A very BIG thank you to both Deb and David. We hope to see you again next year.

NORTHERN CO-HORT
The colder weather has also brought an end to the Northern Co-Hort’s The colder weather has also brought an end to the Northern Co-Hort’s Wednesday and Saturday markets. Bess and Minoka did an excellent job representing local producers at both locations all summer. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention all the work that went into planting and beautifying the community gardens by the Eco Farm Skills program as well.
By no means does this mean Bess and her crew are done for the year, next steps for the Co-Hort involve coordinating workshops for local producers regarding the creation of a local food hub here in the Peace.
Keep an eye out for upcoming Co-Hort events on their Facebook page.

OUR NEW HOME
On October, 1st NEAT took over the space that was formerly Systems By Trail. We packed up everything from computers and desks, shelving and storage units, down to Pro D-Day crafts and games.  We hauled it all over to our new office space at 10421 100 St. Where we immediately went to work making the space our own. Tearing up the carpet in the main storefront and creating a feel that is uniquely NEAT, indeed. Thanks to the many hands that helped including (but not limited to) Russ Beerling and Ernie Freeman who helped with the renos.
What’s to become of that store front space? Our fearless leader, Karen Mason-Bennet, has some amazing plans set in motion. She’s been scheming for months. We will definitely be sharing updates as soon as we have everything ready to open to the public. We can’t wait
There are still boxes all through the hallways but we are very much up and running and LOVING our more central location.

NEAT FINDS
A solemn goodbye to the NEAT Finds Thrift Store.  The decision was made to empty out, sell off and leave behind the Thrift store when we moved.
Firstly a big thanks to the employees who worked tediously over the years to sort, tag and hang the seemingly endless stream of donations that came in every day. We appreciate the work you put into helping keep our doors open.
Secondly: Those last few days were a sight to be seen. Imagine the massive amount of people who came in to find some great deals in those final hours. A stampede of bargain hunters. David Attenborough could have narrated.
Farewell NEAT Finds.


QUICK STORIES

BINGO

NEAT’s Bingo Extravaganza is starting to heat up. Tickets sold out a week ago and we’ve had two near sellouts over the past month. We’re happy to provide such wholesome entertainment to the masses.
NEAT hosts bingo every Tuesday evening at 7pm sharp. FInd it Moose FM and Energetic City’s facebook pages and youtube channels.
A big thanks to our friends at Moose FM for helping us every week. 

Lottery License #126599. Know your limit, play within it!

NEW HIRES

We’ve had a few new faces join us over the past month. 

Monika Lucas –  joins us to assist Bess in everything she does. From markets to community programming and everything in between.

Brandon Walter – has been brought on to help tidy up and manage our website as well as help develop a new more user friendly site.

Last but not least, Michelle Wate – A holdover from the Systems days. She will continue to run the Purolater depot out the back door.


The winter lies ahead. Brace yourselves for cracked lips and cold waits at the gas pump.
NEAT has some awesome things on the way through the cold months so don’t forget to watch our social pages and website for how you can get involved in something NEAT !


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