Archive for March, 2015

Clean-up Rescheduled for Sat., March 28, 2015

Friday, March 20th, 2015

This Saturday’s first clean-up of the season is being postponed because of inclement weather. The new date is Saturday. March 28th.
NEW MEMBERS: Your introduction meeting, scheduled for the same time, is also postponed until next Sat.!  Please watch e-mail for updates.

Minutes, 16 March 2015 (6:30 pm, Weccacoe Playground)

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

1. Members signed by-laws and the Neighborhood Gardens Trust (NGT) agreement, paid dues ($35 per plot), and signed-up  for   watering duty. 

2.  Members were welcomed by Garden Council Chair John Ventre and Vice Chair Thom Hardenbergh. 

3.  Treasurer Susan Schecter summarized last year’s income and expenses and we’re in a good position financially.  

4.  Thom announced the following:

     a.  Garden clean-up is Saturday, March 21, at 10:00 AM.  When you arrive, check the “To Do” List.    

     b.  Orientation for new members will take place at the clean-up.  New Members will receive their plots and keys at that time.  

     c.  Buildings (gazebo, honey house, toilet) will be power-washed before the April 18 cleanup. 

     d.  Volunteers are needed on April 18 to help stain the buildings (gazebo, honey house, toilet).  Thom will provide all supplies. 

     e.  John Keisker will be in charge of the watering schedules.  He’ll send reminder emails to folks when it’s their turn to do the watering and will explain what to do.  Folks responsible for watering must also put out the trash.  Thom will explain trash duties to the new members during orientation.  

     f.  Repairs to the wall where portions of the mosaic mural fell off were completed last fall.  The Garden and NGT each paid half of the cost.  We don’t intend to pay anything further should the homeowner want the artist to replace parts of the mural that fell off. 

     g. Row captains will be asked to inspect plots more often this year than last year.  Row captains are:  Irene S. for row 1, Kevin P. for row 2, Ed M. for row 3, John K. for row 4, John V. for row 5, Mark R. for row 6, and Thom H. for row 7.  

5. John Ventre provided the following updates: 

     a.  NGT:  Jenny Greenberg has joined NGT as Director and has been active in reaching out to our Garden and many others.  NGT has helped with the cost of repairing the mural wall last fall, tree trimming, and treatments this coming spring and summer for the cherry tree blight. 

4 February 2015 Officer’s Meeting

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Southwark/Queen Village Community Garden
Executive Committee Minutes
Wednesday, February 4, 2015

John Ventre, Thom Hardenberg, Suzanne Schecter, Isabelle Buonocore

March & April Garden Meeting Sites/Times
John called Settlement Music School to reserve a room for March 6:00 PM and
April 6:30 PM. Meeting dates continue to be the second Monday of the Month.

March Garden Meeting
sheets. Janice will bring these.

Neighborhood Gardens Trust (NGT) Agreement. John will bring this. He will attend an NGT meeting on February 12 and obtain the current version. Isabelle will list names of gardeners in the Agreement Appendix.

Watering. John Keisker, the new watering coordinator, will handle sign-ups for watering duty.

Meeting dates. We will move the September meeting from Monday to Tuesday due to Rosh Hashana. We will ask gardeners to vote on whether to move the October meeting, Columbus Day, to Tuesday.

Donations by the Garden
Year 2014: $100 each to Settlement Music School, Queen Village Neighbors Association, and Heifer International. Suzanne mailed the checks this month.

Garden Dues for 2015
A decision was made to lower the dues this year. Suzanne will send all financial data to the executive committee within the next week, and the new dues amount will be determined prior to the March garden meeting.

Warning Notices
Since the last executive committee meeting, John has heard from one gardener who received a notice. They had a discussion.

Row Captains
Thom will have a confirmed list of row captains prior to the March garden meeting.

Available Plots/Waiting List
Three plot holders (#13, #45, #62) left the garden at the end of the 2014 season. John will determine if any current gardeners want to move to these plots. After moves are made, John will assign one of the three open plots to Michael Kilroy. Mr. Kilroy was at the top of the waiting list and still wants a plot. John will assign the other two plots to folks on the waiting list; however, folks have not been contacted yet. Isabelle will help John with the waiting list. The goal is to make all plot assignments by April 1.

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Members:  The newly rescheduled first meeting of the 2015 Southwark Queen Village Community Garden will be held On Monday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Building of Weccacoe Playground.  The first clean-up of the season is scheduled for Sat. March 21–time to be announced at the meeting.

This Monday’s Meeting is Postponed!

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

Due to some snow storm-effect rescheduling, The Monday March 9 meeting of the Garden at Weccacoe Playground will be postponed. Updated date, time, and locations to be announced soon!

16 March 2015 Agenda (rescheduled from March 9)

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

SWQV Community Garden Meeting

Monday, March 16, 2015, 6:30 p.m. @the Community Building, Weccacoe Playground

(Garden Clean-up scheduled for Saturday, March 21)

  1. By-Laws. Dues, Water Duty and NGT agreements (30 – 45 Mins.)
  2. Welcome Back Gardeners (Thom and John – 5 mins/split)
  3. Treasurer’s Report (Suzanne – 3 min)
  4.  Chairs’ Report  Part 1 (Thom – 15 min)
    1. Upcoming Clean up – Timing & Key Tasks
    2. Water Report  and New Water Czar
    3. Row Captains
  5. Chairs’ Report Part 2 (John – 15 min)
    1. NGT Updates
    2. Whole Foods and the Garden
    3. New NGT Agreement
  6. Special Topic (John and Thom – 10 min)
    1. New NGT Agreement Q & A

(If there is time we will ask Ed and Carolyn to give reports)