1. Introduction and approval of March minutes – John V.
2. President’s Report – presented by John V.
Bylaws changes will be proposed by Garden Council at an April 16th meeting and presented to the membership during the May meeting. A quorum will be needed at the May meeting. Please attend!
3. Vice President’s Report – John V.
March clean-up was well attended and a resounding success. Thank you everyone!
April clean-up is 4/13 from 8 until 12. Come for 2 hours during that window to get credit. More wood chips are being delivered this Wednesday evening so if you need hours come spread them around.
30th anniversary t-shirts are available for $10. They are in the shed and are organized by size. Leave money in an envelope in the cigar box on the bench inside the shed.
Plot inspections will be mid-May. Plots must be cleaned up, planted, mulched and looking cared for.
The weekly watering duty schedule is posted on the website on the calendar. Place your cursor on “Watering Week” on the Monday of each week to see a pop-up list of who is on duty. Questions, see Anne S. A list will also be posted in the shed for quick reference.
Rose clippings should NOT be composted or put in the chipping pile. They must be trimmed down and disposed of in double paper bags (as you would a broken glass).
4. Treasurer’s Report – Deirdre
15 plots still owe dues. Please submit dues directly to Deirdre or leave them in an envelope with your name and plot number in the cigar box in the shed and then call Deirdre and let her know you’ve done so.
Current balance is $3,800. $500 was given to Thom for the rain barrels. Water bills remain unpaid on advice of PHS.
5. Fundraising – Chris Jefferson
For those who want to make tax deductible gifts to the garden it can be done in four simple steps: 1) write a check payable to “Neighborhood Garden Assoc.” and in the memo line, write “SWQV Community Garden”; 2) send the check to the Horticultural Society; 3) NGA will send an acknowledgement letter to the donor with tax info; and 4) NGA will remit the contribution to the Garden.
Consider leaving a gift to the Garden in your will.
Whole Foods Markets offers weekly 5% days (tuesdays) where a local organization receives 5% of the daily sales proceeds. Chris to see if the Garden can get on the list of beneficiaries.
6. City Harvest – Ed. M.
The Garden has participated with City Harvest since 2005. City Harvest operates in 60 gardens city wide. The weekly harvest takes place at 9am on Mondays and volunteers are welcome. All produce goes to River View just across Christian Street. Over the past 5 years the Garden has donated over 8,000 lbs of produce to River View. This year harvesting started last week and 75 lbs has been harvested to date in 2013.
City Harvest is helping out with obtaining salt hay and Ed and Janice are organizing the effort. If anyone wants salt hay to mulch their plot please bring cash to the clean up on Saturday and give it to Janice. Bales are $12 a piece and will be delivered in 2 weeks to the plots.
7. Bees – Carolyn
The hives were inspected last week and are approximately 2 to 3 weeks behind where they were last year. One hive died over the winter, and one is pretty weak and won’t produce honey this year. We have four healthy hives and a new hive was ordered to replace the hive that died. The new hive cost $100.
The bees are not in a good mood right now so it’s best to stay off the patio if possible and don’t go near the hives.
The Garden doesn’t have Epi Pens because it doesn’t have a place to keep them at the necessary temperature. If you have an allergy to bees, please be sure to bring an Epi Pen with you and let others know.
8. Kids Lab – Don S.
The perimeter of the Lab has been finalized and plants in the space will be kept and used to designate the boundaries between the Kids Lab and the Shade Garden. The maximum number of children allowed in the Lab at any time won’t exceed 10-12. There will also be general educational information available for everyone in the Lab. Initial plans for events will be out in June.
9. Composting Toilet – Anne
Maintenance of the toilet will be added to the Saturday cleanups. Additional people are needed to help with the upkeep. It has been getting a surprising amount of use over the winter and will need to be emptied every 4 to 6 weeks.
Practical tips: 1) make sure to fully cover your “contributions” with the mulch that’s in the bin next to the toilet. 2) if the “contribution” pile appears tall, use the small purple hoe that’s in the toilet shed to push the pile back a bit. Sometimes it appears the receptacle is full but it’s just the pile that needs to be spread out.
10. Jared Littman’s Beer Sharing Fundraiser – Jared L.
Jared hosts a monthly beer sharing event at various restaurants in the city that draw 70+ people who pay $15 for the event. Jared proposes hosting one in the Garden as a fundraiser. The number of attendees will be determined after consulting with the BBQ organizers for their thoughts and experience but will probably be around 100. The event would take place on a weekend evening and last approximately 3 hours. Jared will handle the recycling and will investigate the possible need for a portapotty. The membership voted to approve this event.
11. Other Business
Carolyn raised concerns about children running in the garden and cutting through plots. The membership expressed various points of view and it was agreed that all children must abide by the rules of conduct set out in the by-laws (i.e. may walk/run on main pathways but may not cut through plots on “in plot” paths). Concerns with children’s behavior should politely and appropriately brought to the parent’s attention. We are a community garden and need to be able to communicate politely with each other about these concerns.
Carolyn requested that trash be left by the west gate and not by the trash cans. It’s too much to drag out on Thursdays.
Thom announced that the water has been turned on and reminded everyone that ONLY the water committee (those designated each week to fill barrels) shall turn on the water to fill the barrels.