Howard Area Community Garden

Howard Area Community Garden

Leadership Team Meeting February 27, 2016

Attending leadership team members: Katje Sabin (coordinator), Kit Rosenberg, Chester

Kos, and Kathryn Wong

Garden Opening day will be Saturday, April 17, 2016. We need a solid account of the gardeners who are returning before that date , so the coordinator will communicate with each

gardener. Opening Day events will include distribution of soil amendments, seeds,

snacks, payment of the annual fee, leaflets with the calendar work day / workshop, and other surprises. >

Out-of-town garden coordinator from April 23 to May 1. Volunteers will

ensure that email, phone, and mail are covered.

Income and Expenses:

Account Balance at 02/27/2016 : $ 1,839.08

All but two gardeners paid their 2015 dues.

We are moving to a system of honor-sliding scale tariff lists. The fee will remain

at $ 15 / year, but you will be asked for those with higher incomes who consider contributing more if they can.

(More information below ...) • The $ 300 and garden exemption fee for the Garden Coordinator (Katje Sabin)

The Leadership Team unanimously approved the following 2016 staff stipends:

• $ 300 for maintenance (John Carter, who handles weekly garbage disposal,

minor repairs, and security)

Once we have a year of mobile-scale payments, we will have a good idea of ​​how much our annual revenues will be

and we can decide whether to continue paying for both

maintenance and coordinator posts are feasible .

Sponsorship: Starting on 12/15, HACG and HACC have forged a new partnership! Kathryn Wong is

day with our Neighbor Space sponsor requirement, and we are going to finish all the documents

needed to bring our agreement with Neighbor Space to date. We will need signature

gardener in this document, and we will pick them up on Opening Day.

Bees: Our bees survived the winter and our beekeepers report that they look alike

Great for the 2016 season. Unfortunately, Rosemary Limoncello, our top beekeeper, is going, but we have several other volunteers ready to step into the position, and have already offered to direct


another workshop related to bees this year. The member of the Kit Rosenberg leadership team has

offered to move on the ground with the bees, and work with beekeepers to create a garden of bee

use for public education and workshops.

Repairs / upgrades, in order of priority:

New Storage Ship: Gardener Derek Schumaker kindly donated a new

Storage Rubbermaid shed for the garden, but time has prevented us from installing

last year. We have to lay a concrete platform before erecting it; Kit Rosenberg will organize

this. Also, many thanks to John Beckman for providing safe storage space for our tools and hose this winter!

Soil amendments: We had a delivery of six cubic yards of soil (donated by

Derek Schumacher) and eight yards of tree mulch delivered to the garden last fall. We will have an additional period of four cubic yards of marly "mixed magdalena" soil delivered to the garden in mid-March (on large cloth bags) as well as sand, which will be distributed during the

opening day. We are planning to continue this spring and autumn amendment calendar

Coincidentally, both gardeners in the space where they can live the new deck (under the shaded area of ​​trees along the Hermitage) have abandoned their plots this year ... what < / p>

chance! Volunteers are needed for this project.

Contract / rules / fee proposals

Residency requirement: New members must live in the northern Howard area. (Chicago to Lake, Howard to Juneway). This rule does NOT apply to gardeners who are already members of the garden!

Slider: The parcel quota will be maintained at $ 15. If the annual family income of a

member is $ 15,000- $ 30,000, the suggested parcel fee is $ 25. If the annual income is $ 30,000 - $ 50,000, the suggested parcel fee is $ 45. If your annual income is over $ 50,000, we ask

<$> less $ 45 and an additional donation as you are able and willing. Additional donations

are tax deductible and will receive an acknowledgment of receipt for your taxes.

Work Day Requirement: Each gardener (or a representative) must attend at least two of the

Five days of work during the growing season, with arrangements available to people who can not attend due to work or illness. If the gardener can not attend any

workshop, there will be other ways to fulfill your garden service (volunteering for the leadership team, working on other events, helping with construction or maintenance projects, etc.).

Preparation for the 2016 season:

Katje was invited to a garden blogger lunch at the Chicago Botanical Garden, network with

other garden coordinators to find ways to help our gardens cooperatively.

She also has a lot of information on tomato production and bullet gardening

You have also requested donations of seeds, tools, and snacks for the opening festivities of the day

. We already have hundreds of donated seed packages, mostly from the Neighbor Space and

Territorial Seed Company.

She has created a database of a dozen volunteers, Garden, who do not want to be active gardeners, but who want to be part of our garden (three of them came to

help transparent ice on New Year's Eve!).

Leadership team member Chester Cos and Katje attended "Tool Up," a free program that

is offered to Neighbor Space Gardens in February 2016. The event concluded with a good general vision of conflict resolution techniques.

Leadership team member Heidi Levin will attend the annual conference of the Garden Association

Community Chicago March 5 as a representative of our garden. Thanks, Heidi!

Fundraising - Plant Sale: We are working with a local school to start a lot of seedlings for several popular vehicles. Another gardener, Anastassiya Suslik, has

offered to grow flower openings. In the working day of May, we will carry out our

first plant sale! We can also sell snacks and water. Any volunteer for this?

Workshops: Our beekeepers have already volunteered to do another beekeeping workshop. Any requests

/ ideas for other workshops during the year?

We had a request that we alternate our work days between Saturdays and Sundays. Thus the

current provisional schedule is as follows:

Opening day: Sunday, April 17

May work day: Saturday, May 14 plants!)

June Labor Day: Sunday June 19

July Labor Day: Saturday, July 16

September Day Labor Day: Saturday, September 17

Closing Day: Sunday October 16

Edible Parkway Project: Katje and Kathryn and the HACC Youth Group will plan and plant the boxes

Parkway. This year, we are going to build keepers for the mulch, a new triangular pot in the northeast corner (by the alley), and create permanent signage to encourage passers-by to

sample and harvest of boxes. We are also building a small free library.

We have a donation of $ 263 for this project, as well as a $ 100 Gethsemane gift certificate.

With regard to the avenue along the (Hermitage) western edge of the garden: Chester Cos

worried about the turf for the entire season of 2015, and has pledged to continue to provide

p> attention to the 2016 season, well ... thanks, Chester!

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