ConshyGarden Gardeners Meeting Minutes - 05-23-2012
|EAC (minus Tony Tucci), Chris Stetler, About 12 Gardeners (did not take roll call).|
Anthony relayed a summary of the finalization of the DEP grant documentation. SInce we are generalizing the DEP grant to show top soil, rain barrels, and composter, the future garden community leadership will have a starting budget of $2785.
Anthony updated the group on the latest additions: worm composter, 2 rain barrels, 2 regular composters, additional soil, perimeter fence. Jenn discussed guidelines for the wom composting bin. They love kitchen waste like banana peels. We want to avoid too much grass clippings as this is high in nitrogen. This was the link Jen used for the bins - http://www.sierra-worm-compost.com/worm-bin.html. Anthony will post guidelines on the web site.
Paddy Kearney, a marketing intern from Villanova University, discussed 2 plans to raise revenues for the garden through adverstising.
Gardeners discussed a few stipulations including
The Gardeners discussed potentially having a event sign, post board, and sign box with applications to the garden.
The discussion of electing garden leadership came up. No volunteers came forward. Anthony and Nicole nominated Nick Huff for President. Neil Manning volunteered as Vice Chair. Nicole Zapata volunteered as Secretary. Paul McConnell, Conshohocken Borough President, is also a plot holder and will serve in the officer position of Liason to the Borough.
The by-laws for the garden call for 3 meetings per year. The next garden meeting, the first under the selected leadership, will be Wed, June 20, at Borough Hall.
Discussion of un-worked plots.
Plot 29 - Heather D. will not be able to work her plot. Several gardeners will take over the plot and share the produce with Heather.
Plot 43 - Bill Nace who won a plot last year will no be able to work his plot. The plot will be reallocated to the Conshohocken Catholic Youth Group.
Plot 15 - The plot owners came to the meeting a mentioned they intend to plant next week.
Heather Manera volunteered to purchase and be reimbursed by the garden budget for a wheel barrel, 100' hose, hose housing, and combo lock.
The group talked about planting blueberry bushes around the perimeter. Paul recommended that this wait til fall planting or at least til after the shed is placed.
Neil asked about fruit trees. Pros/Cons - fallen fruit can be used as compost. It was brought up that Carol Smith is on the shade tree commission and has had dialogue with the real store manager at Home Depot, Conshohocken.
Anthony brought up 2 grant opportunites for future discussion. 1. Home Depot 2. Nature's Path Organic Ceral
We discussed planting a coomunity herb garden. Anthony recommended plot 1. Plot 2 was ultimately used.
We discussed the Silverman's chicken coup. Mrs. Silverman left an open offer to lead a project like this with hens only. The group did not think the next door neighbors would be concerned. It is within Conshohocken guidelines to allow chicken coups. The restriction is on no roosters. Chicken waste could be used as compost. The coup would be fenced in and would provide a good supply of eggs. The matter is tabled for future discussion.
Wood chips for the garden were discussed. Was it an item we could budget for? Heather pointed out that Whitemarsh township offers a free pile of wood chips at Joshua / Cedar Grove and Ridge - open to the public, near their public works? office
POST MEETING NOTES
1. An application was received and plot #4 has been granted to a new applicant.
2. Plot 2 (rather than Plot 1) has been allocated as a community herb garden.
3. Missed Grant Opportunity
Nature's Path Organic Foods Invites Communities to Apply for Gardens for Good Grant Program
Deadline: May 31, 2012 (POST MEETING NOTE - Too late but let's keep on the look out for this next year and other grant opportunities).
Visit the Nature's Path Web site for complete program guidelines and information on previous grant recipients.
4. Thanked Heather Del Buono instead of Heather Manera for the purchase of the Wheel Barrel. Thanks Heather M!
5. Looks like plots 73-78, 49, 65, 1, 3, 13, 14, 17 are open currently as of 06/1/2012