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Voted to switch from a key lock to a combo lock for the front gate. The code will be shared with members and can be reset every season. Compost Voted YES on the compost plans budget of ~$2,000. David/Peter will begin purchasing supplies this week. All materials here for the next meeting 04/08. The Compost Committee will put together a work plan for building a compost bin to discuss at the April 8th meeting. Votes YES for open hours to stay the same as last year. A sign up to be sent out with the newsletter twice a month to ensure someone is at the garden during open hours. Community Beds Seedlings will be planted in community beds by end of april/early may – april 7th order due. A reminder that anything over $25 shouldn’t be thrown away without garden group approval.
Green thumb questions to be answered by Dec 31 Calendar Planning for 2023 Include elections in the calendar for 2023 and have them earlier (maybe at Halloween Party) Close down garden meeting Be conscious of holidays when planning calendar Don’t plan meetings on holiday weekends Voted on keeping current board positions and will handle 2 empty ones in spring One treasurer and one green thumb board position still open Credit union switch happening Porta potty will be collected for winter Key Discussion: People are not able to access Garden easily because of faulty keys from copying copies Try to make a bunch of copies of the key ahead of the season and use only the master key Spread lockbox code to board in case of emergencies To discuss first meeting in the Spring: Policy about rescheduling meetings Having a sign up for running meetings Starting meeting at 10:30
Set a meeting in December. Dec 3 at 10:30 meeting before Holiday Market and breakdown after Green thumb position open Green thumb relicensing due end of December Grant opportunity? Due Jan 10 Lockbox for new members? Can’t secure the garden because anybody could have the code Switch lock this year? Holiday market dec 3, 12-3. 10% of sales go to red shed Newsletter about elections and which board positions are open.
Green Thumb: Looking to get more shovels We can get these on October 29 between 10am-1pm Events: Halloween Party: Voted yes on $300 budget for food and drinks for the event Still waiting to hear back on pumpkin donation from David for pumpkin painting. Everyone loves the idea of a pie contest. We can include this on the second batch of flyers. Travis will promote the times of the contests on IG. Action Needed: Alex is changing the flier to say 1-6pm and including the pie contest at 5pm – once we have this updated/printed Travis wanted to get the digital file to post on IG Need people to hand out thank you cards and put up event flyers this week and next – send a list of donors to the team so we can do this Need a firm list of volunteers for setup, tear down and a food run. Setup at 12:30, food runs the day of (make a list) and tear down after 6:00 pm. Have two volunteers for setup (Jeff and Alden) Alden said his sister would be open to donating her time and performing at the event, although she is a solo artist and usually sings acoustic. Her IG is @dania_music_ .If this does not work Jeff may be able to DJ and set up a playlist that works. If we have t-shirts left over do we want to sell those at the event?
Compost: Voted yes to demolish the bin November/December to rebuild Agreed date to stop accepting compost: October 15 Agreed only revisit budget for rebuild if the budget goes out of range Discusses ways to get neighborhood involved with compost: Have public drop-off that match the CSA hours Events: Sophia Roe event on Thursday, October 13 from 5-8 The event is ticketed – $50 each and there will be tix reserved for garden members to purchase on a sliding scale Family Style meal – buffet – 75 people total There will be a sign posted with the date a few days in advance We should identify non-profits to share funds with Fall event Will be Sunday, October 30 Big celebration around Halloween Painting pumpkins – no carving
brown bin is filled with compost from the city Make sure to chop it up and add browns on top
Missing hose is back!
Assigning beds for people to water Please email Jeff to see which beds still need someone to take care of them!
Put lids on barrels, white nets aren’t working
We have agreed on the Credit Union switch Greenthumb to expand code for lockbox Ticketed summer event confirmed, family style from Sophia Roe (!!!!) – more info to come!!
Events Potential event on the horizon with Sophia Roe maybe in september Sophia roe is a food blogger, James bears award winning Landscaping Split up parts of the garden to water more consistently Compost shipment of compost delivered! Try to cut up your rotting veggies before adding to compost and don’t put weeds in there Update on rebuilding compost bins: don’t have the resources to reconstruct and the cost of the pipe design is really expensive Can Greenthumb redo it? Reconvene at the end of the season to decide, prebuilt options?
Water Leave mosquito dunks in the water barrels! Hose is missing? We vote yes on using $50 on a 100 foot hose Rat abatement updates: Green Thumb is renewing partnership with rat abatement companies which just expired and going to start again and run from July-next June. Proposal to have contractors install a small plexiglass barrier for a more permanent resolution which will cost a few 1000 vs constantly paying 200/month for extermination service. Voted on having sign out front for Venmo donations Can do donation jar at events, smaller fundraising events, Can only have 2 events where we get money where we explicitly ask it for it (i.e. Summer fundraiser) Landscaping Baby Morning Glorys are everywhere! If you see some pull them out :)
Community Bed updates: Add new trellises Putting in pumpkin seeds, arugula seeds etc. Compost: Person from NYC Compost noted bad odor coming from compost People need to add browns to greens to counteract the odor Voted YES to have a 5 minute compost demonstration at a coming meeting from NYC Compost/or Steve Rat Problem: Out of control, need to hire a professional exterminator Reach out to previous exterminator that city has used in the past In the meantime do we want to use mint scented bags as a temporary solution to trash/recycling? Ornamental Cherry Plum Tree Tree is dying with no return Replace with a non-fruit tree is the best option Japanese Maple is an option, we are doing research and then can vote Tree can be no more than 20 ft Voted YES for parks to come remove the tree Summer Fundraiser Recap: We raised shy of $3,000 (woohoo!) Photoshoot: Someone from Edible Manhattan Group reached out on IG to do a photoshoot in the garden We have no problem but they need permits etc. Proposed solution if they have permits are to put in touch with events and ask for donations