August 2007 Meeting Minutes

! **August 23rd, 2007 Meeting Minutes** Hello Gardeners, We had a great meeting Thursday night in the garden. In attendance were 16 gardeners ; Mark, Cara, Emerson, Suzanne, Sarah, Kirk, Lorne, Marisa, Michael, Nicole C., Gabe, Stephanie, Charlie, Mei, Ingrid and Annabelle. Much was discussed and much was planned. After the slow down that is the month of August, we will be ending with a bang. Here is a list of upcoming events and workdays that the garden will be hosting in Sept: Thurs 9/6: Film screening of “Yoga, Inc.”, time TBA – Hollenback will be hosting this screening of a documentary by a local fim maker, John Philps. This description was found on the Canadian International Documentary Festival website “Filmmaker John Philps considers the misappropriations of a tradition-cum-trend by consulting with yoga competition winners, studio owners, purist practitioners and anti-yoga entrepreneurs. To further inform his musings, he attempts to track down guru Bikram Choudhary, “the bad boy of yoga” famous for his “hot” style of yoga and infamous for suing yogi instructors who teach his trademarked postures without permission. Yoga, Inc., which promises to fascinate yoga enthusiasts and cynics alike, is an entertaining, insightful and topical anthropological examination of what happens when karma and capitalism collide.” Sat 9/8 BQLT Garden Tour by bike or van -the Brooklyn Queens Land Trust (of which we are a part) will be hosting a tour of 12 BQLT gardens in Brooklyn. Our very own Sarah Pakora will be leading the bike tour and attached is the flier for the event. Visitors will be coming to Hollenback around 1:15 pm and it would be great for Hollenbackers (who are not going on the tour) to be there to welcome them and serve drinks/snacks. We are all the hosts of Hollenback! If you’d like to bake something or provide drinks, please e-mail Nicole Cordier at nicolecordier@gmail. Please clean up your plots so that we can really show off how amazing Hollenback is! Sun 9/9 Rainwater Harvester and Weeding Workday – It’s time to get the rainwater harvester back up and running! We’ve now got the fittings and pipe to do it, and it’s time to cut and put it all together. Charlie will be organizing this project and will need one volunteer an hour from 11:00-5:00. Please sign up for a shift from 11-12, 12-1, 1-2, 2-3, 3-4 or 4-5. – At the same time, Mark and Cara will be running a weeding clean-up effort in the garden to clear out common areas, pathways and overwhelmed plots. You only need to commit to a 2 hour shift, so let me know if you’d like to sign up for a shift from 11-1, 1-3 or 3-5. Let’s get this garden looking sharp! If you’ve been wondering what’s a weed and what’s a valuable plant, this is the time to learn. Sat 9/29 Monthly meeting 10:30-12:00 & Triple Threat: Sidewalk Sale, BBQ, Movienight (12 until ?) – Rejoice! It is time for the 3rd annual Hollenback Triple Threat. This is the main fundrasing event of the year for the garden, and we are excited! A last hurrah for the summer, we pack everything into one joyous occasion. More information will go out later, but we do know that Nicole C. will be organizing the Sidewalk Sale (Thank You!), Suzanne will be organizing the BBQ (Thank You!) and, we hope, Pete and Allen will be lending their expertise to the Movie set up. What we need from everyone in the garden is: 1) to help set up 2) to bring stuff for the yardsale, 3) to prepare/bring food for the BBQ. Save this Date and invite the people you love! We really want to push advertising this event, and that begins with inviting your friends, family and co-workers. Other items discussed at the meeting were: T-Shirts: It was decided that the garden is in favor of getting t-shirts for fundraising purposes. This means that gardeners would be expected to pay for their own t-shirts and to sell to or buy them for friends. There is an interest in using free trade t-shirts, even though they are more expensive than sweat shop t-shirts. Sarah Pokora will take design ideas discussed at the meeting and make several mock-ups for us to consider at our next meeting on Sept 29th. If you have ideas, you should contact Sarah. We are aiming to have these t-shirts for the 2008 growing season. There was a question as to how we would pay for the initial order of t-shirts. 100 t-shirts will cost us from $850-900. It was proposed that we revisit this question after the Triple Threat. We may possibly use money raised at the Triple Threat Fundraiser to pay for the initial t-shirt order, so we do need to bring in some money with that Triple Threat! There was consensus that the t-shirt should be edgy and hip, to broaden potential interest. We discussed where we might sell the t-shirts (on workdays, at events, and maybe looking into if we could sell it in supportive local businesses like, Habana Outpost, Olivino, Sister’s Hardware). We also talked about possibly getting a silkscreen made and printing the shirts ourselves, as well as looking into the Queens T-Shirt Company (which Emerson has dealt with) and the silkscreen place on Fulton, next to the huge laundromat. Composting Toilet: The last major step in getting the toilet up and running is to install the solar panel and attach it to the fan which will circulate air through the composting chamber. Currently negotiations are going on with Don Fohr, our neighbor, to see if we can put the solar panel on his roof. Lorne also volunteered to bake cookies as a thank you gift to send to Battery Park City (who sold us the toilet and helped us at the pick up site) and Park Ave Supply Store (who delivered this beast for free!) Mark will be circulating thank you cards for us all to sign, as well. Membership Policy Committee: Nicole Cordier volunteered to join Cara, Mark, Maggie, Gabe and Frank on this committee. We will be discussing policy regarding membership rights and responsibilities. If you are interested in joining, please e-mail or call Maggie.

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