Meeting Agenda April 27, 2019

Hollenback Community Garden – Meeting Agenda April 27, 2019


  • What’s your name, and what’s your favorite thing to grow?
  • Membership requirements are: Bylaws/Dues/ 3 Meetings/ 3 Workdays/ 4 Open Hour sessions (2-hours per session, see list of eligible hours below.)
  • Meetings alternate: every other month, one is held on Wed. night for people who work weekends

MINUTES: About 50 people attended, with about 8 qualifying for keys. Most people said they enjoy growing tomatoes; we should consider a tomato seedling workshop.


  • Wed., May 15: Garden Meeting, 6:30-8 p.m. at Garden (weather permitting)
  • Sat., May 25: Garden Workday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Garden
  • Sat., June 15: Garden Meeting & Workday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Garden
  • Wed., July 10: Garden Meeting, 6:30-8 p.m. at Garden (weather permitting)
  • Sat., July 20: Garden Workday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Garden
  • Sat., Aug. 17: Garden Meeting & Workday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Garden
  • Wed. Sept 18, Garden Meeting, 6:30-8 p.m. at Garden (weather permitting)
  • Sat., Sept 21: Garden Workday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Garden
  • Sat., Oct. 19:  Garden Meeting & Workday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Garden
  • Sat, Nov. 16: Closing Workday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Garden

MINUTES: Full garden calendar is approved and adopted, except Harvest Fest date. Alisha will work with Block Association to set a mutually beneficial date.

Operations Committee Update:

  • Early season goals include: cleaning up from winter, shed inventory, fixing the compost toilet, hooking up rainwater harvester & repainting it, starting seedlings, replacing old wood on garden beds, grapevine trellis plans.
  • Apprentice plot will be communally farmed and harvested; anyone interested in being Apprentice Coordinator talk to Barak.
  • Plant your plot by June 15th, or forfeit it; the last half-hour of today’s workday is for you to get your plot ready for planting; please do group work until then.
  • We need stewards of the welcome garden, herb garden, and shade garden.
  • Trash goes out on Sunday, Tuesday, plus brown bins on Thursday.

MINUTES: Members agreed to see how repurposing Margaret Lamar’s old plot as a communally farmed apprentice plot would work. We will make a sign on the next workday to commemorate the plot thusly. Emily was voted in as Apprentice Coordinator. Sara Stopek tested the soil in this area. We decided to have kids repaint the rainwater harvester at the May workday. We may have to purchase lumber and soil if Domica from BQLT does not deliver in time. She arrives in mid-May to turn on the city water connection. Barak will submit a budget proposal for the May 15 meeting if supplies do not come through by then. Ops is working on a grant application for a grapevine trellis. Apprentices cleaned and tilled the land, and Rose started an Apprentice email thread for them. Vlada supervised planting of new raspberries bushes, but it appears toi be too many for the land to support. Sara has been tasked with assessing capacity and scaling back plantings where necessary. Two leggy boxwoods were removed from herb garden and donated. Hops will be dug up and relocated, possibly next to the tin shed. Joe’s and Ruth’s plot was cleared, and the crumbling wood removed. Gardeners cleaned the earth, and relocated some sedum plants to the bluestone patio to sprout. An electrical engineer checked the battery on the compost toilet, which is working. The problem is in the transformer or in the solar panels on the roof of the neighboring building. The neighbors have asked for keys to the garden in exchange for the use of their roof and electricity. SC members discussed, and agreed, with the caveat that they read and agree to abide by the Garden Bylaws.

Membership Committee

  • Read bylaws and sign that you will abide by them
  • Hold Plottery: Tara will pull eligible names out of hat to pick from available plots
  • Open Hours are:  Mon 10-12/4-6; Tues 10-12/4-6; Wed 12-2/4-6; Thurs 6-8; Fri 4-6; Sat-Sun 10-12/12-2/2-4  Try and do one shift per month.
  • New members with 2 meetings and 1 workday get a key. Explain rules to being in garden: keep gate open, be respectful to neighbors, welcome visitors.

MINUTES: Tara and Rose got members to sign the bylaws list. They ran the plottery, and have two extra plots: the small square behind Damian’s, and the too-shady one under the apple tree. Robert Moskal inquired about starting asparagus; this could be a good plot for that, as it takes four years to bear spears. Keys distributed to about 8 new members.


  • Pay your dues, on a sliding scale from $10-50, by June 15th. Pay overdues from 2018 immediately or you forfeit your good standing.
  • Please submit any outstanding receipts from 2018 to Robert Moskal

MINUTES: Robert collected dues from many people. His accounting method is to take a photo of the person with their money, and text it back to them in lieu of a receipt. He encouraged the majority of people to pay via PayPal. He agreed to help Sara and Barak on their Home Depot supply run, and says that if it’s less than a couple hundred dollars, we have cash on hand to pay for it.
Events Committee Update

  • Fundraising Ideas: Plant Sale, Sidewalk Sale during Workdays, DIY Workshop Ideas
  • We hold educational talks each workday; share your expertise!
  • If you have a private event in the garden, please let everyone know about it via email, and clean up your mess! Be respectful of neighbors!
  • We’ll do a BBQ at the end of today’s workday, and most other workdays.

MINUTES: Alisha prepared veggies and meat for a workday BBQ, and we grilled and had fajitas for lunch on the back patio. We have decided to make breakfast or lunch part of upcoming workdays, to keep people energetic and to encourage camaraderie. New members were especially thankful, and many were surprised. Members with restrictive diets or food allergies were notified that they should bring food they can eat, and that we will be happy to throw it on the grill. Robert Moskal will order two new Weber grill plates. He also purchased a bag of charcoal, and some non-toxic firestarter.

Other Business

  • New York City Brown Compost Bins and what to put in them
  • We are signed up for Community Greening at BBG. We’ll keep you posted!
  • Update on what happened at the April 6th BQLT Annual Meeting: New President Sawdayah Brownlng

MINUTES: Shana gives update on exactly what to put in Brown Bins: Things with big seeds, things with thorns or stickers, root systems, invasive plants like morning glories. Winnie reminds people trash comes on M,W,F, and what to put out on these days (Thursday is everything out, including brown bins). Call Laurie Cumbo if Sanitation doesn’t do scheduled pickup.

Fun Stuff

  • Free seeds from Brooklyn Library! Stop by the Reference Desk in Central Library’s Society, Sciences & Technology Division (at Grand Army Plaza) for up to 3 free seed packets, when you show your library card


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