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Hollenback meeting Wednesday, May 15

Hollenback Community Garden – Meeting Agenda May 15, 2019

 

Introductions

  • What’s your name and what events would you like to have in the garden? Live Music, Potlucks, BBQs, S’mores competition, Cooking classes and events, Making Gnome Homes, decorating garden, Botanical Illustration class, Bocce court, Movies
  • Who’s away for Memorial Day weekend? Would an extra May 18th workday be good? B and Y will run a bed-building prep workday on May 18th. Anyone who wants to go do carpentry prep, contact B.

 

Schedule

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

Operations Committee Update:

  • Goals include: fixing the compost toilet, replacing old wood on garden beds, repainting rainwater harvester, plot signs, grapevine trellis plans, starting seedlings, herb & shade gardens We got wood from Green Thumb, but no soil. B will investigate buying 10 bags. Grant from Home Depot for Trellis Design. We need to assess tree branches weighing on Back Shed roof, and saw them. We need to cut down the dead magnolia tree in the front. We need to make signs for trash removal, Open Hours, Workdays
  • Plant your plot by June 15th, or forfeit it. You’re welcome to use the seeds available. Also there may be leftover plants from BBG. Please don’t use the ones on the table—they are earmarked for Apprentice plot (E is managing), shade (J is managing), and herb gardens (S is redesigning)
  • Trash is MWF, so we curb it on Sun and Tues, plus recycling and brown bins on Thursday We will scale back to one brown bin and one trash bin outside
  • Everyone charge up your power tools for Saturday’s workday; we’ll rebuild beds! Let us consider purchasing some cordless power tools with our funds

 

Membership Committee

  • Have you read the bylaws and signed that you will abide by them?
  • Membership requirements are: Bylaws/Dues/ 3 Meetings/ 3 Workdays/ 4 Open Hour sessions You can include any additional educational and learning workshops you hear about, as long as you report back to the group for credit
  • 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 per month. Open gate, greet guests, take out trash, clean up. Danielle F will organize push to make sure Weekends are covered with open hours. Let’s reach out to kid’s groups for tours
  • 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.
  • Track your requirements via: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1M_IvsVcLi0gcmF7_NvozVk7VGPFpf3weKbMyzqSLRLA/edit?usp=sharing They’ll send the link to the tally each month.

 

Treasurer:

  • Pay your dues, on a sliding scale from $10-50, by June 15th.

Events Committee Update

  • We hold educational talks each workday; the next one is on Blueberries with Jane
  • If you have a private event in the garden, let everyone know about it via our Listserve email hollenback_garden@lists.riseup.net, and clean up your mess! Be respectful of neighbors!
  • Bring baked goods for June 15th’s Book and Bake Sale, in tandem with BPL—reach out to Vicky or Alisha to let us know what you can bring
  • July 20 is Open Garden Day; Tea Party and Free Meditation Class by Danielle
  • We’ll do a BBQ at the end of today’s workday, and most other workdays.
  • May 25th BBQ will be a Potluck; everyone is welcome to bring something! Gardeners want to do trainings on how to run kids’ tours
  • Also, Danielle F. does free Stoop Meditation each Thursday at 7:30 a.m. across the street from the garden. All are welcome to join.

 

Other Business

Meeting Agenda April 27, 2019

Hollenback Community Garden – Meeting Agenda April 27, 2019

Introductions

  • 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.

Schedule

  • 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.

Treasurer:

  • 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

 

April 2019 Information for prospective members

Good afternoon!  If you’re interested in joining the community garden, please attend the Saturday, April 27th Meeting and Workday, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Hollenback Community Garden, 460 Washington Ave., next to PS 11. It’s our second meeting and first workday, so we’ll be sharing information about how the garden works, then setting it up for the season.

Qualifying members will pick their garden plot from the ‘plottery’ and new members will get a key, provided they attended the March meeting as well (two meetings and a workday+key). Bring money or PayPal for your dues ($10-50) and wear your workclothes so we can dig in the dirt.

We’ll start seedlings for the apprentice plot, and have a BBQ at the end of the workday. All are welcome!

Meeting Agenda Oct. 20, 2018

Introductions
  • What did you learn about gardening this season?

 

Schedule
  • Sat., Nov. 10: Closing Workday, 11 am-3 pm at Garden

   

Operations Committee
  • Workday priorities: Weed, rake and uprooting dead vines
  • Look at fig tree: is it time to winterize it?
  • Compost Toilet: Clean rooftop solar panels & try to fix fan
  • Benches: Sand and Stain, look at wooden chair as well
  • Produce donation: Gather produce from Margaret’s plot & donate
  • Clean, sharpen and oil gardening implements, store for winter
  • Clean out back shed, tin shed, and compost toilet
  • Pull out more butterfly bushes and plant shade garden plants
  • Prune bushes and trees for wintering.

 

Membership Committee
  • Check your status: Shana and Tara sent a link, track your requirements.
  • You need 3 workdays, 3 meetings, and 4 open hour shifts per season
  • No partying in the garden after 9 pm! Please be quiet and considerate, inform other members via email, and keep the garden gate open.

Treasurer
  • Our balance after Harvest Fest is now $5,000.
  • Pay your dues; it’s a membership requirement!
  • Submit your expenses via receipt with Robert Moskal before season’s end.

Events Committee
  • We’re having a little BBQ at today’s workday!
  • Let’s see if we can sell the rest of the succulents and some books today.
  • Harvest Fest raised $500. Big thanks to all who helped make it a success!
  • Do we want to welcome the Clinton Hill Carolers on Fri, Dec 20th, for bonfires, hot cider and weenie/marshmallow roast?

Other Business
  • Steering Committee elections will happen via Doodle at the end of the season, so let’s take nominations today. We want an incoming officer for every position (except Treasurer): Co-president, Ops apprentice, Membership apprentice, Events Co-chair, BQLT Alternate Rep. Who’s interested?
  • BQLT Updates:
    • The 10th Annual Celebration of Gardens will be held on November 3rd from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Brooklyn Job Corps, 585 DeKalb Ave. Join them for a day of workshops, festivities, music and giveaways. Email Kim for more info and how to register: kimberlylightbody@gmail.com

Meeting Agenda Sept. 12, 2018

Introductions
  • What projects would you like us to tackle next season?

 

Schedule
  • Sat., Sept. 15: Garden Workday, 11 am-3 pm at Garden
  • Saturday, Oct. 6th: Harvest Fest 11 am-3 pm, at Garden
  • Sat., Oct. 20: Garden Meeting & Workday, 11 am-3 pm at Garden
  • Sat. Oct. 27: GreenThumb Winter Supply Distribution, 10am
  • Sat., Nov. 10: Closing Workday, 11 am-3 pm at Garden

   

Operations Committee
  • Workday priorities: weeding; clearing paths around plots + main paths
  • Compost Toilet: Sand and stain (weather permitting)/check in on fan
  • Benches: Sand and Stain
  • Harvest Fest crafts (painting pots, smudging sticks), paint signs
  • Produce donation: gather produce from Margaret’s plot & donate to City Harvest/Brooklyn Teen Challenge

Membership Committee
  • Check your status: Shana and Tara sent a link, track your requirements.
  • You need 3 workdays, 3 meetings, and 4 open hour shifts per season
  • No partying in the garden after 9 pm! Please be quiet and considerate, inform other members via email, and keep the garden gate open.

Treasurer
  • Our balance going into Harvest Fest is $4,600.
  • Pay your dues! No one’s paid since last meeting; it’s part of membership.
  • Submit your expenses via receipt with Robert Moskal before season’s end

Events Committee
  • We’ll be having a BBQ at Saturday’s workday! Feel free to bring something.
  • Saturday, Oct. 6th is the Harvest Fest! Volunteer & receive a workday credit.

Other Business
  • Please pick up litter in the garden & outside the gates when you see it.
  • Steering Committee elections will happen via Doodle at the end of the season, so let’s take nominations at the October meeting. We want an incoming officer for every position (except Treasurer): Co-president, Ops apprentice, Membership apprentice, Events Co-chair, BQLT Alternate Rep.
  • BQLT Updates:
    • BQLT’s Annual Bike & Walking Tour is on Saturday, Sept. 15! The tour kicks off at 2pm, and will be followed by a 5pm after party at the People’s Garden in Bushwick. There’ll be food, drinks, music, and lots of fellow gardeners! Email Kim for more info and how to register: kimberlylightbody@gmail.com

Meeting Agenda July 18, 2018

Introductions
  • What is your favorite thing about Hollenback Community Garden?
Schedule
  • Sat., July 21: Garden Workday, 11 am-3 pm at Garden
  • Sat., Aug. 18: Garden Meeting & Workday, 11 am-3 pm at Garden
  • Wed., Sept. 12: Garden Meeting, 6:30 pm at Garden
  • Sat., Sept. 15: Garden Workday, 11 am-3 pm at Garden
  • Sat., Oct. 20: Garden Meeting & Workday, 11 am-3 pm at Garden
  • Sat., Nov. 10: Closing Workday, 11 am-3 pm at Garden    
Operations Committee
  • Workday priorities: Fix the compost toilet; install bat house; cut back grapevine and make trellis; consolidate wood; weeding; plants kids plot
Membership Committee
  • Check your status: Shana and Tara sent a link, track your requirements.
  • Do your Open Hours! Try and do one 2-hour shift per month.
  • No partying in the garden after 9 p.m.! Please be quiet and considerate, inform other members via email, and keep the garden gate open.
Treasurer
  • Sixty percent of members have paid dues; the rest of you, get it done! If you have financial hardship, talk to Robert and we’ll work something out.
Events Committee
  • Dana will share notes from her Safe Soil Workshop
  • Saturday’s educational talks: Edible and Nonedible Weeds w Winnie
  • Coffee and donuts community events in August + full moon garden BBQ
  • August 24th is the Full Moon Soiree!
Other Business
  • If you have issues about something happening at the garden, please email the Steering Committee rather than the entire membership.
  • Compost Committee: Volunteers, see Peter Ross.
    • We need volunteers to turn all the compost today
    • Brown city compost bins are only for dairy, meat, oily foods, large seeds (avocado, mango, jackfruit), thorny plants, invasives and paper
  • Water Committee: Volunteers, see Miles Lightbody
    • Put half a dunk ring in each water barrel—helps keeps mosquitoes out. If you get a dunk ring in your watering can, return it to the barrel. dd
    • Always close the barrels tightly to prevent mosquitoes breeding
  • BQLT Updates:
    • The July 14th Open Gardens was a smash! Thanks to Kim Lightbody. We invested $80 in a good time for all our neighbors!
    • Greene Garden (2 S Portland Ave, entrance on Dekalb) will need help
    • Check out the fun events at Elizabeth Street Garden.