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Hollenback Community Garden – Meeting Agenda June 15, 2019

Membership Committee
• Have you read the bylaws and signed that you will abide by them? Who still needs a key?
• Membership requirements are: Bylaws/Dues/ 3 Meetings/ 3 Workdays/ 4 Open Hour sessions
• How about this new Open Hours plan? We’ll focus on getting coverage for posted hours Sat-Sun 12-6 p.m.; in addition, all other 2-hour sessions will also be honored. For this to work, people need to sign up for these weekend shifts. NOTES: We voted unanimously to adopt this new Open Hours policy. Rose made an online sign-in, and Danielle F. will use whiteboard calendar to help gardeners fill weekend slots. But to get credit, you MUST sign into the book. Also, Shana said only 2 Open Hours workers can get credit per session, per the bylaws. Rose said she’ll be flexible in the unlikely event multiple gardeners show up for the same Open Hours shift.
• Can we share your contact info (no last names) with other gardeners? NOTES: Gardeners are in favor of this, as an opt-in system.
• Plant your plot by June 15th, or forfeit it. You’re welcome to use the seeds available on the compost toilet shelves.
• Membership will find a way to help you meet your goals! Track your requirements via: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1M_IvsVcLi0gcmF7_NvozVk7VGPFpf3weKbMyzqSLRLA/edit?usp=sharing

Treasurer:
• Pay your dues, on a sliding scale from $10-50, by June 15th.
• Receipts to Robert M. for reimbursement!

Events Committee Update
• We hold Educational Talks each workday; today’s is on Composting with Peter NOTES: Peter’s talk was attended by a dozen gardeners who learned composting steps and why it’s important to make ‘black gold’
• If you have a private event like a BBQ in the garden, let everyone know about it via our Listserve email hollenback_garden@lists.riseup.net, and clean up your mess! Take out trash! Be respectful of neighbors! Out by 10 p.m.
• Danielle F. invites all members to free Thursday Meditation at 7:30 a.m. across from garden at 453 Washington Avenue. http://www.StoopMeditation.com
• July 20 is Open Garden Day: Tea Party, Live Music and Free Meditation Class NOTES: Rose’s friend will play music, Danielle’s fried will play Harmonium
• We’ll be selling used books & some baked goods in front of today’s workday—we’ll need helpers to set up & tend to the shop NOTES: We discussed donating the funds raised–$60—to the Clinton Hill Public Library.
• We’ll order pizza at today’s workday! A BBQ will happen on July 20th
NOTES: We’ll be holding a July 12th Full Moon Soiree Potluck in the evening. Alisha also decided to hold Harvest Fest on the Oct. 19 Workday. GreenThumb Harvest Fest is scheduled for Sept. 28th, not in our garden, however.

Other Business
• Lock Protocol: When you enter the garden, attach the lock back to the gate.
• The hose is fixed so water stays ON all season. Just lift the lever at the spigot and close it when you’re done. Don’t use the key anymore–it strips the spigots.
• If you have problems or issues, don’t send them to the entire membership; please first try to get it resolved by writing the Steering Committee directly at hollenbackcommunitygarden@gmail.com
• Our Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/hollenbackcommunitygarden/
• Our website is https://hollenbackgarden.wordpress.com/
• Meeting Minutes at https://hollenbackgarden.wordpress.com/category/minutes/
• Our Instagram is https://www.instagram.com/explore/locations/31094141/hollenback-community-garden/ Anyone interested in being our Instagram person? NOTES: Christina V. and Kayleigh B. both volunteered to do this.
• Send any photos you’d like posted to us and we’ll put them up! (Please no close-ups of kids unless with prior parental approval).

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

 

March 20, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Hollenback Community Garden – Meeting Agenda March 2019

 

Introductions

  • Welcome to the Hollenback Garden 2019 Season! Please share who you are, how long you’ve been in the garden, and one thing you’d like to grow this year.
  • Membership requirements are: Dues/ 3 Meetings/ 3 Workdays/ 4 Open Hour sessions

MINUTES: Printed out 25 agendas, had almost double the attendees interested.

Schedule

  • Wed., March 20: Garden Meeting, 6:30-8 p.m. at Clinton Hill Public Library
  • Sat., April 27: Garden Meeting & Workday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Garden
  • Wed., May 15: Garden Meeting, 6:30-8 p.m. at Clinton Hill Public Library
  • Sat., May 25: Garden Meeting & Workday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Garden
  • Sat., June 15: Garden Meeting & Workday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Garden

 

Elections

  • We must elect 2019 Steering Committee members. Members in good standing can vote.

Here’s the slate:
1 Co-presidents: Need nominee

1 Ops Officers: Barack

1 Membership Officers: Rose

Events: Alisha

MINUTES: ALL NOMINEES VOTED ON AND PASSED WITH QUORUM Barak got 22 votes; Rose got 24 votes, Alisha got 20 votes.
Operations Committee Update:

  • At first workday, all members who qualify, pick your ‘plottery’ number & pick from available garden plots
  • Plant your plot by June 15th, or forfeit it
  • Early season goals include: cleaning up from winter, fixing the compost toilet, hooking up rainwater harvester, fixing doors of backyard shed, replacing old wood on garden beds, grapevine trellis

MINUTES: Explained plottery to members; Rose and Tara will contact those who qualify for a plot, and send them a map of available plots. Winnie suggests splitting large plots of Joe and Ruth, who have left, to make 4 plots, for parity. We agree to expand the footprint of each plot by several feet to make this feasible. Current members may keep these larger plots, but if they leave the garden, these plots will be subsequently divided in half, as they are 2/3 larger than most other available garden plots.

Membership Committee

  • Membership will pass out bylaws to be signed at second meeting
  • You agree to abide by Hollenback Garden regulations
  • Discuss member obligations for the season: 3 meetings, 3 workdays, 4 open hours and how members can fulfill these obligations

MINUTES: Bylaws sent out to new members via email, for their review and download. Basic garden operations are perfunctorily explained. Alternative ways to get hours, such as attending GreenThumb or BQLT events and reporting back, are shared. Members are encouraged to attend as many workdays as possible.

Treasurer:

  • Pay your dues, on a sliding scale from $10-50, by June 15th. Pay overdues from 2018 immediately.

MINUTES: Robert collects outstanding 2018 dues; those who have not paid are in jeopardy of losing plot.

Events Committee Update

  • We will continue with educational talks before workdays; if you’re interested in learning about something or sharing your knowledge, speak with Alisha.
  • Fundraising Ideas: Plant Sale (grow our own seedlings and/or purchase from Go NYC plant sale), Sidewalk Sale during Workdays, DIY Workshop Ideas

MINUTES: Alisha welcomes members to share their expertise for 10-minute educational talks before scheduled workdays. She will plan food for the upcoming workday. She will also reach out to Block Association to see if they want to work together on Harvest Fest. They need funds to do so; she will discuss fundraisers with them.

Other Business

  • New York City Brown Compost Bins and what to put in them
  • GrowNYC Spring Annual Plant Sale www.grownyc.org/plantsale
  • Greening Together at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
  • BQLT Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 6, 9am-1:30pm, Brooklyn Job Corps | 585 Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11205

MINUTES: Kim Lightbody will be our BQLT rep for the April 6th Annual Meeting. Yoni posted the bylaws on the website. He will post garden agendas and minutes there as well. Yoni and Membership will work together on a comprehensive member contact list.

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

 

 

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.

Meeting Agenda August 18, 2018

Agenda


Introductions
  • What is your most successful summer crop?
Schedule
  • Wed., Sept. 12: Garden Meeting, 6:30 pm at Library
  • 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., Nov. 10: Closing Workday, 11 am-3 pm at Garden    
Operations Committee
  • Workday priorities: weeding; clearing paths around plots + main garden paths
  • Compost Toilet: Sand and stain (weather permitting)/check in on fan
  • Fig Tree: continue training
  • Wood Pile: Separate bad wood in pile for pick up
  • Harvest Fest crafts (painting pots, smudging sticks), can also paint signs for plots
  • Produce donation, gather produce from Margaret’s plot & take to Fort Greene market to donate to City Harvest/Brooklyn Teen Challenge
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. Remember you need to do 4 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.
  • Always keep garden gates open while inside the garden, part of our commitment to the committee is to keep gates open as much as possible.
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
  • Coffee + donuts community events on Saturdays in August, open hours credit.
  • 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.
  • 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, paper
  • Water Committee: Volunteers, see Miles Kohrman
    • Receive an open hours credit for watering all common areas + welcome garden in front of gates, and fill all water barrels, must keep gates open.
    • 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 barrel.
    • Always close the barrels tightly to prevent mosquitoes breeding, dump any sitting water, store watering cans upside down
  • 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 afterparty 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 Saturday, June 9, 2018

Agenda
Introductions
  • What have you planted and how’s it growing?
  • Membership requirements are: Dues/ 3 Meetings/ 3 Workdays/ 4 Open Hours
Schedule
  • Wed., July 18: Garden Meeting, 6:30 pm at Garden
  • Sat., July 14th BQLT Open Gardens Day 11-3 (Get Open Hours credit)
  • 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; repair broken beds; install bat house; trellis for the grapevine, plant flower bed area by hose; fix hose.
  • Sign painting: supplies in the back of the garden to paint plot signs
  • Remove the barberry in woodland shade garden
  • Thanks to Ernesto for sanding and finishing benches; they look great!
Membership Committee
  • Apprentices needed to help run welcome garden, kids garden, Jane’s woodland shade garden and to water & weed Margaret’s plot
  • June 15th is the cutoff for joining garden/ planting your plot
  • Check your status: Shana and Tara sent a link, track your requirements.
Treasurer
  • Pay dues on a sliding scale ($10-50, cash or PayPal), to Robert by June 15th
  • The current balance of our account is approximately $4,700.
Events Committee
  • Today’s educational talks + plot tours: What to plant and when (Sara S.) and tips for growing tomatoes (Barak)
  • Use the sandwich board to welcome people into garden during open hours
  • Does anyone have a projector for a fall movie night?
  • Coffee and donuts community events in August + full moon garden BBQ
  • Open Gardens Day June 14: BBQ, rock-painting, tours, & weeding
  • June is Greenthumb’s Music in the Gardens Month; who wants to play?
Other Business
  • Compost Committee: Volunteers, see Peter Ross.
    • 4 ppl needed for workday to clear out behind compost bins
    • Dairy, meat, oily foods, invasive plants, thorny plants, large seeds (i.e. avocado, mango, jackfruit) go in brown city compost bins
  • 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.
    • Always close the barrels tightly to prevent mosquitoes breeding
    • We’ll fix hose today and keep it turned on for the rest of the summer
  • BQLT Updates:
    • Help Classon/Fulgate Garden (474 Classon Ave, btw Gates & Putnam) on their workday, Saturday, June 23, from 9am-1pm.
    • Greene Garden (2 S Portland Ave, entrance on Dekalb) will need help
Minutes
Intros by all attendees and a little bit about what’s growing in everyone’s plots.
Reviewed membership requirements: dues/3 meetings/3 workdays/4 open hours
Schedule reviewed: see meeting agenda and website
Operations:
1.    today’s workday priorities list for completion after today’s meeting
Ongoing:  welcome garden care, watering as needed
Membership:
1.    apprentices are needed to help with welcome garden, kids garden, woodland shade garden, vacations, water and weeding
2.    June 15 is the cutoff for joining and garden planting your plot
3.    Check you status with link – track your requirements
If you are going on vacation, email membership to find help.
Treasurer:
Pay dues on a sliding scale by June 15
Current balance of HCG is about $4,700
Events:
– Thanks to everyone for filling out survey
– There is an educational talk after this meeting
– Found a projector for fall movie night.  Still deciding on a movie.
– Open Garden Day – July 14:  BBQ, rock-painting, tours, weeding, kids ideas needed
– June is Greenthumb’s Music in the Gardens Month.  If anyone wants to play – Jazz in June in many gardens.
-community garden documentary airing
BBQ August 24
We will write on the Sandwich Board a Welcome message to the community as a way of bringing more community members to the garden.
We will service coffee and donuts on Saturday mornings – from 9-11 ?
Composting:
-Volunteers needed
Watering:
–       put a half dunk ring in each water barrel for mosquitoes
–       close barrels after use to prevent mosquitoes
–       hose will be fixed and on for the summer
BQLT
–       Help needed in other Gardens
Classon/Fulgate Garden on their work-day June 23 9-1
Greene Garden (S Portland Ave at DeKalb)
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Fort Greene Farmers Market has 2 for 1 plants available.

Hollenback Community Garden – Meeting Agenda June 9, 2018

Meeting & Agenda May 15, 2018

Meeting Agenda May 15, 2018


Introductions
  • What’s gardening things would you would like to learn more about?
  • Membership requirements are: Dues/ 3 Meetings/ 3 Workdays/ 4 Open Hours
  • The workday has been moved to Sunday, May 20 because of rain
Schedule
  • Sun., May 20: Garden Workday, 11 am-3 pm at Garden
  • Sat., June 9: Garden Meeting & Workday, 11 am-3 pm at Garden
  • Wed., July 18: Garden Meeting, 6:30 pm at Garden
  • 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 Update
  • Workday priorities: sand, oil, and reassemble benches; rebuild beds; fix the compost toilet; clean back shed and Knack box; inventory supplies
  • Other things: install bat house; trellis for the grapevine.
  • Peter’s ordered a ton of compost/topsoil blend; he’ll know 10 days before it is delivered and will organize a special workday to move it in.
  • Sign painting: supplies in the back of the garden if you want to paint a sign for your plot. Also, we’ll put sandwich board out during workdays.
Membership Committee
  • Partying at the garden: please use good judgement and don’t cause trouble
  • Leave the gate open while you’re working, and be welcoming to folks
  • Apprentices needed to run herb garden, welcome garden, and kids garden
Treasurer
  • Pay your dues on a sliding scale ($10-50, cash or PayPal), to Robert Moskal by June 15th (cash dues to Winnie on Sunday workday)
  • The current balance of our account is approximately $4,400.
Events Committee Update
  • Plant sale: We paid off the seedlings, made $30, and got some to keep.
    • Bring house plants to the next workday for a plant sale
    • Complete events survey; talk to Clara and Vicky about ideas
  • Fundraising: Sidewalk Sale at Workdays, DIY Workshops
Other Business
  • Compost Committee: We need two additional volunteers to turn it
    • Please do not leave your empty plastic bags at the compost area.
  • Water Committee:
    • 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.
    • Always close the barrels tightly to prevent mosquitoes breeding
  • BQLT Updates:
    • Encourage all members to attend BQLT meetings and events, meet representatives from other gardens, sign up for workshops, visit other gardens in the community.
Minutes – May 15, 2018


Introductions:  Went around introducing ourselves and say what we would like to learn more about.   Some topics were compost, bees/pollinators, general growing, companion planting, plant disease, etc.


Talk about bringing the Clinton Hill community members into the garden.  Postcards will be made to introduce people to the garden. They can be posted and distributed to garden visitors.
It’s a good idea to bring sunblock and insect repellant.  


Schedule: Review of this season’s schedule. See website for dates of workdays and meetings.
This week’s garden work day is moved to Sunday, May 20 due to rain forecasts.


Operations Committee: Reviewed weekend’s work agenda – benches, rebuilding of broken beds, compost toilet.  We need ideas for grape vine trellis.


Other projects on the horizon:  bat house, compost/topsoil will be deliver and will need a workday to distribute it throughout the garden, sign painting materials are available to plots and overall garden communication.


Membership rules reviewed.  HCG is NOT a private garden.  Keep gates open when in the garden.  Always be inclusive. No loud partying.  10 PM is about the latest time to be in the garden.  Be considerate of the neighbors. Use good judgement.


View of key policy.  1 work day and 2 meetings plus paid dues are needed before getting a garden key.


Remember to pay your dues:  Paypal online or in person in cash.  Pay dues on a sliding scale – $10-50.  BY JUNE 15


Current balance in garden fund is $4,440


signup for Garden Open Hours online via google Doc.


Volunteers are needed to help with the kids, herb and welcome garden.  Members who are on vacation could us help with their plots.


There are more free plants available.  tomatoes, peppers, local natives plants, tulip bulbs.  Next year, we need to plan for a bigger pickup from the Brooklyn Botanical Garden plant sale.  


A big Thank you for contributions to PS 20 – They now have Bees!


Events: Plant sale was a bit over a break-even success.  We will have more plant/bake sales.
Events Committee wants to hear your ideas. – Send in your ideas.


Harvest event aligns with the community block party.


Compost Committee needs to additional volunteers.  
Please do not leave plastic bags in the compost.  Take labels off your food scraps.
Use the city bins for meat, dairy, avocado pits, corn cobs, etc.  Do not place in garden compost.


Water: If you see standing water, empty it.  Water attract mosquitos.
Always close barrels tightly.


BQLT is the nonprofit that supports community gardens:  All members are encouraged to attend their meetings and events.  Report back and receive garden credits towards your members responsibilities.   


People’s Garden in Bushwick is a great garden to visit.