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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.  

April 21, 2018 Minutes

Hollenback Community Garden Meeting
Minutes
Introductions: (see sign-in sheet) of committee leaders and all members.  There was lots of excitement today of past and new members.
Membership requirements reviewed. Dues. 3 Meetings. 3 Workdays. 4 Open Hours. There are also different levels of membership. 2 people can act as one member. Only one member per household. Dues $10-50 per year (sliding scale). Join as a member between March 15-May 31.
Members get a key. Quorum is needed to vote on spendings of $250 plus.   Just a majority is needed for spending under $250.

 

There are lots of ways to get in your time in addition to the standard requirements. For example, attend a BQLT meeting and report back to HCG meeting.

 

For now, untiling banking gets sorted out, dues should be paid in cash or via pay-pal.

 

Plots need to be planted by June 15.  Use them or lose them.

 

Signing-off on bylaws by all in attendance
HIstory of HCG and NYC/Brooklyn Community Gardens:  Connection to Green Thumb and BQLT for support and assistance with managing/insurance/water

 

Saturday, May 5 HCG will be hosting the BQLT meeting

 

Events:
Review of season’s schedule:  Plant Sale next week – volunteers needed.  Baked goods are encouraged to be donated. They bring in another revenue source.  

 

Events committee will send a survey about possible events and event updates.  Baked goods always welcome.

 

Members can propose and lead educational talks.  

 

We are aiming for full-open hours on the weekends. Thursday’s 5-7 (spring) and 6-8 (summer) Friday’s 4-6.  Additional hours will be write-in the binder.

 

Communal Herb Garden in the works – more info to come

 

Water Committee:  Communal plots always need watering.  Do not drink the captured water, it is only for watering the garden.  BQLT will hopefully be fixing the spigot and turned on by the end of the month.

 

Garden Work Days

 

Operations:  Review and of day’s work:  compost toilet, replacing wood in beds, clean up wood stacks, clean back shed, bench rehab, general weeding, overall cleanup, composting.  Plots assigned today.

 

There will be a list of things To Do posted

 

BQLT update

 

Compost:  Pay attention to plastic bags and non-compostable materials to be place in the garbage and the brown bins. Brown bins are collected for composting by the city.  Ensure HBC has clean, easy compost (no dairy, meat, thorns, avocado/peach pits, etc).

 

Beautiful day for a workday!  
AGENDA

Introductions
  • Welcome to the Hollenback Garden 2018 Season! What’s your name and how long have you been here, or why did you join?
  • Membership requirements are: Dues/ 3 Meetings/ 3 Workdays/ 4 Open Hours
  • Alisha gives brief history of Hollenback Community Garden, and our relationship to BQLT & Greenthumb


Schedule
  • Sat., April 28: Plant Sale in front of garden, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Garden. Rain date 4/29 (Let Alisha know if you can help).
  • Wed., May 16: Garden Meeting, 6:30-8 p.m. at Clinton Hill Public Library
  • Sat., May 19: Garden Meeting & Workday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Garden
  • Sat., June 9: Garden Meeting & Workday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Garden

   

Operations Committee Update
  • Early season goals include: Fixing and teaking the compost toilet, fixing doors of backyard shed, replacing old wood on garden beds, installing bat house, trellis for the grapevine.
  • Clean out the back shed, store all tools in Knack box, take inventory of supplies, and clear off table to use for seedlings.
  • Benches:  Sand, oil, and reassemble  (4+ ppl).
  • Plots: We ID’d several that need repair (3-4 ppl). Go through lumber piles to consolidate wood we’re keeping, stack the to-be-trashed lumber for removal (including stuff by fence; relocate tall table).
  • Clear out compost toilet and get rid of old stuff.
  • Help Jane clean off potting table, and line w/ reclaimed marble panels.
  • General cleanup! Weeds, trash, broken pots, etc. plus pruning; we’ll make a list of remaining tasks for people to do during Open Hours.
  • Make a shopping list of what supplies we still need. (Peter)

Membership Committee
  • Membership will summarize bylaws and circulate sheet to be signed, indicating that you agree to abide by Hollenback Garden regulations.
  • New Open Hours proposed: Fri 4-6; Sat/Sun 10-4; discuss, and Shana will have an official sign made for us.
  • New members get to choose their plot, in the order they picked numbers at March’s plottery. Plots that say ‘OPEN’ are available. Paint signs in May.
  • Any plots not planted by June 15 may be offered to any eligible members without plots, or for apprentices to share. If you need to take a one-year sabbatical, please contact with Membership. Keep the garden beautiful by maintaining your plots throughout the season.


Treasurer
  • Pay your dues on a sliding scale ($10-50, cash or PayPal), to Robert Moskal by June 15th.
  • The current balance of our account is approximately $3,200.
Events Committee Update
  • We will continue with educational talks before workdays; if you’re interested in learning about something or sharing your knowledge, ask Clara or Vicky
  • Fundraising Ideas: Plant Sale, Sidewalk Sale at Workdays, DIY Workshops


Other Business
  • New York City Brown Compost Bins and what to put in them
    • We have a lot of these now! Please use for compost, and discourage accumulating used plastic bags within bags around the compost area  They don’t get reused, and they do grow mosquitos. (Ew.)
  • Greening Together at Brooklyn Botanic Garden: Winnie’s going on 4/26 for Seed and Bulb Trade/Giveaway
  • Water Committee duties: Keep the buckets full, and put dunk rings in them.
  • BQLT Updates:
    • Hollenback will be hosting the next BQLT Operations Meeting on Saturday, May 5 at 10am. All gardeners are welcome—excellent opportunity to represent Hollenback & meet members from other gardens.
    • WATER: Aiming to turn water on by end of the month, but no set date yet. Use the caterpillar (rainwater collection system) for the time being. We’ll try to get water spigot/key fixed.
    • EARTH DAY: Open gardens on Earth Day, Sunday April 22— BQLT would like the garden gates to stay open for visitors, if possible.
    • Fees for BQLT member gardens have increased from $50 to $100/year, starting Jan. 2019. We’ll help them this year by paying $100.
    • Encourage all members to attend BQLT meetings and events (including May 5 at Hollenback!), meet representatives from other gardens, sign up for workshops, visit other gardens in the community.
    • List of other BQLT gardens: Alisha will place in the compost toilet

June 2018 Meeting Minutes

Hollenback Community Garden
Meeting Minutes
Saturday, June 9, 2018

 

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)

* * * *
Fort Greene Farmers Market has 2 for 1 plants available.

 

 

Hollenback Minutes – May 15, 2018

Hollenback Community Garden Meeting 
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.  

Meeting Minutes from August 16, 2017

INTRO: What do you want to plant for fall?

 

OPS

  • Please chop weeds, anything invasive or covered in thorns go in the brown city compost bins
  • Please weed around your plots, mosquitoes are taking over the garden
  • 8/19 Workday – Craft Focus – Paint a sign for your plot, or help make one for Harvest Festival. We’ll also make smudge sticks and dipped-paint pots. Non-crafty folks can stick to general maintenance and clean up. A* will lead.

 

EVENTS

  • Harvest Festival, Saturday, September 23, 11am-3pm (not the 24th!)
    • Contest – compete with other gardeners for best produce, preserves, and in the Great Apple Challenge! Sign-up in person or email your submission to alishapetro@gmail.com If you know any prominent foodies or local celebrities who can be judges, let us know!
    • Raffle – BQLT is letting us use their 501c3 tax certificate, which means all donations are tax-deductible! Raffle forms and flyers are available for distribution, update A* if you are going to ask someone, or would like us to
    • Help! We will be offering workday credits to everyone who works Harvest Festival. We also need gardeners to make baked good for our bake sale.
      Open hours will be available for those who clean and set up the garden. Sign-up in person or email alishapetro@gmail.com
    • We need kids activities, any ideas?
    • Need to borrow folding chairs and folding tables from someone
  • Donation requests for supplies – Let us know if we can take these off your hands!
    • General: coffee canister, water dispenser, 3-ring binders, pH meter
    • 8/19 Workday: craft paints, brushes, cardboard or tarps we can get paint on
    • Harvest Festival: used books to sell! (bring on the day or or day before)

 

TREASURER

  • Please pay dues to J** in cash or to the Hollenback PayPal account

 

BUSINESS

  • Green Thumb and Grow NYC events to earn credits and stuff for the garden
  • If you have a get together at the garden, you must inform garden membership, clean up afterwards, be kind to our neighbors (noise from the garden carries), and COMPOST (paper plates, napkins and all food scraps can go in brown compost bins)
  • Bushwick City Farm has a petition out to save their garden from development (https://www.thepetitionsite.com/385/729/745/save-bushwick-city-farm/)

 

SOCIAL NETWORKING

  • Hollenback is now on Instagram! instagram.com/hollenbackgarden. Follow us and we’ll happily repost your Hollenback pics! Or email them to S**, sarah.barasch@gmail.com
  • Facebook photos can also be sent to S**, we’re currently seeking before and after pics, if you have any of your plot, or the garden in general (or at least the “before”)

BQLT UPDATE

  • Water key – We aren’t the only garden with issues, many are complaining, BQLT will distribute new keys to every garden with this system soon. Did you know? Some gardens water their plots via fire hydrant!
  • September 16 – Open Gardens Day (aka Bike Tour) – all BQLT gardens must keep gates open from 11am-3pm. This is our scheduled workday, which helps to stay open, but should we consider switching the workday to Sunday instead?
    There is also an after party at Westbook Community Garden.
  • 2017 Goals: Respect Community & Membership, Grow membership

 

OPEN HOURS

  • We need to have the garden open 20 hours per week
  • Wednesday 12-2, 4-6, Thursday 6-8, Saturday/Sunday 10-12, 12-2, 2-4
  • Make sure to have gate open when doing water committee work (fill barrels, water common area) to earn an open hour credit
  • Don’t forget to mark your name in the orange binder in the open hours calendar and/or water committee sheet

 

UPCOMING WORKDAYS, MEETINGS and EVENTS

  • August 19, Saturday – Workday
  • September 19, Wednesday – Meeting
  • September 16, Saturday – Workday
  • September 23, Saturday – Harvest Fest
  • October 14, Saturday – Workday/Meeting
  • November 15, Wednesday – Meeting
  • November 18, Saturday – Workday

 

TODAY’S TALK: NATIVES + POLLINATORS!

  • Stick around after the meeting to hear S*** and J*** discuss native plants and attracting pollinators. S**n recently attended a Greenthumb workshop on the topic and will share her notes.