Presentation on theme: "Terwillegar Community Garden Network"— Presentation transcript:
1Terwillegar Community Garden Network Annual General MeetingMarch 5, 2011
2Agenda About the community garden Overview of 2010 accomplishments Volunteer recognition2010 Board and responsibilities2010 financials2011 budgetLessons learned2011 projectsPlot assignment updateQuiet GardenBoard Election
3About the Community Garden Third year of operationGarden is located on Community League land and was funded by the league. It is an activity sanctioned by the Community league.The current set up is temporary. The intent is to develop the area over time into a landscaped garden and orchard area as per the garden vision document. The City is to develop the land once the architectural design is completed and funds are available.
42010 AccomplishmentsCompleted mulching with the available mulch pileObtained donated seeds and potatosHad the garden shed sidedFought back the weedsFood bank wateringPotato beetle controlFood bank garden produced 377 kgReasonable growing year despite being colder than normal
62010 Volunteer recognition All those that helped - GREAT, we couldn’t do it without you.Above and beyond volunteersFrancis Wambuga, Joss and Axel Manning-Fox, Cathy and Patrick Chan, Bill and Rosemarie Luchak, Angela Johnson, Collin Webber, Keith OldfordAnd everyone else that helped out whenever and however they could – it is all appreciated!
7TCGN Board and Responsibilities Board Positions (non-elected 2010)Garden Coordinator – Steve JohnsonResource Coordinator, Community Relations Coordinator, Site Coordinator – Shared by Steve Johnson, Matt Parsons, Loretta Friedrich, Kim Rost, Jodi MurphyTo elect these positions for 2011 (nominations and voting at end of meeting).
8Board Responsibilities – Available on the league website Communications (news articles, etc)Administration of membership contracts (database)Setting up/leading volunteer and project committeesCity of Edmonton Parks agreementMembership with ECGNDeveloping Budget with the TCL and attending TCL meetingsGrant applicationsMeetings with the City for site developmentMaintaining websiteMaintaining Operational Guidelines, membership contracts, meeting minutes, budgetsMediate disputesOperational guidelines lists all responsibilities of the board and positions. Available at: .org follow the links to the community garden page.Memberships (Resource Coordinator)Articles for the TCL Tribune (Community Relations)responses and sending out mass communications (Community Relations)Tank filling (Site group)Site development and maintenance (Garden Coordinator and Site)Fundraising – donations and events for now and eventually grants (Resources with Community Relations)
10Budget 2011Depends on project work to be doneRevenueMemberships - $1,200Other grants – Between $0 and $10,000ExpensesWater - $200 - $300Proposed Estimated costs:Soil/Compost - $ $5000Mulch - $ $2000Irrigation system - $1000- $2000
11Budget GrantsApplication in for $5,000 to TD Friends of the Environment Foundation for soil, mulch and tools. We will hear back by May 20th.Application in for $5,000 to Home Depot Canada Foundation for soil, mulch and tools. We will hear back by March 25th.
122010 Lessons LearnedMore mulch and soil is needed for pathways and for plots that are short on soil depth.In general, the site inspection template was well received. The template was designed to outline common issues with plots, such as weed and pest control, not being raked to full plot dimensions, and not enough mulch. Board will conduct site inspection in 2011and use a similar template to report back to plot renters.Still no earthworms in the garden.Food bank watering and weeding needs to be better documented. A board and log book will be set up in the garden shed for volunteers to track participation and what work was doneWork bees and garden inspections will be scheduled and dates provided to the members for the garden season. It will be posted on the website and sent out in a preseason .
13Lessons Learned1) WateringFor a plot should water around 100 litres per week so the water soaks deep into soil. Depends on water need of plant.Mulching with weed seed and pesticide free grass clippings of 2-5cm depth recommended. Wheat or rye straw also works.Leave soil berms or depressions around plant (plot) to prevent water from running off
14Lessons Learned2) Potato beetleif found pick and kill by hand and tell your plot neighborswheat or rye straw mulch better environment for beetle predatorsThey attack other plants such as tomatoesTHEY WILL BE BACK as they over winter in the soil several centimeters down.
15Lessons Learned3) Powdery MildewPlant in full sun and have good air circulation (prevent overcrowding plants)Pick off infected leaves and dispose in garbageOrganic Sprays - Neem oil, chamomile tea, 1 teaspoon baking soda to 1 litre water (raise pH), 1 part cow milk to 9 parts water. Spray after rainfall and through-out garden season
16Lessons Learned4) Garden set upplant as per seed directions on spacing. Several gardeners overcrowded their vegetablesTall plants to back, small to front for sunlightCAGE or stake tomatoes. Direct squash vinesVisit your garden regularly (some missed harvest times, insect control, and watering)Some plants do not get along. Research your crop before plantingSome plants keep bad bugs away (garlic, basel, etc) which could be useful on borders
17Lessons Learned5) RabbitsDidn’t do as much damage as anticipatedControl by snow fence or chicken wire
18Lessons Learned6) SlugsNone spotted in 2010 at gardenIf we have a wet year, they could arrivePick when found. Best to pick in early morningBeer traps work very well but must be maintained daily
197) Soil Nutrition - Compost Lessons Learned7) Soil Nutrition - CompostSoil has not been amended with compost – may be brought in for use in 2011 subject to fundingBenefits of moisture retention and better crop productionRecommend adding compost in the fall in up to a 2 cm thick layer. Every 2-3 yearsAvailable from landscape centers, University farms, Edmonton zoo, and Clean-it Green-it.Can also make your own compost – discuss with Steve JohnsonAlso can dig in HEALTHY plant tops into soil at harvest time. This is called green manure
20Lessons Learned8) Canada ThistleA very successful weed. Must be pulled out by the root. If any root is left it will regenerate. Don’t let it get to seedIf we keep pulling and cutting it down, EVENTUALLY the plant should die due to lack of energy in its root system. This could take several years from others experience
212011 ProjectsAt least two workbee’s – notice provided on community league website andFilling and monitoring water tanksMulching around water tanks (weed reduction)Composter development and managementFood bank garden volunteers (plant, water, harvest)Supervise school participants and teach about gardeningDeveloping additional plots for new membersPossible food bank and plot expansion based on grant fundingPlanning what our permanent garden would be with the City of Edmonton IF we have enough board members
22Food Bank GardenRequire team lead to organize volunteers and garden set up for May 28/9 (weekend after May long weekend)Ground needs to be turned as overly compacted Need seed supply or starter plants – call local stores for donations. Check last years seed stock.To schedule plot watering and garden inspection for pests and pest control
23Membership Contract Highlights Volunteer commitment encouraged and will be tracked (volunteer logs and sign-in sheets) as part of ‘good-standing’ clause in garden contractSurvey completion for Edmonton Community Garden Network by all membersMembership and non-deposit fees to be PAID by chequeBoard discussion on if non-deposit made to edmonton food bank if member does not maintain plot and is not in good standingMandatory TCL membership as we are on community league land and this is a community league sanctioned service
24Plot AssignmentsAngela Johnson has provided plot assignments. The map will be posted in the garden shed before gardening can start.Currently 7 plots are still on hold for returning members that have not returned paperwork.14 plots are available13 people are on the waitlist with a total of 15 plots being requestedstill getting new inquiries about the garden and the waitlist continues to grow.
25Quiet GardenVision: The Terwillegar Quiet Garden exists to serve the community by offering a calm space sown with native plants for peaceful reflection and friendly gatherings. The Garden seeks to provide education in traditional gardening practices in order to enhance Edmonton’s food security.
26Garden Coursegardening 101 course out of Muttart conservatory on May 28 10am -12 noon, and a beginner herbs course May 29, 1-3pm