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Terwillegar Community Garden Network Annual General Meeting March 5, 2011.

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1 Terwillegar Community Garden Network Annual General Meeting March 5, 2011

2 Agenda About the community garden Overview of 2010 accomplishments Volunteer recognition 2010 Board and responsibilities 2010 financials 2011 budget Lessons learned 2011 projects Plot assignment update Quiet Garden Board Election

3 About the Community Garden Third year of operation Garden 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.

4 2010 Accomplishments Completed mulching with the available mulch pile Obtained donated seeds and potatos Had the garden shed sided Fought back the weeds Food bank watering Potato beetle control Food bank garden produced 377 kg Reasonable growing year despite being colder than normal


6 2010 Volunteer recognition All those that helped - GREAT, we couldnt do it without you. Above and beyond volunteers Francis Wambuga, Joss and Axel Manning-Fox, Cathy and Patrick Chan, Bill and Rosemarie Luchak, Angela Johnson, Collin Webber, Keith Oldford And everyone else that helped out whenever and however they could – it is all appreciated!

7 TCGN Board and Responsibilities Board Positions (non-elected 2010) Garden Coordinator – Steve Johnson Resource Coordinator, Community Relations Coordinator, Site Coordinator – Shared by Steve Johnson, Matt Parsons, Loretta Friedrich, Kim Rost, Jodi Murphy To elect these positions for 2011 (nominations and voting at end of meeting).

8 Board Responsibilities – Available on the league website Communications (news articles, etc) Administration of membership contracts (database) Setting up/leading volunteer and project committees City of Edmonton Parks agreement Membership with ECGN Developing Budget with the TCL and attending TCL meetings Grant applications Meetings with the City for site development Maintaining website Maintaining Operational Guidelines, membership contracts, meeting minutes, budgets Mediate disputes Operational guidelines lists all responsibilities of the board and positions. Available at: 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)

9 Budget 2010 Expenses Shed siding $300 Epcor $ invoice Meter adaptor $32.76 ECGN membership $10 TOTAL $ invoice Revenue Membership $1160 (58 plots at $20) To confirm with C.L. Treasurer $ invoice

10 Budget 2011 Depends on project work to be done Revenue Memberships - $1,200 Other grants – Between $0 and $10,000 Expenses Water - $200 - $300 Proposed Estimated costs: Soil/Compost - $ $5000 Mulch - $ $2000 Irrigation system - $1000- $2000

11 Budget Grants Application in for $5,000 to TD Friends of the Environment Foundation for soil, mulch and tools. We will hear back by May 20 th. Application in for $5,000 to Home Depot Canada Foundation for soil, mulch and tools. We will hear back by March 25 th.

12 2010 Lessons Learned More 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 done Work 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 .

13 Lessons Learned 1) Watering For 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

14 Lessons Learned 2) Potato beetle if found pick and kill by hand and tell your plot neighbors wheat or rye straw mulch better environment for beetle predators They attack other plants such as tomatoes THEY WILL BE BACK as they over winter in the soil several centimeters down. 1.

15 Lessons Learned 3) Powdery Mildew Plant in full sun and have good air circulation (prevent overcrowding plants) Pick off infected leaves and dispose in garbage Organic 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 1.

16 Lessons Learned 4) Garden set up plant as per seed directions on spacing. Several gardeners overcrowded their vegetables Tall plants to back, small to front for sunlight CAGE or stake tomatoes. Direct squash vines Visit your garden regularly (some missed harvest times, insect control, and watering) Some plants do not get along. Research your crop before planting Some plants keep bad bugs away (garlic, basel, etc) which could be useful on borders 1.

17 Lessons Learned 5) Rabbits Didnt do as much damage as anticipated Control by snow fence or chicken wire 1.

18 Lessons Learned 6) Slugs None spotted in 2010 at garden If we have a wet year, they could arrive Pick when found. Best to pick in early morning Beer traps work very well but must be maintained daily 1.

19 Lessons Learned 7) Soil Nutrition - Compost Soil has not been amended with compost – may be brought in for use in 2011 subject to funding Benefits of moisture retention and better crop production Recommend adding compost in the fall in up to a 2 cm thick layer. Every 2-3 years Available from landscape centers, University farms, Edmonton zoo, and Clean-it Green-it. Can also make your own compost – discuss with Steve Johnson Also can dig in HEALTHY plant tops into soil at harvest time. This is called green manure

20 Lessons Learned 8) Canada Thistle A very successful weed. Must be pulled out by the root. If any root is left it will regenerate. Dont let it get to seed If 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

21 2011 Projects At least two workbees – notice provided on community league website and e- mail Filling and monitoring water tanks Mulching around water tanks (weed reduction) Composter development and management Food bank garden volunteers (plant, water, harvest) Supervise school participants and teach about gardening Developing additional plots for new members Possible food bank and plot expansion based on grant funding Planning what our permanent garden would be with the City of Edmonton IF we have enough board members

22 Food Bank Garden Require 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

23 Membership Contract Highlights Volunteer commitment encouraged and will be tracked (volunteer logs and sign-in sheets) as part of good-standing clause in garden contract Survey completion for Edmonton Community Garden Network by all members Membership and non-deposit fees to be PAID by cheque Board discussion on if non-deposit made to edmonton food bank if member does not maintain plot and is not in good standing Mandatory TCL membership as we are on community league land and this is a community league sanctioned service

24 Plot Assignments Angela 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 available 13 people are on the waitlist with a total of 15 plots being requested still getting new inquiries about the garden and the waitlist continues to grow.

25 Quiet Garden Vision: 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 Edmontons food security.

26 Garden Course gardening 101 course out of Muttart conservatory on May 28 10am -12 noon, and a beginner herbs course May 29, 1-3pm

27 ELECTIONS Nominations Voting

28 HAPPY GARDENING ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? Questions

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