Group Service Project Gathering Dates in February
Woodpeckers Project, Monday, February 10, 10 am - 1 pm
Calling all woodpeckers to help Dan manage the wood pile by preparing it for future chipping. We'll be sorting through the wood, cutting it up into smaller pieces, removing large pieces that won't fit in the wood chipper, and cleaning up the general area to make it look nicer. Bring a hat, sunglasses, water, your favorite hand tools. and a snack to share if you wish.
Someone Else's Treasure Project, Saturday, February 15, 9 am - 12 pm
As the saying goes, one person's trash is another treasure! We've accumulated a lot of great, usable things in the "junk" pile behind the shed. Shouldn't we be renaming that the "treasures pile"? Come on down and give Kevin a hand to sort through all the goodies there and organize the pile so it's more user friendly and looks nice. We'll be rolling up and tying the irrigation hoses in neat rolls, getting the carpeting and wood out from under the mulch pile, sorting the wood by type and use, separating out the true trash to be hauled away, and making neat places for everything on the carpet so we can all make use of these wonderful "treasures"! Bring a hat, sunglasses, water, and lunch to share if you wish.
Have Extra Time & Want to Help?
Do you have some time to help out at the garden, but you aren't sure what to do? Check out the newly posted listed next to the bulletin board on the shed. It has a list of current things that need attention around the garden. Feel free to pick and choose what you'd like to do to contribute. We appreciate any and all help maintaining the garden!
Final Days to Pay Membership Dues
We look forward to growing goodies with you this year! If you have not yet paid your membership dues, please make arrangements to pay to ensure continued access. The gate codes change on Thursday! That's less than 2 days away!
Our Goodwill Garden program donated nearly 100 pounds of food to food pantries every month in 2012! All in all, since the program began in April, we have donated a total of 800 pounds for 2012! That's awesome stuff! Many thanks to Bill and Pam, who suggested the program.
Garden Gnomes Choose Fertilizer
Fertilizers are food for plants during growing. They enhance plant growth via both animal and vegetable sources:
- Animal fertilizers (feather meal, bone meal, blood meal, fish meal)
- Vegetable fertilizers (alfalfa meal, kelp meal)
- Nitrogen – for green leafy growth
- Potassium – for roots and flowers
- Phosphate – for stem thickness
Please Kokua! Lilikoi at the Garden
A friendly reminder that we do not have a community lilikoi vine at HCG. Well, we do, but it's a keiki and it hasn't begun to fruit yet. We'll let you know when it does. In the meantime, please do not take the lilikoi that belong to other gardeners unless you have their permission to do so. Members often wander in the area behind the compost bins, behind the bamboo circle, and behind the shed which are all other member's plots. It looks like they aren't plots because the space isn't clearly defined, but the bananas and lilikoi back there do belong to members. If you've ever had anything stolen from your plot, you know how frustrating it can be to watch your crops grow and then find them gone. Most people are willing to share when they have extra, but we never know when someone is planning to make something special or is juicing a large quantity of a crop, so please ask. Mahalo!
Be a Group Project Leader
The garden council is seeking volunteers to serve as group project leaders. Group project leaders lead a group service project each month and report attendance. Serving in this position satisfies all community work participation requirements. Project leaders report to the garden council. The time commitment is 3 hours per month, plus an hour or so for phone and/or email communication with the garden council. This is a great way to take on a bit of leadership at the garden and to get to know your fellow gardeners better! Please contact the garden council for more information.
Join the Fundraising Committee
The fundraising committee is looking for individuals with a vision for fund-raising ideas to fill positions of importance as committee members. Committee members attend monthly committee meetings and help to developed fundraising ideas and follow-through on fundraising initiatives. Serving in this position satisfies all community work participation requirements. Committee members report to the committee leader, who reports to the garden council. The time commitment is 1 - 3 hours per month, with greater time commitment around fundraising initiatives. This is a great way to become more involved at the garden and to get to know your fellow gardeners better, while learning about non-profit financing! Regular meetings of the fundraising committee are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 5pm at the garden (4:30pm Oct - Feb). Please contact the garden council for more information.
A Few Important Reminders!
Donation Day - Every Thursday is donation day. Drop extra harvest and other donations by 12pm to be taken to Hale Kau Kau and/or Maui Foodbank.
Drive Slowly - Please drive especially slow, no more than 5mph as you move from the street through the gates and into the garden parking lot.
Fires - Please no fires at the garden... it's against our lease and we don't want to lose our precious land!
Rocks - Please keep rocks out of the common areas, plots, and pathways. Put them in the rock pile by the green house.
Common Areas & Pathways - Please keep all personal materials within the boundaries of your assigned plot.
HCG Gate - Remember to lock up no matter the time of day if you are last vehicle to leaving the garden.
MLP Gate - Remember to lock the MLP gate behind you every time you pass through it. It must remain locked at all times.
Water - Please kokua and use only what is absolutely necessary and report any wasteful activity to the garden council.
Personal Belongings & Trash - Please keep community areas free of trash and personal belongings. Dispose of trash behind shed in receptacle.
The council wants to hear from you and is always available for your questions, concerns, ideas, visions for the garden, and suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Councilmembers Kevin, Lori, Volkan,, and Dan all receive and read the incoming mails at this address. We do our best to respond quickly.
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- To Erol for working on the brick moats around the avocado trees!
- To Bill and Pam for delivering produce to the Foodbank every week!
- To Roy for fixing the MLP gate!
- To all who turned out for the annual meeting and shared their feedback and ideas!
- To everyone else who has contributed in ways big and small to the garden community this month!