Gathering Dates in March
Mulch Mania Project, Saturday, March 15, 10 am - 1 pm
Calling all mulch lovers to help Dan manage sort and chip the wood pile into mulch for gardener use. 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 running the pieces through the wood chipper. Bring a hat, sunglasses, water, your favorite hand tools. and a snack to share if you wish.
War on Weeds Project, Monday, March 31, 12 pm - 3 pm
Join us to wage a war on weeds growing in the common pathways between plots and popping up in and around tarped plots. It will look so nice when we're done! Bring a hat, sunglasses, water, and lunch to share if you wish.
Volunteer Expo 2014, Saturday, April 5, 10 am - 2 pm
Looking ahead into April, Hali'imaile Community Garden will have a booth at the 2014 Volunteer Expo at Queen Kaahumanu Center. Plans include educational garden fruits and veggies coloring sheets for the keiki, a produce basket drawing, recruiting volunteers, letting people know about Hali'imaile Community Garden, and getting to know our friends and neighbors on Maui! We'll be setting up from 10 to 11 and the event will be from 11 to 2. The County of Maui Volunteer Hero Awards will be given out during the ceremony and one of our very own volunteers will be honored! It could be you! Come on down to volunteer in the booth as a service project, or just to have some fun and support HCG's Volunteer Hero for 2014!
Native Plant Species: A'ali'i
Dodonaea viscosa, known in Hawaii as a'ali'i, is an indigenous shrub/tree. Widespread throughout the tropics, it is found in Hawaii growing on all islands except Kaho'olawe.
The a'ali'i pictured below grows at Hali'imaile Community Garden next to the greenhouse.
The wood of the a'ali'i is durable and has been used for building homes and making many tools and weapons, including spears. It has also been used to create a red dye. The leaves have many medicinal properties and are commonly used with other plants in Hawaii in a treatment known as holoina to treat skin rash. The flowers are used in lei making.
Many people have worked extremely hard on a volunteer basis to create and maintain Hali'imaile Community Garden, as well as raise funds for ongoing expenses to benefit of all gardeners. The garden not only serves members, but also the community of Maui at large through services provided, including educational workshops and food donations for the hungry. We need your help to continue this good work because the garden survives and thrives solely on volunteers! Here are a few opportunities to consider:
Project Leaders - The garden council is seeking volunteers to serve as volunteer project leaders. Volunteer project leaders lead a group service project each month and report attendance. Satisfactorily 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.
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. Satisfactorily 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 learn 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.
Maintenance Master - The garden council is seeking volunteers to serve as maintenance masters. Maintenance masters make weekly status checks to coordinate routine cleaning, stocking, and repairs to maintain order in the outhouse and shed. Satisfactorily serving in this position satisfies all community work participation requirements. The maintenance master reports to the garden council. The time commitment is 1/2 hour per week, plus a few minutes time for communication with the garden council. Please contact the garden council for more information.
A Few Important Reminders for Gardeners!
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 is always available for your questions, concerns, ideas, visions for the garden, and suggestions at email@example.com. 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 Dan for making our junk pile into a treasure pile!
- To Bill and Pam for everything they donate and the work they do for the Goodwill Garden program!
- To Emily for her muscle and hard work helping with the heavier work around the garden!