August 2014 Newsletter
Our mission is to build community around food self-sufficiency.
They Do Come True
Back in 2011 when the Hali'imaile Community Garden Revitalization Project began, plans were made for a 2nd tool shed to house the power tools and open up more room in the existing shed to make it more community oriented and user friendly for the membership. Subsequently, the plans were put on hold due to insufficient funding. The garden council had nearly given up on the dream when funding wasn't coming in as they'd hoped!
Now, the dream has become reality thanks to the dedication of our fundraising committee. The plans were dusted off and sent to the landlord for approval. Less than a week later and in just 2 short days a work crew form the Maui Shedman constructed a beautiful new 8x15 shed with enough room to store all the power tools inside out of the rain. it boasts a beautiful new work bench for repair work with a large pegboard to hang all the weed trimmer cords, a new air pump for the wood chipper tires, and more. Lighting is abundant with 3 new windows that can be opened for cross ventilation when working inside the shed. But that's not all.
Moving the power tools to the new shed has opened up the old shed for better organization. Members suggestions for a book rack for gardening books and a seed exchange box as part of making the shed more community oriented and user friend, put on hold for lack of space, are about to become a reality. Already it is easy to move around and find things in the shed. Over the remainder of the summer, improved shelving and tools racks as well as organization bins for the irrigation parts are on the horizon.
Hali'imaile Community Garden is extremely grateful for the new shed and to the Maui Shedman for the their wonderful and quick work!
Through efforts to grow food and donate to food programs, Hali'imaile Community Garden is a proud recipient of a generous donation from Matson Foundation. The donation is designated for the garden's equipment and supply needs.
Since there founding in 1882, Matson has supported the needs of the communities they serve and in which their employees live and work. In 2012, they became an independent, publicly traded, Hawaii-headquartered corporation and established a charitable giving program as The Maston Foundation.
The mission of Hali’imaile Community Garden, founded in 2006, is to build community around food self-sufficiency. To many in the community, Hali’imaile Community Garden is an important resource for physical, material and mental health that improves their quality of life.
“We are pleased to make a donation to the Hali'imaile Community Garden to support your efforts to facilitate gardening to grow food for local personal use and donations to meal/food programs,” said Gary Y. Nakamatsu, Vice President of Sales in Hawaii. “We recognize your broad fundraising effort has gained the support of individuals, other corporations, and charitable funders, and appreciate the opportunity to be a supporter.”
Hali'imaile Community Garden would like to thank Matson for their generosity!
Ruben Gallen Invests His Time In Irrigation
Ruben Gallen joined Hali'imaile Community Garden way back when in 2006 when the garden opened. Ruben was one of the original members of the garden and has been an integral part of our community since.
Ruben joined Hali'imaile Community Garden because he likes to grow and he likes people to see what kind of things grow in Micronesia and what the people of Micronesian mostly like to eat, like yams, kava, taro, tapioca, and chili peppers.
Here at Hali'imaile Community Garden, irrigation repairs are a constant challenge. In addition to working for HC&S, Ruben had dedicated his time to keeping the water flowing for everyone at the garden. Whenever a major break occurs, Ruben is on the scene the same day or the next at the latest to restore water to the garden. Over time, he has donated many parts and improved the irrigation infrastructure.
Back in 2011, when asked what Ruben would like to see implemented at the garden or in the garden community he said, "I'd like to take out the 12 foot tall cane grass in the vacant plots, maybe plant pineapple there or put mulch, and make all the pathways clear." Indeed, Ruben was a key motivator among others who wanted to see the same thing and thus was born the Hali'imaile Community Garden Revitalization Project. Throughout 2011, clearing and tarping of vacant plots occurred. It was a huge undertaking that took lots of volunteer hours, seemingly a dream, rather than a goal. Yet, a year later the garden took on a more pleasant appearance with plots no longer intimidating, but ready to use for new gardeners. It just goes to show that most gardeners have the same goal and when we put our minds to it, we really can move mountains!
In addition to gardening, Ruben enjoys picnics and playing with his kids at Hali'imaile Park.
Mahalo Nui Loa to Ruben for his commitment to the garden!
Behind the Scenes
It's More Than Just Water and Weeding That Keeps The Garden Growing
On the outside and in the garden setting, things seem pretty quiet. We plant, water, weed, and everything just takes care of itself. Yet, have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of a non-profit community garden? Actually, quite a lot! It's very busy behind the scenes taking care of everything that is required to keep the garden in operation and functioning smoothly. Let's take a look behind the scenes at some of the daily activities of our leadership at Hali'imaile Community Garden.
Morning: The day starts early in the morning returning phone calls and responding to numerous emails from members, government, landlords, inquiring new members, and more. Invoices, receipts, and bills are usually posted in the accounting system and checks are cut for bills like the water, insurance, landscaper, rent, general excise tax on fundraising income, and suppliers. Calls are made to order supplies, mulch, and manure as needed. Council members often finalize decisions on discussions from the prior evening. Once a month the bank statements are reconciled.
Mid-Morning: Mid-mornings involve one garden leader on the way to the garden doing banking and shopping for routine supplies such as gasoline, toilet paper, tools, and office supplies, while another garden leader picks up power tools needing repair to drop off at the repair shop and/or takes care of other errands on the way from the garden to Kahului.
Early Afternoon: Supplies are delivered to the garden. Routine walk-through and irrigation checks are conducted. The compost toilet is turned and the bathroom is cleaned and restocked when no one else is assigned. The shed is organized and swept out when no one else is assigned. Repairs are performed routinely on community area timers, power tools, irrigation, locks, tools, and gates. Sometimes repairs involve leaving to purchase parts. Arrangements are made with service personnel for repairs that are beyond the expertise of gardeners.
Mid-Afternoon: Mid-Afternoon is when service personnel are met, group projects are led, and orientations and tours are conducted. When none of these activities are going on, the mid-afternoons are used to work on community area maintenance, including weeding the herb garden, caring for the Goodwill Gardens, tending the Bamboo Circle, giving attention to the orchard, bush whacking vacant plots, maintaining community pathways, and working on special projects.
Evening: Evenings are when phone calls and emails are checked and returned again. Notices are sent out for anything that arose during the day. The garden council generally communicates with one another during the evening to approve expenses, edit documents, and make decisions. Any money collected during the day is recorded in the accounting records and a deposit is prepared. Facebook and Google posts are made. Monthly, garden council meetings are held where face-to-face communication occurs and more complex decisions regarding the IRS, financial status, event planning, and member feedback are considered. There is also a monthly fundraising committee meeting, open to members to join, during which fundraisers, events, and grant writing are planned and discussed.
Weekends: Weekends often include morning group projects, as well as preparing financial reports and agendas for meetings, writing grants to fund the garden, planning special projects, updating the website, attending garden events, preparing and editing the monthly newsletter, reading reports, planning and holding the annual members meeting, brainstorming on ways to improve attendance, working on ways to build community, and more.
On the whole, it's more than just water and weeding that keeps the garden growing! There is an incredible amount of communication and full-time work goes into the administrative side of keeping the garden growing strong. In addition to dedicating their time to the garden, each of our amazing garden council members also works full-time in a paying job or business. Let’s give them a round of applause!
It really does take a village to keep the garden in continued operation. Many mahalos to the wonderful members and volunteers who contribute in ways big and small at group projects and on their own time to keep the garden looking beautiful! We appreciate each and every one of them and recognize their dedication to teamwork!
August Events & Service Projects
Opportunities to Meet Others and Benefit the Garden
Tuesday, August 19th, 4 pm - 7pm
Join us to prepare plots for occupancy. We'll be weeding, bush whacking, and covering plots for occupancy during the cooler hours of the late afternoon after work. Bring your favorite hand tools and, if you'd like, something to eat to tide us over until dinner.
Bamboo Circle & Other Community Areas
Saturday, August 30th, 9am - 12pm
Join us to prune, trim, weed, and care for the bamboo circle and other community areas.. Bring your favorite hand tools and let's have some fun! If you'd like, bring a snack to share.
Grow Your Own Cookbook Recipes
Swiss Chard Pie by Lori
This month's featured recipe from Hawaii's Grown Your Own Cookbook by Hali'imaile Community Garden is Swiss Chard Pie. Swiss chard grows abundantly and produces large quantities of leaves very quickly. As outer leaves are harvested, new leaves grow from the center of the plant making it possible to enjoy a large harvest every week.
Serves: 6 - 8
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 30 min
2 large bunches (about 1 lb) Swiss chard, fresh
1 yellow onion (sub 1 1/2 cups green onion)
2 garlic cloves (sub 1/4 cup garlic chives)
2 eggs, organic range fed
1 cup milk, organic (or soymilk)
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp thyme
1 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
To taste: Real Salt brand unprocessed sea salt
1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
2. Oil one 10” pie plate.
3. Remove the stems from the Swiss chard and discard.
4. Slice the leaves of the Swiss chard and steam until wilted.
5. Layer Swiss chard in pie plate with onions, garlic, and half the Parmesan.
6. In a separate bowl, mix eggs, milk, oil, thyme, and salt.
7. Pour the egg mixture over the chard in the pie plate.
8. Top with remaining Parmesan.
9. Bake at 375°F for 30 minutes or until lightly golden on top.
To obtain a copy of the cookbook, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase direct or go to https://www.createspace.com/4277366 to purchase online. All cookbook fundraiser proceeds benefit Hali'imaile Community Garden, a tax exempt public charity under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3).
Native Plant Species ‛A‛ali‛i by Allison Borell Hawaiian Name: ‛A‛ali‛i
Photo courtesy of Allison Borell
Botanical Name: Dodonaea viscosa
Where Found: All main Hawaiian Islands
This shrub located at the community garden can be grown in a variety of habitats from dry to wet areas, and from low elevations to high. They are drought tolerant and easy to grow. This is a good starter native plant to have around your home. Hawaiians use of this plant varied from everything such as using the wood for building, seeds to make dye, fruits for lei, and it had a medicinal use for rashes.
Organic Garden Weeding Made Easy
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Fundraising Committee Seeking New Members
The garden council is looking for individuals with a vision for fund-raising ideas to fill positions of importance as fundraising committee members. Committee members attend monthly committee meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of each month and help to develop fundraising ideas and follow-through on fundraising initiatives. Experience and membership are not required, though serving in this position satisfies all community work participation requirements for garden members.
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 with the garden and to get to know some garden members, and learn about non-profit financing.
Please contact the garden council at email@example.com or 415-480-GROW (4769) for more information.
Call for Volunteers
Hali'imaile Community Garden Needs Your Help
Are you interested in volunteering at Hali'imaile Community Garden? It is a beautiful place to be and a place where you can really make a difference. Individuals and groups interested in becoming volunteers should complete a volunteer application and plan to attend an orientation session to receive a tour of the garden and learn about the various opportunities available to volunteers. For more information and a volunteer application form: http://www.haliimailegarden.com/volunteer.html
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Come Grow With Us
The benefits to gardening in a community setting are that it:
- Improves The Quality Of Life For People In The Garden,
- Stimulates Social Interaction,
- Encourages Self-Reliance,
- Beautifies Hali’imaile,
- Produces Nutritious Food,
- Reduces Family Food Budgets,
- Conserves Resources,
- Creates Opportunity For Recreation, Exercise, Therapy, Stewardship, and Education,
- Reduces Crime,
- Preserves Green Space,
- Provides Opportunities For Inter-generational And Cross-Cultural Connections,
- Increases Environmental Sustainability, and
- Provides Food For Food Pantries.
Talk to Us
The Garden Council is Listening
The garden council provides active management of the garden and is always available for your questions, concerns, ideas, visions for the garden, and suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Councilmembers Kevin, Lori, and Volkan all receive and read the incoming mails at this address. We do our best to respond quickly.
Support Hali'imaile Community Garden
Make a Tax-Deductible Contribution
Mahalo for supporting Hali'imaile Community Garden with a tax-deductible contribution, Hali'imaile Community Garden is recognized as a tax exempt public charity under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3). For donations options: http://www.haliimailegarden.com/donate.html
Hali'imaile Community Garden is recognized as a tax exempt public charity under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3).
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