- A new rule was announced. You’ll be notified twice about bad upkeep before your plot gets taken away and you get put at the bottom of the waiting list.
- A new garden plan was shown (PDF).
- Lasagna Gardening was recommended as a great book.
- Tricycle Gardens has some great class coming up.
- We’ve currently raised around $20,000 in donated goods and services for the garden.
- James River Air is taking care of the permits for water, and with Department of Public Utilities will waive the hook up fee.
- Richmond Department of Parks and Recreation is coming with tractor with an augger for post holes. In return we must dig 50 ft of trench, 24 inches deep. The Richmond Police Athletic League will help with the trench digging.
- City and Guilds are helping to build our shed.
- Wellpoint will be supporting the workday on April 25th!
- One of the plot owners will be donating a Vermicomposting (worm) bin for the shed.
- Elwood Thompson’s will give you their juice scraps from the juice bar if you ask at the end of the day, which is great material for a worm bin.
- Richmond Recreation and Parks Foundation is a fiscal agent! Our application was accepted, Melanie Moran & Lauren Garneski are taking the lead on it.
Spring fundraiser – party planning
We will need about $3-5000 for maintenance for different parts of the garden. A party planning committee has begun to form for this.
Next Meeting – Thursday, March 5, 7:30 p.m.
Survey and mark the site – Mid March
Fence posts go in – March 23 – 31
Water installation workday – April 4, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Bring your shovels and friends! We’ll be digging 50 ft of trench 24 inches deep! Richmond Police Athletic League will also be helping with the digging.
Big Work Day – April 25
This is the day we build the garden, sponsored by WellPoint.
Elwood Thompson’s %5 day – June 27
Elwood Thompson’s will be donating %5 towards the garden. They estimate that will raise about $2-3000.
Things to do
Bring your grocery bags
One suggestion was that we bring extra bags to keep in the shed for when we need to bring produce home and forget to bring a bag!
We have a volunteer working on getting a soil sample for us. We also learned that Synder laboratories will for test for metals for 15 bucks a pop.
Prepare Soil? Possible Work Day Soon
A proposal was made for an alternative to ripping up the grass and sod for the plots. But to do it we’ll need a work day very soon in order to do this.
The gist of the argument was that the grass has to be killed but the sod is great. Soil health is dependent on soil life and removing the sod is removing organic matter that we could use.
Instead we could use Remay Row covers which would help heat up the soil and the mulch. We’d cut it the covers to size, staple them down and put rocks on top. It was estimated we’d need a couple of hundred of dollars for all the beds.