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Minutes for April 2012

 
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Eagle Heights Garden Committee Minutes
April 11, 2012, 6:30 PM
Eagle Heights Community Center

6:00 Ė Delicious Food and great conversation by John, Emma, Will, Louisa, Kim, Karen, Gretel, Karen, Ann, Angus, Mindy, Mark, Tracy, Josh, Ulrike, Sandra and Malcom.
Kim welcomed everyone.

Treasurerís Report

Angus reported that the gardens are on budget. We have $23,000 on hand and all major adjustments have been made. Josh said that the garden worker hours are up this year, but that is also to be expected because of the good weather.

Co-Chairís Report


Kim reports that a graduate student in Entomology, Natalie Hernandez, would like to place aphid traps in garden plots, close to the crops. She is looking for plot volunteers starting in May.

Registrarís report

Gretel says she has assigned the last plot and there is a waiting list of thirteen. Three hundred plots checked in at the seed fair and about 700 people attended. We sold $300 in row cover. There are 800 people on the email list for primary and secondary gardeners. 135 people attended the orientations.

The cool season plant sale will be April 22 from 10-2. We will sell row cover and compost. Compost will be available at University Houses thanks to Emma and John, who will drive it over with their truck. We will need volunteers. The plants that will be for sale are listed on the website.

This year we have more new gardeners wanting a large plot. There are 170 small and 580 large plots in both gardens. 30% are new gardeners this year. 60% are residents and students, 23% are faculty and staff and 20% are alumni and community members. All gardeners who applied before the February 15th deadline got their old plot. This year we lost plots A1-A4, D15, E12, F8, 1128A and F3. Plot 1301A was recovered. Some of the lost plots will be recovered next year.

Garden Worker Report


Ulrike said that the porta-potty arrived at University Houses. Emma said that the water is on at University Houses. At Eagle Heights there have been some problems with the lines that will be fixed soon. The 100-200 and 500-600 lines are on. There will be workdays for the University Houses paths and for planting fruit bushes. Emma also said the path by the Eagle Heights weed pile needs to be tilled and seeded.

New Garden Co-Chair needed

Kim said she will be leaving by the end of July, if not sooner. We need a new garden co-chair to work with Josh. Please talk to Kim or Josh about the position. Co-chair duties include running the meeting, maintaining contact with Gretel and the garden workers, helping hire new workers and maintain contact with gardeners via the email list. It would be good to have someone nominated by the next meeting so there can be some overlap.

Blogger about the garden needed

John has been blogging about the garden, but he will be leaving soon. We need a volunteer to take his place.

Garden Worker Position

Kim said that She, Josh, Gretel and Emma interviewed 4 candidates out of 6 applications for the garden worker position. Two of the applicants did not have the required gardening experience.

Applicant 1 is a gardener at Eagle Heights and is a talented gardener with horticulture experience. Applicant 2 is a University Houses gardener with leadership experience, but limited gardening experience. Applicant 3 has gardening experience with an impressive resume and is a market gardener. Applicant 4 is an Eagle Heights gardener with cross-cultural experience, gardening experience and lives in the Eagle Heights community. The interview committee unanimously recommended Applicant 4 for the position.

Moved by Ann and seconded by Karen to hire Applicant 4, Adam for the garden worker position. Motion passed unanimously.

Further Co-chair Report

Kim said there was a recent purchase that was larger than expected. Discussion ensued. The process for purchases is approval by the garden committee.

Josh said that the new tools need to be engraved. Unfortunately the engraver has disappeared. A new engraver will be less than $25 and should be purchased. Ulrike said we should engrave the engraver.

Malcom said he will be coordinating the release of the Mexican bean beetle predator. It will probably occur in mid June.

Will said we need to remind gardeners to disconnect their hoses at Eagle Heights and keep items out of the path to facilitate mowing. Gardeners also need to keep weeds out of the path at the weed pile.

Gretel reminds gardeners that there is no dumping in the woods at University Houses.

Plant Sales

Sale of warm weather vegetables will be on May 13, Sunday from 10-2pm.

May Meeting- the next meeting will be at Eagle Heights Community Center.

We adjourned about 8 pm.
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