Sunshine Weekly Weeder Newsletter
17 July 2013
Volunteer needed in the Micah Garden
The Micah 6 gardens are in need of a volunteer. An orphan garden needs someone to plant the fall crop. Susan Hoberman, the coordinator is looking for someone to join this group of jolly gardeners. Come have fun gardening.
The Micah 6 gardens are 12 beds near the trailer which are cultivated by volunteer gardeners. The produce the garden generates is used to contribute home grown and organic vegetables to a food pantry in central Austin.
If you are interested email Susan Hoberman: firstname.lastname@example.org. She will meet you at Sunshine and show you the bed before you decide. The Micah 6 pantry will appreciate your efforts.
Just a Reminder
Micah 6 is happy to deliver any of your extra veggies to the food pantry. We drop them off on Thursday afternoon and Saturday morning. You can place donated vegetables in the refrigerator in the trailer (if perishable) or on the table in the air conditioned trailer space.
We ask that you clean and bag the vegetables before placing them in the fridge. There is a roll of plastic grocery bags on the table.
If you have any questions please contact Linda Francescone, email@example.com
The Micah 6 team
Helping Is Easy
Austin Urban Farms could use your help right now. The City is changing the Urban Farm Code and we need your support to ensure that Austin's Urban Farms can continue to provide fresh, nutritious food to all Austinites. We would appreciate it if you could make your voice heard.
- Go to our website www.AustinUrbanFarms.org and understand the issue. While you're there, sign up to be a public supporter of Austin's urban farmers and neighbors.
- Contact the Austin City Council members and Commissioners who will be making these decisions. You can find their contact information at www.AustinUrbanFarms.org.
- Attend an upcoming meeting of the city's Planning Commission, Community Development Commission or City Council meetings (the dates are on our website) and speak on behalf of urban farmers (such as Boggy Creek Farm, Hausbar Farms, Springdale Farm and Rain Lily) in our neighborhoods.
Austin/Travis County Sustainable Food Policy Board
The City is searching for two qualified candidates to serve on the Austin/Travis County Sustainable Food Policy Board. If you are interested in a city appointment, please click here and click on "Apply Now."
Travis County is searching for one qualified candidate to serve on the Austin/Travis County Sustainable Food Policy Board. If you are interested in a County appointment, please contact Juanita Jackson, Travis County Liaison, Juanita.firstname.lastname@example.org
The Sustainable Food Policy Board is an advisory body to the City Council and Travis County Commissioners' Court concerning the need to improve the availability of safe, nutritious, locally, and sustainably-grown food at reasonable prices for all residents, particularly those in need. The board does this by coordinating the relevant activities of city government, as well as non-profit organizations, and food and farming businesses.
Travis County Health & Human Services and Veterans Services
502 E. Highland Mall Blvd. Austin, TX 78752
Phone: 512-854-4467 Cell: 512-541-6633 Fax: 512-279-2197
Singing in the Rain
The editor is pleased to report that she got a little over 2" in her rain gauge over the past three days. As her rain gauge is 4 blocks from Sunshine she assumes the garden got roughly the same amount.
We often have new gardeners who are new to gardening. We're looking for seasoned gardeners who wish to share their expertise and gardening wisdom with the newbies or with people on the wait list. Mentoring can take as little or as much time as you want. Mentoring might involve showing them your plot and talking about how you do things to having them help you maintain your plot. If you're interested in being a mentor, please contact Kay McMurry at email@example.com.
Thought for the week
Whoever begins a garden, ought in the first place, and above all, to consider the soil...Perhaps Varro's judgment upon this case is the wisest and the best; for to one that asked him, what he should do if his father or ancestors had left him a seat in an ill air, or upon an ill soil? He answered, why sell it and buy another in good.
-- Sir William Temple, 1685 (pub. 1692)
Things to do in July
To get ready for the fall garden add compost and till into soil. Plant fall squash, pumpkins, okra, beans, Eggplant, cucumbers and winter squash.
Officer and Zone Coordinator Contacts - Sunshine Garden
- President - Ila Falvey firstname.lastname@example.org
- Vice-President - Janet Adams email@example.com
- Secretary - Berk Bettis firstname.lastname@example.org
- Treasurer - Jack Reynolds email@example.com
- Director - Michael Hall firstname.lastname@example.org
- Director - Kay McMurry email@example.com
- Director - Emily Tisinger firstname.lastname@example.org
- Zone 1, Jody Trendler email@example.com
- Zone 2, Katy Davis firstname.lastname@example.org
- Zone 3, Ludmila Voskov email@example.com
- Zone 4, Ila Falvey firstname.lastname@example.org
- Zone 5, Mary Gifford email@example.com
- Zone 6, Charlotte Jernigan firstname.lastname@example.org
- Zone 7, TBA
- Zone 8, Irina Kaducova email@example.com
- Zone 9, Cheryl Hazeltine firstname.lastname@example.org
- Zone 10, Emily Tisinger email@example.com
- Plant Sale - Michael Hall firstname.lastname@example.org
- TSBVI Liason & Volunteer Coordinator - Janet Adams jartdaht@gmailcom
- Plot Rental - Kay McMurry email@example.com
- Carpentry & Repairs - Robert Jarry firstname.lastname@example.org
- Water Leak Repairs - Stewart Nichols email@example.com
- Tools & Wheelbarrows - Bob Easter firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website Coordinator - Sharon Rempert email@example.com
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