Sunshine Weekly Weeder Newsletter
10 August 2017
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Please make sure to get rid of any standing water in your area from the rain on Monday. Empty buckets, watering cans and anything that can breed mosquitoes.
Speaking of buckets - Thanks Victor Houle for the 100's of buckets you supplied to the garden.
Did you know there is cardboard available in the green and white green house (the greenhouse with the compost tea)? It works well as weed barrier for paths. We also have plastic available in the tool shed. Now is a good time to cleanup your paths while the weeds are easy to pull out from the rain.
All Gardeners Meeting - Mark your calendar!
Saturday 9/16, 10:00 am
In front of the trailer porch
Feel free to bring food.
There will an update on the ACGA Conference, a financial update and more...
If you have any agenda items email Nick Sweeney at email@example.com
Austin Organic Gardeners Club Meeting
Monday 9/14, doors open 6:30, meeting starts at 7:00
The speaker will be George Altgelt, founder and president of Geo Growers, will discuss Good Soil Nutrition and how healthy soil can prevent common plant problems. Reusing is even better than Recycling
ACGA Conference Report by Marilyn Landberg
July 27th - 30th at Hartford, CT
The July 20th Weekly Weeder's article "Top 11 Reasons to Love Community Gardens" pretty much summarized the main gist of most of the presentations and workshops I attended at the conference. (Learn, befriend, soil, projects, health, nature exploration in urban settings, teamwork, advocacy, networking, food culture continuation, and space to garden for those without access) It is obvious that SCG is adhering to the best practices that are standard for successful community gardens. Because we have been in existence for so long and have such a wonderful core group of experienced and dedicated members, our gardens are a prime example of a successful and efficient operation.
There were 2-1/2 days of workshops and presentations where I did learn more about healthy soil and soil supplements. I learned about medicinal herbs. I also learned that gardening is about more than just gardening. This was evidenced on the garden tour Jared and I attended on Saturday. We had three stops on our tour to New London and Mystic Connecticut. Our first stop was at New London High School where an ex-executive chef turned high school teacher was heading a culinary arts program. He had acquired $100,000.00 worth of grants and donations to build his gardens, commercial kitchen and aquaponics/hydroponics program where they raised tilapia and shrimp. His low-income students left the program equipped with the skills to enter a variety of careers. We visited Coogan Farm Nature and Heritage Center in Mystic, at their "giving gardens" headed by a passionate farmer whose life's mission was to make sure no child would ever go hungry in his community. Our final destination was to an inner city community garden whose focus was low-income ESL teens who learned life skills and leadership and healthy living.
There was a remarkable aspect to this gathering of like-minded individuals. In such a climate of political and governmental uncertainty on local and national platforms, and social negativity (hatred and prejudice toward disenfranchised groups), it was empowering and inspirational to be among such a diverse and engaged group of fellow conference attendees and presenters. There were architects, a retired policewoman, teachers, Ph. D. Fellows, graduate students, researchers, hospital administrators, herbalists, YMCA social workers, city planners, county agriculture extension agents, therapists, special education teachers, managers and directors. There were persons of all different ages, races, faiths, sexes, shapes and sizes from a wide range of regions. They all had a smile on their faces and were eager to share their stories and knowledge. They all had a sense of purpose and a demeanor of positivity. Their occupations, hobbies, careers and passions all involved gardening as a key component of their missions. The conference covered a wide variety of topics from the teaching of horticulture to culinary arts, to therapy, to social injustice, to food security, to alternative solutions to healthcare, to engaging a new generation to the joys of gardening; there truly was something for everyone.
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Officer and Zone Coordinator Contacts - Sunshine Gardens
- President - Nick Sweeney email@example.com
- Vice President - Marilyn Landberg firstname.lastname@example.org
- Secretary - Polly Porter email@example.com
- Treasurer - Caroline Limaye firstname.lastname@example.org
- Director - Bill Cason email@example.com
- Director - Lori Dobbin firstname.lastname@example.org
- Director - Randy Thompson email@example.com
Email the board.
- Zone 1, Martin Morales firstname.lastname@example.org
- Zone 2, Katy Davis email@example.com
- Zone 3, Ludmila Voskov firstname.lastname@example.org
- Zone 4, Ila Falvey email@example.com
- Zone 5, Mary Gifford firstname.lastname@example.org
- Zone 6, Charlotte Jernigan email@example.com
- Zone 7, Maria and Philip Wiley firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
- Zone 8, Shannon Posern firstname.lastname@example.org
- Zone 9, Kerry Howell email@example.com
- Zone 10, Christopher Schroder
Karl Arcuri firstname.lastname@example.org
- Weekly Weeder Newsletter - Polly Porter email@example.com
- Plant Sale - Randy Thompson & Janet Adams jartdaht@gmailcom
- TSBVI Liaison & Volunteer Coordinator - Janet Adams jartdaht@gmailcom
- Plot Assignment - Kay McMurry firstname.lastname@example.org
- Compost Coordinator - Janet Adams email@example.com
- Education Committee - Shannon Posern firstname.lastname@example.org
- Carpentry & Repairs - Robert Jarry email@example.com
- Water Leak Repairs - Steve Schulz firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tools & Wheelbarrows - Bob Easter email@example.com
- Kitchen Supplies - Anita Keese
(If supplies are needed for events, contact by email or at 512-773-2178)
- Compost Tea - Jennifer Woertz firstname.lastname@example.org
- Micah 6 - Dana Kuykendall email@example.com
- Micah 6 - Mary Gifford firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website Coordinator - Sharon Rempert email@example.com
- Spanish language contact - Andriana Prioleau firstname.lastname@example.org
Record Service Hours Online - Green Binder