Sunshine Weekly Weeder Newsletter
5 October 2017
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A Bit About Bees
Bees are very busy in the Fall while preparing for winter. For more information on native bees and pollinators, check out the Bee I.D. Guide from the Jha Lab at UT Austin.
Upcoming Board Meeting
Curious about Sunshine Community Gardens? Learn more! Please join the Sunshine Community Garden Board for their next meeting on Wednesday, October 11 at 6:00 pm. The meeting is at Central Market on North Lamar, 2nd floor.
Successful Work Day
The end of September was a beautiful day for working at Sunshine.
Bob Easter has bought two new blue heavy-duty Jackson and one two-wheel yellow True Temper wheelbarrow for use by the gardeners. Thank you, Bob!
Sunshine will also have to purchase and install new blue and yellow plastic trays for our damaged wheelbarrows. The large cracks you see in the plastic trays are due to damage done by gardeners hauling large rocks. Please don't use the plastic wheelbarrows to haul rocks!
Gardening tip: Steel wheelbarrows are perfect for hauling rocks!
New Sunshine Gardener Highlights Hurricane Damage in Vieques
This report comes from new Sunshine gardeners John Hart and Hallie Speranza!
Two winters ago, we had the delightful experience of visiting the natural Island of Vieques near Puerto Rico where we leaned about Finca Conscienscia, a group of people teaching the islanders to garden organically, save seeds, return to self-sustaining farming, keep bees and even work with Africanized bees. Gardening organically had been lost because of the colonial agriculture and agribusiness.
After our trip, we sent them many seeds and sprouting potatoes.
The recent hurricanes have blown and swept away their efforts much like the Urban Farmers in Houston. In a recent news photo, we could see that a small island hospital--where some of the beds were--was smashed and without a roof.
We would like to help. The reason this effort is so important is that most of the people with the most severe devastation are subsistence living. Isolated. We are collecting money to let Finca buy the seeds they need to recover. If there is no supplier of wholesale seeds, we can purchase and send the seeds that they need. To help support this project, contact John.
Upcoming Austin Event that Benefits the Green Corn Project
It is the 19th annual Grow Locally Cook Globally Fall Festival, so mark your calendars for October 29 (starting at12:00 pm at Boggy Creek Farm, 3414 Lyons Road, Austin, TX).
This year's event will include more than 20 restaurants and food/drink artisans, including Odd Duck, Texas French Bread, Hoover's Cooking, Confituras, Paula's Texas Spirits, Hops and Grain, Saint Arnold Brewing Company and Buddha's Brew Kombucha.
A silent auction will feature an assortment of gardening goodies from local nurseries, as well as movie tickets, restaurant gift cards, and more. All proceeds benefit Green Corn Project and will help us plant organic vegetable gardens for individuals, elementary schools and community groups that need better access to fresh foods.
Early Bird tickets are now available through September 30 for $35. After September, advance tickets are $40. Day of event tickets at the gate are $45. Bring the family! Kids 12 and under are free!
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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 - Kristin Phillips 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