Sunshine Weekly Weeder Newsletter
25 May 2017
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Sunshine Gardens Elections
Congratulations to Nick Sweeney, Marilyn Landberg, and Carol Limaye for being elected to President, Vice President, and Treasurer respectively. Their term will being on June 1st.
- Nick Sweeney - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Marilyn Landberg - email@example.com
- Carol Limaye - firstname.lastname@example.org
The following members of Sunshine were elected to the nominating committee for the 2017/2018 term
- Margaret Powis
- Marianne Mulrey
- Jen Woertz
- Kristin Phillips
- Steve Uecker
- Scott Morris
Thanks to all of you for being willing to contribute to Sunshine.
All Gardeners Meeting
- Amendment to withdrawal rule - Ratified by members
- New Waiver rule - Ratified by members
- Rate increase proposal - Voted down by members
Water Capture, Storage & Conservation at Community Gardens Panel Discussion
Saturday, June 3rd, 10-11:30am
Homewood Heights Community Garden, 2606 Sol Wilson Dr., 78702
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1272163382882375/
Just in time for summer gardening - let's talk about water! Visit Homewood Heights Community Garden for a tour and panel discussion all about water capture, storage, and conservation. Learn successful strategies for setting up a rainwater system and the technical ins and outs of water storage and conservation and mulching techniques. Meredith Gauthier from City of Austin Parks and Recreation will also explain the City's rainwater rebate program.
Panel speakers: Greg Hammond from Homewood Heights Community Garden. O ther water expert panelists TBD. Panel discussion will be held in a shaded area.
Micah 6 Food Pantry and Sunshine Community Gardens
Sunshine Community Gardens has been donating vegetables to the Micah 6 Food Pantry since 2003. Micah 6 is a coalition of eleven University of Texas area churches.
This organization saw the wisdom in coming together to form one large accessible food pantry in that area. It has been recognized as one of the largest distributors of food from the Central Texas Food Bank.
What does SCG do?
We garden the large area in front of the office trailer specifically for the Food Pantry. We collect donations from gardeners and deliver them directly to the Food Pantry. When gardeners are out of town and notify us of their willingness to donate vegetables during that time, we harvest and include those vegetables in our deliveries. Gardeners may contribute vegetables from gardens by harvesting them and cleaning them as much as possible and placing them either in the refrigerator in the office trailer or in the designated "Cool Room" in that trailer. Those contributions will be included in the twice a week deliveries.
When do I need to get my vegetables to the office for inclusion?
Deliveries are being made on Thursdays at 3:00 PM and Saturdays at 9:00 AM.
How can I be a part of the volunteer team?
We do need volunteers to help harvest and prepare deliveries and/or to deliver. We are in particular need for volunteer to help with the Thursday harvesting/deliveries since we have just added that day to our schedule. Service hours will be awarded.
Who do I contact?
What do I do if I want someone to harvest while I am on vacation?
For now, notify either Dana or Mary. Be prepared to share your specific plot location and the dates that you will be gone. Also, provide any specific information about what you want to be harvested. Soon specific information on our flagging procedure will be posted in the Cool Room and featured in an upcoming Weekly Weeder.
Going to be gone this Summer?
Please contact Emlyn Resetarits at email@example.com if you are going to gone for all or par t of the summer and need someone to tend your plot. Emlyn is on the wait-list and willing to help out over the summer.
American Community Gardening Association 2017 Conference
If you are interested in attending the 2017 ACGA conference representing SCG on July 27th - 30th in Hartford Connecticut please contact Randy at firstname.lastname@example.org. The garden will cover the cost of airfare, hotel and most meals.
Volunteers Needed - Porch Repairs
We are looking are volunteers with construction experience to assist with repairs to the trailer porch. If you are interested please contact Jeff Monks at email@example.com
Welcome to our new members and hello to everyone else. We hope you feel welcome and feel the pride that members with longer tenures have in Sunshine. We are one of the largest community gardens in the United States. We are also our own non-profit. Run totally by volunteers. And we are all one of those. To make our garden a safer and more efficient place please consider the following to which we have all agreed:
3 actually means that the speed limit is 3. This reduced speed is part of our agreement with TSBVI. It's not optional.
The dumpster is not for anything from outside Sunshine. Not even a little. No home garbage.
No building materials from your home or business projects. No yard waste from your yard.
Only Sunshine trash.
Absolutely NO khaki weed. It is starting to grow and will soon cover a lot of our common areas.
It is very difficult to control and we need to work together to keep it out of our plots.
If you are not sure what it looks like, please ask. It forms nasty burrs that will puncture a bicycle tire.
Please read the signs and follow their directions.
Different materials decompose at different rates.
Please add only what will decompose in our operation. That means
- no plastic
- no rocks
- no row cover/weed control fabric
- no inorganic material of any kind
- no wood
- no tree saplings
- no branches
- no bamboo
While some of that will decompose, it takes too long for our operation. Put it in the dumpster.
Whole plants take much longer to break down than pieces. Use the loppers and cut into smaller pieces.
Return all tools/wheelbarrows/screens to the tool shed.
Please leave the trash buckets in the compost area.
Put trash in the trash buckets.
Put material that has not fully decomposed into the large pile next to the eastern fence.
Put rocks in the ruts in the roads or in the trash buckets, never in the grass. Mowers do not like rocks.
Do not create debris piles around the harvest pile. If it is not yet decomposed but will, it goes in the large pile by the fence.
Please remember that compost is a common resource and share accordingly. Thank you
Officer and Zone Coordinator Contacts - Sunshine Gardens
- President - Nick Sweeney firstname.lastname@example.org
- Vice President - Marilyn Landberg email@example.com
- Secretary - Polly Porter firstname.lastname@example.org
- Treasurer - Caroline Limaye email@example.com
- Director - Bill Cason firstname.lastname@example.org
- Director - Lori Dobbin email@example.com
- Director - Randy Thompson firstname.lastname@example.org
Email the board.
- Zone 1, Martin Morales 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, Maria and Philip Wiley email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Zone 8, Shannon Posern email@example.com
- Zone 9, Kerry Howell firstname.lastname@example.org
- Zone 10, Christopher Schroder
Karl Arcuri email@example.com
- Weekly Weeder Newsletter - Polly Porter firstname.lastname@example.org
- Plant Sale - Randy Thompson & Janet Adams jartdaht@gmailcom
- TSBVI Liaison & Volunteer Coordinator - Janet Adams jartdaht@gmailcom
- Plot Assignment - Kay McMurry email@example.com
- Compost Coordinator - Janet Adams firstname.lastname@example.org
- Education Committee - Shannon Posern email@example.com
- Carpentry & Repairs - Robert Jarry firstname.lastname@example.org
- Water Leak Repairs - Steve Schulz email@example.com
- Tools & Wheelbarrows - Bob Easter firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kitchen Supplies - Anita Keese
(If supplies are needed for events, contact by email or at 512-773-2178)
- Compost Tea - Jennifer Woertz email@example.com
- Micah 6 - Dana Kuykendall firstname.lastname@example.org
- Micah 6 - Mary Gifford email@example.com
- Website Coordinator - Sharon Rempert firstname.lastname@example.org
Record Service Hours Online - Green Binder