Hi everyone! There wasn’t a big turnout for the February meeting. Everyone, if you are available, please try to make the March meeting–as discussed below, we have a few important decisions to make. We’ll be sure to send out a couple reminders this month!
Also a reminder that dues (between $0.01 and $20.00, as you are able) are due by the end of the month if you want to keep your current bed(s). You may pay them at the March meeting or prior to that–please give cash or check to Eric, Jamie, or Ed! After March 1 the garden enters open enrollment. Thanks!
Here are notes from the meeting!
Meeting: February 1, 5pm, at Mi Ranchito
Present: Jamie (president), Roshelle, Ed, Jackie (project manager), Homer (secretary)
We went over events & meetings coming up in February:
– Feb 3, 6-7pm, at The Windup Space – D-Center talk about Baltimore’s open space, with several speakers including Miriam Avins, Founder and Director of Baltimore Green Space
– Feb 4, 7pm at Gallery 788, 3602 Hickory Avenue, Hampden – Art opening reception for Sowebo/Soweto
– Feb 7, 9am-1pm, at Baltimore Free Farm – Seed Swap and talk about Seed Saving and Seed Politics
– Feb 9, 7pm, at Black Cherry Puppet Theater – Hollins-Roundhouse general meeting
– Feb 10, 6:30pm, at Neighborhood Design Center – Garden meeting with Neighborhood Design Center to discuss garden redesign
– Feb 11, 6pm, at Mi Ranchito – meeting with Baltimore Green Space to discuss best practices
– Feb 15, 5pm, at Homer & Jackie (and other)’s house – open potluck / creativity sharing circle
– Feb 17, 6pm, location TBD – Pigtown Food For Thought monthly meeting
– Feb 22, 6-9pm, at 2640 Space – Baltimore Green Space annual potluck
Our garden may very well be part of Baltimore Green Space by the time the date of the potluck–please consider attending to help celebrate!
– Cat update: we are probably feeding 4-6 street cats at this point. Jamie has picked up some information to review. We are awaiting an update on trap-neuter-release options. On the other hand, no rats have been sighted recently.
– We went over some clarifications on what “giving up your plot” for rezoning means: essentially, even after NDC’s volunteers provide us with design options, everyone will still have the opportunity to opt out. Ideally, everyone will be able to participate in the design process–just so we can see & consider some new options–but again, in the end, no one will be obligated to give up their plot even after the design process is over.
– Whether and how to move forward on various projects independently of funding timelines was discussed. Some projects (such as asphalt removal under the sweet gum) could conceivably happen right away as low-cost volunteer work days. Further discussion was tabled for next meeting.
– Gardeners frequently report seeing interesting wildlife and birds. It may be worth becoming a wildlife habitat or bird sanctuary through the Dept. of Natural Resources. Adding another plaque beside the Baywise Certification would improve the garden’s credibility even further.
– Future expansion of the chicken run (in terms of space and flock size) was revisited, as well as options for revamping the chicken run with viewing windows or see-through nesting boxes for education, and the possibility of refencing the garden area to allow chickens to roam without damaging crops. Also discussed: some hens will soon age out of laying and other hens may be introduced in their place.
– Incorporating was discussed as an option to sustainably expand the garden beyond its existing space while staying connected. Merely adopting a vacant lot risks a developer purchasing the lot from the city with a thirty-day notice—a legal entity could purchase land. A legal entity (both non-profits and holding companies were discussed) and help ensure continuity and control for the garden when it joins the land trust. Further discussion was tabled for next meeting.
– Jamie has connected with the Fremont stable for horse manure to add to the community compost in lieu of manure from the stable near the garden, which has been raided since the last garden meeting.
– The recent CGRN Summit was attended by Jamie and Ed, who reported that compost is in demand. We discussed the future possibility of selling local compost as a revenue stream, and the need to have a legal entity in order to do so.
The meeting was adjourned due to the Super Bowl.
Again, all garden members are encouraged to attend the next meeting: March 1, 5pm, location TBD, as there are several important decisions to make, and your input matters: whether and how to incorporate separately from Baltimore Green space, what projects if any to move forward on immediately, dues and garden beds, and garden redesign (and we may have some initial plans or analysis from NDC by that date).