Garden Meeting February 2012 – Recap!

Hello fellow gardeners!  It was nice to see everyone the other night and I just wanted to send out a follow up Email to recap what we talked about and what has been done since the meeting.  Also wanted to mention there is an upcoming opportunity for someone to accompany Clarke Chapman and Jason in attending this year’s Bread for the World Workshop, Saturday, April 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 3231 Tilghman St., Allentown, PA 18104.  Here we will learn about this year’s offering of letters.  If anyone is interested please let us know.

Our biggest discussion was about building a fence.  We talked about a few options all including that we wanted to consider the future growth of the garden and the desire to add more plots.  The area we’d like to consider for fencing would be about 80’ x 80’.

Rich Chambers reminded me that the old fencing from the retention pond is available to us and is already cut into 6 foot sections.  We took a look at this fencing, and it would be usable for our purposes.  After this past Sunday’s services Mike, Andy and I took a trip to Lowe’s to look at what materials are available.  We concluded that it would be feasible for us to make the most visible part of our fence from new material and use the old fencing for a the rest of the garden area.  We are still working the details, particularly how to implement the gating posts, but stay tuned for more information as this develops.  Because we would be installing this ourselves, we will want to set aside one or more workdays for fencing.

We tentatively talked about our first garden workday on March 17th.  Also, Deborah Appler & Bill Arnold are willing to start a small number of plants from seeds at their home.  If you can think of anything you would like aside from tomatoes, peppers and basil please let us know (also please  send your seeds).   We would like to start this process on March 1st.

Publicizing the garden.  Sarah mentioned the First Friday on the Southside of Bethlehem as a means to advertise the garden.  This is a tremendous idea and could help ramp up our effort to get more members of the community involved!

Jason has made a presentation to the men’s group last Saturday (2/18).  The presentation was well received, and we have potentially opened the opportunity to get the men’s group involved wherever possible.  We also discussed some future community partnerships that could really help promote the garden.  We also discussed that the garden would be willing to donate a plot to the basket auction, if there was any interest.

We have also discussed the issue of “fracking” and screening of the film Gasland at the church.  We have been in contact with Josh Fox’s staff and we would be given a screening kit which includes some discussion materials.  They will also help advertise the screening of the movie on their site as well as put it on their Facebook page.  There is a small fee, but they would be willing to work with us as their feeling is it is important to get this issue out into the forefront.  We just need to get permission from the Pastor to see if and when we can show it.

We are also working on applying for a grant from the Home Depot Foundation for this coming season.  Since this process is online and we are competing with worthy projects all over the US there is no telling what we may receive.

Hopefully this Email covers most of what has been going on with the planning for the upcoming season of our community garden.  If there is anything I missed, please feel free to Email the group or myself.  I will be sure to keep you updated on fencing, funding and Gasland.

Thanks for all your time and support to this cause!

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