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SGM Meeting Minutes

October 17, 2021 Oliver Community Gardens

In Attendance: Sam Smith, Merton Palmer, Edward Rock, Lisa Xxxx, Tim Vant, Gale Kleckner

14:05 Call to Order-Election of Additional Members: both Tim Vant and Lisa Xxxx were elected as members of the board of the Oliver Community Gardens

-Assignment of Signing Officers; Gale Kleckner, Lisa Xxxx and Edward Rock were assigned as Signing Officers by a majority vote.

-Discussion regarding the adoption of deadlines of April 1st and 15th for garden bed reservations of previous years rental(s) and for payment for the new years rental(s) respectively.

-Discussion Regarding Bed Replacements. Given the age and conditions of the beds it will be necessary to replace all of them over the next few years. Suggestions from the floor included: To contact the Men’s Den and the local high school for assistance in construction and possibly as a source for discounted materials. To contact Structure Lam in Okanagan Falls for discounted supply of 2×6’s.

-Discussion Regarding Banking. Given that the current fees on the Garden’s current account represent about 10% of its yearly budget, the board should look into cheaper options. Suggestions from the floor included: Checking other local banks and credit unions for cheaper fees. Formalization of our Food Bank and Harvest Hut donations as a possible reason for a charitable waiver or reduction of banking fees.

Meeting Adjourned 14:45

Thanks Sam

Once again Sam has done the “weed eating” and attended to the sprinkler system; from today irrigation will only happen once every two days… Ed

Compost Bins

Please remember to cut up plants you are putting into the compost bins (preferably pieces 8 inches or less) Otherwise it will take forever for them to break down to the point that the soil can be screened. I just went through both bins cutting up a number of plants left whole…Ed

Cilantro

Please feel free to take some cilantro (planted by Hong) from the raised bed (next to the entrance) otherwise it will soon go to seed…ed

Plant Pots and Weeds

Riverside still has lots of plants – tomatoes, herbs, peppers etc. I asked about pot returns. They accept them. Rinse them, and when you drive in to Riverside there is a bin at the right of the garden center to put them in.

Fresh cut of the walkways today, and thanks to the person (Ed?) who pulled the large weeds along the fence.

I’ll make a landfill compost trip next time I’m in town with an empty truck.

Kitchen Compost

For members of the gardens, we have a kitchen compost program – (no meat/bones) just fruit, veggie and egg shells, coffee grounds and tea bags. This goes in a separate black container, not the garden compost. For those who are not members, there is a new program starting at the Harvest Hut.

Weeds and Ice Cream

Weeding is more enjoyable when there are others around. After this photo was taken, three of us enjoyed ice cream from my travel trailer freezer!

System up and running – will check again in the morning.

Welcome

We welcome Karla and Lisa to the Oliver Community Garden this week. Lisa is originally from the Kootenays and Karla from Saskatchewan.

Please recycle and remove your own garbage. Plastic bags from organic soil enhancement can be washed, and put in the “other flexible packaging” bin at T2 market. Many plant pots can be washed and curbside recycle – cardboard recyclable too. Weeds were hauled to the landfill today from the brown bag and the half barrel at the north end. Please do not put plant tags or other items in with the weeds – they have to be sorted out. As posted on the shed – no rhubarb leaves in the compost, avoid spear grass and other seedy weeds.