ECG Meeting 3/14, Agenda:
New Scribe - Emily
- Flyers & Postcards Printed & Ready to Go ($200 for 300 postcards)
- Send postcards tomorrow, 3/15
- Hold off on Door-to-Door until better weather, people less likely to be engaged
- Inner Church: Petitions ongoing, table set up with a few signed up to volunteer
- Website - continues to receive form submissions, & with postcards going out soon the website should get more traffic
- We have 10 Plot Rentals (a number of Groups Interested in participating- Triumphant Church, Endwell Rotary, Northminster Presbyterian)
- Plot size is 4x8 (image seen above)
- Question: Where do Raised Plots go, on grass or asphalt?
- Answer: Biggest issues with asphalt is heat, so to mitigate each plot would need which an isolation barrier, be raised on pallets, with fabric on the bottom, so doesn't touch heat of pavement. To make it easier for
all, we'll plan to build on the grass.
Garden Planning, 3 Phases:
1) 12 Bed Community Garden
- Keep Asphalt for parking
- Preliminary Garden Dimensions: 32' x 56', with 12 4'x6' Raised beds on grass with 176' of fencing (roughly $30/ft) ---- Image Below
- Need to calculate height for raised bed - 12"?
- Garden location will be near apts so located near water, next to asphalt, with 2 permanent corners with room to expand towards back end of lot
- What kind of wood to make raised beds out of?
- VINES uses Pressure Treated Pines. In JC Community Garden, Lowes donated lumber, treated without Chemicals, and lined with Felt to take away stigmatism
- Need a drawing of the Raised Bed and the Felt
- Need Jim Dunn's (Master Gardener @ CCE) input, need picture of what the fence will look like from the side. Try to get him to attend one of our meetings
- CHOW garden in Conklin (fencing & set-up) as example
- Jason Speaking with Dan Scofield about the Water Line
- Blacktop is a benefit in the future for accessibility, with raised beds higher
and v shaped
- Can contact Broome County Jail to Mow unused portions of lot for Free Once/week
2)/3) Urban Farm AND/OR Additional 12 Bed Community Garden (depending on volunteers, who's interested in gardens vs CHOW garden)
- With Urban Farm, Lots of Opportunities
- Youth Participation w/Triumphant Life Church, possibly Northminster
Presbyterian, OASIS, & VINES
- Education through CCE
- Farming for CHOW, with Plenty of space to build Hoop House for seed starting
- Met with Jim Savage rep for Tioga Bank, he sees no problems that would hold up the process
- Amelia meeting with the Village of Endicott soon
- Binghamton City pays all the water for VINES Binghamton Gardens, they don't even have a meter, b/c most of what pay for is sewage and that's not a factor here.
Begin Filling out the VINES Application
- Why do "you" want to start a community Garden?
* Decided to define who "You"/we are: We are Broome County Gov, CCE and TLC -- marriage of government, education, and church. Our Goals are:
Gov: fight blight and insidious crime to help stabilize a transitional neighborhood, reduce government's oversight of vacant lot
TLC: bring unity to a troubled neighborhood, bless neighborhood
CCE: give the community the tools it needs to grow and become educated on how to grow food; give a man a fish, feed for a day, teach and feed for life
Overall: Productivity of the Vacant Lot, Beautification, Community Involvement, Added Health and Wellness, Youth Engagement, CCE Education, Food Desert
Any organizations interested?
Yes -Need to identify them and make a list
How will we build/integrate community around garden?
- Phase 1: Community Garden
- Watermelon Time (free fundraiser for the Garden), with Park Elements
- CCE Provides Independent Support - continuous training run by Master Gardeners to local community; built, grown, and sustained by CCE
- Educate Community: seed starting, permaculture, shade gardens, microgreens
- Build day kick off community connection, and other work days to bring people together
- Yoga in the Garden
- Phase 2: Urban Farm
- Harvest Festival
- Plenty of Parking
- Fruit Trees in future (level of experience, w/ a well formed plan it coud work)
Access to food?
- Food desert, Wegmans & Weis, miles away
- Church dedicated to helping people's access to healthy fresh food, giving is a way of life, plan to have youth group grow food, tend garden, and give food away...can donate it to CHOW
- Rotary wants to rent plots out to needy families
- Food goes well beyond those who will be renting plots, expand outwards to community who can't access food or don't have time to garden
Typical Garden Members Commute?
- Need info from to gain better sense, Plan to wait until outreach is done before answering
- Nearby Bus Route
- Parking Lot right next to the Community Garden
- Many will come from right across the parking lot (from church)
Additional fundraising capacity or fundraising ideas to support?
- Lots of partner organizations (Tioga State as well as many others, Need to make list)
- Watermelon Time Picnic (8/4?) to raise money for garden
- Need Tent, Table and Chairs
- Bounce House & Games, DJ Milo from Triumphant Life Church
- Send mail out before to get people to donate to Sponsor Tables, etc
- Volunteer Mallory, who has experience with fundraisers, can help
- Harvest Fest
Action for Next Meeting:
Chris: Ask Jim Dunn Fence Questions or if he could attend. Need notes on CHOW Garden, Fence and How Raised bed set up
Jason: Put Gov/CCE/TLC Voices to each of the proposal questions and begin to write up completed portions of the proposal. Send postcards to 300 + people. Make next week's Agenda, Update about Dan Scofield and Water Line
Emily: FB Post, & Website Notes
Darrell: Lawyer set up a meeting with Landbank hopefully set a Date
Meeting Notes to be Posted Soon
We're a group of local volunteers who have banded together to create a community garden. We meet frequently and are always looking for additional help.