Friday, June 3, 2011

Update from June 1 Meeting: Our Summer Plans

Please check out the meeting minutes from our first weekly summer meeting.  Thanks to those that attended.  We were excited to have Dean Gold from the School of Public Health and his wife Barbara there to support the kick off of the summer at the Public Health Garden! We hope you all enjoyed the bean and cucumbers salads:
Recipes are available here
 
The major take away from the meeting is that we are going to start our open harvest days on June 8 (next Wed).  We will have two open harvest days (available to anyone) each week where volunteers can weed and participate in other tasks around the garden, as well as harvest the produce available.  If you remember, bring a bag (or we will try to have some available) to take produce home with you. Make sure we weigh and document the food before you head home though- we are keeping a tally. Open harvest times are as follows:
  • Wed. 5:15 - 7pm (we will be holding a weekly, quick meeting beforehand from 5-5:15)
  • Sat. 8 - 11 am 
We will also be holding work days as needed in the garden to take care of much larger tasks, such as building raised beds, starting our compost pile, organizing our utility area, planting permanent plants, etc. These events will be announced as they are scheduled and volunteers will be able to sign up (or just show up) to help.

Next Wed., we will be installing another temporary bed at the bottom of the site and continue to anticipate the construction of Phase 1 of the top tier of the garden. It looks like we are getting very close to construction with UMD Facilities Management and the generous support of Potomac Valley Brick (more details to come). 

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