The Foster Powell Community Garden is changing a bit. In an effort to streamline the oversight for the next director and a newly formed committee, and to waste less food than the individual beds do, we’ve decided to start converting the site to an orchard. This means that instead of seeking new gardeners as we have attrition, we’ll be converting their plots to espaliered fruit trees. It looks like we’ll want to put in 6-10 trees, or more, this coming February. We’re just starting to formulate this plan as the new committee continues to meet monthly over the Winter (after the Foster-Powell Neighborhood General meetings, second Monday of each month, 8pm, Foster Burger-we’re always happy to add you to this committee).
Imagine what this could mean! Garden beds active year-round, less water use and maintenance-eventually, simplified soil needs. It could mean the possibility of coordinated picking efforts that would result in neighbors meeting, getting some fruit and making substantial donations to our nearby food pantry. (By the way, anyone can donate to St Marks Lutheran, here, 3-5:30 every Friday)
Plan on joining us early next Spring for some subtle reinventing and to take ownership of your neighborhood garden.
Hi garden friends. A meeting was held just after the September Foster Powell Neighborhood Meeting to try to form a committee to eventually replace me and John (we are ready for new adventures). The meeting was not well attended and a committee was not formed! If we are unable to form a committee within the neighborhood association, we will find ourselves returning the site to ODOT!
Here’s what I had prepared for the last meeting. We’ll try this again after the October NA meeting (Monday, October 10th at 8pm, Foster Burger)
COMMUNITY GARDEN DREAM COMMITTEE (3-6 people):
The committee will meet monthly, after NA meetings to shape the mission and activities of the garden. Be prepared to spend an additional 2-4 hours completing committee tasks each month. Committee members may or may not be plot holders. If they are plot holders, committee service replaces minimum volunteer service requirement.
- PR-Publicizing events, opportunities and work parties. Website updates, Facebook and neighborhood social media. Making posters and handbills and overseeing distribution of advertising materials for all events. Gets info to NA.
- Community Liaison-Works with SE Uplift, ROSE and PDC to spread information to under-served communities. Get translations for fliers and website in several languages common to our neighborhood (if we have the budget for it). This person works closely with PR person.
- Site Director-communicates with the plot holders about garden maintenance and leads maintenance of garden structures. This person maintains the garden rules and contracts and is the liaison to the landowner (ODOT). Organizes 1-2 community work parties per year, Spring and Fall, hopefully.
- Co-director-helps the site director with the intention of taking over director duties in the future.
- Plot holders-$25 per year, dues and 10 hours minimum of volunteer service to the upkeep of the common areas of the garden. Committee positions counts for volunteer service.
- Fundraising coordinator-seeks donations and writes receipts, thank you letters for plant donations from nurseries, raffle prize from businesses and food donations from restaurants. Coordinates with the Fiscal Project Coordinator. Plans and oversees the April Plant Sale and Fundraiser. Collects dues from plot holders.
- Fiscal Project Coordinator-a member of the Foster Powell Neighborhood Association Board that communicates with our fiscal sponsor, SE Uplift, as the “project coordinator”. This person reports on the garden at monthly neighborhood meetings, completes yearly reports and submits all income and expense reimbursement requests to SE Uplift.
ADDITIONAL HELP THAT MAY BE NEEDED IN THE FUTURE
- Charity Coordinator-Coordinates delivery of produce to food charities and tracks donations made by the garden for fiscal reporting.
- Grant writer-applies for funding for new projects or extraordinary expenses in the garden.
Is it too early to say the word “Fall”? I’d like to thank our hot weather volunteers, who gave more time than we could have expected on such a day. Thanks to neighbors and plot holders: Nick, Donnie, Dana, Kyr, Keri, Andy, Cesar and Sebastian. The garden seems nearly ready for Fall and all of the changes that it may hold…
The garden is at a transitional point. I want to speak to you from my heart, now. The garden was conceived from my household, proposals and grants written, construction designed and planned, advertised, with lots of hours and broken body days…but it was never supposed to be for my household. It was supposed to be for the neighborhood. It was always our intention to nurture the garden until it could operate without us. Is there anyone who can succeed us now that the groundwork has been laid? Is there anyone out there who can continue this work and add their own vision? Are there 5 or 6 people who could split the work that we currently do?
This is a great place that was built with many, many hands over the years. It has succeeded, but further success is only possible if others take the reigns. Please join us for a very important committee-forming meeting in September. If you can spare a couple hours a month, have the ability to commit to a year of service and want to ensure the success of the Foster Powell Community Garden, please join us now.
Monday, September 12th, 8:00pm, Foster Burger.
We’ll meet just after the Neighborhood Association General Meeting concludes.
We’re going to start at 8am and work until 2pm tomorrow, instead of 10-4, due to the excessive heat later in the day. We’ll have water on hand! We’re so thankful for your help.
The garden could really use your help this weekend as we spruce the place up for Fall. It takes a village to maintain this garden! Saturday August 20th, 10-4. We’ll have a potluck lunch and raffle prizes!Bring tools and gloves or use ours.
Also, join the garden steering committee on September 12th after the Foster Powell Neighborhood Association General Meeting (about 8pm at Foster Burger). What are we steering? The future of the garden. Some new ideas for the evolution of the space are on the table and those who attend the meeting will decide.
It’s our first full year of operations. A year ago this week we were installing the last of the beds and the second cistern… It’s going pretty well, I’d say. I’m still adjusting to my new role as chief cat herder-not my mileux. I’d rather be building something than tracking expenses and wagging a finger at rule breakers. Nonetheless, we seem to be proving the feasibility of the space. Here it is mid July and, even with leaky pumps, we have used less than 1/3 of our water stores and many of the beds are showing great results. We’ve had a great garden tour, purchased tools and a nice picnic table from local company SouthStorm Now it’s time to get some to get some work done and we’d love help from our neighbors. Please join us on August 20th from 10-4 for a work party and potluck lunch. We’ll be deadheading, weeding, mulching, repairing structures and eating whatever food our good neighbors bring. This is a great opportunity to get to know neighbors and learn about our unique garden. In the meantime, here’s a look around the garden, one year on:
Learn what garden hosts do to get the most out of their small spaces. Below is a map you can print, or pick one up at Foster Burger, Dennis’ 7 Dees or the Holgate Library!
THE PRINTABLE MAP: