The fall is clean up and closing of the garden is taking place on November 2nd, from 10am - 1pm. Here is the link for the volunteer sign up that shows the list of tasks that need to be completed. https://volunteersignup.org/KTJQ4
The Garden's Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Sunday October 27th afternoon (2 - 4 pm) at Brewer Pool (100 Brewer Way). We will share updates on the activities from this summer and will be discussing a couple of important topics (see Agenda below). If there are any subjects you will like to discuss at this meeting, please let us know. We need at least 3 days notice to add a topic. It is your garden.
Please remember - this is also the time to express your interest in participating on the Executive Committee (Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary and Biodome Lead). It is a fun bunch to work with (really!).
This year we are looking to fill the following positions:Vice President and Coordinating Committee Liaison: assists the president in carrying out duties; annual review of the constitution and articles of incorporation; files incorporation reports and acts as President if the President is unavailable and liaison with the Coordinating Committee as described in Annex D; seeks opinions of coordinators and communicates them to the executive and informs coordinators of executive committee’s decisions.
Treasurer: keeps track of the budget; composes a yearly budget; reports on budget at AGM; deals with banking; approves expenditures; keeps receipts & financial records for reporting to funders.
Secretary: maintains P/O box; keeps and distributes meeting minutes, maintains an electronic filing system, a safe deposit box and a filing system for garden documents. Recording of the meeting minutes may be assigned to member(s) present during meetings. Biodome Lead: coordinates the Biodome volunteers as well as ensure communication between the Executive Committee and the Biodome volunteers, bringing forth information for consideration by the executive committee.
The executive committee members shall be elected for a two-year term. Executive positions can only be filled by a person that has been a member in good standing for at least one year.
1. Welcome and Approval of Agenda and Spring Minutes
2. President’s report
3. CoCo leaders reports
4. Looking for new CoCo leaders
5. Financial report
6. Plastic Usage in the Garden
7. Volunteers Hours
See you all on October 27th!
The 2019 Garden Spring Opening & Clean-up is taking place on May 18th from 10am to 3pm.
Volunteer opportunities for clean-up are now open. Please click on the following web link (or copy it into your web browser if clicking doesn't work) to go to the signup sheet:
volunteersignup.org/9QTFW To sign up, just follow the instructions below. It only takes a few seconds to do.
Please register your activity by signing in a task (you can register to more than one task). Do not forget to enter your email and phone number. Your email and phone number will not be public but share strictly with the activities coordinators. Rain or shine, please dress accordingly.
If you cannot make it or register, please email brewerGarden@gmail.com - subject "BPCG Spring Clean Up Tasks". It will be be forwarded to the coordinator leader.
Please sign in as the ***** Coordinator ****** so members know who to talk to for help.
For people who cannot use this system, on clean-up day, go see Sign up Coordinator with the tablet and or with the paper list or please email brewerGarden@gmail.com subject "BPCG Spring Clean Up Tasks"
To contact the Coordinator Lead to edit or update changes :
1. Go to the New view(not classic View)
2. CLICK the bottom Blue button "Contact" Sign-up Manager" or email email@example.com
The Spring Information Session and Orientation Meeting will be held on Sunday, May 5th from 1:30-3:30pm at Brewer Pool Lounge, 100 Brewer Way. This is an opportunity to get together and re-connect with fellow gardeners and meet the new members. After the meeting there will be a tour of the garden.
2. Introduction of Exec 2019
3. Review of AGM Minutes 2018
4. Planned Budget 2019
5. Introduction of CoCo 2019 (with mention of vacant & inactive positions)
6. Roles & Responsibilities of Members (+volunteering)
7. Spring Clean-Up (formerly “Garden Opening”)
8. Question Period
9. Tour and Orientation of the Garden
The Garden's Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, November 3rd afternoon (2 - 4 pm) at Saint Margaret Mary's church at 7 Fairbairn St at the corner of Sunnyside. We will share updates on the activities this summer and will be discussing future directions, including governance and new executive. If there are any subjects you will like to discuss at this meeting, please let us know. It is your garden!
2. President's Report
3. CoCo Leaders Report
4. Looking for new CoCo Leaders
5. Finacial Report
6 .Proposal for Increasing Membership Fee in 2019
7. News from Westboro School
9. Closing of AGM
The Garden is having a Spring Seedling Sale on Saturday May 19th from 10:00am to 1:30pm at the Biodome (located across from the Brewer Arena). There will be tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, peppers (hot and sweet), leeks, and basil for sale at very reasonable prices. All proceeds go towards the maintenance of Garden's biodome structure.
The Garden Opening will take place on Saturday, May 5th, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Brewer Park Community Garden. Please remember to register your activity by signing for a task at the following link: https://www.volunteersignup.org/TWK7B. You may choose more than one task as some are specific to the opening while some are recurring during the growing season.
If you cannot use this system, on opening day, please see our sign-up coordinator with the tablet or paper list so you will be assigned a task. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org subject "BPCG Task".
We look forward to seeing you all!
The Annual Spring Meeting will take place on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 1 - 3 pm at the Brewer Pool.
The meeting will include guest speaker Jack Reilly of the University of Ottawa who will share the findings of the study he conducted last summer on pollinators in the Ottawa area.
Weather permitting, there will also be a tour of the garden after the meeting.We look forward to seeing you all!
BPCG Executive Committee
2) Update of garden including:
a) Review of minutes of AGM November 2017 - Johanne
b) Introduction of Executive for 2018 - Johanne
c) Garden opening date – May 5, 2018 - Johanne
d) Planned Budget 2018 - Ali
e) Seedling Sale coming up - Laura
f) Roles and responsibilities of members (including key dates) - Jackie
g) Fall clean-up principles - Jackie
h) Members volunteering (5 hours) - Jackie
3) Getting to know the various coordinating committee members - Lucie
a) Introduction of individual leaders and initiatives
b) Sign-up for volunteering
4) Presentation by Jack Reilly - U of Ottawa, Pollination Study of 2017
5) Thank you and tour of garden
Lucie has been gardening for 25 years. Her love of gardening comes from her grandmother, who used to grow flowers and vegetables in her garden near the Saint-Laurent River. Lucie even remembers picking green beans and tomatoes with her grandmother when she was two years old!
Lucie joined the Brewer Park Community Garden in order to reconnect with her roots in gardening, and she was also attracted by the garden’s donation program. She wanted to donate to those in need. To that effect, Lucie has been an extremely important addition to the Donation Committee, which in 2017, she co-led along with Marcel Bélanger.
She is also very grateful to the other volunteers on the committee, without whom the donation program would not be such a success! Lucie says that she really likes the community at the garden, and the opportunity to meet great people and share ideas about gardening. Her favourite things to grow in her garden are tomatoes, onions, and green, yellow, and purple beans.
Thank you for your contributions, Lucie and congratulations on becoming the Garden's Vice-President during the Garden's Fall 2017 AGM elections.
By Lindsay Vyvey
Al and Ann Holtz have been volunteers and members of the garden since 2011. Gardening has been a part of them both since their childhood! Al grew up on a farm in central Alberta and Ann has always helped her mom grow flowers and vegetables. Ann is particularly fond of the magic of spring planting and seeing her vision and plans come to life. While Al loves working the soil and getting the plants to grow.
Being able to share their knowledge and love of gardening is important to them. They have contributed to the success of the garden as a member of the executive, guru of composting and first lead for the communal garden plots.
For Ann and Al, the community garden is about more than growing food; it's also about getting reacquainted with the seasons, sharing, being outside and working together. The community garden was an important part of Al's recovery from open heart surgery in 2013 and Ann’s cancer treatment recovery in 2014. It continues to be a place they walk to as a neighbourhood destination. Having places to sit in the garden, to be surrounded by the smells and plants, is a really important part of healing.
By Johanne Ranger