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. We will be sharing the agenda closer to the date. In the meantime, if there are any subjects you will like to discuss at this meeting, please let us know. It is your garden!
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 email@example.com 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
Check out the Photo Highlights of the Garden's annual fall closing on October 22nd and the Garden's Annual General Meeting of October 28th.
The Garden's AGM is taking place on Saturday October 28 from 2-4pm at Saint Margaret Mary’s Church, 7 Fairbairn Ave at corner of Sunnyside Ave. This is a chance for you to have a say and influence the Garden's activities and meet and share garden ideas with like minded gardeners and members.
2) Review of Agenda
3) Review of last meeting minutes (Spring meeting 2017)
4) Report from the President for 2017
5) Reports from CoCo Leaders on this summer's activities
b) Shared Plots
4) Treasurer’s report
a) Resolution to waive public accountant and audit
5) Election for Executive Position
6) Misc Item
7) Closing of AGM
Social and informal sharing of news and events from 2017 till 5 pm
It's time to get the Garden ready for another great growing season. Sunday May 7th 1 - 4 pm rain or shine unless there's a major storm. We now have a NEW Sign-up for your preferred task on the Volunteer Sign-up page at the following link https://www.volunteersignup.org/HCK44
For those who can`t make it on the 7th, we will have a second opening day event on Saturday, May 13th 9 - 12 Noon.
Dress for the weather and bring a snack or drink to share with members at the end of the day.
It's time to start thinking about what to plant in your garden this spring. New this year, the Garden will have seedlings available for sale at the Biodome.
The following seedlings will be available in early May: onions, leeks, beets; and possibly lettuce, broccoli and kale. At the end of May, tomatoes (4 varieties), eggplants, basil and peppers (hot & sweet) will be available for sale.