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LCRC Community Gardens Project Community Gardens Wrap Up Agenda: – Registration and Garden Openings – Improving the Community Garden Network – Review of Community Garden rules as per agreement – Possible solutions to arising challenges – Possible solutions to enhancing the gardens – Other Registration and Garden Openings Registration will begin in January with a goal of mid March as a completion date Garden agreements will be sent out electronically to those with email addresses Those not returning are asked to notify LCRC so that plots can be offered to those on waiting lists Garden opening begin earlier to accommodate the increased number of gardens in the network Improving Community Garden Network What are we striving for? Enhancing cohesiveness of each community garden Ensuring each community garden takes greater ownership for their garden site Ensuring an improved gardening experience for all gardeners Providing opportunities for experienced gardeners to mentor novice gardeners Sharing experiences with each individual garden with the greater group/network Sharing Information 1. The London Community Resource Centre has a Facebook Page for anyone interested in sharing ideas and pictures. 2. FoodNet Ontario is a free vehicle that can be used for discussion purposes and event listings. 1. FoodNet sends E-Bulletin to all members 2. FoodNet website provides members with the ability to Network with each other independently 3. FoodNet has a Community Garden forum designed for gardening discussions Advisory Committee The Community Gardens Advisory Committee consisting of one member from each garden. Purpose: To provide a voice for the garden Assist with the overall direction the network is taking Assist in planning of workshop Assist with planning annual picnic Review of Community Garden Rules 1. All our community gardens are maintained organically; which means no chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides are allowed. There are multiple resources in the London Public Library and online, for beginner gardeners and experts alike. 2. Respect private property. Be a good neighbour and remember that our gardens depend on the good will of the neighbourhood residents. 3. Have something planted in your plot by June 15, or it will be reassigned. 4. If you must abandon your plot for any reason, please notify the London Community Resource Centre. Possible Solution: New Horizons for Seniors’ Proposal Proposal in the works to involve seniors who will act as the “eyes, ears, and voice” of their neighbourhood community garden Will have experience to offer, will protect the garden with their presence (reduce vandalism), will communicate on the other gardeners’ behalf back and forth to LCRC to troubleshoot issues that arise Will provide the seniors with a sense of community belonging and purpose Garden Guardians! Possible Solution: Adopt-a-Plot for Goodness Sake! A new initiative for LCRC Empty plots will be made available for community groups to “adopt” for the current season Community groups will create a garden with the purpose of harvesting the produce for donation to local emergency food programs Will facilitate keeping weeds down Interested? Contact LCRC for more details Adopt-a-Plot, for Goodness Sake! Possible Solution: Scouting Troops Involvement Local Wolf Cub and Scout troops in London Community participation badges Gardening badges Will help with garden set-up and clean-up in 2010 season Know a local troop leader? Contact LCRC with details. Cubs getting involved in gardening! Review of Community Garden Rules 5. If your plot becomes unkempt, you will be given two weeks notice, by email or telephone, to clean it up. After that time, it will be weed whacked, reassigned or tilled in. 6. Do not pick or take other people’s harvest. Treat others, as you would like to be treated. 7. The garden produce is for personal consumption only and not for sale. You may however, donate produce to your friends, neighbours, the London Food Bank, etc. 8. Keep garden plots clean and protect the property from vandalism and debris. Do not throw cigarette butts into the garden, as tobacco can spread tobacco mosaic virus. Review of Community Garden Rules 9. Keep the garden in a good state of cultivation; weed frequently, mulch, and water as necessary. You are responsible for weeding half of the walkway. If you need tips, please contact LCRC. 10. Operate motor vehicles with extreme caution. Park in designated areas. Do not repair or leave vehicles overnight at the garden site. They will be towed. 11. Supervise children and companion animals at all times. 12. Assist and cooperate with general garden work at the site. You are responsible for your own clean up. Take ALL litter and garbage with you when you leave the site. Possible Solution: Workshops for Gardeners Examples of workshops: – Preparing your garden for planting – Planting – Weed control – Pest management – Companion planting – Composting – Preparing your garden for the end of the season – Other ideas? Garden fresh vegetables Review of Community Garden Rules 13. You are responsible for harvesting your own crops. Crops, stakes, tomato cages, etc. must be removed by October 31. The plots are ploughed in the spring and late fall. 14. For garden problems you can call the London Community Resource Centre – 519-432-1801, or the Master Gardener Hotline at 519-473-9727. 15. Please note that under the City of London by-law for parks, no person shall: – Erect a tent or shelter, or park a trailer of any kind for overnight accommodation – Consume, serve, sell or possess liquor without proper approval of the City and the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. Cultivating New Ideas: Rethinking the seasonal tasks: to plough or not to plough? Gardens opening and closing? Water supply? Clean up time! Improving Community Garden Network Expected results: Enhanced cohesiveness in each community garden Each community gardener enjoys greater ownership for their garden site Overall improved gardening experiences for all gardeners Opportunities for experienced gardeners to mentor novice gardeners Shared experiences with each individual garden with the greater group/network Improving Community Garden Network Questions? Comments? Suggestions?
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