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Budget Planning for 2013 Garden

29 May

CVEarthLab’s Educational Garden for Children is self-funded. Over the past 3 years, we’ve invested nearly $5000. in cash, donations in kind and grant awards to get the garden off the ground. (We applied for one grant this year, but we didn’t get it.)

Besides planting and watering, the garden requires a lot of manpower and a variety of resources. Sustaining its success will require an assortment of efforts and skills, including fundraising, grant researching and writing, researching and writing proposals for the board, website maintenance and content creation, internal and external communications, taking and posting photographs, soil quality testing and stewardship, harvest potluck party planning and prep, mulch contributions, errand running, weather proofing, cat and squirrel deterring, making or buying organic pest sprays and fertilizers, and all sorts of creative problem solving. And money! Our most expensive supplies include planting soil (@ $10 per 2 cubic foot bag) compost ($13 per 16 cubic quart ) and mulch ($5 per cubic foot).

Thankfully, most of the overall expense (@ $5000.) was for start-up costs. We expect future annual costs to be much lower. Still, maintenance expenses are significant. It will take about $500. to fill the four raised beds (around 90 ft3 total) that need to be replenished this year in order to maintain safe soil quality.

Therefore, we ask that each CVEarthLab member family or individual commits to water the garden 7-10 times, and do at least three of the following four crucial duties this year:

1.  Collect and deliver 2-3 bags full of mulch (about 15-20 lbs).  Free mulch is available from Green Wood Cemetery.

2. Help run one volunteer activity, such as a fundraising event, garden pot luck dinner, garden clean up, or host an educational garden activity.

3. Donate one bag of potting soil (about 1.5 cubic feet; $10).

4. Donate $20 in cash.

Thank you.

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Are You Rejoining The Garden Committee? June 1 Is Deadline for Dues.

30 May

If you plan to harvest this year, please consider submitting membership dues before Friday June 1st. Financial commitments help us plan for summer. We always get a lot of requests this time of year and budget is a big factor in accommodating them.

Donating Is A Way To Register Your Garden Support with the Board

Give what you can! While the suggested annual donation ($25 per family or $10 per individual)  helps cover the cost of soil and other materials, any financial contribution sends a strong message to the board that there is support for this project.  Every resident (and dollar) counts!

Checks made out to CVOI can be left with the office or with members such as Shari in 195.  If you send a note to CVEarthlab@gmail.com  one of us can pick up an envelope from your doorman.

Garden Committee Membership

Located inside the Children’s Play Area behind 195 Adams Street, CVEarthlab is a volunteer-led, self-funded communal and child-friendly garden. We offer opportunities for adults and children to learn about their environment and the plants and animals that inhabit it with them; to grow and enjoy fresh produce; and to share meals, knowledge and experiences with neighbors with a wide variety of backgrounds in gardening.

Thank you.  -Judith, Shari, Sandy, and Denise, Core Members

Reminder: Dues Requested by June 1

16 May

 

If you plan to harvest or join CVEarthlab this year, please consider submitting membership dues before Friday June 1st.

Financial commitments help us plan for summer. We always get a lot of requests this time of year and budget is a big factor in accommodating them.

Donating Is A Way To Register Your Garden Support with the Board

Give what you can! While the suggested annual donation ($25 per family or $10 per individual)  helps cover the cost of soil and other materials, any financial contribution sends a strong message to the board that there is support for this project.  Every resident (and dollar) counts!

Checks made out to CVOI can be left with the office or with members during Wednesdays in May gardening sessions which are taking place May 16 and 23rd from 5:30 to 7pm.  If you send a note to CVEarthlab@gmail.com  one of us can pick up an envelope from your doorman.

Garden Committee Membership

Located inside the Children’s Play Area behind 195 Adams Street, CVEarthlab is a volunteer-led, self-funded communal and child-friendly garden. We offer opportunities for adults and children to learn about their environment and the plants and animals that inhabit it with them; to grow and enjoy fresh produce; and to share meals, knowledge and experiences with neighbors with a wide variety of backgrounds in gardening.

Thank you.  -Judith, Shari, Sandy, and Denise, Core Members

Are you joining CVEarthlab this year?

8 May

If yes, please consider submitting membership dues before Friday June 1st.

Financial commitments will help us plan for summer. We always get a lot of requests this time of year and budget is a big factor in accommodating them.

$10 to $25 Goes A Long Way!

The suggested annual donation ($25 per family or $10 per individual)  helps cover the cost of soil and other materials. Learn more here. Checks made out to CVOI can be left with the office or with members during Wednesdays in May gardening sessions which are taking place May 9, 16, and 23rd from 5:30 to 7pm.  If you send a note to CVEarthlab@gmail.com  one of us can pick up an envelope from your doorman.

Garden Committee Membership

Located inside the Children’s Play Area behind 195 Adams Street, CVEarthlab is a volunteer-led, self-funded communal and child-friendly garden. We offer opportunities for adults and children to learn about their environment and the plants and animals that inhabit it with them; to grow and enjoy fresh produce; and to share meals, knowledge and experiences with neighbors with a wide variety of backgrounds in gardening.

Thank you.  -Judith, Shari, Sandy, and Denise, Core Members

Thank You

7 Oct

Thanks to all the Concord Village residents who participated in Sunday’s Harvest Potluck Garden Fundraiser. It was a huge success!

Over 60 people came out and feasted on dozens of delicious dishes inspired by (and including some) seasonal garden ingredients.  Lucky potluck winners include:

-Butterfly plants, arugula and lettuces, cucumbers, herbs and garlic got the most votes for best parts of the garden 2013.  (See poll results here)

-Sal Brienza, who won the 50/50 raffle!

-The entire CVEarthlab garden community, which raised an impressive $345. dollars from the fundraising event. (Funds include Sal Brienza’s winnings, which he promptly donated. 🙂 )

Stay tuned for recipes and photos of tasty dishes. Big thanks again to everyone who made this event possible.

7pm, Tonight Only!

6 Oct

We’ll do the 50/50 raffle drawing at 7pm during the Harvest Potluck Fundraiser. (Party is 5-8pm in the community room.) Don’t forget to bring extra cash for raffle tickets:

$2 = 1 ticket; $5= 5 tickets; $10= 12 tickets; $20. = 25 tickets

Fundraising Goal: The harvest party marks the season’s end but also the beginning of our next one. Thanks in advance for helping the garden budget grow with your donations for the 2014 season. Each year, we need about $500. for soil, seeds and other materials. Cash donations or checks payable to CVOI may be brought to the event or left to the attention of Donna Chaiet (230 Jay St). Checks can also be submitted to the office. Thank you.

Last minute change of plans?  You can still come to the potluck.  Bring bread, fruit salad or a bottle of wine to the community room at 5pm. (We hope to head outside if the weather clears) Thanks!

What NOT to Forget to Do This Week

2 Oct

Vote for your favorite garden produce here, everyday (kids love to vote–let one click each day!) The winning veggies will be revealed at the Potluck Fundraiser this Sunday at 5pm, and all the results will inform next year’s planting plans and budget.

RSVP to cvearthlab@gmail.com if you think you’re attending the potluck fundraiser by the EOD Thursday, October 3rd.  There will be food, drinks, neighbors, and a 50/50 raffle! Thank you.

What’s Cookin’ for Sunday’s Potluck?

1 Oct

DSCN0290Do you know what you’re making for the harvest potluck?  Sunday’s party is quickly approaching. If you’d like to incorporate some super-local flavor into your dish, there’s garlic, basil, lemon balm and other herbs available in the garden. Feel free to post your planned dish in the comments.

Need inspiration?  Popular past dishes: pasta, herb-infused olive oil for dipping, mint-flavored drinks, and salsa. Not sure if you can cook, but want to make a contribution? Consider bringing a staple such as French baguettes, fruit salad, tortilla chips or crudité. Or a drink. Wine counts as fruit!

What it Take To Keep The Garden Going The harvest party marks the season’s end but also the beginning of our next one. Thanks in advance for helping the garden budget grow with your donations. We need soil, seeds and a drink-safe hose, among other things. Cash donations or checks payable to CVOI may be brought to the event or left to the attention of Donna Chaiet (230 Jay St). Checks can also be submitted to the office. Thank you.

You’re Invited to the Harvest Potluck, Sunday 10.6 at 5pm

23 Sep

All CV residents are invited to celebrate the children’s garden. Bring a dish or drink, preferably including or inspired by this season’s produce, to the community room to share. Participants can use garlic or herbs from the fence pockets. RSVP–with your culinary contribution plan, if possible–to cvearthlab@gmail.com no later than Thursday, October 3rd.4 cucumbers in augustWhat did you like this season? And what should we grow next year? Results of the favorite produce of the year poll will be announced at the party; cast your vote for arugula, tomatoes, basil or other bounty here. Feedback will inform the 2014 crop planning.

Want to help the garden grow? Cash donations may be brought to the event or left to the attention of Donna Chaiet (230 Jay St). Checks made out to CVOI can be submitted to the office. Thank you in advance for your support.

To see photos and recipes from previous potlucks, click here. Find out more about getting involved in the garden and the budget plans here.

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Mulch Slide!

13 Sep

photo(2) Last night’s rain storm swept away a lot of our mulch in the garden and around the play equipment.  We need more mulch, especially at the bottom of the slide and near the climbing wall in order to maintain the safety surfacing. I raked up what I could.

Anyone up for a mulch run this weekend? I picked up a couple bags in August, the last time I had a Zipcar, but we need more.

I noticed that the nearby drain in the parking lot was clogged, also from storm debris, and reported it to the 195 doorman. A lot of leaves and branches came down, too.

photo(3)Let’s keep an eye on the drain, I’m not sure the maintenance team clears it regularly. And since it contributes to the run off water that goes into the garden, it must factor in to the heavy metals and other pollutants that end up in our soil.  I would love to see the area between the fence and the parking lot improved to address this!

-Denise

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