Notes from General Annual Membership Meeting for 2017
Melanie Holcomb moderates.
Attending: Chloe Abercrombie, David Bivins, Gina Briggs, Ruth Chasek, Kristen Davis, Mary Dillon, Rachel Green, Melanie Holcomb, Karen Hsu, Andrea Kannapell, Jefferson Maloney, Pat McCarty, Padmini Narumanchi, Mimi Rosenfeld, Kit Schneider, Maggie Stein, Amelia Wilson, Gabriela Wolf.
Current SC Roles
Admin — liaison with outside groups, problem solving
Garden — Garden days productive, problem solving, what’s going on IN the garden, make sure we have the right tools, right materials, etc.
Events — plus bake sale, plant sale
Plots — created contract, stewardship is a privilege not a right
Membership coordinator — answer questions, orientations
Community Plots — planting, organizing team
Chickens — holding to the protocols, laying out how the chickens are being cared for, training
Compost — relationship w/PSFC
Treasurer — fiscally sound garden, reimburse, grants, non-event fundraising
Communications — emails, website, postcards
Open Hours — maintain schedule of times/dates members commit to, to ensure Garden is open for at least 6 hours every weekend day.
BANG — land trust that holds our deed, rep goes to monthly meeting, passing on important messages
Discussion and agreement to add fundraiser role to SC.
Elections: Steering Committee elected by acclaim
Administrator: Andrea Kannapell
Garden: David Bivins
Chickens: Kristen Davis
Treasurer: Melanie Holcomb
Communications: Valerie English
Community plots: Siena Chrisman, Kit Schneider
Compost: Sarah Trignano
Individual plots: Amelia Wilson
Membership: Gina Briggs
Events: Chloe Abercrombie
Open Hours: Rachel Green
Fundraiser: Gabriela Wolf
BANG Rep: Maggie Stein
BANG Alt: Padmini Narumanchi
YEAR IN REVIEW
We are staying more organized
Community plots very well organized
Teams worked well
Volunteer Day from Citizens Committee
Great events, combined with fundraising, keep coffers full
Learned to work through conflict
Dealing with the deaths of three chickens
Relations with community strengthened over the last year
Built new plots — Joe Aaker is a real carpenter
Relocation of compost system
CSA very successful
Maggie’s class coming through
Website redesigned, content underway in shared doc. Should be easy to update. Special donation buttons easy to do.
Can we add a message board feature?
Spreading info for annual meeting for next year: Email, website, Facebook, garden bulletin box, garden gates, ask Block Associations to share info on meetings.
FINALIZE schedule early next year so that postcards can be printed early, ahead of annual meeting.
Make sure we post meeting notes on web site, and coordinate updates on both Facebook and website.
Should we add a formal plate with garden name, website and mailing address?
Would Val be willing to take on a more involved role? Propose when fliers/emails might be relevant/helpful?
We will all look out for a very instagrammy person to become social media manager.
We will encourage our open hours folks to make posts to Instagram/Facebook. (Sprinkler monitors all social media channels.) We need all the credentials somewhere.
PLANNING, NEW IDEAS
How do we want the gates to look? Dean St. gates look good, Gab will send px.
Kit will work with Jen Keiser-Gorden to make a plan for the triangular garden . Mimi will help.
Put up screen/trellis by compost
Seating in garden
How can we contain the “projects” and so on?? Depressing to see wood piled up all over the place.
Glass bricks in Warren St. entryway are slick
Gab proposes healing garden in old compost area, with chamomile. Where the old sifter was.
Perhaps add more “healing” herbs in the herb garden.
Sun-loving native plants in center area we weeded last year. Mimi empowered to handle.
Use pavers to “pave” seating area?
How can we water the St. Marks side? Need better hose system until we get the bollard fixed.
March 18 is chicken orientation.
Now within our price range — will want to be able to keep chicken water fluid over winter and run pump for water tank.
BANG BUDGET APPROVED
WSMC GARDEN BUDGET APPROVED