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October 4, 2017

Good Evening WCG Gardeners –

The Garden Committee thought it might be fun to do a local field trip for the next work party!  We think we’ve all worked hard, got through the summer, and deserve a break!  This will be on Saturday, October 28th, and I think 10 a.m. would probably be a good time, but that is not confirmed yet.

The site is Spring Valley EcoFarms – 1695 Spring Valley Road in Winterville.  Their mission is to restore soil through sustainable agriculture.  I have contacted Dr. Carl Jordan, Farm Owner and Director, and he has confirmed that this date would be good.  There is a lot of good reading on their website:  www.springvalleyecofarms.org

This is what his email said:

“…..you need to know what to expect at Spring Valley Ecofarms.  We do not grow flowers, nor do landscaping.  We are research on sustainable agriculture for small farms.  At the moment, there are three projects: "living mulch" in which annual vegetables and perennial shrubs are planted within a bed of perennial clover.  The clover enriches the soil with nitrogen, and suppresses weeds. Another project is cycling nutrients from a duck pond onto wood chips to make compost.  We use the ducks for eggs and meat.  Our blueberries were planted about 8 years ago on the worst soil of the farm under the light shade of Paulownia trees, to mimic shade grown coffee. The bushes have been supplied with heavy supplements of wood chips.

Those are the main things to be seen now - on our web site are descriptions of earlier projects.”

The tours are between 1 and 2 hours, depending on interest, and would include a half-mile walk.  He offers a horse-drawn wagon if anyone needs this, but says the ride is very bumpy!

There is no cost, but contributions are welcome.

If you think you might be interested in this tour, please let me know, and about a week ahead of time I’ll ask for a firm commitment from those who reply.

Thanks.  We hope you’ll join the group!

Averil

For WCG Committee

Meeting Minutes

September 28, 2017

Winterville Community Garden Committee & Winterville Community Garden General Membership Meeting

Monday, September 18, 2017 (PDF)

Workday & Weeds

September 23, 2017
Dear Garden Community,
 
We will have our monthly work session at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30.  We will be following up on some of the excellent discussion at our 9/18 meeting by creating a test area to see whether raking back existing gravel, putting long-lasting weed barrier cloth down, and restoring gravel coverage would be a feasible approach to the weed problem.
 
A reminder--gardeners who are contributing to the weed problem by not keeping weeds out of their beds and surrounding 18" border WILL NOT be allowed to have beds next year.  We WILL be taking notice on 9/30.  The committee does not enjoy acting as garden police or continually weeding areas that others should be doing.  Cooperating with the rules all gardeners agreed to will go a long way to keeping the garden healthy and neighbors happy.
 
Thanks,
Brenda
WCGC chair

WCG Committee Meeting

September 12, 2017

Please join us for dinner (we're providing the food) and discussion.  The agenda is below and attached.
 

Agenda

Winterville Community Garden Committee

Monday, September 18, 2017

Depot

6:00 p.m. Committee members will meet to set up, approve minutes from two previous meetings, and hear the Treasurer’s report

6:30          Community-wide meeting begins.  Sandwich fixings, chips, and beverages will be provided.

This year’s accomplishments

  • Pollinator garden
  • Tool shed
  • Soil and water testing

Results of survey

Call for new garden committee members for three-year terms to begin January 2018

Price of boxes for next year

  • Should we charge more to cover paying workers to weed?
  • Provisions for low-income renters

Standards for upkeep

  • Use of herbicides (Roundup is not organic) and pesticides (neither is Sevin dust) that comply with garden objectives
  • Areas between beds should be weed free; however, if others have to cut back weeds, any garden plants that have grown into the path will be also be cut back
  • How to deal with grass
  • Noncompliance with standards means others can pull weeds or bug-infested plants from boxes, and box cannot be renewed for next year

Looking forward

  • Possibility of getting sturdier trellises for climbing plants and tomatoes
  • Possible field trip to Ecofarms

 

Questions and Answers

Easy Weeding

September 1, 2017

Good Morning, WCG Gardeners -

 
Went up to the gardens this morning - and just to say that this is a great time to pull weeds.  They pop right out of the ground - from the garden boxes and the gravel!!  Though maybe let the next band of rain go through first!?
 
Have a great weekend!
Averil

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