The Fairlee Gardeners met at the Lunchbox at 10:00 AM on Saturday, April 29.
The following attended the meeting:
Miranda Clemson, Cathy Chandler, Peggie Bissell, Ginny Reed, Liz Wilson, Cathy McGrath, Mary Bryant, and Melanie Swenson
* FG have received $635 in honor of William Frost. Ginny has sent ‘thank-you notes’ to the 11 donors. We discussed the best way to handle the funding.
Action item: Cathy M. will be responsible for arranging for the funds to be administered through the Fairlee Historical Society. Liz will be the ‘finance person’ for the group.
* Samantha from the library has expressed interest in having a community garden on the library grounds. We discussed the fact that there are many ways to do a community garden – individual plots, individual plots with the dual goals of planting/harvesting for oneself and for a community food bank, all plots dedicated to a community food bank, all welcome to work/all welcome to pick – just to name a few. We discussed naming the garden in memory of Frosty – “Frost Memorial Community Garden”. We discussed the site, potential standing water issues, and potential woodchuck issues.
Action items: 1) Miranda will walk the property and talk with Samantha about next steps; 2) We will most likely start with ‘baby steps’ – perhaps a small raised bed this year with plans to grow/expand in the future.
* Update on planting lilies around the telephone poles: Miranda has plated a mix of lilies around 3 poles.
Action item: Members of the group should feel free to approach property owners for permission to plant 8-10 bulbs around phone poles.
* Flower pots on the bridge between VT and NH: Historically, Lisa from Town Hall and her husband have taken care of carting the pots to Hodges, getting them planted, then maintaining them.
Action items: 1) Peggie will talk with Lisa about the fact that FG will be happy to take on planting the pots; 2) We will plan a work session to do this on May 6 after morning Green-Up activities; 3) Miranda will talk with Chris about what to plant.
* Liaison with Samuel Morey Elementary School: Mary told us about the garden programs currently happening at the school. We discussed ways in which FG and the school could collaborate on projects such as ‘adopt a telephone pole’ by classrooms and FG members volunteering to help with some of the school projects. She noted that there are multiple goals including service to community and helping students learn about feeding themselves and others.
Action items: 1) Mary will work to set up a time at which FG can be introduced to the faculty as a first step in collaboration; 2) Mary will also find a workday in May where FG can help with transplanting.
* Chapman’s flower bed – Needs to be dug up and redone. Will plan a work day in late May/early June to begin this work.