will hold our annual membership meeting on Monday, February 16, at 5:00 p.m. at
the Stone Center, which is located at 423 Washington Ave. Please come! At
this meeting, you can renew your membership and sign up for a plot for 2015,
and we will elect board members and officers. Members of the Oxford Community
who have not previously been a part of the garden are most welcome--please
bring a friend! Most importantly, we want your input on the garden: How are
things going? What is working well? What can we do better? If there
is something you want to see discussed at the meeting, please let me know ahead
of time. In case you can’t make the meeting, I’m attaching a copy of the
updated membership form and the 2014 rules & regulations, so that you can
renew your membership online at our website or via snail mail. If you want to give
up your plot for 2015, could you please let me know? We have received
quite a few new inquiries for new plots, so I’d like to have a good idea of
plot availability before the membership meeting.
plot fees: You may notice on the updated membership form that plot
fees have increased a bit for 2015, to help offset costs of running the garden,
and to make them more proportional to the 3 different plot sizes. Plot fees
will now be $10 for 4’ x 8’ plots, $20 for 10’ x 16’ plots, and $25 for 16’ x
16’ plots. Kids 3’ x 3’ plots are still free for members.
for help with garden leadership: We need YOUR help! Each year, we need new
garden members to step up and help in leading the garden forward, and this year
is no exception. First, we are in need of an at-large board member.
The at-large board member needs to attend 4 board meetings per year, and
actively pitch in on garden activities. Second, we will need a new Treasurer,
as Kathy Wachter’s term is up. Third, we need one or more garden members to
join the Garden Committee, to help the Garden Manager (Tiffany Bensen)
in week-to-week management of the garden during the active growing seasons.
Fourth, we need a Compost Czar, who is willing to manage the compost
bins, moving the piles and turning them when needed. Fifth, we need a newsletter
editor, who is willing to compile items of interest into a newsletter
e-mail to the garden membership, approximately once per month from March through
October. If you can potentially help with any of these needs (or in other
ways that you can think of), please let me know. On your membership
form, you can also volunteer to help with Communications, Landscaping,
Education, Community Harvest, and Fundraising; we will do a better job this
year following up on your willingness to help in those areas.
you write a little bit? We would like a member of the garden to
contribute a one-time or occasional short piece (300 words) to the Eating Well
feature in the Oxford Eagle, perhaps including a recipe using fresh produce and
a short plug for the garden. Surprisingly, many people in Oxford don’t yet know
about the community garden, and we’re going to try a few new ways this year to
get the word out.
that note: please tell your friends about the garden!)
couple of gardening notes: If you are planning to renew your plot
this year, then I encourage you to get out and work on your plot a bit. If you
don’t plan to plant anything until spring, this is a great time to do two
things: 1. Turn some decomposed leaf mulch / leaf compost into your soil, to
add organic matter. 2. Add a big thick layer of leaf mulch to the surface of
your plot soil. This will prevent weeds from taking over your plot during the
next couple of months, and then will gradually incorporate into your plot soil,
adding nutrients and organic matter. There are two big piles of leaf mulch at
the north end of the garden—one is more decomposed than the other. Please dig
into either or both! We also have a big pile of woodchips. If you want to do
some path maintenance around your plot, remove the weeds, lay down some
cardboard, and put a nice layer of woodchips on top.
Become a part of the Oxford Community Garden, located next to the OUT Bus Depot (the former grounds of the National Guard Armory grounds) on University Ave at Bramlett Blvd.