filling pots and other vertical formats like building the soil sleeves, planting, harvesting, weeding, composting, organic fertilizing, weed and pest control, building structures, electrical work, garden layout, plant selection, rotating crops, research, organizing educational workshops, accounting, marketing, getting donations, distribution, etc.
Lots of stuff the kids can do. Both my teens are pretty proud of our garden and always give their friends a tour and of course challenge them to eat some peppers! So we definitely want all your kids involved.- Bill
Below are some questions plus I have attached the updated form for those wanted to do a half share- which would be to pick up every other week working it out with your partner. So far I have Diane R. partnering with Janice and Denise O. and a new member she recruited. Anita D. is also looking to split a share.
The cost of the half share is $100- so the question is why is the half share not $170/2 or $85. The reason is that a full share includes a discounted Garden Club membership ($30) which is dedicated to administrative costs- like insurance and other business fees as well as educational program expenses- which essentially is the non profit donation. So $170 less $30 or $140 is dedicated to the garden. Therefore a half share would be $140/2 or $70 plus $30 or $100. Last year members have the option for a $20 discount.
Here's some questions from Theresa C.:
1) Where and when is the pick-up? Last year we had pick ups at the future garden site off S. Village near W. Village and at Wild Birds Unlimited in the Publix shopping center. Pickups were from 10 am to 2PM. It will be at either of those two locations and the same time with the added possibility of a U-pick at various times.
2) I know weekly share will vary but do you have a goal (ex: 5 items or $15 worth of produce)? Do you have an example of a share from last year? Last year we had a variety of herbs- some cut some in pots, a variety of Peppers, lettuces, greens and egg plants, plus cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, beans, okra, grapefruit, aloe, and more. We will have the same this year and possibly have cut flowers and mushrooms.Our goal is a little over $11/week of produce at cost. How well we all do together will determine if we beat the market sale prices. Kess has spent a significant amount of time researching methods and experimenting with
varieties. Janice and I have also put in gardens using the pots and we have had great experiences growing vertically. Baring any weather disasters we have great chance for a plentiful and sustained harvest. The purchase of the property by the county for the garden also included money for infrastructure which is significant in creating value. (Much of that value will deliver more in future years- i.e. fruiting trees and bushes will not produce in their first year.)
4.) Regarding the one hour of work required weekly-do you have the option to make a payment instead? Or can you consolidate hours-for example, my husband kids and I come work for 2 hours one week to count for 8 hours total? Other than the "work" at home, what other opportunities for work are available?Most of the work will be consolidated and many members will put in more than the 15 hours over a period of 15 weeks. We will need volunteers to set up the garden, which will include irrigation, water filtration set up, putting down weed mats,