Monthly Archives: June 2012

Community Work Day This Saturday 8am-11am

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Aloha Gardeners,

We need your help with the garden this Saturday from 8am-11am for our group “Give Back Day”.  Please come out and help our garden grow.  Please remember everyone is required to perform 3 hours of community service each month.  Next month there will be a Thursday early evening “Give Back Day” instead of Wednesday mornings.  

Bring a dish to share for our mini pot luck on Saturday… maybe make something from  your garden.  It’s a great opportunity to get to know your fellow gardeners.  

Aloha,

Linda 

Important News for All Gardeners

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Aloha Gardeners,

We are calling out to all of you to join us in our search for a new members of the Napili Community Garden Council.  Everyone who is an active gardener maintaining a plot with interests in helping the Community form and grow is encouraged to join us on the Council.  We need your help to nominate candidates for each of the positions on the council.  Listed below are descriptions of the positions, if you would like to nominate someone (including self nomination) please send an email to napiligarden@gmail.com and post a comment here for your fellow gardeners to see the nomination.  Please note the position of Chairperson is to be held by a current council member, however all other positions are open to all members:

 Duties of the Chairperson

  1. Chair meetings and create an agenda.
  2. Represent NCG in dealings with other organizations.
  3. Coordinate activities of other officers and committees.

Duties of the Vice Chairperson

  1. Act in absence of the Chairperson
  2. Accept new members, collect dues passing dues/fees to the Treasurer.
  3. Maintain the roster of members and records associated with the garden plots.
  4.  Maintain waiting list and assign plots to new and existing members.

Duties of the Treasurer

  1. Gather funds received from various activities and deposit to Tri-Isle RC&D, Inc.
  2. Manage budget, reimbursements and submit bills to Tri-Isle RC&D, Inc.
  3. Maintain financial records for NCG.
  4. Prepare financial reports for the Garden Council.

Duties of the Secretary

  1. Take minutes at all meetings and post to website, thereby maintaining a record of all business of NCG.
  2. Prepare correspondence in response to activities associated with NCG.
  3. Track community work hours for gardners.

Duties of Plot Manager

  1. Monitor adherence to the Rules & Regulations of the garden and work with gardeners to maintain compliance.
  2. Identifies plots that are not being maintained.
  3. Serve notice of rule infractions to violators, after the Garden Council has a walkthrough to review violations.
  4. Monitor inventory and physical condition of tools & equipment owned by NCG.
  5. Attain approval from the Garden Council for purchase of NCG tools and/or parts and make replacements and/or repairs as needed.

Duties of Events & Publicity Coordinator

  1. Oversee Educational projects.
  2. Oversee fundraising projects.
  3. Oversee NCG members’ activities (pot lucks)
  4. Arrange for field trips for general members.

Duties of Digital Librarian

  1. Manage digital files for printed information; pamphlets, flyers, posters.
  2. Collect and maintain digital copies of publicity, photos and material pertaining to NCG.
  3. Maintain content of the NCG website.

Duties of Orientation Manager

  1.  Manage NCG Orientation for new members.
  2. Write and submit periodic press releases promoting events to the local newspapers.
  3. Write and submit announcements of NCG General Meetings to the local newspapers.
  4. Print and distribute copies of any special event fliers.
Community Work Day Coordinator
  1. Organize Community Work Days  aka “Give Back Days”
  2. Organize projects to help the community grow with the help of the community of gardeners
  3. Record attendance of  Work Days and provide to Secretary

Currently most of the positions are open unopposed and we welcome everyone who is interested to submit a nomination.   Voting will take place during the first two weeks of July for the nominations.  Please help spread the word to your fellow gardeners.  Ballot information will be posted here on the website soon.

Additionally,  Please join us this Wednesday June 27th from 8am-11am and Saturday June 30th 8am-11am for our Give Back Days.  We really need your help to help our garden grow.  Everyone in the garden is required to perform 3 hours of community service per month, here is an opportunity to do it with your neighbors and have a little fun.  The work day on Saturday will also be a fun pot-luck party.  Please bring a dish with at least one ingredient that you grew at the garden, we can all try and guess what the ingredient(s) are.  We will work on a fun project as well.  At each of the workdays we will talk about the council positions and ballot.

Looking forward to seeing you in the Garden this week!

Aloha

-Linda Kubit

 

Compost Order

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Aloha Gardeners,

Tomorrow morning an order of compost is being delivered to the garden for those Gardeners who have paid Linda for compost. If you are interested in adding on to this order at the last minute there is still time. The compost is $35 per cubic yard, approximately 2 wheelbarrows worth.

To add to the order please send a PayPal payment for the amount you want to lindakubit@gmail.com by 9am tomorrow. The compost will be delivered by 11am near the picnic tables.

If you did not pay for compost please leave it alone. If you take some you are stealing from those who paid. Please respect your fellow gardeners.

Mahalo
-Linda

Welcome New Gardeners

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Aloha Gardeners,

We are welcoming new gardeners to the Napili Community Garden this month.  If you see someone new say hello and please help with any questions they may have.  We ask that everyone take the time to read the Rules and By-Laws,  on this website, to refresh themselves with the rules.

A few things to help the new gardeners:

Organic Management of Plots ONLY this means seeds too!  You can purchase organic seeds from many locations on Maui, just about anywhere seeds are sold there are organic options:

  1. Farmers Market Honokowai (a small nice selection of organic seeds at a great price
  2. Ace Hardware Lahaina (large selection a little pricey)
  3.  Home Depot/ Lowes/ Walmart
  4. Mana Foods (large selection at great prices)
  5. Kula Ace Hardware (large selection)
  6. Whole Foods

Additionally, you can order seeds online.  I encourage gardeners to organize themselves to save on shipping costs, please keep in mind some items cannot ship to Hawaii:

  1. http://www.groworganic.com  – Large number of seeds from CA.
  2. http://www.genericseeds.com  – Wide variety of seeds packets at low prices
  3. http://www.hanatropicals.com – Will sometimes have Hawaiian plants… located in Hana.
  4. http://www.forwindsgrowers.com – Stock organic dwarf lemon and lime trees will ship to Hawaii
  5. http://www.orchardhouseheirlooms.com – Heirloom vegetables and herb seeds  $3 shipping
  6. http://www.pinetreegardenseeds.com – Great price and quality
  7. http://www.highmowingseeds.com – Over 600 organic vegetables, herbs and flowers

Some other helpful links are:

  1. http://www.gardenforever.com
  2. http://www.organicgarderninfo.com
  3. http://www.organicgardeningguru.com
  4. http://www.davesgarden.com

Sometimes getting started in the garden can be difficult especially with the soil we have.  We recommend making some amendments to the soil to balance the PH our soil is rather acidic.  You can help this with planting nitrogen rich plants (like peanuts or beans), or by adding Dolomite (natural lime) available at Hawaii Growers in Kahalui  http://www.hawaiigrowerproducts.com/ .  They also have other great organic management options.

If you are interested in ordering compost that will be delivered to the garden via dump truck for $35 per cubic yard please send an email to lindakubit@gmail.com.  If you have already given your money for this there is an order placed which will be filled this week the farmer’s loading equipment broke (so this morning’s delivery is delayed).  A second order will be placed once Linda has the money in hand for at least 7 cubic -yards.  Compost is very helpful in making your food grow, it balances the soil and helps to make your existing soil even better.

One of our gardeners is renting a tiller to dig up that hard red dirt clay.  If you are interested in joining her on this rental please give Ute a call at 808-280-6464.

We look forward to seeing you in the garden!

Aloha- Linda