NCG Updates January 18, 2014
At the last board meeting January 11th we continued discussion about information being gathered by the board about EKO compost/compost containing bio solids. We also took comments and questions from community members that attended. Because the meeting ran over time, we were unable to vote on a final ballot for our January 25th General Meeting. It appears we need to clarify what our Rules and By-Laws statements about organic management mean to our community. It is required by our by- laws that we vote on any changes to these documents as a community. That being stated, we will use our General Meeting on January 25th to vote on what questions to include on our ballet and receive nominations for board positions. We will have a FINAL VOTE AND ELECTIONS at our General Meeting on February 22nd at 9:00 AM. Members may send proposed ballot questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or by leaving a message at 779-4044. Examples of questions are:
- Should we continue to accept donated compost from Maui EKO compost?
- Should we require members to use only OMRI certified compost?
- Should we allow members to continue to use Maui EKO compost at their own discretion?
Because this notice is being posted three weeks ahead, members will be able to vote by proxy (absentee). Final ballots and instructions will be posted at the earliest possible date. The links and data compiled by the board will be posted as soon as the last of our board members who were unable to attend the meeting turn in their data. Members can read them on their own and form their own opinions.
January 25th– General Meeting – voting on ballot questions
February 8th – 9 AM -Board Meeting
February 22nd – 9 AM -General Meeting and Yearly Elections
The Garden Council
Aloha Gardeners and Happy New Year!
NCG Updates January 3, 2014
January 11th – Board Meeting – we will be discussing issues that have come up with the compost that was donated to the garden by Maui EKO Compost. It has come to the board’s attention that it is not OMRI rated and contains a component of processed bio solids (sewer sludge). Although the compost we previously were receiving for free was also not OMRI rated or certified organic, to our knowledge it did not contain this component. As you know, our garden is not certified organic as it was deemed to be too costly when the garden was founded. We do require organic management – no non-organic herbicides, pesticides, or fungicides, but we have not monitored compost sources. This new compost is sold publically for use in food production, including home gardening and is used on many non-organic farms here on Maui. However, the scientific study of sewer sludge is a relatively new science and there are people that question its safety. Because of this the board is trying to gather accurate scientific information from both sides of this issue so that we can judge as a community if this is a product we wish to continue to use. Be aware that many local people have already been purchasing this compost for use in our garden for quite some time. In the interim, please do not take compost from the covered pile in the garden and do not allow children to play in the area.
January 25th – General Meeting – ALL GARDEN MEMBERS WILL BE VOTING ON:
- Whether we will continue to accept donated compost from Maui EKO compost.
- Whether we will require members to use only organic certified compost.
- Whether we will allow members to continue to use Maui EKO compost at their own discretion.
- Any other details that may be determined before the January 25th.
Because this notice is being posted three weeks ahead, members will be able to vote by proxy (absentee). Details and instructions will be posted at the earliest possible date.
February 8th – Board Meeting
February 22nd – General Meeting and Yearly Elections
The Garden Council