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