September 8, 2022, by Janet CrozierIt has only been a few weeks since our last board meeting and I didn’t think there was too much to report. I was wrong. To bring you all up to date on the status of our grants, as you know from my excitement, we received the Square Foot Gardening grant and a check for $2000 will be mailed to our PO box. I called Jolsna Thomas with the Rosendin Foundation to inquire about the grant I wrote in February for the water collection. She said the application for the grant just closed the end of August and will be considered and awarded the end of October. So we are still waiting on LCRA’s determination, also at the end of October. This will get the ADA Compliant raised bed project started.
The fall gardening has many of the gardeners excited and planting or at least planning their gardens. We have 2 new gardeners to date with a few more thinking about it. When you are in the garden and see a couple of women you haven’t seen before, welcome them to our community. Paulette Murry became interested as a result of our mutual participation in the water aerobics class this summer. Zalina Filha (Crozier) is my daughter-in-law from Brazil. She may need some guidance as she has experience gardening in a very different environment with different plants that don’t grow here.
Our gardening classes have drawn a lot of attention. We have had a big write up in the Lampasas Dispatch Record a week or so ago. ( A copy of the article is on the bulletin board in the shed for anyone interested is reading it) I had a call from Teresa Thornton who wants to do another article highlighting us as a non-profit charitable organization This article is sponsored by First Texas Bank. She asked for a photo of the board and/or the gardens. I will send her both. She also wants a description of our mission.
I will have a Square Foot Gardening class this Saturday at 10 am in the community garden. I have given out some flyers and just put an ad in the Radiogram. Angel, the new station manager, promised that he would put it on the radio as well.
I have purchased 20 bags of compost to be available to gardeners to replenish the compost in their beds after pulling out the plants that are no longer viable.
I cleaned out a garden bed that had a lot of herbs in it and Julie potted many of them up. I am hoping that they will get through the shock and look good for the plant sale at the Fall Fling.
If you have been to the garden, it’s obvious that we need a workday soon. The grass and weeds are really benefiting from the recent rains.