Monday, November 14, 2022

President's & Site Coordinator Report

November 14, 2022, by Janet Crozier
November has had its ups and downs, yet we have much to be grateful for. I am disappointed that we had to cancel the Event "It’s Fall Y’all." We worked so hard to make it happen. I am so grateful to Stephanie Fitzharris for heading the fundraising event and promoting it over and over, and Krista Spurgeon for her technology skills in scheduling the volunteers and time slots. Geoff constructed the zucchini race ramp. (I am sure he had a hand in the IT as well.) Then thank you to all the gardeners who made soups and other goodies and were ready to be on hand at the event. I am also disappointed that our speakers didn’t have a chance to impart their knowledge. So many comments I have heard are centered around the classes that we offer and how grateful they are that we do them. I am also grateful to Bobby Starr for his offering to be a part of our event entertainment.

We promoted the event with flyers put up at various businesses, and I was interviewed on KCYL by Angel Garcia. The Lampasas Dispatch also had an article in their paper the week before the event. It was so good that I used it for our Radiogram ad.

Besides the event, I sent out around 150 fundraising letters which garnered $3,550 to date! I hope to receive more donations from those that said they wanted to donate. This is something to be grateful for, for sure!

We did not get the Rosendin Foundation grant of $10,000 that I wrote to get a large water collection system. I’m giving Renee a copy of their letter.

With the last couple of rains, both rain barrels are FULL! Many thanks to Zalena, Mabel, and others who worked to rid the garden beds and walkways of grass. Mabel brought out her weed eater and whacked the grasses around the fence line. Jim and I painted the cans and labeled them so they are more distinguishable as to their content.

The garden seems to have survived the hailstorm we had on Friday. The veggies are growing, and the gardeners are out gathering their bounty. Many of us have started to cover our beds in preparation for the close-to-freezing weather.

If we can get fruit trees donated, this is a good time to be planting them.

Friday, October 14, 2022

President & Site Coordinator's Report

October 13, 2022, by Janet Crozier

The gardens are growing. For those of us who have persevered over the summer months, it is paying off. A couple of gardeners have left, but most have stuck it out and are now seeing the benefits of hanging in there. We are actually seeing TOMATOES!

I gave a Square Foot Gardening Class on September 8 with 10 people attending. As a result, we have new gardeners, Candy and Bob Stockman. Bob has really taken to SFG gardening. He literally grows by the book.

I met with Krista Spurgeon on September 20 to work on a tentative budget. We defined the Chart of Accounts and set the budget based on this year’s expenditures. We will present it for recommendations and approval at the board meeting.

I received notice that the LCRA grant was declined. We did go to the final stage for consideration; however, we were competing with an overwhelming amount of grant applications according to the email I received. We were invited to reapply at the next cycle.

The mayor called and asked if we would consider speaking at the Fall Fest to be held on October 8. I offered that I would talk briefly about the community garden and our upcoming Fall fundraiser and let our instructors have the majority of the time to present a synopsis of their classes on herbs and nutrition. Krista Spurgeon and Janina Lecker were very effective as so many people came to our booth and inundated them with questions.

I was so pleased with the response from our gardeners who came to help set up and took 2-hour stints throughout the event, then stayed to tear down and disburse the leftover plants and event equipment. I have to give Krista high praise for devising a schedule and follow-up template that we can use for other events. I also want to give thanks to Julie, Layne, and Krista for potting up plants for the plant sale.

I put together a tub of gardening goodies for a raffle. Jo Metter won the raffle and was so delighted with her winnings. She is new to Lampasas and is interested in our community garden. The raffle brought in $86, the plant sale garnered $36 in sales, and 3 Square Foot Gardening books brought in $60. I deposited $182.

We have an orchard! Lucien Hodges owner of H&H Tree Service donated a 5-gallon tub with a plum tree. I purchased another plum from Wright’s nursery to be sure we had a pollinator. Lucien sent his crew over and planted them both. These trees will need to be watered often until they get established.

Now we need to plan the November 12, It’s Fall Y’all Event. Again, we will need all hands on board.

Monday, September 12, 2022

President's and Site Coordinator's Report

September 8, 2022, by Janet Crozier

It 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.

Friday, September 2, 2022

President's Report

August 19, 2022, by Janet Crozier, president and Certified SFG Instructor.

This has been a busy month with a lot of deadlines for grants and notifications for workdays and our annual gardeners’ meeting. In the midst of this, Nancy Love resigned as treasurer due to a family crisis. Fortunately, Geoffrey and Krista Spurgeon offered to be co-treasurers. Geoff comes in with a lot of business expertise and Krista is very detail oriented. The added bonus is that they are good gardeners. It was important to me to have someone/s that are acquainted with the needs of the garden and will be able to bring those needs to my attention. So welcome aboard Geoff and Krista.

We have been talking about a raised bed area to service the physically challenged for some time. Potential gardeners either in wheelchairs or those who have mobility problems that keep them from bending or kneeling have asked for this. Chris Eicher, the Parks Board director, offered some help in finding a way to make this happen. Having an ADA-compliant walk from the parking lot to the garden area will be provided by the Parks Dept. The plan is to remove the fence that butts up to the swimming pool and replace it with a gate that will allow gardeners to come in, leaving the current gate available to trucks and carts.

The flattish area next to the fence measures 14’ X 45’ long. It was decided that that is the best location for these raised beds. Mr. Dibble, a concrete contractor, gave us a quote that includes all the ADA requirements. He comes with a lot of experience and has done extensive work with the city.

LCRA (Lower Colorado River Authority) was offering grants for projects such as this. With the help of Geoff and Krista and suggestions from Sheila Slagel with LCRA, we were able to complete the grant and send it off before the end of the month. We were required to provide 20% of the grant amount and show evidence of that.

During the Spring Ho event, I just happened to run into Kelvin Barkowsky, the president of First Texas Bank. I had mentioned to him previously our desire to work on this ADA-compliant project after the pavilion was completed. He reiterated his desire to help with this and asked me to come to the bank and discuss how they could help. I met with him the next week and he offered $5,000 with the approval of the Bank’s BOD. He called and said the bank would give $2,500 immediately and another after the first of the year. He said that they would possibly provide $2,500 each year after that. Mr. Barkowsky contacted Mike Irvin and asked him to donate a small shed, which he agreed to do after the concrete is laid down.

I wrote another grant to the Square Foot Gardening Foundation for $2,000. That was mailed off this week.

We should be hearing from the Rosendin Foundation regarding a grant I wrote in February for the water collection tank that we have been talking about for some time.

We have had Krista Spurgeon and Janina Lecker, both gardeners provide wonderful classes with attendances of around 10 people respectively. Karen DeZarn will round out the month with a class on preservation of the harvest on August 30. I passed out flyers to a few businesses, the pregnancy center, and bought an ad in the Radiogram, but was not allowed to place a flyer at the library because we were charging. I heard the same excuse from the Radiogram.

We have had 2 workday sessions on Saturday mornings with only a few gardeners attending. I had hoped by having the workdays early (8:00 am), we would have a good turnout, but those that came accomplished a lot, but we still have more to do. With cooler weather coming, perhaps it will be easier to get willing workers.

Monday, August 8, 2022

Meal Makeovers & Food Preservation

Event by Lampasas Community GardensNourished & Fed and Janina 'Kelly' LeckerWish you could make your favorite meal, but you know it's not, "good for you"? Do you have certain dietary requirements that result in frustration and back-sliding? Come join Janina in learning how to remake favorite dishes to be just as tasty and satisfying but more whole foods based and nutritious. Make sure you RSVP to save your spot! Email or RSVP on Facebook.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Donation from First Texas Bank

THANK YOU to First Texas Bank of Lampasas for their generous donation of $2,500 for ADA-compliant garden beds in Lampasas Community Gardens. They have committed to another $2,500 in 2023 too! We are eternally grateful for their support.

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Certificate of Special Recognition

Lampasas Community Gardens was honored today by the Cen-Tex Sustainable Communities Partnership and given a Certificate of Special Recognition by US House Representative, John R. Carter, Tx District 31.