Friday, March 24, 2023

LCG President's Report by Janet Crozier

The LCG has garnered a lot of attention recently. I was asked to speak about the community garden at the Kiwanis Club on March 1. The Lampasas Public Library invited me to offer a class on Square Foot Gardening at the library on March 8. After the class, we walked over to the gardens and toured the beds.

On March 18, a class on botany was held at the gardens for kids ages 6-8, some younger. They learned how plants evolve from seeds and what is required to help them grow. It was well attended.

To date, we have 4 new active gardeners. Eve French and her sidekick, Becky Smith, Kenya Martin, Lindzey Jackson, and Elaine Turley. Kenya’s mom is also interested in becoming a gardener. She has been helping Kenya and got the bug.

Our Kickoff was a success! It was held at the Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall which proved to be a great venue for potlucks and perhaps food tastings. This event aside from the potluck was very fruitful. Many of our gardeners attended and brought seeds to share and exchange, but the highlighted feature was the social aspect of the event. This was an opportunity for the gardeners to get to know one another. Many of them were neighbors and didn’t know it.

Several Master Gardeners were in attendance as well as Gail Eltroth, their volunteer coordinator. They offered their volunteer service to us. They offered to take over the pollinator garden and beautify it as well as help with other areas in the garden that need attention.

Speaking of volunteers, on Sunday, March 12, the teenagers from the Methodist Church came by and helped create Mel’s Mix for the small boxes to be used for the library kids to plant seeds in the following week. They also worked on the compost pile and Bob had several of them cleaning out some of the beds and walkways by pulling weeds.

I still am looking for more Board Members to help fill in the gaps in our current board. We need a fundraiser and publicity chair. I am especially looking for someone with the passion for what we are trying to accomplish, namely to help people learn to garden and learn about nutritious food in order to live a healthy lifestyle. We will discuss this more in our board meeting.