Meeting Minutes – March 13, 2017

Attending:  Heike, Cari, Lisa, Samantha, Ken, Hazel, Manaar and guests Shelley & Sierra (Calgary Eats)

Meeting commenced at 6:05 PM and adjourned at 8:10 PM.

Samantha reports that the “Spring UP! For the Renfrew Community Garden” planned for Friday, March 24, 2017 at 7:00 PM is on track!  Ticket sales are awesome, food donations are coming in from Blush Lane, our local Community Co-op and Boogie Burgers!  There will be beer and burgers (gluten free and vegetarian options are available).  The party planners would like to use the fridge.  The party will not be using the stage if the event is held upstairs.  There is an Insect Condo project for the kids for an extra charge of $5 to cover the costs.

Heike reports that she is waiting to hear back from the Calgary Herald/Sun newspapers regarding the spring gardening insert.  Other candidates to spread the word include the Swerve website, AB Views Magazine, Crossroads Community (to hang a poster), Winston Heights Community (to hang a poster).  We are hanging posters all around town.  Heike phone some lumber suppliers and found that a 12 foot long 4×6 cedar plank costs $50.  Wood order calculations have been done, but needs to be checked over by a third party.

Sierra suggests that the City Palate is a great place to place an ad, but the deadline is 1 month before publications are released.

Lisa reported that she & Cari met with the Kiwanis Club to present the Renfrew Community Garden.  The Kiwanis Club has asked us to present a letter to them outlining what they can do to support the garden, and this letter is in progress.  Grant applications are getting completed like crazy:  2017 Coop Community Spaces Grant, Soul of the City Neighbour Grant, First Calgary Financial Act Local Grant, Tree Canada Edible Tree Grant, Alberta Culture & Tourism Community Initiatives Grants (Alberta Canada 150 Grant and the Project-Based Grant), and others still in progress.  Also this BLOG has been updated with the Raised Garden Bed sizes and rental rates for 2017 under the Registration Form tab.

The group agreed that we would not offer a PRO-RATED rental rate on beds this summer.