October Garden News

photo credit: Baby Pumpkin by RachelMadera Garden Work Day
Saturday, October 15th, 2011
12:00pm – 2:00pm

Hello Everyone,

The Madera Garden website has been updated for the month of October.  Please scope out the photos taken by students at lunch and mark your calendar for our Saturday, October 15th work day from 12-2.

Also, we had our garden committee meeting last week – thanks to those of you who attended.  I have attached a copy of the overview we developed that will be presented to the PTA next week.  Take a look and if you feel like it send me some feedback.  Rather than type up additional minutes, I thought I would share just a couple of the most important items we discussed:

1. We are going to be getting a collapsible canopy with removable sides that will help protect classes from wind and light rain when in the garden.  This is our short term, non-permanent solution while we work with the district to install a permanent shade structure.  (Thanks to Matt Reed for making this happen.)

2. We discussed various ways to fund garden projects – advertising for local business partners on the shade structure, creating more items for the auction, etc.

3.  Some of the faculty have expressed an interest in the having chickens at Madera.  We will start looking into district policies and city ordinances regarding the matter.  (Thanks to Laura Schooley for taking the lead on this research.)

4.  We started the conversation about how to “green” Madera.  There is a lot of talk about sustainability right now, and we wanted to start figuring out what it means for our school.  We agreed that this needed to be a multi-year plan that is composed of a bunch of smaller “do-able” phases.  The first priority would be to turn currently unmaintained outdoor spaces into kid-friendly areas that feature mostly bay-friendly plantings.  We discussed the idea of butterfly gardens, bird habitats, class meeting areas, observation points, pizza ovens, pulling up black-top, creating imaginative play structures, and more.  And finally we talked about the long term sustainability of the garden coordinator position.  If  you are interested in being part of this conversation as we go forward, please let me know.

That it is for now.  Please scope out the website and come on out to our October Work Day!