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2012 writings by Robin
Monday, October 10, 2011
Writings by Robin, Bay Community Gardener
Monday, August 1, 2011
If you haven’t been to the garden yet, take a stroll through. You won’t regret it. Escape your worries and let the Community Garden work its magic on you too. Your troubles will be lighter when you leave.
Writings by Robin - a Bay community gardener
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Writing by Robin - a Bay Community Gardener
Sunday, May 15, 2011
This year’s event will be on Saturday, May 28th, from 5-11 PM at the Bay Lodge, 492 Bradley Road. Over 10 teams will face off to bring you the best ribs of the year! Enjoy the rib tasting and be a part of the judging. There will be celebrity judging for the best ribs, plus a People’s Choice Award , with prizes for 1st ($500), 2nd ($250), and 3rd ($100).
This is the second Rib Rockin’ Raffle to be held at the Bay Lodge. The event is a great evening of fun and entertainment. Live local music will be provided by Hypnotic Dog. Also featured is a silent auction with all kinds of unique packages and products from local merchants to bid on. The $50 ticket price also allows you to try your luck in the reverse raffle for a grand prize of $1000.
The Rib Rockin’ Raffle benefits the Bay Skate & Bike Park, and is brought to you by Savannah Bar & Grill, 30676 Detroit in Westlake. To purchase your tickets, enter a rib team, donate to the silent auction, or be a sponsor , contact John Underation at 330-607-2477. Tickets to attend the event are $50 each.
Monday, April 25, 2011
A brief update was given on the Bay Community Garden by Bob Shields. To date, 120 plots have been spoken for with only a few remaining plots available. There has been a change in rules this year where community gardeners are being asked to provide 1-2 hours of service within the garden each month to help with general maintenance such as grass cutting and tending to common areas like the sunflower garden and pumpkin patch. So far, the response for volunteers has been incredible. Residents at The Knickerbocker want to get in on the gardening action as well and have requested 7, one-half plots (so, 3.5 beds)—the beds need to be raised to around 30 inches. Bob is looking for individuals or groups to help with labor and materials. If you are interested in helping out, please email Bob at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers are needed for 2 upcoming GT events—May 5th for the Bike-to-School Safety Fair from 6:30-8:30 PM at the Bay Middle School. Volunteers are needed to set up the table and promote Green activities. On Saturday, May 21st the 4th Annual Waterway clean-up is planned with Bay High School Project Earth Club from 11 AM-2 PM. Eryn Whistler, the Project Earth adviser, would like to expand the clean up beyond the waterways, and is looking for adult volunteers to assist the students in specific areas. Anyone interested, please contact the GT at: email@example.com.
Our next regular monthly meeting will be Tuesday, May 10 at the Bay Community House beginning at 6:30. Make a difference, get involved!
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Writing by Robin - a Bay Community Gardener
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
We were joined at this month's meeting by Amy Roskilly of the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conversation District and Suzanne Krippel and Jill Lis from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health to review a grant that they have received from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to conduct a study of the Huntington Beach water shed. The goal of the study is to improve the water quality at Huntington Beach by reducing pathogen inputs (e-coli) from the surrounding water shed (Porter Creek). The contamination sources will be identified, and an action plan to address them (possibly with future grants) will be developed. The study covers 2 years and will look at e-coli levels in the water. In the first year, the storm sewer fall outs that contribute the most contamination will be identified and samples will be taken, particularly when it rains. The University of Toledo will be doing an in-depth study of the samples. In the second year, the surface water where there are a lot of impervious surfaces will be sampled. The results of the study will be published under the Great Lakes Accountability Systems (GLAS).
Amy and Suzanne are also involved in the education of residents around storm water management. There are simple steps that individuals can take to reduce storm water run off, including rain barrels (make one at our upcoming workshop), rain gardens, reduce impervious surfaces on driveways, wash your car on the lawn, plant trees, etc.
After the presentation, the Green Team discussed the fact that there is a volume problem with storm water, even without the contamination. Case in point—the significant flooding that occurred on Porter Creek in February and early March. The development that replaces trees and soil with impervious surfaces (concrete) is a large contributor to the volume problems with the water shed.
Cornelia Ryan provided information on the native plants of the year, from the Lake Erie Allegheny Partnership for Biodiversity. Invasive species pose some of the greatest threats to the biodiversity of our region. By planting native plants, you will see many benefits, including: Attract native wildlife, reduce erosion, less fertilizer and watering, and connect people to nature. The native plants featured for 2011 are: Blazing Star (Liatris spicata), Allegheny Serviceberry (Amelanchier laevis), and Common Winterberry (Ilex verticillata)
Mark your calendar for these BVGT Upcoming Events:
Wednesday, April 13---7-8:30 PM—Compost Seminar—Bay Community House
Saturday, April 16---9 AM-5 PM—Habitat for Humanity Drop Off—Police Station
Wednesday, April 27---7-8:30 PM—Rain Barrel Workshop—Bay Community House
Saturday, May 21---9 AM-5 PM—Habitat for Humanity Drop Off—Police Station
Saturday, May 21---10:30 AM-2 PM—Annual Waterway Cleanup
For a complete set of Minutes from the March 8th meeting email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Join us at our next regular GT meeting on Tuesday, April 12th, 6:30 PM, at the Bay Community House.
Make a difference, get involved!
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Spring is a great time to start a compost pile. All you need is a sunny spot in the backyard and you’ll be able to create a compost pile using a mix of “brown” and “green” materials.
Backyard composting is a key to reducing the waste that goes to the land fill. When the organic matter such as kitchen and yard waste go to the landfill, the nutrients are not returned to the soil. Through composting, you reuse valuable materials by returning the nutrients from the food you eat and the plant material in your yard back to the soil. According to the EPA, nearly 25% of all waste that goes to the land fills is compostable.
What can be composted?
The compost process adds 1-2 parts GREEN materials with 2-3 parts BROWN materials.
· Green (organic) materials include: Plant clippings, vegetable scraps, fruit scraps, flowers, grass clippings, coffee grounds, tea bags
· Brown (organic) materials include: Dead leaves, straw, sawdust, wood chips, shredded newspaper, dryer/vacuum lint, nut shells
A properly maintained compost pile will have an “earthy” smell and will provide you with a free source of valuable organic soil amendments to use in place of fertilizers.
Come and join Kathy Rocco of the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District on Wednesday, April 13, 7-8:30 PM to learn all about backyard composting. The Seminar will be held at the Bay Community House, 303 Cahoon Road, in Bay Village and is open to the public. The seminar is free and there will be two styles of outdoor compost bins available for purchase at a discounted price of $50 each. There is also a compost scrap pail for $5. (Cash or check only).
Contact Warren Remein email@example.com