The Pine River-Backus Community Garden members recently hosted an annual meeting with approximately a dozen members present. The potluck prior to the meeting featured a variety of dishes made with kale, the community garden plant of the year. Dishes included curried kale, miso soup with kale, and chocolate cupcakes with kale, which all proved to be delicious.
Business included thanking out-going board members and welcoming new ones. Out-going board members included: Barbara Kaufman, Diane Norlin and Dan Kayser. New members include: Paul Virden (with Kelly Virden serving as stand-in sub as needed), and Quinn Swanson. There is still one opening on the board and we welcome interested persons to contact PR-B Community Education Director, Troy Gregory to indicate your interest. Meetings will begin in February/March 2013.
Volunteers recognized for their exceptional time and support included: Murel Backman for tilling many gardens and weed control; Fred Fey for tilling gardens, mowing through the summer and more; Lorna Koestner for soil testing, volunteer coordinating, working with the school garden, garden instruction and so much more; and Steve Norlin for assisting with garden plot markers and raised garden bed construction and set up. The new Golden Trowel Award for service above and beyond the call of duty went to Lorna Koestner, who served as Volunteer Coordinator and also took the lead with the School Garden harvesting and weeding and turning in the harvest to either the school kitchen for summer school lunch program or to the local food shelf.
The PR-B Community Garden hosted 23 gardeners this year growing a total of 33 plots. It is hoped to increase the rental / usage of plots next summer as the community garden continues to improve in soil quality with amendments and accessibility with raised garden beds. There is always room for improvement and the new board will continue to work on challenges to make the community gardening experience even more successful.
Plots are 15’x15’ and can be signed up for now for summer 2013 through PR-B Community Education. They are $10/plot or for sweat equity exchange of time. For more information contact PR-B Community Education at 218-587-2080.