Sunday, March 29, 2009

Green Acres Real Estate Update - 3.29.09

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

GANG - Workshop #1

What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday - with neighbors and new friends taking the first steps toward a sustainable garden. Ann says it much better than me, so check out her blog post about the day. It was truly inspiring and exciting to see community in action.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

March GANA meeting and potluck

Time: Potluck begins at 6:30pm with meeting to follow
Location: Kindly hosted by Al & Kathy Ruesink, 2605 E Fifth Street

Topics discussed: 3rd street sidewalk,update on Dekist garden project, special guests for April meeting

Neighbors Present: Rob Archangel, John & Jessica Gaus, Ann Kreilkamp, Kathy & Al Ruesink, Georgia Schaich, Erik Schedler, Jane Spearman, Katie Zukof
Guests: Joe Fish, City of Bloomington Transportation Planner

The majority of the meeting was spent with Joe Fish discussing his project, the College Mall Pedestrian Accessibility Study. The study looked at the College Mall area from 3rd & High to Jackson Creek area. Joe shared maps for the study. One of the majors areas of concern for the neighborhood is the extension of the 3rd street sidewalks from High to College Mall on the north side of 3rd street. This extension is one of the major recommendations from this study. The study should be completed in the first part of 2009. Implementation of study recommendations will follow, however there is no timeline at this point. Joe encouraged neighbors to voice their support for the projects by contacting their city council representatives and city hall in general. For more imformation about the study, contact Joe at Neighbors wanted to know more about how the bypass extension would effect the intersection at 3rd and College Mall. Neighbors expressed many concerns regarding the bypass project. Unfortunately, the bypass project is handled by INDOT and as far as INDOT is concerned, the discussion period has passed and plans will go forward as is. Joe encouraged neigbhors to address concerns regarding the bypass to INDOT.

* Dekist garden project - the project has a name, Green Acres Neighborhood Garden (GANG) - Dekist. The workshop has been publicized in several outlets and an article will be in this weekend's Herald Times. There are 20 spots available for the workshop, so sign up soon if you are intersted as spots are filling quickly. Info
* Pick it up bags were made available to neighbors. See the February 2009 meeting notes for more information. If you were not at the meeting and would like some of these bags, let us know.
* April meeting special guests - Vickie Provine (HAND) and Nate Nickels (Planning) will be attending the April meeting to discuss our neighborhood plan. Note: due to a schedule conflict, Vickie and Nate will attend the May meeting instead of the April meeting.
* April meeting date and location - Tuesday, April 14th at Jane and John's, 2611 E 5th Street; potluck begins at 6:30pm with meeting to follow

Respectfully submitted by Jane

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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Green Acres Real Estate Update - 3.8.09

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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Come join the GANG! Green Acres Neighborhood Garden

Green Acres Neighborhood Association is excited to present a new series of eight monthly workshops open to Green Acres residents, the Bloomington Permaculture Guild, and the general public. Participants will learn how to grow a permaculture garden in our local area from seed to harvest. In addition, anyone who agrees to help maintain the garden between workshops will be entitled to participate in its bounty.

The purpose of this Green Acres initiative is threefold:
* To promote connectivity, food security, and celebration in our neighborhood and to encourage other neighborhoods to do the same.
* To promote permaculture principles and practice by demonstrating the creation of a neighborhood garden.
* To promote the concept of public/private collaboration for the common good.

Where: 2601 E. Dekist
When: March 28, April 25-26, May 23, June 27-28, July 25, August 22, September 26, October 24
Fees: $100 for all eight workshops or $15 per class day, neighbor and volunteer discounts available
SPACE IS LIMITED to twenty participants; contact Ann Kreilkamp by March 14 at 334-1987 or to register for the workshops or with any questions about the workshops.

Details of each workshop are in the full post.

Green Acres Neighborhood Garden
2009 Monthly Workshops

Saturday, March 28, 10am - 4pm
Getting Grounded in the Earth:
Planting and Transplanting Useful Trees and Shrubs
The condiditons of a planting site are as important as the plant. Soil type and drainage, available water and sunlight, exposure to drying winds, winter stresses, predation, and other factors must be considered. Matching the needs of the plant to the site increases survivability, performance, and longevity.
At this event we will be learning how to transplant shrubs to new locations and how to plant new fruiting shrubs and trees. A short lecture/slideshow (with handouts) opens the day and then we will move directly into the landscape for hands-on planting and transplating demonstrations. 12:30 pm - BYO lunch (refreshments provided)
Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26, 10am - 5pm
A Carpet Sandwich, Please - Hold the Water:
Small Pond Construction for Rainwater Catchment and Irrigation
The hole has already been dug, so the remaining tasks are a breeze. Learn all about shaping the sides and bottom, lining with a carpet/plastic/carpet sandwich, installing stone edging, creating a silt trap/wetland bog, installing edible and flowering water and bog plants and finishing touches.
Lecture and slideshow (with handouts) at the start of the first day and hands on tasks for remainder with breaks at 12:30 for BYO lunch (snacks and refreshments provided).
Saturday, May 23, 10am - 5pm
Mulch Ado About Something Delicious:
The Lasagna Style Instant No-Dig Garden
People complain about having black thumbs in the garden. In fact, that's the right color. When we focus on feeding and growing soil the earth gets blacker. Healthier soil means healthier plants (and healthier people too). You can have a grean AND black thumb without an aching back and learn to make, in a few short hours, an instant organic food garden that needs almost no weeding.
Learn how a small amount of additional garden work will develop, expand, mulch and plant existing beds that can be made using soil previously excavated from the pond and drainage earthworks. Lecture and slideshow (with handouts) at the start of the day and hands-on tasks for the remainder with break at 12:30 for BYO lunch (snacks and refreshments provided).
Saturday and Sunday, June 27 & 28, 9:30am - 5pm
The Fascinating, Fully-Featured, Fabulous, Functional, Ferrocement Fence
Learn through lecture, slideshow and demonstration how to build a beautiful, strong, long-lasting fence that will exclude deer, provide a trellis for grapes and espaliered fruit, including built-in seating, and create microclimates for sensitive plants. The technique, utilizing a skeleton of rebar and steel with a skin of mortar, has been used to build 300 ft long boats, water tanks, and houses.
We can teach you how, over the course of two days, to build a beautiful and functional garden element by attaching 6-inch rebar mesh to preinstalled rebar uprights and then applying mortar coats to both sides and finishing with a final earth tone-tinted coat of waterproofing cement. Your fence can be customized for your garden space and designed in an attractive wave pattern for extra strength, featuring alcoves for lighting and the potential for three-dimensional sculputural elements.
Lecture and slideshow (with handouts) at the start of day one and hands-on tasks for the remainder with breaks at 12:30 for BYO lunch (snacks and refreshments provided).
Saturday, July 25, 9am - 5:30pm
Planning, Prepping, and Planting for the Fall Garden
The "end" of the growing season is the best time for many of the garden's best yields, especially with early planning. Warm soil and cool breezes encourage rapid growth of many food crops and there's less concern about bugs and weeds. Fall is also a great time to add trees and shrubs when the warm soil nutures the new plants. This class will consider the species options, essential seeding and transplant tasks, and general garden prep for an extended and abundant fall harvest.
Lecture and slideshow (with handouts) at start of the day and hands-on tasks for remainder with break at 12:30 for BYO lunch (snacks and refreshments provided).
August 22, 9am-5:30pm
Drought- and Stress-proofing Your Home and Garden
The most important principles of drought-proof gardening are to understand your climate and microclimate, take good care of the soil, and select appropriate plants. In this class you will learn how to have happy, thriving plants in hot, dry periods as well as in the deep freeze of winter. We'll consider how to disease proof your garden too. We will also look at the strategies for stress-proofing your home through all the seasons.
Lecture and slideshow (with handouts) start the day and hands-on tasks for the remainder with break at 12:30 for BYO lunch (snacks and refreshments provided).
September 26, 9am - 5:30pm
Preserving the Harvest: Canning, Drying, and Fermentation for Food Security
Instant and fast "foods" have colonized the psyche of our culture and displaced the ancient arts of food preservation. We have thus become more dependant and less able to care for ourselves and families. The rising costs of production oblige us all to relearn and reclaim the skills that were commonplace to our elders. This one-day class will examine and apply the basic means of creating a food reserve for improved winter nutrition, lower food costs, and a healthier diet.
Lecture and slideshow (with handouts) at the start of the day and hands-on tasks for the remainder with break at 12:30 for BYO lunch (snacks and refreshments provided).
October 24, 9am - 5:30pm
Extending the Growing Season
The twin challenges of climate change and energy decline will require us to make the most of opportunities to lengthen both ends of the growing season. We'll take ca loste look at the multi-tude of options including cold and hot frames, cloches, greenhouses, wind barriers, heat islands, and other features. A wider array of plant choices can also so a long way to extend our food production. Year-round production is not out of the question for Indiana. We will explore several successful models thriving in much colder climates.
Lecture and slideshow (with handouts) at the start of the day and hands-on tasks for remainder with break at 12:30 for BYO lunch (snacks and refreshments provided).
Instructor and Project Director: Keith Johnson
botanist, gardener, and permaculturist;
Registrar and Project Manager: Ann Kreilkamp
2601 DeKist property owner and steward;
This Green Acres Neighborhood Garden (GANG) Initiative is sponsored by the Green Acres Neighborhood Association (GANA) in cooperation with The Bloomington Permaculture Guild, Transition Bloomington, Alliance for a Post-Petroleum Economy (APPLE), Renaissance Permaculture Farm, and Permaculture Activist magazine.

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