The monthly meeting for Dallington Pollinators was held on April 29, 2013 at Oriole Fopodspace.
The following steering committee members were present;
Others: Kristen Wheatcroft – partner and host of the meeting
Anne Butt – volunteer member
1. Garden Updates:
A site meeting was held earlier during the day on site with the Parks supervisor and his crew. Councillor Shelley Carroll, Anna Hill from Parks People, Kristen Wheatcroft from Oriole Foodspace, Mary Matusoff from Dallington School and members of the Pollinators team were present. The design details were discussed at length and Ana, our designer has to work on a design with the parameters worked out at the meeting. Depending on the city budget, Solomon Boye will take the decision to go with the design in entirety or in phases for the first year.
Steering committee members approved the draft design by Ana at the 5.00pm meeting. Ana has incorporated design elements recommended by the participants and the Park supervisor and his team.
2. Walmart-evergreen green grants: Dallington Pollinators community garden has been awarded the Walmart-Evergreen award of $10,000 for the project.
3. TIFF- Toronto International Film Festival, has approached the city to host a family-friendly movie night at Dallington Park coinciding with the last day of school.
4. Opening ceremony: Ideas for the opening ceremony were discussed. The most viable option would be to host a pre-show event an hour prior to the movie. Movie/slide-show, lasting not more than a few minutes and encompassing timeline of the project, will also be looked into.
5. Volunteers and youth programs and as well as garden dates for planting and harvesting to be decided.
6. Letter-head: Ana has offered to work on a letter-head design for the Pollinators. It will include the following:
a. Logo 2. b.mail and website c. address
For the address, my current mailing address will be used as the school will not be able take on the responsibility of the garden mail especially as it will be closed for the summer months.
7. Nature Walks:
a) A group of Dallington pollinators had the chance to enjoy a Nature walk led by Phil Goodwin. It was extremely educational and informative and a chance to explore wilderness in the middle of the city! Phil Goodwin hosts regular walks throughout spring, summer and fall and if anyone is interested in taking part in any of the future walks do let us know.
b) Based on the theme of wellness and discovery in the city, we have arranged a walk for exploring the Lost rivers in the Leslie/Sheppard area. Once the date is finalised, the tentaive date being May 26th, we will post the relevant information on the website.This walk will be led by Helen Mills.
8. Time Commitment: As the garden is expected to be installed in June, we are requesting all the steering committee members to send us the number of hours they can commit to within a week/month, the days and timings in order to help us work out a work schedule.
During the school hours, garden will be accessible to the school children under supervision of the Garden coordinator and volunteers.
After school schedule/programs: Watering and weeding schedule will be posted at the entrance to the garden. Timings and days will be finalized once we receive the commitments from the steering committee members. Most probably the garden will be open to the public 3 days of the week including Saturdays as a some people in the neighborhood have shown interest to volunteer on Saturdays.
In the next few days, steering committee members will receive excel spreadsheet to mark the availability for the days, dates and timings for at least 4 months from the beginning of the garden season. we will really appreciate if the members could also include possible vacation dates.
Radmila has offered to assist the garden coordinator to set up a registration module for the volunteers for the garden and to build a volunteer program for the gardening year.
The next meeting will be held on 27th May, 2013 at Oriole Foodspace at 5.30 pm.