Because I was feeling a little overwhelmed, I created a list of proposed projects for this year.
Let’s use this as a guide for this weekend’s meeting to discuss upcoming projects. We may decide to defer some until next year or not do at all.
Let me know if I missed any.
|Chickens / Ducks||Lydia and chickenistas||Manage chickens and possibly ducks at Imani I and II||Start March 31||Chickens and ducks provide eggs for community, manure for compost, attract community to garden|
|Pistachio||Emmy Gaye||Play and educational outreach for kids 4-10||Kickoff April 27 Earthday, runs through summer||Helps support permaculture mission, increases traffic in garden, outreach to community|
|Community composting (IF FUNDED)||Emmy Gaye, Greg Todd||Create compost squad consisting of local residents who drop off food scraps to create compost for garden and personal use||Start late April||Increases compost for garden, engages community, supports permaculture mission|
|Rebuild greenhouse (IF FUNDED)||Greg Todd, Travis Frazelle, members and volunteers as needed||Create more permanent greenhouse structure using Lexan roof and heavy wooden structure||Late May||Extends our growing season, adds additional gardening capacity, educational opportunities during school year for local schools|
|Rain Garden||Garden members, volunteers||Build a rain garden for overflow from water storage tanks using a pit to bury loose rubble from gardens||Early May||Uses rubble that otherwise must be removed from gardens, adds a unique habitat to gardens, lessens habitat for insect pests|
|Complete Water Storage Connection Imani II (Already Funded)||Garden members||Connect 350 gallon water storage tank to adjacent house in Imani II||Late May||Decreases reliance on fire hydrants, decreases combined sewer overflow (CSO), supports permaculture mission|
|Solar powered aquaponics system||Greg Todd, Fabian Rosario||Expand capacity by adding solar panels, DC pump to existing system||As time and money permit||Demonstrates permaculture principles, yields fish for members, community|
|Cobb oven||Garden members, outside expert||Create cobb oven at front of Imani I||July, August||Increases community outreach, fun project for kids and adults, uses local materials|
|Lobster dinner||Garden members, volunteers||Steam lobsters and corn on bed of seaweed in Imani I, Our Lady of Charity||Late September, early October||Raises money for garden, community outreach, celebration and fun!|