GROW April 12 Meeting – Recap

Here’s a recap of the GROW April 12 meeting.  Nine people attended.

Plant Sale Update.  There were a total of eleven orders for the 2014 GROW Plant Sale.  Plant pick-up is Saturday, May 17, 9am-1pm at the 61st Street Farmers Market, 61st & Dorchester.  The vegetable starter plants are provided by Mike and Clare’s Farm who offer naturally grown vegetables from Harvard, IL.  Their farm is a vendor at the 61st Street Farmers Market.

Update regarding 61st Street Farmers Market – Market School.  Market School is a table reserved each week for information sharing at the farmers market.  An organization or individual can sign up to host one more Saturdays for the Market School.  GROW will be the Market School host on the following Saturdays: June 1, July 5, and Aug. 2.  Times will probably be from 9 am to Noon.  Contact us if you would like to help on one of these dates.  Most any topic relevant to Woodlawn greening, beautification or healthy eating is appropriate.

Announced Cottage Grove Hardware Support.  GROW met with Steve Huff, manager of Cottage Grove Hardware, 6830 S. Cottage Grove.  Cottage Grove Hardware will offer a discount on sales of supplies and material for designated GROW projects.  Contact us if you want to add your Woodlawn project as a GROW project that qualifies for the discount.  Note that this discount applies to in-store items, and also pre-approved on-line items on the Do It Best website.  Ask us about details regarding how to place an order.  Also, Cottage Grove Hardware has a sidewalk sale every Saturday morning through the summer.  GROW will set up a table at their sidewalk sale on some Saturdays, with plant swaps, gardening tips, etc.

GROW to assist DIG (Drexel Ingleside Group) at 62nd and Ingleside, the ‘concrete plaza’.  There are about 30 planters in the plaza.  Many could use a coat of paint.  Most of planters need help with improved plantings.  GROW volunteers will assist with this effort.

Reviewed Project Priorities / Volunteers.  See here for a description of GROW projects.  So far, we haven’t prioritized the project areas.  For now, mostly that will happen based on level of participation.