CCOW City Farms meeting 2-21-2012

Concerned Citizens of Woodberry Meeting
Tuesday, Feb. 21   6:30     WJZ-TV
Rockrose/Hooper Garden Plots

Attendance:  13
Guest Speakers:  Fran Spero and Coleen McCarty of Baltimore City Recreation and Parks

As a result of the evening’s presentation the garden plots at the end of Clipper Road, will officially become part of the 2012 Baltimore City Farms program. Each plot is about 150 sq.ft.   Annual rental cost is $30.  Participants are responsible for the tilling, planting and seasonal maintantence of their plot as well as the common area.  The current configuration allows for about 20+ plots.   The Nelson’s will continue with gardening for their Church’s food bank, with the balance of plots available to the community.

Plots are under the coordination of Coleen McCarty, City Farms Coordinator

A water line will be run from the water main adjacent to the Nelson’s home.  The line will be underground, will terminate near the present fenced garden area, and have a spigot and some type of locking devise.  A combination lock is often used so that participants have access.
Coleen will continue her investigation about creating a cistern at the site.   Because the line will be underground, it is not anticipated that it will interfere with the Gwynn’s Falls Bike trail.

A wheel barrel and hose will be provided as well as a lockable storage box for tools (not provided).

The Nelson’s will monitor the security of the lot and hold the key to the gated driveway entry.   With the completion of the bike path in that section, it is anticipated that increased activity will also deter potential vandalism.

For the 2012 season, gardeners will need to make do with the current deer fence, as funding for a chain link fence is not in this year’s budget.   Target for the new fence would be 2013 season.
$10 key deposit will not be required this year.

Wood Chips are provided for the walkways (spread by the participants).

Participants must adhere to the Guidelines which include deadlines for developing the garden and clearing the garden at the end of the season.  Guidelines also address curtsey and respect for other participants.   Coleen monitor’s garden activities and if necessary contacts a renter to resolve an issue.

Discussion on the potential future size and number of plots was tabled, as this is a foundation year and no way of gauging demand.  Coleen indicated that the best areas are about 30 plots and gardens tend to be more engaged among themselves.

George Figgs of lower Druid Park Drive owes a tiller and will till a plot for a small fee.

City Farms Contract