Rose RootZone Aug 2022 Iss. 3

Greetings Gardeners and Friends of Rose Roots,

The garden is going gangbusters! Even with the pesky mildew, ravenous beetles, and fat hornworms, hundreds of pounds of produce are being harvested daily in our garden and boy do those tomatoes, broccoli, zucchini, chard, tomatillos, dahlias, squash, artichokes, lettuce etc etc etc look beautiful and delicious! Not only are you supporting and endorsing healthy eating for your families and providing a colorful lush backdrop for the community pathway, you are also providing produce for the Community Table and Veggie Van, and supporting so many pollinators! We have seen monarchs sitting on milkweed, goldfinches loving the sunflowers, and honeybees enjoying the stunning array of flowers. You give back to your community in so many ways. Thank you.

Below are some Updates.

Westside Landscaping Project Update

On August 13th, 14th and 18th, we tallied up 50.5 volunteer hours as we proceeded to work on implementing the West Side Project. With the rough grading completed we were able to fine grade the farm to table picnic area pathways, set landscape edging, roll out weed barrier fabric and move about half of the crusher fines. We even removed one dead tree and watered our BIG compost pile!

Round 1

Thanks to Maggie Alcorn, Steve Wheeler, Tom Glum, Kendra Eliason, Jason Anderson, Rich and Joan Jarboe, Joan Carroll, Jessica Rankosky, Donna Neill Margaret Jacot, Erin Newton, and Grayson and Julian Inman for working hard in the extreme heat of summer. Many of you kept coming back on successive days and for that we are extremely grateful.

Round 2

On Aug 18, 20 and 21 another 45 hours was donated and much progress was made with the help of more zealous, fun loving hardworking volunteers! Thank you to all the volunteers who have shown up with happy hearts and busy hands and banded together joyfully to help beautify our neighborhood and community. We enjoyed seeing Patty Sacks, Erin Newton, Joan Carroll, Christie Moran, Carrie and Ryan Nakamoto, Pam and Patrice Burns, Curt and Cindee Donohue, Barb Mutnan, Grayson and Julian Inman, Nolan and Aidan Parker, Maggie Alcorn, Steve Wheeler, Kathy Kelly, Jason Andersen, Katie Meis, Joan Carroll, Brian Seatek, and Shannon Sawer. We have such a wonderful group of gardeners working to nourish the environment and grow community and we appreciate each and every one of you.

Round 3

On Aug 25, 27, and 28 we had many of the same hard workers along with DUG CORP members Lauren and Sydney raking, moving rocks, and completing the final gravel spreading to create the community gathering space, ADA access to the portalet, and pathways. On these last three days volunteers logged over 70 hours and we were happy to see Joan Carroll, Kendra Eliason, Katie Meis, Barb Mutnan, Danae Davison, Margaret Jacot, Jessica Rankoski, Lauren Groth, Patty Sacks, Erin Newton, Cydnie Wilson, Grayson Inman, Carol Fabrizio, Analou Lopez, Jerry Schultz, CJ McCormant, Julie Lesnick and Donna Neill. Again, thank you all for your dedicated work! We have had so much positive feedback from community and gardeners who are excited to see the project coming together!

Next Steps:

  • Recruit funds for tree and drought resistant ground cover, and select species

  • Recruit partners in Arvada's Arts Commission to help source a sculpture centerpiece

  • Recruit a creative engineering team to build an archway to support climbing rose vines as an entryway to the space.

  • Seeding of wildflowers and meadow grasses and limited planting of pollinator perennials will be scheduled in early September and October.

Westside Work Parties-What a Crew!

Dates: Aug 13, 14, 18, 20, 21, 25, 27, 28

August Steering Committee Meeting Minutes

Here is a link to our draft minutes. Once approved at our next meeting, these will be available on our website. Thank you all who attended and provided helpful feedback.

Rose Roots Financial Summary

Here is our 2022 Season Budget with expenses reflected. In summary, we are doing well!

The Rose Roots Community Garden Steering Committee prides itself on closely monitoring how garden money is spent. For the past ten years, the garden has operated primarily from the revenue generated from the sale of garden plots.

Each year, this revenue has been used to fix and maintain each plot, along with the barn and tool sheds. The revenue is also used to purchase and maintain the wheelbarrows, carts, and garden equipment. And of course, there are operating costs such as water, electricity, maintenance of the portalet, and trash roll off.

As a result of careful and thoughtful spending, each year the garden has seen a substantial carryover of funds. This is attributed to the steering committee members of the past and present using sound accounting practices.

At the beginning of 2022, the garden budget rose to $13,210.22. This amount is a result of the carryover of funds in the amount of $9,157.22, coupled by $4,053 from the sale of garden plot fees.

To date, a total of $4,181.40 (actuals) has been spent from the $13,210.22 budgeted. With a little over two months of the growing season left, Rose Roots will once again enjoy a carryover of funds.

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