October 17th 2008
Meeting called for a community garden
With news now full of the impending recession and with the increasing need to build more sustainable and less fuel-dependent food supplies, Magnetic Islanders might well take notice of a meeting, planned for Saturday October 25th, to take a step further, recent discussions within the Community Development Association (MICDA), towards creating a community garden.
MICDA President Lorna Hempstead told Magnetic Times, "There has been great interest in the suggestion to create a community garden, so we thought we would get everyone together and share some ideas."
Lorna has listed a few talking points.
"Probably the most important is the need to identify a suitable block of land in public ownership. We need to think about what suits people best or whether the location in any one bay would stop other bay residents from joining in.
"Then matters such as:
*What are you interested in growing (vegs, fruit trees, flowers, herbs)?
*What part would you like to play ("just a gardener" or "willing to work on the design," or willing to help with some admin" etc)?
*How should any facility be organised?
*Public Liability insurance, etc. (can be via the Community Development Assoc)
"We probably won't resolve all these matters at the first meeting - but let's have plenty to discuss and get enthusiastic about," she said.
Lorna will be opening her house for the meeting and interested locals are invited to the meeting at 3, The Esplanade Nelly, (the "no through road", southern end - the highset house -easy parking outside) on Saturday morning 25th October at 11.30am. The meeting is planned to take no longer than one hour.
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