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October 2014
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2014 Annual Meeting
Pumpkins and Gourds!
Upcoming Board Elections
Gardens Close Saturday, October 18th
End of Season Harvest
October Events at Leslie Science and Nature Center

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2014 Annual Meeting

Project Grow's 2014 Annual Meeting will be Thursday, October 9th at 7 pm in the Nature House at Leslie Science and Nature Center.   The meeting will include an overview of what we have been doing, a financial report by our Treasurer Eric Meves, a chance for questions and answers, and board elections. Everyone is invited to attend although only Project Grow gardeners can vote in the board election.  


As an added treat, board members will be providing potluck desserts for everyone.  Eric will also be bringing and giving away some of the great pumpkins and gourds he grew this year at Airport.  


Hope to see you there

Pumpkins and Gourds!

These pumpkins and gourds were grown at our Airport garden site. Eric Meves, Airport site coordinator, is showing the site to gardeners this fall. The Airport site is located within the Ann Arbor Airport complex.  Entry is via a locked gate off of State St., about 1/4 mile south of the Ellsworth round-about and at the southern end of the security fence. 

Please email him at ericmeves@gmail.com to schedule a visit and to learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of this site.


Upcoming Board Elections

Project Grow is one of the few area non-profits that is member-driven (like a co-op) rather than director-driven. Unlike director-driven non-profits, the Project Grow Board is elected by the gardeners to represent their interests.


Each year, four people are elected to the Project Grow Board at our annual meeting. If any board members have resigned, then additional candidates may run to serve out the terms of the people who resigned. 


As a gardener, you are a member of Project Grow and are strongly encouraged to attend the annual meeting to meet other gardeners, the current Board and the candidates. As an added enticement for members to attend, Board members will be bringing a dessert potluck for everyone. Please bring your appetite but not a dessert!

The 2014 annual meeting is at 7:00pm on Thursday, October 9th, in the Nature House, at the Leslie Science Center at 1831 Traver in Ann Arbor. This year five people are running for Board positions. David Corsa, Joet Reoma, Pam Schwarzmann, and Marcella Trautmann are already on the board and would like to be re-elected to another three year term. . Dan Noble was appointed to fill out Craig Urwin's 2013-2016 term and is running to have that appointment confirmed by the membership.


Each board candidate submitted a short statement of why they would like to serve on the board and you can read the statements here.


Gardens Close Saturday, October 18th

Closing day for all Project Grow sites this year is the end of the day on Saturday, October 18th. Cleaning up your garden is a big job and we strongly encourage you to start now, so it can be accomplished in small, easy visits while the weather is good.

To help you know what to do, here is a checklist of items that need to be taken care of at all Project Grow sites before they close.  Please also check with your site coordinator for any site specific cleanup regulations or any work parties planned after the last day.  



  • Remove all fencing, cages, stakes, string, plastics and all other non-organic material from your garden and take them home with you. Do not place any material in sheds or anywhere around the garden without permission from your site coordinator. Please leave in place the numbered marker stakes put in by Project Grow in the spring to identify your plot.
  • Remove rock borders and large rocks and put them in designated rock piles.
  • Remove all tomatoes and diseased or once infected materials from your plot and discard at home.
  • Pull out all plants that have tough stalks or long vines, such as sunflowers, corn and pumpkins,and cut them into 12-inch pieces. These can be spread around your plot and will be tilled in later this fall. Similarly, chop all uninfected plant materials into 12-inch pieces and spread around your plot. Please do not leave them in piles or throw them outside the garden perimeter.
  • If you have unused bales of hay, spread them around your plot to facilitate tilling.   
  • On closing day, all annual plots should be ready for tilling.


  • Pull out dead annuals and weeds or cut them to the ground.
  • Remove all tomatoes and diseased or once infected materials from your plot and discard at home.
  • Cut uninfected plant materials into 12 inch pieces to compost in your plot, at home or spread on your garden.
  • Remove all stakes, trellises, tomato cages, etc. that are not in use and take them with you or store neatly in your plot.  
  • Remove all bottled liquids, fertilizers, soil supplements, etc., and take them home with you.
  • Clean up and weed pathways within and around your plot.
  • Help your site coordinator and fellow gardeners ready common areas for over-wintering.
  • Please do not leave tools on site through the winter.
  • On closing day, all perennial plots should have a neat appearance and be free of all non-organic materials that are not in use.

Failure to Clean Up 

Those who do not clean up will not be allowed to garden with Project Grow again.  If you know you will not be able to clean up your plot please contact kirk@projectgrowgardens.org

End of Season Harvest
by Kirk Jones, Managing Director, Project Grow

We are receiving a number of phone calls from garden visitors saying that plots are filled with rotting produce. One person even wondered if the gardener was ill and offered to harvest it and bring it to the gardener's home.  I always tell these callers the gardeners rent the space and the produce is theirs to harvest or waste.  

However, please try to keep up with the produce in your garden or let me know and we may be able to have a Gardening Angel pick it and donate to a food pantry.  I wanted to mention this because rotting produce in September no doubt encourages garden theft in August by garden visitors who tell themselves "they'll just let it rot anyway."  Keeping everything picked is also the first step to cleaning up your garden.  All the gardens close in only another two and a half weeks!


Events at Leslie Science and Nature Center for October


Cool events for adults and kids at LSNC this month!


The Nature of...Chocolate

Thursday, October 2 7:00-8:30 p.m. Adults, ages 15+; $8/person
Raptor Feeding

Saturdays, October 4, 11, 18, & 25 3:00-4:00 p.m. All ages. Free.
Critter House Open Hours

Sundays, October 5, 12, 19, & 26 Noon-3:00 p.m. All ages. Free.
Parents' Night Out - Astronomy Adventure

Saturday, October 4 5:00-9:00 p.m. 6-12 years old. $30/child; $25/child for LSNC Members.

Fall Flight

Sunday, October 5 1:00-2:00 p.m. All ages. $9/person or $34/family; $8/person or $30/family for LSNC Members.

Tykes Preschool Program - Fall Frenzy

Four Tuesdays: October 7, 14, 21, 28 9:00-11:00 a.m. Ages 4-5, caregivers welcome but not required; $50/child non-member; $45/child LSNC members.
Tiny Tots - Fall Fun

Tuesday, October 7 9:15-10:45 a.m. Ages 1-3; caregiver required. $8/child non-member; $7/child LSNC members.

Nature Tales - A Nutty Tale

Saturday, October 18 10:00-11:00 a.m. Ages 1-5; caregiver required. $4/child non-member; $3/child LSNC members.
An Evening With Sandhill Cranes

Saturday, October 18 2:00-6:00 p.m. All ages. $10/person or $38/family.

Fireside Fun - A Good Old-fashioned Campfire Circle

 Sunday, October 19 6:30-8:00 p.m. All ages - FREE!
Animal Haunts

Saturday, October 25 6:00-8:00 p.m. All ages. $9/person or $34/family; $8/person or $30/family for LSNC Members.


For the full press release on all these events, click here.