last post, is being donated by the City). We will work with our neighbor, Kimball Farms, on the delivery of Com-Til. Melinda tells me that they would like a truck load as well, so I’ll confirm that with Pastor Brown before ordering it. We also approved funds to get our tiller repaired so that we can till the Com-Til into the soil (along with the shredded leaves that we spread on most of the plots last Fall). We had a discussion about how to transport the tiller (because it is very heavy to lift it into the back of a truck). I reported that Ken volunteered his trailer, but my car doesn’t have a hitch. Neither does Frank’s truck. Cathy’s vehicles, however, have hitches. Even better, Cathy owns a ramp so that we could push it up into a truck. She and Frank will coordinate to get the tiller to Como Mowers on Indianola in Clintonville.
Fundraising. We’re not planning on applying for any grant funds this year. Nonetheless, we need to consider some fundraising. We have $457 in our bank account (which is typical) and a summary of our cash revenue and expenses from 2015 was distributed. Most of our donations are in-kind (i.e., stuff). Kroger Rewards has been a great source of income, especially considering that only two of us have registered our Kroger cards. We discussed ways of increasing our Kroger and Amazon Smile revenue (through buying gift certificates at Krogers for things we buy anyway). We also considered selling produce to raise funds. I hate to remove produce from our charitable donations and there is potential liability from selling produce that does not exist from giving it away. We also discussed holding a joint fundraiser event with other nearby community gardens. I’m usually exhausted by November and we need to plan for these things months in advance. The most realistic time to hold them would be in February or March, which means we’d need to start the planning in October or November. Cathy suggested that we just move the fundraiser until June, so that I could delay the planning until after Xmas. Maybe. Our best fundraiser to date was raffling off the garden cart that we won when we were Sustainable Garden of the Year. If we got something else that valuable donated, we could have another raffle.