May Showers.

A few big ticket items to report on this week.

First and foremost – we’re still waiting on the dykeland site. It’s a little frustrating, trying to bounce between people who might be able to get something done, only to find out you need to wait for them to clear it with someone else. But, as someone put it quite wellthe squeaky wheel is going to get the grease, so we’re going to keep squeaking. We’ve pushed back our timeline to hopefully getting into the ground on June 6. If we can get our hands dirty on the 6th, we’ll still have some time to plant, we’ll be able to publicize the date with some nifty groundbreaking ceremony complete with throngs of paparazzi and celebrity endorsements (shouldn’t be too hard to get an event like this onto CBC radio, I wouldn’t think). Keep your fingers crossed and feel free to write a letter to the University maybe – I can help point your eloquent interest in the right direction.

Some great news on the funding front. We’ve heard from the Nova Scotia Youth Conservation Corps…and we’re in! The NSYCC pays three quarters of the salary and benefits for a team of four full-time workers in July and August to help out with environmentally-related projects throughout the province, and we’re lucky enough to be one of those projects. This means that if we can raise about $3000 (one fourth of the value of this team), the province will match it with $9000, and we’ll get some funded positions for people to work on the garden full time! We’re going to scrimp and save and try to come  up with a few fundraising ideas for the next month to make up that 3 grand – if you’re feeling like what you’re really missing this spring is some good ol’ fashioned organizing, let us know and we’ll put you to work.

We finally have some photos up. The pictures of the seedlings are nice, to be sure, but they’re already obsolete. The plants are huge! We’re moving them outside on cooler days now to try to harden them off and get them ready for the blazing sun outside – they’ll be ready to go as soon as we have the go ahead on land.

Coming soon, some compost bin construction and planting in the demonstration garden. Design ideas for both projects are always welcome!

Keep the faith and enjoy the sun, our hands will be dirty soon.

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