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                        Gardeners of Somerset Valley
May 2017					From: Mitch Greenbaum

NEXT "MEETING": Wednesday, May 17, 6:30 North Branch Reformed Church

Dear GOSV:

Inexplicably after a rather balmy winter NJ is experiencing another cold start to spring. Once again, this means conditions should be favorable for planting just about the time of the swap. Last Sunday at Duke Farms only one brave soul chose to get a quick start with tomatoes, based on the howling wind and chilly conditions waiting another week or two might have been a smarter decision. Looking ahead to next Wednesday, the forecast is for a more seasonable 70 degrees, not summer crop weather, still if it holds up a beautiful evening to meander around in the church parking lot. Things you might expect to find are:

Bulbs & Herbs

Pepper & Tomato Plants

Perennials & Annual Flowers

Guests are always welcome and plan to arrive around 6:30 PM. On beautiful evenings members tend to come early and mill about, a wonderful way to exchange information and hopes for the 2017 season.

If you ordered geraniums, flats or hanging baskets these can be picked up between 7:00 and 7:30 PM.

Great news, our scholarship student Eden Cohen has agreed to come by and make-up the program that was cancelled because of the March snowstorm. Called ‘Detroit Urban Farm Studio’, the population of this once thriving metropolis has declined from 2 million when it was known as the great ‘Motor City’ to an astoundingly low 675,000. Comprised of 140 square miles this means lots and lots of empty acreage, a terrible blight for this once proud city. The project studies ways of putting this land into cultivation for food and tree crop use. Thoughts of a reverse industrial revolution come to mind when previously car manufacturing brought families from the farm to work in factories and now urban areas in order to survive may become micro-farming communities. This sounds like an incredibly relevant topic we can hear about first-hand.

Sorry to have to report that after displaying the Garden Club flyers at Duke Farms and the Readington Public Library so far no one come forward with interest in our organization. The season is still young, perhaps might see some activity over the next few weeks. This just makes it all the more important that we have a great turnout next Wednesday, hope to see you then.