Updated! 2016 Garden Season Work Days Announced

Updated 13 April 2016

Hello Gardeners,

Based on feedback from those gardeners who attended the March 5 Annual Meeting, we have scheduled workdays for the season. Check the Calendar page of the web site for dates and times. Mark your calendars and see you in the garden!

Lead a Work Day!

Help out the Board and Volunteer to lead a work day

With all the extra work days and advanced scheduling of them, we could use help making sure each date is covered with at least one person to explain goals to other gardeners (the board will help identify those goals as the season progresses). Fill out this form to indicate your interest in a leading a work day.


Board Meeting Minutes 01/11/16

Hill East Community Garden—Board Meeting January 11, 2016

–Officer Reports


  • Nicole Shank-President no update
  • Lucie Anan-Vice President NOT IN ATTENDANCE emailed notes
  • Jennifer Shoemaker-Garden coordinator NOT IN ATTENDANCE
  • Erin Harms-Membership renewal update (see below)
  • Joan Gregory-Secretary no update
  • Stephanie Spahlinger–Treasurer one bill paid (Go Daddy for website renewal)


–Annual meeting March 5

  • At NE Capitol Hill Library (330 7th Street NE) 2-4pm March 5th


  • Tentative Agenda

o   Annual report from each officer

o   State of the garden

  • New rules on work hours
  • Planned work days for 2016

o   New officer slate (There is still time to throw your hat in the ring, please email any officer to get details!)

o   Vote on new board members

o   Speaker TBD


–Renewal application and status to send

  • Erin is in the process of creating a new form for garden renewals.  We will now accept PayPal to pay your 2016 fees!


  • Renewals will be sent out within the next week and be due back by February 14


  • We have over 100 people on the wait list.  It is imperative that renewals are sent in in a timely fashion.  If not, you run the risk of losing your plot.


  • On that note, all folks on the wait list now will be kept.  Going forward we will have boundaries to make sure we are keeping our community garden within our community.  New boundaries are being worked on and will be voted on at the next meeting.


–Board recruitment


Gardeners Brenda Dunlap and Matt Bradley were in attendance as prospective new board members.

Please contact any board member if you have an interest in being on the board.


Next Meeting February 17, 2016.

Chris Forney’s Shrimp, Black Bean and Mango Salad


  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • salt and pepper to taste

Mix together olive oil, lime juice, coriander, salt and pepper. Combine with shrimp. Marinate for 30 minutes.

Grill shrimp on skewers for one minute per side, or sauté in a pan.


  •     2 ripe mangos cut in 1/2 inch cubes
  •     2 cans rinsed and drained black beans
  •     1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
  •     6 scallions, trimmed and minced
  •     4 Tablespoons olive oil
  •     4 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  •     salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together except shrimp.  Adjust seasoning with salt and lime juice as necessary.  Add shrimp and toss.