New ways to manage Bellingham's city-run community gardens will be up for discussion at a public meeting Tuesday, March 26.
People who rent plots at the gardens, and other folks interested in the gardens' future, may want to drop their rakes and hoes and attend the meeting, which runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Bloedel Donovan Park Community Building, 2214 Electric Ave.
The city Parks and Recreation Department oversees three gardens with a total of 195 plots. People pay $30 a year to use one. For now, the city provides hoses, water and staff time to keep the gardens going. But with the city spending about $10,000 a year to oversee the gardens, officials hope to shift the job to gardeners or other community groups.
In a letter sent to garden users earlier this month, Parks Director James King wrote, "We believe that management by users who can devote the necessary time, attention and passion for the success of the gardens will lead to a more successful program. There are examples of gardens in our community that are managed very well. We believe that these gardens are in better condition because of the ownership created by gardeners being responsible for the entire site, not just their individual plots."
Changes in how the gardens are run likely will start with the 2014 season. For more details, call the parks department, 360-778-7000.
LIMERICKS A FAMILY AFFAIR
The Bellingham Herald published a slew of readers' limericks last Monday to mark St. Patrick's Day. But technical problems prevented a passel of limericks from the Jolly family of Ferndale from reaching my desk. Their limericks are below, because young writers should be encouraged, and limericks, after all, are often jolly.
A hero named Indiana Jones
Had to outrun rolling stones.
He avoided snakes, arrows, and spears
That nearly clipped his ears,
And escaped without any broken bones!
- Benjamin Jolly, 11
Once we went out to a derby
And the roads were all really quite curvy.
Then one driver crashed
And his car was super smashed,
But he got help from a guy named Kirby.
- Joshua Jolly, 9
I once had a little pet fish
That wanted to have just one wish:
To have a glass jar
That would hold a gold star.
Oh! And have food on his dish.
- Aubree Jolly, 7
There once was a girl who wore pink,
And her best friend was a performing skink.
They got money from that,
And they bought a new hat,
And then all their money went "clink."
- Joshua and Aubree
As mother of ten I'm quite able
To get enough food to the table.
But when I sit down to sup,
The food's all eaten up,
And I think, "Well-fed moms are a fable!"
- Tara Jolly
Over here at Karate Quest
We work hard to be our best.
When learning techniques
Any day of the week,
We always do it with zest!
- Mick Jolly, owner and operator of Karate Quest
Reach Dean Kahn at 360-715-2291 or firstname.lastname@example.org.