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President's Message | march 2017

The green of spring

What a beautiful spring we’re having. It’s such a pleasure to be outside, working in the garden and enjoying our beautiful green surroundings and flowering trees and shrubs.

DIG’s annual PLANT SALE is fast approaching. Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 13. We are still working at the Wolfe’s every Saturday morning from 10-12 getting ready and we’ll be there right up until the sale. We always need lots of help on these Saturdays as well as on the day of the sale so I hope you’ll join us. There are jobs for all abilities on sale day from greeters to cashiers, traffic coordinators, counters, loaders, cart people and many others. I’ll be passing around a sign-up sheet at our next meeting. We also need people to water as the weather warms up, so if you can spare an hour or two during the week we’ll have a sign-up sheet for that as well. Our PLANT SALE, is the event we work toward all year, not only as our major fund raiser but as our opportunity to provide our community with beautiful and affordable plants. We couldn’t do this without the help of all our DIGgers. I look forward to seeing you there.


GUEST SPEAKER, ​Julie Haas-wajdowicz

Environmental Resource Coordinator for the City of Antioch

Julie will speak to us about creating plant fertilizer with food waste and worms. Julie has been worm composting for more years than she cares to admit. She has been a Master Composter since 1997. Prior to coming to the City of Antioch in 2000, Julie had the pleasure of operating Alameda County’s Composting Rotline, where she was actually paid to consult with composters over the phone! Julie has set up worm composting bins in offices, including Antioch City Hall, schools, and homes, including vacation homes. She has been the Environmental Resource Coordinator for the City of Antioch for almost 13 years and keeps a worm composting bin right under her desk. Composting is one of her umbrella programs, teaching how through composting, residents can reduce their waste, save water, reduce pesticide use/pollution runoff and greenhouse gas emissions. Julie has also taught gardening (though she is better with plants after they die) at Antioch Charter Academy and did the technical edit for “The Complete Idiots Guide to Composting,” by Chris McLaughlin.

Julie is so passionate about composting, that her Roller Derby name is The Rotten Truth and her # is 301 (30:1 is the Carbon to Nitrogen ratio for a hot compost pile.) You can catch her and the Roller Derby team on April 15, 2017, at 7 p.m. at Paradise Skate in Antioch, CA.

We hope you can join us at 7:30 p.m. on March 27 to learn everything you’ve always wanted to know about composting. Visitors are always welcome.  

Helen Wheeler, Vice President, Programs

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Important Dates

We meet on the fourth Monday of each month, 7:30 pm at the Brentwood Community Methodist Church,
809 Second Street in Brentwood.

Board Meetings are held on the first Tuesday, (after the first Monday),
of each month in the Fireside Room.

General Meetings
March 27
April 24
May 22

Board Meetings
April 4
May 2
June 6

Propagation Workshop

2017 Potting-up and preparation for this year's plant sale has begun. Please watch your Weeder for the 2017 schedule.

2017 Annual-Perennial Plant Sale
May 13, 2017
Wolfe Ranch

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Pat will be accepting orders for personalized items at every DIG meeting. Download the order form here.