Category Archives: Group Information

Planting Garlic and a New Post in Classifieds

I don’t know if you are aware that we have a CLASIFIED SECTION, but we have a new listing. Check it out.
For our members-please feel free to contact me at or post in the comment area to list something you have or need.  Also, if you are looking for work, or are looking to fill a position, please shoot me an email or place your “ad” in the comment section. I do screen before posting so it won’t show up right away.
I have created a separate page, SHARING SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE, for listing our skills, experience, or talent that we can trade with each other or if you need that hard cold cash to charge for. Just list how much an hour or job it would be and then if you would be willing to barter for your service too. Please don’t forget contact information.
Now on to GARLIC.
I came across this easy to follow video from Kitchen Gardeners and wanted to share it. The sound drops off but you can still hear it.

Info from Meeting 9/14/11

Treavor S. wrote the meeting notes-

September 14th meeting Overview

This was a secondary meeting this month to discuss changes in leadership.  As most of us have learned by now, Wayne’s wife, Barbara, has been diagnosed with cancer and is currently undergoing treatment. Wayne will understandably be putting his focus in helping her through this difficult time.

Wayne has asked for volunteers to step up and take on the reigns of the Self Reliant Community of Graham, at least temporarily.  Those at the meeting all agree that Wayne will certainly remain an integral piece of SRCoG going into the future.  In the meantime, Deej and Ray have offered themselves as co-chairs with Wayne remaining honorary chairman, leading as he wishes with no commitments to do as such.

In an effort to support Wayne and the growing group, a few others have offered up their services to help out as well. Tyler agreed to help lead if he is needed but would like to get to know the group better. Karelina is currently the treasurer (Wayne showed off the group’s new debit card that has a few dollars on it!) but also offered her services as needed.

The other main subject that came up was the fact that if we would like to have Deej as a co-chair, Wednesdays might not end up working for him, so there was talk of possibly switching the day we meet and maybe putting that to a vote. Tuesdays and Thursdays were the most mentioned days, but we will talk about that further at the next meeting. It may end up that Deej will be able to simply switch his schedule and no changes will be needed. Next meeting will also provide an opportunity to anyone else that was not present at this meeting and would be interested in helping to lead the group to step forward.

There was talk of some other positions that may need to be filled or created in the group.  A secretary to take notes and record the information at the meeting.  A webmaster to load that information onto the SRC web page (Holly is currently filling that position but would like to pass the torch to someone else.  WordPress familiarty would be a big bonus there.)  Tracy and I could possibly take that up, but we’re not sure how realistic that is at the moment.

There was also talk of starting up a group library with an elected Librarian.  Either bringing the books to meetings and then taking them home, or simply creating a list of available books people have finished with that can be added to a list, and the elected librarian could just bring requested books to meetings. Lynn will likely be bringing a large collection of Mother Earth News Magazines to either donate to this cause, or give away to members.

Lastly, Karelina offered up a speaker for the next meeting regarding Rain Gardens. I can’t remember the person’s name off-hand, but if I hear anything more, I’ll add that in.

Please forgive any errors as it is late and my editor in chief, Tracy, is asleep!
 Wayne added from his email-

Karelina has already booked David Hymel to be the speaker about Rain Gardens at the next October 5th, Wednesday, meeting, which Ray has reserved for us and taken care of.  I’ll look forward to seeing you there.

Lots of Great E-Mail

Please come Join the WORK/doughnut PARTY

AT  11am until 1pm THIS SATURDAY, MAY 21ST,
A 2-HOUR WORK PARTY is needed to clear and place cardboard, maybe mulch, on pathways, move topsoil piles to rear, and cut blackberry vines back.  Cold waters and a box of deliciously unhealthy doughnuts will be provided.  Take some topsoil home if you need some.  Or just stop by to help for a few minutes and encourage us if you haven’t got much time Saturday. 

Hi Holly

It’s time to get rid of those pesky yellow jacket queens.  Here is a site I found that might do the trick for some.

Thanks Jerry. I know they must be good for something but…
Irene sent this video link-Thanks!!
I will dig a little deeper (pun intended) and get some more info on worms to create a page for them.
Article on Roundup (glyphosate)
And now for some bad news-
Thanks Irene. I guess we have to have a little bad to appreciate the good.

Pictures of the Graham EXPO 2011

First off I want to thank Lisa and Ray, Toby and Irene, and Lynn for all of the help with the display and booth. We had a great time!

Allen and Holly at the booth

Lisa's display on our Community Garden and rain barrel we got from Lynn

Deej and his group played for an hour-great music!


Cindy and Frank Coombs had a booth at the EXPO to promote their NIKKEN products

Toby and Irene supplied the seeds, eggs from their chickens, and starter plants

Wayne and (I am sorry I don't know who this is)

Holly's Power Point Presentation

Bountiful Gardens Tour

Jim L. has expressed a desire to try to get a group together and drive down to the Bountiful Gardens (actually Ecology Action) site in Willits, CA.

Bountiful Gardens sells untreated open-pollinated seed of heirloom quality for vegetables, herbs, flowers, grains, green manures, compost and carbon crops. Offering Biointensive and Grow BiointensiveTM sustainable organic seed.”
The 3 day workshops ($350 – 400  per person depending on the time of registration) that are offered by
Ecology Action
are varied and cover BIOINTENSIVE SM Sustainable Mini-Farming and Ecology Action Research.
“The tours  include participant introductions; a discussion of the overall world challenges that humankind faces in the areas of soil, food, and nutrition;  an exploration of the connection between thinking globally and acting locally; a tour of the garden and discussion of several crops in particular; and 30-minute mini-classes on double-digging, composting, seed propagation, sustainable home garden crops, and cooking with solar ovens given by staff, apprentices and interns.”
for more information click on the links above and if interested in getting a group together for a visit contact Jim L.

A NEW ADDITION: List Give-Away, Exchange, or Wanted Items

I have created an area on this site that we can Give-Away, Exchange or Wanted Items that might interest other SRC members. This also includes listing items that you are looking for / wanting. You may also list your skills and labor that you have if you would like to trade them for something.

Please remember to list only your first name and last initial for privacy along with detailed information on the item offered or wanted.

This page is located right under the logo.

Please let me know if you have any suggestions. I would also appreciate it if you could keep this updated by letting me know if the listing is no longer current.
Thanks, Holly