(Chelsea Update would like to thank Pat Kaminsky for the information and photos in this story.)
Sue Wedzel, Roger Storm and Pat Kaminsky (representing Transition Town Chelsea and who have garden plots in the Chelsea Community Garden) organized a fun and informative picnic potluck and garden tour on June 18 at the garden site for Master Composter class members.
About 35 people attended.
“Roger and I have taken the Washtenaw County Master Composter Class with Chris Simmons from Ypsilanti as one of the teachers,” says Kaminski, adding, “Many of the class members are volunteers with groups like Ann Arbor Project Grow (with 19 community gardens in the city) and Ypsilanti’s Growing Hope.”
Kaminsky says that Jim and Mary Randolph of the Chelsea Intergenerational Garden were present, as was Lucy Silverio, one of the main Chelsea Community Garden organizers and now owner of Chelsea’s Serendipity Book Store on West Middle Street.
Also among those attending was Charlene Harris from the Chelsea Area Garden Club, and a new community garden member.
Storm explained the garden’s compost system and Steve Wright, a community garden member and U-M Professor of Engineering, explained how the garden’s solar powered water tower system and drainage system worked, along with Doug Worthington and
Although Nancy Stone, city of Ann Arbor’s Public Services liaison, (one of the main organizers of the master composting class) is retiring soon, Chris Simmons says they will be offering the class again in the fall and/or winter, so keep an eye out here.