October 9 Meeting Minutes

Garden:

  • Garden cleanup session held on Oct. 6th.
  • Lawrence garden 2018 T-shirts were distributed.
  • Next open info session will be next season.

Next Social Event:

  • In previous years the committee has organized a trick-or-treating sign up for Lawrence residents who are willing to distribute candy on Halloween. This list is organized by building and shared with fellow resident parents with children so that they can take their child out trick-or-treating in the community. Similar to last year, we are planning on sending out a sign up sheet and signs for participants to put on their door. More details to follow closer to the event.
  • Discussed organizing a separate social event the weekend before Halloween, or meet-up on Halloween after trick-or-treating in Lawrence common room.

Lawrence Yoga:

  • Going forward the committee will spend $100 from our budget each year to cover all expenses for non-student residents. Thus, there will be no ID check and money collection. Details on first yoga event coming soon.

Free pile:

  • Renewed discussion about going forward with a free pile in building 14 computer cluster where residents can exchange items in good condition that they no longer need or want.
  • Also discussed making a sharing/borrowing spreadsheet for larger items to lend out among the Lawrence community.

Composting:

  • There is lots of resistance from the town, unclear if it can be resolved in time to bring composting to Lawrence in the near future. Michael is helping us work on it.

Election:

  • We will have an election in December, in November candidates declare candidacy and turn in statements, will have more details in the November meeting.

Other Issues:

  • Dinky: there is concern among some residents and the larger community about the status of the dinky. The transportation board is working on making sure we have options – right now bus replacements are slated. Refer to the transportation website for more details.
  • The Lawrence 14 piano is reported to be broken, we discussed possibilities of replacing it.
  • Bicycle tagging for abandoned bikes will start in the next several weeks. Please contact Charlie Tennyson if you have concerns.

In Attendance:
Christopher Crawford
Deepen Garg
Adriana Strecanska
Richard A. Gagliardi III
Kevin Fleming
Michael Hebditch
Celia Chalfoun
Emilce Santana
Sarah James
Ruth Dannenfelser
Joshua Bauchner
Ran Zhang
Mauricio Loyola
Amitesh Datta

September 11 Meeting Minutes

First meeting of the new academic year. Welcome back to Lawrence everyone!

Composting:

  • After the meeting, a new roadblock emerged; we remain committed to bringing composting to Lawrence but it will take longer than anticipated at the meeting. In addition, there is a new graduate group on campus devoted to promoting composting, in residences and beyond. For more information contact Katja Luxem (kluxem@princeton.edu).

Lost packages:

Tiger transit:

  • Graduate school is aware of the shuttle issues (being delayed or not trackable).
    It might take some time to normalize as there are lots of changes at the beginning of semester. If there are any issues please contact Charles Tennyson at ct15@princeton.edu directly; hearing from residents will help him know where issues are.

Follow up about building 2 basement (storage units) flooding:

  • According to Chris Warkala, flooding in building 2 basement cannot be fixed without a major overhaul which isn’t feasible at this time. Moreover, mildew remains an issue even when there is no flooding. He recommends that residents who have storage there use plastic boxes instead of cardboard boxes (combat both mildew and possible flooding), as well as put things on plastic pallets if possible.

Potential outdoor furniture:

  • Also discussed requesting outdoor Adirondack chairs from graduate school with Chris Warkala. Joshua will work with Chris and follow up.

Event forecast (detailed emails will be sent out closer to the dates):

  • Lawrence barbecue is currently scheduled for Sept. 18th.
  • Lawrence garden will hold a clean up session at the end of September.
  • Graduate school room change application will open around Oct. 1st.

In Attendance:
Richard A. Gagliardi III
Kevin Fleming
Michael Hebditch
Celia Chalfoun
Emilce Santana
Sarah James
Ruth Dannenfelser
Joshua Bauchner
Ran Zhang
Mauricio Loyola

Where’s my package?

Lately there have been several incidences of Amazon packages being delivered to the wrong buildings and we are working to resolve the issue. In the meantime, if you see that a package is reported as delivered and you cannot find it, there is a good chance it was left at another Lawrence building by mistake. Check all other buildings for missing packages and report instances of mis-delivery to Amazon.

May 8 Meeting Minutes

The May meeting was the last of the 2017-2018 academic year. The Lawrence Committee does not meet over the summer and will reconvene on September 11, 2018.

Special election for garden coordinator:
Mauricio Loyola is elected to be the new garden coordinator. Welcome Mauricio!

Logistics:
Nicole Barkley (assistant dean for student life) and Michael Hebditch (graduate office assistant for housing) gave updates on new graduate school Lawrence coordinator recruitment and other logistic issues pertaining to move out and the coming academic year.

Social event:
Discussed ideas for the next social event, including organizing a brunch or ice cream social, and the possibility of holding a one-time yoga event on the lawn open to all residents and spouses.

In Attendance:
Sarah James
Emilce Santana
Amitesh Datta
Ran Zhang
Ruth Dannenfelser
Mauricio Loyola
Michael Hebditch
Nicole Barkley

Special Election Candidates 2018

Candidates for Garden Coordinator

Andrew Kim

No statement given

Mauricio Loyola

Would you like to grow some big and juicy tomatoes? Maybe fresh herbs for dinner? My name is Mauricio and I would love to give you a hand as the new garden coordinator.

I have participated in the Lawrence garden for three years, which gives me a good idea of what is needed and what I could do as coordinator to help new and returning gardeners.

Keeping the garden organized and with enough supplies will be my top priority. I will sharpen the tools, fix the hoses quickly when necessary, and check for holes in the fence regularly to avoid unexpected visits from cute but hungry bunnies. I would also like to increase the availability of supplies, including more compost, organic/safe pesticides, and some gardening tools for kids (families are welcome!). One idea I would like to try is an open calendar where gardeners traveling in the summer can ask other gardeners (or me) to take care of their plots while they are away.

I will continue the efforts from previous coordinators to promote community and social activities (with food and music!). I’m planning to have more open days, revitalize our Instagram account, and in due time, deploy a campaign to invite more residents to join the garden and enjoy the many physical and mental benefits of gardening (Who wouldn’t want a free stress-relieving therapy with nutritious 1-lb tomatoes?).

Outside the fence, I’m a third year PhD student in Architecture, originally from Chile. I live with my wife Carol and our many house plants.

April 10 Meeting Minutes

CSA Survey Results:

  • Based on the CSA survey 23 people are interested and 8 are willing to help; will follow up with Lakeside to discuss participation.

Garden and Special Election:

  • There are 26 slots signed up for garden. There will be a garden open house and kick-off on April 14th, including cleaning up the garden and an information session from 9am to 12pm; donuts will be provided.
  • Garden coordinator election will probably happen at the next committee meeting (May 8). Sam is in charge of the logistical procedures and more info will be sent out before the election.

Social Event:

  • Discussed ideas for the next social event this semester, options include film screening, brunch, finger painting, and ice-cream social.

Budget Reviewing:

  • Discussed the possibilities of buying new gardening tools / other common Lawrence supplies with remaining budget.

Common Room Cleanup:

  • Discussed plans to clean out Building 14 common room shelves. Removing junk and broken items (primarily electronics, videos, and the books), keeping toys and other family items.

In Attendance:

Sarah James
Emilce Santana
Sam Richter
Amitesh Datta
Ran Zhang
Ruth Dannenfelser

March 13th Lawrence Committee Meeting

GSG meeting:

  • An independent group is working on changes to room draw, including a pilot 2 year program to give priority to families, remove random roommates, and waive cancellation fees. For questions please see https://hres.princeton.edu/graduates.
  • Public Safety will conduct their annual safety walk soon. Will try to have some representation from Lawrence to highlight specific issues.

Composting:

  • We had overwhelmingly positive response to last month’s composting survey.
  • Some residents are concerned that compost may attract animals, we do not anticipate that this will be a problem as this compost will include the same types of waste that are already in the dumpsters and in more secure bins.
  • Joshua is working on looking for sources of funding for this program and coordinating with groups across campus.

Free and borrowed “stuff”:

  • We discussed the possibility of starting a pilot of a free pile (place where residents can leave unwanted items to be claimed by other residents) during the summer.
  • Ruth is working on creating a shared list where residents can borrow items within the community.

Community Share Agriculture (CSA) program:

  • We are investigating the potential of hosting the Honey Brook Organic Farm CSA at Lawrence and sent out a poll to residents.
  • There are many logistical issues such as the lack of place to leave the packages and the lack of management, there will be a lot involved if we hold it.

Garden update:

  • Sam is leaving Princeton this summer, so we may hold an election for a new Garden Coordinator in May. 
  • For those who want to garden this summer, a garden info session will be held on March 24th.

Social event:

  • We discussed hosting an Easter egg hunt on March 31st (Saturday) morning on the grass in front of 14 Lawrence. Amitesh is going to make the budget.

Free yoga:

  • A note to all yoga participants – graduate students should be prepared to bring IDs as they’ll be checked. Non-students are still welcome to participate.

In attendance

  • Olivia Martel
  • Dominick Reuter
  • Emilce Santana
  • Joshua Bauchner
  • Amitesh Datta
  • Ran Zhang
  • Ruth Dannenfelser

February 13th Lawrence Committee Meeting

General: Discussed logistical issues, recapped responsibilities and transition items for new positions of committee members.

Garden: In late March Sam will distribute the sign-up for the garden and hold an info session for interested residents. In the meantime residents can see the Garden Basics 2018 post on the website (https://lawrence.princeton.edu/2018/02/garden-basics-2018/) and send any questions to lawrencegarden@princeton.edu.

GSG meeting: Discussed upcoming referendum about extending Dbar membership to all graduate students living on campus not just those in the GC.

Composting: Joshua is taking lead on bringing composting to Lawrence. Some potential roadblocks given the current state of composting on campus. At the moment, we want to hear from you about whether you would use composting bins if they were placed at the Lawrence dumpster stations. Please fill out the survey sent via email!

Social event: Our first social event will happen in March, maybe Easter egg hunt in front of Lawrence 14. More details to be planned soon.

Yoga: Yoga will start next week. It’ll be held once a week now (as there were not many participants for twice a week before). It’s currently free for students and $5 for non-students (who are Lawrence residents). Olivia will double check how many people can fit in the yoga room.

In attendance:

  • Olivia Martel
  • Sarah James
  • Sam Richter
  • Emilce Santana
  • Joshua Bauchner
  • Amitesh Datta
  • Ran Zhang
  • Ruth Dannenfelser

Garden Basics 2018

Lawrence Garden Panorama

The garden in July 2017

Every year many Lawrence residents enjoy spending time outside and growing our own vegetables and flowers in our community garden. The garden is in the fenced-off area, about 1/3 acre, behind Building 14.

Read more below and get in touch with the garden coordinator to learn more: lawrencegarden@princeton.edu.

Follow Lawrence garden on Instagram: lawrencegarden.

Best Reasons to Garden

  • Great way to meet your neighbors. Enjoy group gardening days (frequently with donuts) and get out of your department bubble.
  • New Jersey is the Garden State. It is relatively easy to grow lots of tasty vegetables, economical herbs, and beautiful flowers.
  • Each gardener receives an individual plot and you can choose how much space you want. One bed is roughly 3-feet by 8-feet. You can opt for just one or up to six, or even more, depending on availability.
  • Water, compost, mulch, and many tools are provided and easy to access. A tall fence and locked gate keeps out deer, groundhogs, and bunnies (but not baby bunnies — still a plus for some).

Participate

Digging in

Digging up sweet potatoes

The sign-up link is posted here on the website and distributed via email to the general Lawrence Apartments listserv in March.

After signing up, gardeners are added to the Lawrence garden listserv, which the garden coordinator uses to send important updates about garden access, shared resources, and community events.

This is a moderated listserv, meaning the coordinator must approve any messages sent to it. Gardeners may send occasional messages relevant to all, for example requests for help with watering during a gardener’s absence, but message approval is at the coordinator’s discretion.

To unsubscribe or change your subscription settings, follow these OIT
instructions: http://helpdesk.princeton.edu/kb/display.plx?ID=9277.

The Garden Year

bee-on-marigold

Help the bees with marigolds and other flowers

Gardening typically begins in April or May. In March or April gardeners clean up remaining debris from the past season and put down fresh compost on the beds and mulch on the pathways. The garden coordinator then assigns plots and opens the garden.

New for 2018, we are moving to a low-till practice for preparing the garden in order to reduce the amount of weed seed brought up by our usual spring tillage. 

After the garden opens gardeners begin planting purchased transplants or starting seeds. Things really take off after the last frost date, which is in early- to mid-May for this area.

Over the summer gardeners participate in community events and help take care of shared areas as well as tending the their own plots, watering, cultivating and removing weeds, and harvesting.

The end of the gardening season is about mid-October, when the first frost occurs. At the end of the season we clear our plots and put crop supports, plastic, pots, or other items in storage.

Then we dream about next year.

Lawrence Gardening Tips

Coming this year. This longer post will cover details specific to our climate and garden setup, including growing tips and more about shared resources, composting, and more.