|Sent on:||Wednesday, June 27, 2012 6:30 PM|
Hi All,This is Leslie Adatto, organizer of the NY Rooftop Garden Meetup group. I am excited to say that our group has over 325 people and new people are joining everyday. Josh Buksbaum – my fabulous co-organizer (Josh is helping out to give Jim Freeman some family time, Laura Yip has moved to California) and I have lots of events planned and information to share about gardening and NYC rooftop events. My hope in organizing the group is to make people aware of rooftop activities and learn from the collective intelligence of the group. I believe that as more people contribute and share with the group, the more cohesive it will become. There are a lot of smart people in the group with hands-on gardening experience, and I personally would like to learn more about gardening from some of the experts out there. Don’t be shy – I know there are some garden designers, architects and other thought leaders in the group. One of the best ways to have a successful meetup is when people can have fun and learn something new. We’ve had members host discussions on composting and a great walking tour of the High Line where we learned about the public art and plant selection. The seed exchange in March inspired many people to start gardening early. I would like to ask for the group’s help in two ways: 1. Part of what makes this group great is all the smart people with a like-minded interest in gardening. We would LOVE to meet more of you and perhaps hear what you have to say on your topic of expertise. If you are an expert in any subject – we would like to hear from you – don’t be shy. Its a nice way to kick off a meetup event if someone speaks for 10-15 minutes about their chosen profession or expertise. Vertical Farming, Garden design, proper soil mixture, problems and solutions to rooftop gardening on hot roofs – all could be informal discussions. Please think about what you would like to learn more about or what you can speak about. 2. The Meetup group is free to all members, but there is a small charge as an organizer to run the group using the Meetup platform. The cost per year is $144, which I pay out of pocket. This works out to less than 50 cents per group member. Would the group be open to donating to defray the expense of running the group? If so, donations would be strictly voluntary and anonymous. I was thinking of leaving a donation jar at future meetups, and even if people wanted to contribute loose change, it would defray my cost. In the interest of transparency, any extra money’s collected would be used for future meetup events. Thanks for your time and consideration. I hope to meet more of you at future events. And remember – we’d love to hear from more of the thought leaders in the group.
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