Gilroy Gardening Group Spring Plant Sale

Would you like to share bee experiences with your neighbors, and have a great excuse to check out the plant sale?

The GBA has banners and pictures to make an informative table. We may bring an observation hive. It is not a honey selling event, but if you have extra honey, we could offer tasting. There are many ways of making it interesting.

The event supports San Martin’s Freedom Paws, service dogs for veterans, and Gilroy’s Miller Red Barn Association, a group restoring the an old barn. Their barn looks like our apiary red barn. Miller is a common name around Gilroy, particularly around Bloomfield, the road on the south side of the apiary. The canal just south of Bloomfield is named for Miller. So these folks are neighbors, we might someday want to invite over for a bee experience. 

For an event like this, rest assured, you know plenty about bees to sound brilliant.

Date: Saturday, April 20
Time: 8AM – 2PM
Location: Miller Park – Red Barn, 7049 Miller Ave., Gilroy, CA


Staffing

Coordinator: Steve Mink

Setup

  • Meet onsite at 7:30am

Shifts

  • 7:30-11:00am – Bruce, Peggi, Gondie, Stefanie
  • 11:00-2:30pm – Mark, Gondie, Stefanie, Steve (just during teardown)

Teardown

  • Should be done by 2:30pm

Volunteers

NameComments
Stefanie ElleI have two folding tables I can bring. I do not have a pop up I have only one hive and do not want to disturb them for an observation hive. I am scheduled for all day. This is fine with me.
Bruce MorascaI can work 7:30 to 10:30am Saturday April 20 Thanks Bruce
Peggi JewettMorning: from whenever needed to noon.
Gondie ChavezI am available for the entire event 7:30am – 2:30pm. I can bring 4 folding chairs.
Steve Mink
Christina Castagnettowhat ever the club needs

Equipment

  • Table – Stefanie
  • Chairs – Gondie
  • Bee model – Gondie
  • Materials, pictures, QR code – from Roark, by Bruce
    • Steve to collect during teardown
  • Pop up – still looking for one
  • GBA banner and empty demo hive on stand – from apiary, by Peggi
    • Steve to collect during teardown
  • Squeeze bottles and spoons for honey tasting – from Steve, by Peggi
    • Steve to leave them in the empty demo hive
  • Kids love stickers! – do we have any?

Responses to “Gilroy Gardening Group Spring Plant Sale”

  1. James Haskell Avatar
    James Haskell

    I can’t make it.

  2. Curt Cotner Avatar
    Curt Cotner

    I think this style of recording comments and replies is much better than chasing email threads.

  3. Arthur Kubogamell Avatar
    Arthur Kubogamell

    My 2 cents: For honey tasting the squeeze bottles of honey and paper disposable spoons work really well. Someone working the booth would squeeze the honey on the spoons and give them out. This helps keep the process food safe while minimizing any possible mess.

    1. Steve Mink Avatar
      Steve Mink

      Sounds good to me

  4. Steve Mink Avatar
    Steve Mink

    The event is a GO for April 20. To get better organized and better communication, I ask that you re-signup on our new event website here.
    You then have the latest event information at your fingertips here.
    You all are the first team to use the new site, so questions and feedback are appreciated.
    I heard back from the following Gilroyian GBA members
    Peggi Jewett (morning)
    Stefanie Elle (all day)
    Mark Garrison (afternoon)
    Gondie Chavez (all day)
    Bruce Morasca (morning, 7-10:30)
    The event is 8am to 2pm, so we probably setup at 7:30 and be torn down and out of there by 2:30.

    I talked to Karla at the GGG, and the event is outside. We will need the following
    a popup tent/awning – do any of you have one?
    a table or two – there is one at the apiary, another would be good
    everyone will want to bring an outdoor chair
    a banner – there is one at the apiary, it is easy to attach to an awning with zip ties
    educational material (what we use at the Santa Cruz County Fair) – Roark has all this
    a complete and “logo’d” GBA hive box on a stand – there is one at the apiary
    Extras if you would like…
    we CAN do honey tasting if you have any extra honey, I also have some GBA honey, variety is nice, I have tasting dishes and food grade skewers we could use
    we CAN have an observation hive if one of you would like to learn how to put one together with bees and a marked queen.
    This comes down to logistics, then having fun talking bees with the public.

    1. Stefanie Elle Avatar
      Stefanie Elle

      Steve thanks for wrangling us all together.
      I have two folding tables. I can bring those. I only have one hive so I’m not interested in disturbing them for an observation hive.

      I do not have a pop up.

    2. Curt Cotner Avatar
      Curt Cotner

      We also have some laminated sheets that tell people what they can do to help bees. It includes a QR code that directs people to our GBA website where they can get advice on which plants are best to support bees and other pollinators, which would be a good fit for this event. It would be good to have these on the table so people can use their cell phones to capture the QR code. Roark and I both have these. Hopefully, we are keeping one or two of them at the apiary with the banner. If not, I have extras.

    3. Gondie Chavez Avatar
      Gondie Chavez

      I am not sure what an observation hive will require and who sets it up/brings it and collects it at the end of the event. I do not have a pop up tent. I can bring folding chairs (4-6).

      I did go on the link in this email, Steve, and entered my name for the April 20th Event.

      This is more a logistics question as to who will be delivering the laminated sheets and what information they contain. We had several handouts that we brought to the Gilroy Library and was wondering if those have been printed and laminated with the QR code. I also have a model of a bee that I could bring as well and a laminated life cycle of a honey bee from egg to adult. The resources on the QR Code were really helpful and informative 🙂
      1. Curt or Arthur…will you be attending the event?

      2. Procedures for honey tasting?

      3. Will be scheduling a meeting prior to the event ie. Zoom, to go over logistics (ie. Set up/Close Down, Banner, Pick Up/Materials, Observation Hive)?

      Thank you for coordinating Steve and many thanks to the volunteers as well!

      1. Steve Mink Avatar
        Steve Mink

        Gondie,
        It would be great if you could bring chairs and bee model. Stefanie has tables. You all are the team for this event and will do great. You have a lot of great materials, like the laminated qr codes and pictures at roark’s. We have a model hive with drawn.comb at the apiary with the banner. We need someone to get stuff from the apiary and return it, i can do that if necessary. We need someone to pick up stuff from Roark and be sure it gets returned.
        I suggest a demonstration hive is more than we need for our first time at this event.
        Honey tasting is pretty simple. I think we used short popsicle sticks last time and to control double dipping and overindulgence, you offer it, you dip it, you hand them the stick, they throw it in a bag taped to the table. Or, I have 1000 wooden skewers we could use cut in half.
        Bruce, could you reach out to roark and find a time to pick stuff up at his house. I can swing by as the event is ending to pick up stuff to return to the apiary and to roark.
        Bruce has worked the bee barn at the santa cruz county fair and can help with how to engage and answer folks.
        We could have a zoom call 2 days before the event to cover topics that can come up.

        1. Gondie Chavez Avatar
          Gondie Chavez

          Thanks Steve and team. I won’t be able to pick items up at the apiary yet let’s check in as it gets closer to the event (thank you for being available Steve) and if we need to purchase anything for the honey tasting. Zoom meeting sounds great! Have a wonderful weekend!

    4. Curt Cotner Avatar
      Curt Cotner

      I agree with Steve that the demonstration hive is overkill for this first time at this event. This is the laminated sheet that directs people to our website.

    5. Stefanie Elle Avatar
      Stefanie Elle

      Ivan seems to think we have a pop up. I don’t think we do. We will check this weekend at the storage.

  5. Steve Mink Avatar
    Steve Mink

    Calling all GBA members in Gilroy… would you like to share bee experiences with your neighbors, and have a great excuse to check out the plant sale?
    For an event like this, rest assured, you know plenty about bees to sound brilliant.
    Please RSVP to this email by end of day Thursday 3/21, so I can reply on Friday.

    If we get 6 or more volunteers, the day can be split into two shifts. The GBA has banners and pictures to make an informative table. I am checking if its ok to bring an observation hive. It’s not a honey selling event, but if you have extra honey, we could offer tasting. There are many ways of making it interesting.

    Following is the original request…
    Hello,
    I am a part of the Gilroy Gardening Group. We have hosted a plant sale the past 2 years. This year will be our 3rd year.
    Our sale is on 4/20 at the Miller Red Barn @ Christmas Hill. 8am – 2pm.
    We were wondering if you would like to have a table/booth at our event this year? There is no cost, just a free opportunity to educate the public about bees!
    Please let me know if this is something you are interested in.
    I appreciate your time,
    Karla Cordero

    Following is what I learned about the group from the web…
    The event supports San Martin’s Freedom Paws, service dogs for veterans, and Gilroy’s Miller Red Barn Association, a group restoring the an old barn. Their barn looks like our apiary red barn. Miller is a common name around Gilroy, particularly around Bloomfield, the road on the south side of the apiary. The canal just south of Bloomfield is named for Miller. So these folks are neighbors, we might someday want to invite over for a bee experience.

  6. Stefanie Elle Avatar
    Stefanie Elle

    I’ve been to this sale and it is very well attended…I’d love to go again this year. Steve – thanks for doing the research. We love Freedom Paws. Sign me up! I’ll ‘bee’ there anyway to buy plants!

  7. Steve Mink Avatar
    Steve Mink

    Nowadays, the first thing I do is check out the asking organization, and what we’d help support. The event supports San Martin’s Freedom Paws, service dogs for veterans, and Gilroy’s Miller Red Barn Association, a group restoring the an old barn. Their barn looks like our apiary red barn. Miller is a big big name of many gilroy sites, particularly around Bloomfield, the road on the south side of the apiary. The canal just south of Bloomfield is named for Miller. So these folks are neighbors, we might someday want to invite over for a bee experience.

    I am all for us participating, though i’d shoot an email to all our Gilroy members asking who would like to help spread the goid word about bees. Lets hope the city council attends..

  8. James Haskell Avatar
    James Haskell

    Information request posted to the GBA Website 3/13:

    Your Name
    Karla Cordero
    Your Email
    karlita33@gmail.com
    Your Message
    Hello,
    I am a part of the Gilroy Gardening Group. We have hosted a plant sale the past 2 years. This year will be our 3rd year.
    Our sale is on 4/20 at the Miller Red Barn @ Christmas Hill. 8am – 2pm.
    We were wondering if you would like to have a table/booth at our event this year? There is no cost, just a free opportunity to educate the public about bees!
    Please let me know if this is something you are interested in.
    I appreciate your time,
    Karla Cordero
    408-710-8228

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16 responses to “Gilroy Gardening Group Spring Plant Sale”

  1. James Haskell Avatar
    James Haskell

    I can’t make it.

  2. Curt Cotner Avatar
    Curt Cotner

    I think this style of recording comments and replies is much better than chasing email threads.

  3. Arthur Kubogamell Avatar
    Arthur Kubogamell

    My 2 cents: For honey tasting the squeeze bottles of honey and paper disposable spoons work really well. Someone working the booth would squeeze the honey on the spoons and give them out. This helps keep the process food safe while minimizing any possible mess.

    1. Steve Mink Avatar
      Steve Mink

      Sounds good to me

  4. Steve Mink Avatar
    Steve Mink

    The event is a GO for April 20. To get better organized and better communication, I ask that you re-signup on our new event website here.
    You then have the latest event information at your fingertips here.
    You all are the first team to use the new site, so questions and feedback are appreciated.
    I heard back from the following Gilroyian GBA members
    Peggi Jewett (morning)
    Stefanie Elle (all day)
    Mark Garrison (afternoon)
    Gondie Chavez (all day)
    Bruce Morasca (morning, 7-10:30)
    The event is 8am to 2pm, so we probably setup at 7:30 and be torn down and out of there by 2:30.

    I talked to Karla at the GGG, and the event is outside. We will need the following
    a popup tent/awning – do any of you have one?
    a table or two – there is one at the apiary, another would be good
    everyone will want to bring an outdoor chair
    a banner – there is one at the apiary, it is easy to attach to an awning with zip ties
    educational material (what we use at the Santa Cruz County Fair) – Roark has all this
    a complete and “logo’d” GBA hive box on a stand – there is one at the apiary
    Extras if you would like…
    we CAN do honey tasting if you have any extra honey, I also have some GBA honey, variety is nice, I have tasting dishes and food grade skewers we could use
    we CAN have an observation hive if one of you would like to learn how to put one together with bees and a marked queen.
    This comes down to logistics, then having fun talking bees with the public.

    1. Stefanie Elle Avatar
      Stefanie Elle

      Steve thanks for wrangling us all together.
      I have two folding tables. I can bring those. I only have one hive so I’m not interested in disturbing them for an observation hive.

      I do not have a pop up.

    2. Curt Cotner Avatar
      Curt Cotner

      We also have some laminated sheets that tell people what they can do to help bees. It includes a QR code that directs people to our GBA website where they can get advice on which plants are best to support bees and other pollinators, which would be a good fit for this event. It would be good to have these on the table so people can use their cell phones to capture the QR code. Roark and I both have these. Hopefully, we are keeping one or two of them at the apiary with the banner. If not, I have extras.

    3. Gondie Chavez Avatar
      Gondie Chavez

      I am not sure what an observation hive will require and who sets it up/brings it and collects it at the end of the event. I do not have a pop up tent. I can bring folding chairs (4-6).

      I did go on the link in this email, Steve, and entered my name for the April 20th Event.

      This is more a logistics question as to who will be delivering the laminated sheets and what information they contain. We had several handouts that we brought to the Gilroy Library and was wondering if those have been printed and laminated with the QR code. I also have a model of a bee that I could bring as well and a laminated life cycle of a honey bee from egg to adult. The resources on the QR Code were really helpful and informative 🙂
      1. Curt or Arthur…will you be attending the event?

      2. Procedures for honey tasting?

      3. Will be scheduling a meeting prior to the event ie. Zoom, to go over logistics (ie. Set up/Close Down, Banner, Pick Up/Materials, Observation Hive)?

      Thank you for coordinating Steve and many thanks to the volunteers as well!

      1. Steve Mink Avatar
        Steve Mink

        Gondie,
        It would be great if you could bring chairs and bee model. Stefanie has tables. You all are the team for this event and will do great. You have a lot of great materials, like the laminated qr codes and pictures at roark’s. We have a model hive with drawn.comb at the apiary with the banner. We need someone to get stuff from the apiary and return it, i can do that if necessary. We need someone to pick up stuff from Roark and be sure it gets returned.
        I suggest a demonstration hive is more than we need for our first time at this event.
        Honey tasting is pretty simple. I think we used short popsicle sticks last time and to control double dipping and overindulgence, you offer it, you dip it, you hand them the stick, they throw it in a bag taped to the table. Or, I have 1000 wooden skewers we could use cut in half.
        Bruce, could you reach out to roark and find a time to pick stuff up at his house. I can swing by as the event is ending to pick up stuff to return to the apiary and to roark.
        Bruce has worked the bee barn at the santa cruz county fair and can help with how to engage and answer folks.
        We could have a zoom call 2 days before the event to cover topics that can come up.

        1. Gondie Chavez Avatar
          Gondie Chavez

          Thanks Steve and team. I won’t be able to pick items up at the apiary yet let’s check in as it gets closer to the event (thank you for being available Steve) and if we need to purchase anything for the honey tasting. Zoom meeting sounds great! Have a wonderful weekend!

    4. Curt Cotner Avatar
      Curt Cotner

      I agree with Steve that the demonstration hive is overkill for this first time at this event. This is the laminated sheet that directs people to our website.

    5. Stefanie Elle Avatar
      Stefanie Elle

      Ivan seems to think we have a pop up. I don’t think we do. We will check this weekend at the storage.

  5. Steve Mink Avatar
    Steve Mink

    Calling all GBA members in Gilroy… would you like to share bee experiences with your neighbors, and have a great excuse to check out the plant sale?
    For an event like this, rest assured, you know plenty about bees to sound brilliant.
    Please RSVP to this email by end of day Thursday 3/21, so I can reply on Friday.

    If we get 6 or more volunteers, the day can be split into two shifts. The GBA has banners and pictures to make an informative table. I am checking if its ok to bring an observation hive. It’s not a honey selling event, but if you have extra honey, we could offer tasting. There are many ways of making it interesting.

    Following is the original request…
    Hello,
    I am a part of the Gilroy Gardening Group. We have hosted a plant sale the past 2 years. This year will be our 3rd year.
    Our sale is on 4/20 at the Miller Red Barn @ Christmas Hill. 8am – 2pm.
    We were wondering if you would like to have a table/booth at our event this year? There is no cost, just a free opportunity to educate the public about bees!
    Please let me know if this is something you are interested in.
    I appreciate your time,
    Karla Cordero

    Following is what I learned about the group from the web…
    The event supports San Martin’s Freedom Paws, service dogs for veterans, and Gilroy’s Miller Red Barn Association, a group restoring the an old barn. Their barn looks like our apiary red barn. Miller is a common name around Gilroy, particularly around Bloomfield, the road on the south side of the apiary. The canal just south of Bloomfield is named for Miller. So these folks are neighbors, we might someday want to invite over for a bee experience.

  6. Stefanie Elle Avatar
    Stefanie Elle

    I’ve been to this sale and it is very well attended…I’d love to go again this year. Steve – thanks for doing the research. We love Freedom Paws. Sign me up! I’ll ‘bee’ there anyway to buy plants!

  7. Steve Mink Avatar
    Steve Mink

    Nowadays, the first thing I do is check out the asking organization, and what we’d help support. The event supports San Martin’s Freedom Paws, service dogs for veterans, and Gilroy’s Miller Red Barn Association, a group restoring the an old barn. Their barn looks like our apiary red barn. Miller is a big big name of many gilroy sites, particularly around Bloomfield, the road on the south side of the apiary. The canal just south of Bloomfield is named for Miller. So these folks are neighbors, we might someday want to invite over for a bee experience.

    I am all for us participating, though i’d shoot an email to all our Gilroy members asking who would like to help spread the goid word about bees. Lets hope the city council attends..

  8. James Haskell Avatar
    James Haskell

    Information request posted to the GBA Website 3/13:

    Your Name
    Karla Cordero
    Your Email
    karlita33@gmail.com
    Your Message
    Hello,
    I am a part of the Gilroy Gardening Group. We have hosted a plant sale the past 2 years. This year will be our 3rd year.
    Our sale is on 4/20 at the Miller Red Barn @ Christmas Hill. 8am – 2pm.
    We were wondering if you would like to have a table/booth at our event this year? There is no cost, just a free opportunity to educate the public about bees!
    Please let me know if this is something you are interested in.
    I appreciate your time,
    Karla Cordero
    408-710-8228

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