President’s Message

Letter from the President, February 2020

Anne-marie has stepped down as Co-President in order to pursue exciting new adventures with her family this year, which necessitates flexibility in scheduling.  I am so deeply grateful to her for all her work and support last year as this new crew of volunteers took on leadership responsibilities to run Hoe & Hope.  I’m so glad to have the same Board of Directors this year (except for Linda whose Secretary position is now covered by Teresa), ready to build on last years’ experience to offer solid leadership in 2020.  It is going to be a great year for Hoe & Hope!

The Yearbook/Directory is published!  If you were not at the meeting in January, you will be able to pick up your copy at the meeting in February.  Connie has name stickers to affix to the back so your copy doesn’t get misplaced.  I’m still up to my eyeballs in profile book, Google for Nonprofits and web site updates.  Anybody out there with some computer skills?  I could really use some help!

Our second meeting of the year is at the church on Wednesday, February 26, 11:30 for lunch, meeting at 12:15, and program at 1.  Our program this month is Jack’s Solar Garden.  Byron Komineck will share a transformational vision of his family’s farm into a solar farm, producing renewable energy while providing pollinator habitat in this new agrivoltaic fertile space.  Those of you who are inspired to visit the farm on 95th and Plateau will have an opportunity to join our March field trip.  Melissa Welsch will have details about this field trip and a sign-up sheet at the meeting.  She is still requesting volunteers to help with field trips, and ideas for fun explorations from members.  Don’t wait to be asked, VOLUNTEER!

After Ed Goebel’s talk about trees in our January meeting, how many of you went right home and started watering your trees?  I certainly did!  Bought a new, longer hose for the back yard to reach all 3 trees, and gave the lilac bushes a good soaking, as well.  One more soak this warm weekend before our next snowstorm, and with any luck I’ll have happy trees in the spring!

This month I’m reading “The Food Explorer:  True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats”, a biography of the late 19th-century David Fairchild by Daniel Stone.  Fairchild revolutionized agriculture in early 20th-century America by introducing kale from Croatia, mangoes from India, hops from Bavaria, peaches from China, avocados from Chile, and pomegranates from Malta.  He also brought a new variety of cotton from Egypt that transformed an industry, and cherry blossom trees from Japan, which famously beautify our capital in the spring.  Can you imagine a Superbowl without guacamole and beer, or a summer without peaches?  Thank you, David Fairchild!

During this season of occasional snowstorms, be sure to take time to read a good book, try a new recipe, appreciate the remarkable plants and wildlife surrounding us, and stay curious.