Its official. We finally received our incorporation papers. I know, what does that have to do with a community garden? Well you just don't start planting as we found out very quickly.
You have to apply for a name for your society through the provincial government. First you apply for a name by checking trademarks and copyrights. Luckily Ladner Community Garden Society wasn't taken. You pay a fee for the name right away.
The next step is applying for incorporation. You want to form a society and have directors as you can't lease public space without going through this process. Okay, another fee, a hundred dollars to be exact. Applying for incorporation is writing bylaws which can be painful at best if you want to write your own. Thank you Mark for doing such a wonderful job writing our bylaws. If you don't write your own, there are easier ways such as following out set bylaws as given in the Society Act.
Our hard work as paid off as we received our red seal of approval today!! Now to get our license agreement signed with the city. It seems like we are moving at a snail's pace this week but next month looks promising.
We have used this period of quiet to look for donations from the community. A big thanks for some the great items we have already received. We wont tell you what they are as we are planning a fundraiser and silent auction. Oh maybe just one item. We received a gift certificate for 15 yards of soil! Yes, beautiful soil for someones garden. You know that soil sells for almost $30 per yard. Just imagine what you could do with that.
We can't wait to get started building the garden. We are waiting for water lines to go in soon so we will keep you posted.