SMART has NO Budget for landscaping!
So a group of Hamilton residents took on landscaping Hamilton’s station. The group secured SMART’s permission to develop a landscape plan and to install rocks, irrigation, shrubs & wildflowers per that plan.
Our group has planted over 90 oak trees and hundreds of drought-tolerant shrubs, per a design by a Master Gardener. A recycled-water meter feeds the fully automated five-station irrigation system we installed, which runs on all 4 sides of the 5-acre site. This is a 100% volunteer project, with over forty-four volunteers having participated in this project so far. There is no paid staff.
We have accomplished this while operating well under budget. The group raised over $13,000 so far, of a budget of $15,250 through 2018. We were the sole recipient of Marin County maximum grant of $10,000 (thank you Supervisor Judy Arnold). For the duration of the project, only ongoing expenses remain, since fixed-cost work has been completed. Of ongoing expenses, by far the largest is for water, both the meter cost and summer watering of the trees and shrubs for the rest the project, this year and next.
So we need your help. If you are interested you can help out with weeding, mulching, replacement planting. Contact Donn Davy, firstname.lastname@example.org
And especially you can help by making your tax-deductible contribution to Hamilton Field Community Development.