To volunteer as a host, please email: markovich.jenny
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Back Gardener Volunteer Options:
- Garbage & Recycling — Empty garden garbage cans and recycling bins on a regular basis, throughout the year.
- Composting (both A and B) —
A) Kitchen Scrap: you must be available one Saturday a month (March through July OR August through December) to staff compost collection, and you will need to have a compost lesson before you start.B) Garden Cuttings: you must be available one Saturday a month (April through September) to assist moving and arranging garden twigs, leaves, cuttings.
- Sidewalks (both Summer and Winter) – Sweep the sidewalk in front of the garden on a regular basis, throughout the year.
- Lawns & Paths – As needed, clear litter from garden, and sweep front garden brick pathways. See to the maintenance of the front garden lawns and assist with winter maintenance of public areas.
- Events – A range of jobs, including coordinating garden events (4th of July Picnic, 9th Ave. Food Festival); helping with shopping, set-up and take-down, or food serving; chaperoning approved private events such as weddings.
- Hosting – Welcome visitors and supervise the front garden when the gate is open on Saturdays and Sundays from April to October. You must be available for a block of 2 to 3 hours on a Saturday or Sunday during this time.
- Front Gate Lockup – Unlock the front gate padlock every morning and lock it in the evening. Hours vary depending upon time of year, daylight availability or weather. Year-round, according to a daily schedule (team members have assigned days). You may select morning, evening, or both.
- Shed –Clean up the tool shed on a monthly basis or as needed. Includes area around the tool shed. See to the maintenance and inventory of tools and supplies.
- Handy Maintenance – General work on refinishing, cleaning, repairs on various garden equipment and fixtures (benches, hoses, etc.) Especially appreciated are people with professional skills, i.e. carpentry, plumbing, electric, tree-trimming. Will be contacted as needed.
- Clerical – Assist with mailings, data-entry, calendar maintenance, word-processing and spreadsheets, social media, and website.
More About Hosting:
Our garden is required by the City to remain open to the public for 20 hours a week. We’ve chosen 10 hours each on Saturday or Sunday. During this time the gate must remain open and secured in an open position, but not padlocked open, in case we need to close it in an emergency. We’ve tried a variety of clips and other means to hold the gate open, but those items have been removed or stolen.
Even though we must leave the gate open, it often poses a problem if there is no host on duty to watch over the garden, advising visitors of our rules and to attend to violators (dogs, running children, smokers, etc.)
For this reason we are re-doubling our effort to have gardeners in the front-garden more hours and in greater numbers serving as “hosts”. We are asking every gardener, regardless of what other tasks you may already be assigned to, consider being a garden host for a few hours on weekends. we’re not asking for a regular commitment or for a long shift, just do what you can and according to this schedule. It’s a great time to just be in the garden to read or write, or work, but to also be present during open-gate hours to be our eyes and ears. You can also do a little work on your plot, but with a watchful eye and primary attention to the front area and gate.