1) Leading a work party
Write to us with a preferred two hour or one hour slot. Guidelines can be found here: Work party protocol
2) Leading a plot assignment orientation
Write to us with a date and time. Guidelines can be found here: Orientation protocol
3) Fruit tree maintenance
We have already worked on a few trees in the garden and details about the materials we used can be found here: Fruit tree maintenance. Please write to us with pictures of trees you would like to work on. You will have to purchase the necessary materials and install them. Purchasing and reimbursement information can be found here
4) Maintaining paths/community spaces
Highlight the paths/areas you would like to clear and mulch on the garden map and send us a copy. Also, send pictures of the chosen areas. We will provide mulch, weed barrier and ground staples. You will have to send before and after pictures showing the work done to receive work credit
5) Making a dichondra lawn in the orchard
We want to try planting ground covers in the orchard. We have purchased dichondra seeds. Project will involve marking out a section of the orchard to work on, weeding it, adding compost, planting the dichondra seeds and watering the area regularly for a couple of months until the ground cover is established. Work credit will be based on the amount of area worked on. You can start with a small area. If you have a suggestion of a different ground cover that will work better for the area, please let us know and we can work on purchasing the seeds. Please write to us with a picture of the section of the orchard you would like to work on to get more details and the materials.
6) Trial run for a new way to mark plot boundaries and create permanent pathways
We would like to find a more durable way (than the stakes we are currently using) to mark plot boundaries and find methods other than mulching to maintain our paths. Please send a proposal with your ideas and materials needed for a trial run with one or two plots and the paths surrounding them (can be your own plot and the paths surrounding it). We want to stay away from plastics, rubber, metal and use natural materials that are safe for an organic garden. Some ideas we are considering can be found here. Project will involve purchasing necessary materials and installing them. Purchasing and reimbursement information can be found here
7) Posting informational signs on our fruit trees
We have many fruit trees in our garden. All the trees in the garden (both in the community areas and private plots) are meant to be shared by the whole garden community. Many of the fruits from the trees are plucked by gardeners before they ripen. We would like to make laminated signs for each tree with the basic information about the tree (name of the tree, when does it fruit, when should the fruit be harvested etc) and post them on the trees so that all gardeners can share the bounty of the garden. Project would involve researching the tree type, making the signs, laminating them and posting them.
8) Paperless plot renewals for 2020:
We would like to transition to electronic waivers and garden rules forms for garden plot renewals and new plot assignments. We need a volunteer to help us get permission from the village office for paperless renewals in 2020 and set this up. Please write to us to get more details about past discussions about paperless renewals with the village office and next steps to be taken.
9) Setting up a pre-approved list of items for the garden
We would like to have a list of items that gardeners can bring into the garden without having to turn in a request approval form. The project will involve making a list of items and getting them approved by our garden adviser for a pre-approved list
10) Propose your own project:
Please write to us with any ideas you have for the overall betterment of the garden (example: suggestions of tools we can add, a better way to organize the tool shed, a better use for any of our common spaces or a better way to maintain them etc.) and we can try to create an independent project for you.