Garden clean up thank-yous & more…

Hi Gardeners!

I want to take a moment to truly and wholeheartedly thank those of you that came to our last community workday on Saturday the 17th.  We were able to get a lot of things done, and it couldn’t have been done without your help. Not only do you know who you are,  the board does too. So thank you for that. 

Of course, we could have gotten a lot more done with more help, and maybe some of us could have had a little shorter workday, too!  I just want to quickly remind those of you that didn’t come to the workday(s) this month, this year, or previous years, that community gardens require the community effort of the whole community.

It is understandable that sometimes a person cannot make it to a particular work day, but there are some people who never come to workdays, and it’s simply not fair to the rest of us.

I do not need an email explaining why you didn’t make it once, or even twice. We’re all adults, and we all have lives, and we all totally get it. But if you haven’t been to a workday, or otherwise pulled your weight in the garden for a while, then you are in violation of your contracted obligation to the garden (2h/mo., every month). In other words, when it comes time to renewing, we may have to have a conversation.

Part of that conversation can be addressed to the board to resolve issues that make it difficult for you to come. Even better: become a part of the board and offer some solutions. Again, I think everyone can understand the occasional inability to make it to a meeting, workday or workweekend. What the board and I are trying to address is the habitual abstention.

To be eligible to renew your plot next year, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have you planted and tended your plot yourself from Spring Clean up to Fall clean-up?
  • Have you participated in the scheduled whole garden clean ups?
  • Have you kept pathways around your plot weeded and free of obstacles?
  • Have you shown a friendly interest in the community at the garden by attending at least two of the scheduled Clean-ups, pot lucks, Seed Swap, Fun Raiser.
  • If you have a surplus in your plot, have you contributed it to the weekly collection for Camp St Ministries? (Or did you just let it rot on the vine that’s tangled in weeds?)

A note on this last point: it was really disappointing to see so much food go to waste over the last freeze. I was able to contact some people to go ahead and pick it for them, but we’re going to have to come up with a better plan for frosts and waste. We could have fed a lot of people with what just froze and rotted on the vine this year. We can do better. 

Your membership is to be terminated and reassigned to the (deep and always growing) wait list if: 

  • You never show up for anything on the schedule.
  • You fail to care for your garden.
  • You leave the care of your garden to persons unknown to the garden manager.
  • If you take anything from other gardeners plots without their knowledge or permission.

There is still plenty of weeding and other tidying up to do, and it’s really just not fair to lay that on the 24 people who regularly work in the garden outside their own plots. So if you haven’t been around in a while, and you’re looking to renew next year, I suggest that you get on down to the garden and get some tidyin’ done.

Last note: someone left a number of tomato cages in the pathways recently. You might say, “I didn’t know the combo to the shed,” and that could be true. But if that’s the case, you need to put your cages in your plot, not in the pathways until it can get worked out. They’re practically invisible and are very dangerous to people walking in the garden. Remember that the public is welcome to tour the garden, and it would be enormously upsetting if someone was hurt due to a gardener’s negligence.

Thank you for taking the time to read through this detailed note. I hope it will clarify the expectations of your membership to the garden. We want you to want to be a part of it, so let’s figure it out. Questions and concerns can be addressed through the comments section.

Most sincerely,
The board members of FPCG

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