Member Responsibilities

List of Responsibilities
  • Community Workdays
  • General Meetings
  • Compost Duties

What are member responsibilities?

By joining the community garden, we agree to work together and upkeep not only our garden plot, but our surrounding spaces as well. Together, we can keep our community beautiful and continue to enjoy our green spaces year round.

Community Workdays

Community Workdays are every 3rd Saturday morning of the month. We hold a short meeting to welcome new gardeners and talk about what areas need maintenance. As a group, we mow grass, pull weeds, prune plants, turn compost, and install special projects, if any.

We encourage people to come to as many workdays as possible with the minimum being 1 workday per member, per year. We send out email reminders one week before our workdays, and workdays are included in our PPCG calendar as well.

General Meetings

We hold general meetings semi-annually, one at the beginning of the year and then one mid-year. We ask that members attend to vote on new leadership at the beginning of the year, as well as attend our mid-year meetings to get an update on general garden news.

Compost Duties

All members are expected to complete one shift of compost duty per year. Here’s what compost duty entails:

  1. You sign up for a shift.
  2. At least one time during your shift, you turn the compost piles.
  3. If you’re unable to shovel due to a physical limitation, you can deliver coffee grounds to the garden instead of turning the piles.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I sign up for a shift?

  • Shifts are one week long. They start on Saturday and end on the following Friday.
  • You can sign up for your shift by using the COMPOST CALENDAR
  • The calendar only works if you have a Google account. If you don’t have or want a Google account, email the Compost Coordinator. We can talk dates and get you scheduled– the calendar is intended to be a convenience, not a requirement.
  • The calendar is easiest to use if you change the view to “Month” using the drop down menu in the upper-right hand corner.
  • To sign up, click on a Saturday that doesn’t have anyone else’s name on it to claim that week. Change the end date of the “event” you’re scheduling to the following Friday. 
  • Look at the month of September 2020 for examples of successful scheduling.

What do I do when it’s my shift?

At least one time during your shift, on whatever day you choose during that week, you are responsible for turning the compost piles or delivering coffee grounds.

Delivering Coffee Grounds: There are tons of coffee grounds outside, free for the taking, in the green space behind the back of the parking lot at Epoch Coffee. Bring a bucket. Fill your bucket. It’s OK if you get a few filters. It’s OK if you get a few tea bags. Bring the coffee grounds back to the garden and deposit them into the plastic boxes next to the compost piles (note: these boxes, if empty, are stored upside-down. Turn them right side up and make sure to close the lids when the coffee is inside.

Turning The Compost Piles: 

  • Grab a pitchfork from the tool shed. 
  • There are two “hot” compost piles– one north and one south. These are the piles you want to turn. Do not worry about the “cold” compost piles. Compost piles and their temperatures are labeled.
  • Notice the pile of decomposing organic matter in one of the gated compost bins.
  • Remove the metal gates from in front of the hot compost bins. What we call “bins” look more like cages. There are two gates – a big one and a little one. Remove both.
  • Shovel the pile from the bin/cage that it’s currently occupying to the empty, newly-gateless bin/cage that is right next to it. 
  • Move the whole pile from where it was, to the other bin/pen/cage.
  • Put the gates back on.
  • Repeat on the second pile (ie, if you started in the north compost area, go south, and vice-versa).
  • Rinse off the pitchfork and put it away.
  • Voila!

Sifting the Piles

When the compost has broken down completely, it’s time to sift. You can either shovel the compost to the top of the mesh at the top of the bin, letting it fall through the other side, or you can sift the compost using the screen that’s kept in the shed.

Either way, keep the material that doesn’t fit through the screen for the next pile. 

Building the Piles

There should be a balanced ratio of green matter to brown matter in each compost pile that is built. For more information about building the compost piles, please visit: https://vric.ucdavis.edu/pdf/compost_rapidcompost.pdf.

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