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Track Work Hours for 2021

For 2021 we are going online! Tracking work hours had been a heavy lift for garden volunteers… so we are streamlining things.

You can track a few people in one form submission (ie if you have 2 people each doing 2 hours just write 4 hours!). If we have a group workdays that are COVID safe the site leader will either use a clipboard or ask you to track it with this form. We assume many people might keep doing “solo” hours. The goal is to keep things simple for all- let us know if you have any questions.

How many hours do I have?
Gardeners to see how many work hours you have look at this spreadsheet: https://airtable.com/shrJ3YvRIP7ATwDPO. It might be outdated by a few days after a work day if you didn’t use the form- have patience.

Waitlisters- we are working on a way to share your work hour information for now email to get an update if you need- will let you know.

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Join the Plot Waitlist

We have updated the waitlist process for 2021. Please fill out the Plot Waitlist Form and you will be added to the contact list for the garden (instead of just emailing the garden address as in the past). You will get confirmation by being invited to join the garden google group- you will get updates about work hour times and events. Submit the Waitlist Work Hours form when you do any hours (or the person running the workday will do it for you).
Once you complete your 4 hours you will be added the completed work hours waitlist for open plots. Plots will be assigned in the order of time from completion of your work hours (so the sooner you complete your hours the better!). A few plots open up every year but its hard to know what will happen! We will share your “place in line” at the end of the season in the winter.

At this time about 6 households/people are “qualified” by completing their min. 4 work hours and are waiting for a plot to open up. Quite a number of others haven’t completed the full 4 work hours but might anytime this season. Sometimes existing plot holders want to share a plot vs. give it up and we reach out to those who have completed hours to see if they want to share. If they “share” a plot they can keep on waiting for their own in the same order!

Any questions? Contact the Steering Committee.

Calendar for 2021- Work Days, Events, and Deadlines

Work Days have been updated for 2021! Please get in 1 hour before July.

Work Calendar Minton Stable Garden 2021

If you want to lead a work day, please email mintonstablecommunitygarden@gmail.com. Leaders of work days get a bonus hour towards their total volunteer hours.

Garden Tools and Safety

On the topic of safety in the garden with respect to COVID-19, we ask that people follow the current public health guidelines and continue to practice social distancing by remaining at least 6 feet from other individuals.

We still want to be able to provide common tools for people to use since we understand that many gardners do not have these tools at home.  These common tools will still be provided for gardening but in order to prevent the spread of the virus, we ask that you please take the following precautions:

  • Bring your own gardening tools from home if possible.
  • Bring your own gardening gloves from home if possible.
  • Biodegradable soap will be provided at the water station closest to the shed for hand washing (once the water is turned on).
  • Wipe down community tool handles before and after use.  There is a new cleaning station at the shed with rags and anti-bacterial spray.  Throw away rags after use.

Its 2020- how many work hours do I have? Find out here!

Coming back in 2020 we have a handy way to check work hours and plot agreement status based on your plot number. While it might not be immediately updated to date (off by a week perhaps as a volunteer needs to input the work hours sheets) this should be a good reminder through the season! If you have any questions or it seems way off contact the steering committee.

 

Garden Tools and Safety

We ask that people follow the current COVID-19 public health guidelines and continue to practice social distancing by remaining at least 6 feet from other individuals.  If public health guidelines change, please implement those practices.

We still want to be able to provide common tools for people to use since we understand that many gardeners do not have these tools at home.  These common tools will still be provided for gardening but in order to prevent the spread of the virus, we ask that you please take the following precautions:

  • Bring your own gardening tools from home if possible.
  • Bring your own gardening gloves from home if possible.
  • Biodegradable soap will be provided at the water station closest to the shed for hand washing (once the water is turned on).
  • Wipe down community tool handles before and after use.  There is a new cleaning station at the shed with rags and anti-bacterial spray.  Please put used rags in the bin to be washed.

If anyone has questions or concerns about this topic or anything else related to the garden, please email us at mintonstablecommunitygarden@gmail.com.  We wish all of you health and safety both at home and in the garden.

Work Hours for 2020

Instead of having designated work days because of COVID-19 public health concerns, we have created a spreadsheet listing garden projects that people can work on to complete their work hours.  To complete work hours, you can select a project on the list, keep track of the amount of time you spend on the project, and then enter your plot number and time spent on the spreadsheet when you are done.  Some of the projects listed will likely require multiple people to complete, so please include a few notes about what you did and what is left to do on the spreadsheet so that others can pick up where you left off.  If you have questions about a project listed, please contact Carl Lowenberg at 617-909-2749.

As the gardening season continues, this spreadsheet will be updated with new projects and identifying projects that have been completed, please review it before you plan to work on a project in the garden.  We know that this is a big change from our work day system that we’ve had previously and ask that you be understanding as we work out any kinks in the process.  Hopefully, at some point during the garden season, we will be able to transition to hosting work days.