Veggie Garden Lead Responsibilities. Requires about 1 hour, 30 Mins a week.
The Veggie Garden has 7 stations, and each have a small team of people to keep them going. The lead is everyone's point person for what's currently happening in the garden. The lead does not have to perform all of the responsibilities alone, but they work with others to complete all the microtasks taking place in the garden every day. This lead oversees:
1) 8 Veggie Boxes - The veggie boxes always have a point person who knows what’s going on. Of course, there can be more than one point person, but there should be at least one. There are so many herbs, fruits, ornamental flowers, and veggies, we need at least one person who knows about harvests and all the moving parts of how gardens work. The veggie boxes are seasonal because of harvest times, but year round in maintenance.
On Saturday’s people work as a team to weed, plant, prune, and harvest.
Throughout the week various veggie garden members weed and prune, but they don’t harvest so that the plants have time to grow from week to week.
Plan the upcoming season's harvest
Provide the plants with 100% organic pest control.
2) 3 Picnic Tables - 5 mins a week.
picnic tables are retouched with paint
arranged in the center of the veggie beds
Each have an umbrella that should be removed during heavy winds
Remain empty of table top decor, unless there’s an event
Checked for any damage that compromises the integrity of the table.
3) A Worm composting station - 30 mins per week - The worm composting station is an organic, sensitive, and living organism that keeps our produce fed. It’s located on the East side of the front house in a wooden box that’s partially buried. There’s always at least one point person for the worm composting station and no one should put any matter (organic or otherwise) until they’ve been properly trained on how to use the station. It’s a fun and interesting process to learn, so jump in and help any time you’d like to learn, because it’s not seasonal. The worm composter consists of 2 bins, living worms, and organic material.
- check the worm composter twice weekly
- Put food left by the community in the composter, twice weekly and make sure its damp as a wrung out sponge.
- The compost is prepared (or digested) on one side of the bin it's harvested by sifting it into a bucket with lid.
- The compost is then ready to use.
4) A compost tumbler - Time 30 minutes weekly - the compost tumbler is less sensitive than the worm composter, but it’s still sensitive, and as a result, we have one point person who knows the compost cycles so that we don’t upset the process. Around the tumbler you will see plastic buckets. Any time you have compostable items, put them in a bucket. The Composter lead/team will put them in the tumbler so as not to overwhelm the breakdown process of the organic material.
- The point person places the garden waste into the tumbler and adds Pinewood Pellets, in relation to the waste added to the tumbler.
- Anyone can rotate the bins at any time, but the lead rotates it at least 2 times a week, but ideally, every other day.
- Once the compost is finished on one side of the bin, it's ready for harvest and we begin working on the other bin.
- All compost is added to plastic bins.
5) Garden Supply storage 15 mins a week - The Garden Supply Storage are the two cabinets that bookend the worm composter. There you can find anything from twist ties, organic bug sprays, and garden tools. Feel free to use any of the tools to maintain the beds, just make sure to put them back when you are finished. If you see a tool out, simply grab it and put it back in it’s home.
- Check all of the supplies (sprays, powders, bags, etc) and make sure they are not expired or empty. If they are, find a replacement.
- Keep an inventory of garden tools.
- Keep the area organized and tidy.
6) in bed Irrigation 15 mins a week - In bed irrigation keeps our plants watered during the dry months. The main pipe is underground starting from the house, and going under the three most southern facing beds. Each bed has it’s own individual pipe leading from the main line to the it’s bed. There’s a drip system that waters the bed’s 4 days a week. They are checked once a week by different members of the team to look for breaks in the line or plants that are not being watered. The water lines include: 1 main water line, 5-7 rubber drip lines located on the soil in each bed, a watering system mounted on the house.
- Weekly, check the irrigation. Look for water that's not reaching certain sections of the bed, or "geysers" created from a broken tube. To check the irrigation, you will need to run the watering system attached to the house. The instructions can be found on the inside door with a breakdown of sections.
- Repair leaks if they occur
- Adjust the water output depending on the season
- Turn off irrigation during rain
7) Rain barrels 10 mins a week- The rain barrels are located on the corners of the homes. They collect rain and sea mist from the roof and drain the non-drinkable water into barrels located around the property.
- Check for leaks in the gutter
- clean the gravel trap on the gutter
- Check for debris in the gutter that could prevent water from getting to the barrel.
As always, we all try and stay on the lookout for stray garbage to be cleaned up. Any garbage can be thrown away in the bins along the fence in the alley.