Generally a community garden needs a core group of 8-10 committed volunteers (which we have) who tend the plot regularly and then other members can dip in and out as time allows. There is always someone on site who is an experienced gardener so we can accommodate everyone at all levels.
Members can turn up at any of the gardening sessions whenever it suits them; we don't need a hard and fast commitment. Obviously we do welcome people who have a lot of time and energy to give to the garden but some people just want to visit 3 or 4 times a year and that is fine too.
Everyone asks how we divide up the harvest – and we can assure you, it’s all very civilised. We pick what’s in season and leave it out on the table for anyone who is working that day to help themselves. Visitors to the garden can also take produce in exchange for a donation. But Gardeners get first dibs on the best veggies and of course they're free to them. With such a large plot we always have plenty to go round. Between July and October in particular there is a huge variety of fruit and vegetables to choose from!
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