1) How many work hours are required per season?
A: Gardeners are required to complete 6 hours of work on community areas PER PLOT. (So gardeners with second plots would have to complete 12 hours of service for the season).
2) How do I get my required 6 hours of work done?
A: You can complete your work days in 1 of 3 ways:
1. by signing up and going to three 2-hour work days;
2. by participating on the mowing team; or
3. by participating on the grapevine/hops team.
There may be more opportunities to get hours as the season continues. Please email us for more info or to sign up for the mowing or grapevine teams.
3) How do I sign up for work days?
A: You can sign up for work days via this Doodle link. If the work day is grayed out, it means that the maximum number of participants have already signed up for that day.
Although only 3 work days are required, it is a good idea to sign up for 4 days, in case 1 of them is cancelled.
4) How can I check how many hours I’ve completed or what work days I’ve signed up for?
A: You can check which work days you’ve signed up for, as well as how many work hours you have completed so far, by going to this link and typing in your plot number. Work day leads manually add the completed hours into this form, so please be patient and give us a few days to update this form after work days.
5) What happens if I can’t attend a work day that I’ve signed up for?
A: Please email the WPCG email address if you can’t make your work day.
6) How do the work days work?
A: Work days are held either on Saturdays (10 am – 12 pm) or Tuesday (6 – 8 pm). You can check the schedule on the WPCG website, and sign up via the Doodle link. If you aren’t participating in those work days, please do not work in the garden during those times (new for 2020 for COVID).
Please show up promptly at the start time and be prepared to work the full 2 hours. There will always be 1 garden lead/officer present at the work day to distribute work tasks.
7) What kinds of activities will we do during the work days?
A: These tasks vary based on the time of the season. It can be weeding, weed whacking, seeding pathways, and putting up fencing. Later in the season, tasks may include picking produce and cleaning up for the winter.
8) Can I just drop into work days?
A: For the 2020 season, drop-ins are NOT permitted for work days. This is because we want to maintain appropriate social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. A lead may ask you to leave if you are not signed up for that work day.
9) What happens if it rains?
A: If it rains prior to the start of the work day, but it is still slippery outside, the work day will be cancelled (no work hour credit). Leads will communicate this to gardeners via email or text if the work day is cancelled.
If it rains DURING the work day, gardeners who show up will receive 2 hours of credit.
10) What happens if there isn’t two hours of work to do?
A: If the work day is dismissed early, gardeners who show up will still receive 2 hours of credit.