We are a community.

We pay for for the privilege of our garden plot each year with a small $ fee and 6 in-kind hours. This community effort is what keeps our garden growing and thriving!

Every plot holder signs up to be part of a team. Team Leads work to keep the team organized and productive, and make sure no one gets missed. Below are the responsibilities of the various teams. Where do you fit in?

The small print:  Plot holders are entitled to credit for in-kind hours worked in the area they signed up for at registration, but not random acts of kindness or other garden activities.

Equipment and Tools Team

General Requirements:

  • Check and maintain all tools
  • Repair handles etc or replace broken tools (board approval required if large expense)
  • Submit receipts for weed eater string, gas etc to board for reimbursement
  • Repair lawnmowers or weed eaters (lawn maintenance team lead will advise)
  • Check oil in the lawnmowers and weed eaters – oil is stored in the equipment maintenance room
  • All chemicals must be stored in the grey cabinet located in the equipment maintenance room
  • Keys to this room are different from the greenhouse or gas cage – these will be only given to volunteers in this area and must be returned at the end of the season. New lock spring 2018
  • Manage small fixes for the water supply. The city will manage any major problems. Please forward major concerns to  administrator@abbotsfordcommunitygarden.com)

Flower Beds Team

General Requirements:

Front of Greenhouse, Entrance, Large Pots Behind Greenhouse and Compost

Spring:

  • Check soil level in pots and the beds in front of the greenhouse to determine if they need to be topped up.
  • If additional soil is not necessary consider adding a 1 inch layer of organic matter (Gently work into the upper layer of soil by hand)
  • Prune as necessary by cutting back herbaceous part of the plant, not the woody part.

Weekly for April to September:

  • Weed and deadhead (Remove dead flowers)
  • Water thoroughly, as necessary. Pots will likely require more watering’s than the plants by the entrance.

September:

  • Clean up by cutting back dead stems
  • Cut back herbs in the pots.

Food Bank Team

General Requirements:

  • Do the Food Bank run weekly from around late June to mid-September:
  • Pick up food bin from the garden, deliver contents to the Abbotsford Food Bank, and return the bin to the garden. (You can use cardboard box and leave extra one in the office)
  • Determine your scheduled time for this pickup and mark lid of the bin for all gardeners awareness

Abbotsford Food Bank is located at 33914 Essendene Avenue, Abbotsford

Note that we do not compensate for mileage.

Greenhouse Team

General Requirements:

Weekly from April to September:

  • Sweep floors in the main area, corridor, bathroom and office
  • Clean bathroom
  • Clean and organize tools
  • Organize the work bench

Monthly from April to September:

  • Check the first aid kit and eye wash station. Complete the provided check list.
  • Notify the executive when first-aid supplies are low at administrator@abbotsfordcommunitygarden.com
  • Maintain a tool inventory. Notify the executive when tools need to be replaced.
  • Clean and organize (mostly plant pots) in the two back rooms. This is typically required in May, June and September

 Herb Garden Team

General Requirements:

  • The Herb Garden Lead will determine additional herbs to plant in the garden.
  • They will either purchase or arrange purchasing the herbs.
  • Usually by April, prune the lavender by cutting back the herbaceous part (not the wood)
  • Weed as needed
  • Water deeply once a week or more during days of extreme heat
  • In September, clean-up the area and work compost (if available) to the upper layer of soil.
  • October to November: Purchase straw and lay over plants to prevent winter damage

 Lawn Maintenance Team

General Requirements:

Read the safety instructions prior to use of the lawnmowers or weed eaters. By using this equipment you agree to follow all safety requirements.

  • Fill the red gas cans as necessary. These are located in the outside, caged gas storage area.
  • Cut grass and trim weeds in the following areas:
    • Around all plots
    • On each side of the greenhouse (use weed eater only within 5 feet)
    • Around all raised beds
    • By the orchards

    Use only pre-mixed gas (to be supplied)

    Social Event Committee

    General Requirements:

    • Plan two BBQ events – Mid Summer and Late Fall
    • Choose date for BBQ
    • Prepare an email for AGC admin to send to plot owners
    • Email includes:
      • Date of Event
      • Odd Plot Holders bring a Dessert
      • Even Plot Holders bring a Salad
      • Purchase a Ticket to attend for $2.00
      • Deadline to Purchase the Ticket (this will determine number of hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks to purchase etc. )
      • Tickets entitles individual to a Hamburger or Hot Dog and sharing of the desserts and salads.

Goat Care Team

General Requirements:

  • Feed, water and walk goats
  • Additional Instruction provided by Dr. Jane Pritchard

Potato Patch Team

General Requirements:

  • Potato Patch Lead to purchase potatoes, design layout of the area, and determines date to invite volunteers to plant potatoes.
  • Weed between the rows and between the plants throughout the growing season.
  • Water deeply once a week. Place your finger into the soil.  If it is dry, water the area until the soil is wet to a depth of 1 inch.  Potatoes need a consistent supply of moisture.  Waterlogged soil is detrimental as shallow watering.
  • Once plants are around 10 inches tall, begin hilling soil up around the plant. Continue as new plants emerge.
  • After the plants start to turn brown and die off, allow an additional two weeks with no water. This allows the potato skin to harden.
  • When potatoes are ready to harvest, put a note on the whiteboard that gardeners can begin to harvest.
  • At the end of the season, ensure all potatoes are dug-up and removed.
  • Seed the area to oats by mid-September to act as green manure over the winter.

 Winter Squash Patch Team

General Requirements:

  • Squash lead to purchase seeds, design layout of the beds, and determine date to invite volunteers to plant
  • Prepare the soil, seed and label beds
  • Replant if necessary
  • Weed weekly
  • Water weekly to a depth of 1 inch
  • When squash is ready to harvest, put a note on the whiteboard that gardeners can begin to harvest.
  • End of the season, remove plant debris (or work non- diseased plant debris into the soil),
  • If available, work compost into the soil.

 Summer Squash Patch Team

General Requirements:

  • Squash lead to purchase seeds, design layout of the beds, and determine date to invite volunteers to plant
  • Prepare the soil, seed and label beds
  • Replant if necessary
  • Weed weekly
  • Water weekly to a depth of 1 inch
  • When squash is ready to harvest, put a note on the whiteboard that gardeners can begin to harvest.
  • End of the season, remove plant debris (or work non-diseased plant debris into the soil),
  • If available, work compost into the soil.

 Work Bees Team

One two-hour work bee will be scheduled each month from May to September. Three will be on Saturdays and two on week day evenings. Check the white board for dates and times.

General Requirements:

  • Mandatory: team members must attend 3 of the 5 scheduled = 6 hours total
  • Lead will assign duties which may include:
    • Pressure wash chairs, picnic tables
    • Gather refuse and make dump run
    • Assist other teams as requested by leads
    • Various tasks as needed

Hose Maintenance Team

General Requirements:

In May

  • Bring out hoses and Irrigation Lines from Equipment Room
  • Inspect for leaks
  • Repair if necessary
  • Hang one hose on each garden area rack
  • Purchase new hoses if necessary ( prior approval from Board)
  • Check hoses through out the season

End of September

  • Collect hoses from all areas of the garden
  • Inspect, repair any leaks
  • Drain for the winter
  • Put all hoses in Equipment Room

Orchard and Raspberry Patch Team

General Requirements:

  • Prune trees, grapes and blueberry plants
  • Fertilize as requirements
  • Weed and water
  • Thin fruit trees as required
  • Remove infected fruit and tree fruit leaves as required

Raspberry Patch

    • In spring, trim and tie-back canes before buds begin to break
    • Prune all canes that bore fruit last year, they won’t fruit again. These will have grayish peeling bark
    • Remove any spindly or short canes
    • Thin to 4-5 of the healthiest, tallest and fattest canes per foot
    • Along the length of the row, tie back remaining canes
    • Weekly from April to June: water, only if needed, the soil (not the plants) to a depth of 1 inch
    • Weed the area weekly from July to August
    • Around September, prune plants by removing floricanes at the soil level. Do not leave stumps. The first year branches are called primocanes. They produce only leaves and buds for next year’s flowers and berries. The second season branches are called floricanes that produce flowers and fruit.

Signage Team

General Requirements:

  • Create professional looking signs for various areas of the garden.
    • Example: make a sign for the garden entrance stating something like: “Welcome to the Abbotsford Community Garden. If you are not a member, enjoy looking but do not pick. Only registered plot-holders may harvest.
    • Example: “Ready to Pick” or Don’t Pick” for areas such as the orchard, potato patch, squash patch, raspberry patch, blueberry patch
    • Other signs as requested by the board.