Re: advice please re paying a stipend to a gardener
I am currently dealing with a similar issue with one of the community
gardens in Cleveland (similar though very different). Another large
garden here does pay someone. He helps maintain some of the school
property also on which the garden lies. Actually, it's also a
security issue because the garden is so large (over 100 plots and about 2
- 4 acres) and one time somebody fainted in the garden and no one knew -
they needed medical help but it took a while to get it there. So,
it just works better for them to pay a person.
The other site has a few dedicated volunteers ( a site committee) who do
a lot but also, every plot MUST contribute 10 hours of community
time. If they don't do it in the next few weeks they are called and
expected to come to garden clean up day, the last day of October.
It takes time for the Garden Leader to make phone calls but it
works. If they don't do their community time they don't get a plot
- Best of Luck, Lynn
At 03:45 PM 10/06/2004 -0300, you wrote:
garden has 100 plots and most of the people who garden go about their own
business and do not help with communal jobs. This is despite people
agreeing to help, signing up, etc. We have one gardener who has done most
of the important routine tasks, like setting up and maintaining our water
system, mowing common paths and areas, and dealing with any
labour-intensive issue that arises. We would be lost without him but feel
he is being taken for granted. Here's where the advice is needed: we
would like to pay him a stipend, honorarium, whatever you want to call
it, of maybe a couple of hundred dollars per season that he does this
work. He knows nothing about this idea. The money's not a lot but at
least it would recognise his importance to the continuance of the garden.
We also have a significant amount in our budget so would not be adversely
affecting the garden's financial situation. Appreciate any feedback; the
committee has a meeting tomorrow(Thuirsday) night.
Saint John, Canada
Ohio State University Extension, Cuyahoga Co.