garden management sustainability
I would love to get some feedback on a dilemma on which I am currently
trying to advise the Garden Leader at one of our larger garden
The volunteer Garden Leader puts in many, many hours of time to manage
this garden that has 95 plots and over 100 participants. The Leader
has done this for quite a while (over 20 years?? - maybe a bit
less). The plot fees were recently raised to $20 per plot and that
was difficult to do because they did not want to make the cost
prohibitive. The money goes to regular maintenance and event
costs. The Leader has a team of people who helps them and gardeners
need to do 10 - 20 hours of community time each year. However, the
Leader is getting burnt out and there isn't exactly people knocking on
the doors to become leader.
I discussed with the Leader the possibility of paying someone to do some
of the duties (as another garden in Cleveland does). Does anyone
have any suggestions on setting up a more sustainable structure for the
management of this garden? Incidentally, the garden is under
pressure from the surrounding neighborhood that has gone through somewhat
of a gentrification and is one of the most desirable neighborhoods.
Therefore the Leader expressed some fear that if they stepped down there
would be condominiums being built on the garden site in a few
Thank you in advance for your time and any ideas shared.
Ohio State University Extension, Cuyahoga Co.