New Gardeners


New Gardeners Rental and Volunteer Programs

By “new gardeners” we only mean “new” to us, or new to renting a bed in the ICG.

With consideration due to experience — we have settled on the following outline for the New Gardeners Rental and Volunteer Programs in 2021.

All of the following points will be discussed in as much detail as necessary to clarify them during your In-person Orientation.

In-person Orientation

  • All new gardeners are required to attend an In-person Orientation before working in the Garden.

    • UNLESS you have already attended an In-person Orientation.

    • In-person Orientation sessions will take place in late April and early May.

      • Scheduled dates will be emailed once they have been determined.

    Volunteer Program

    • The volunteer program focuses on the ICG’s Communal Garden.

      • Volunteer activities in the Communal Garden will include preparing beds, planting, tending, watering and harvesting.

      • Volunteer activities in the Communal Garden will be group oriented and supervised.

      • For an overall view click on the link Communal Garden and scroll down to Planting Plans.

    • The “standard” hourly volunteer requirement in the garden is 5 hours per rental bed per gardening season.

      • Please note that if you have “secondary contact” or “assistant gardener” their volunteer hours will accumulate to your bed.

    Fee Schedule

    • We will require new gardeners to add a volunteer Remittance Fee of $75 to their bed rental fee of $60 in order to rent a bed.

    • This $75 fee may be reclaimed at the end of the gardening season

      • In order to reclaim this fee a new gardener must have a “positive balance” of 5 volunteer hours recorded in the Volunteer Log Book at the end of the gardening season.

      • This is as simple as it sounds — especially once you see how its done.

      • Please click on this link Volunteer Log Book and open the Example tab to see how a calculation is made.

      • Also, please note the Example above pertains to a “returning gardener” not a “new gardener” … but the calculation is the same.

      • Interested parties may also want a more detailed look at Volunteer Harvest Reward(s)

    • Partial refunds of the Remittance Fee will NOT be available — so remember to record all your volunteer hours.

    Fee Payments

    • All new gardeners must complete their fee payments in full by the date emailed to them upon submission of their online form.

    • Fee payments to be made by EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer).

    • Please get your fee payment in on time — we cannot make exceptions for this deadline.

    Bed Assignments

    • All new gardeners will be assigned a bed — assignments will be communicated by email.

    • For details on Bed Assignments please see: Bed Assignments