Get your hands dirty
You may have noticed that, unlike many other community gardens, 6BC is not divided into individual plots. Instead, our garden was planned and is maintained to reflect a single overall design. Some of our members do take on the responsibility of planting and keeping up particular sections of the garden, in accord with the larger design. You may be able to do this after you have become familiar with the garden and demonstrated your gardening skills.
Whether you are an experienced gardener or a complete beginner, you will have plenty of opportunity to 'get your hands dirty.' All members are encouraged to weed and clean paths and open areas whenever they visit and to take part in planting and maintenance sessions organized by other members. (Be sure to ask the member in charge of a particular bed before you weed or cultivate there in their absence. )
We encourage members to expand their skills by working with our more expert members as well as by completing local courses in pruning, composting, garden design and the like.
Contribute your skills--whatever they are
If you already have a particular expertise --in composting, shade gardening, pond maintenance, organic pest control, plant selection or whatever-- speak up! We're sure to find a way to put your skill to use.
But even if you aren't a gardener, and don't want to dig in the dirt, we encourage you to become a member. We also need carpenters, builders, event planners, organizers--and just plain hard workers--to keep 6BC green and growing.
Photos: top, Corey Harris © 2006;bottom, Erica & Adam © 2007.