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Community Assignments 2022

Inquiries about Community Assignments may be directed to communityassignments@615green.org.

This page is a work-in-progress with several known issues:

  1. The names may be outdated; we will update soon.

  2. We are working toward greater clarity on how many volunteers are needed for each.

  3. Some complex assignments have their own pages, such as the Group Vegetable Garden. If you know of others, please tell us at  tech@615green.org.

—Aaron Sylvan, Tech Team

Community Assignments:

  • Arborist & Garden Tree Care

    • Trim trees. This role requires training.

  • BANG Representative (Mary Huhn)

    • Liaison with Brooklyn Association of Neighborhood Gardens

  • Carpenters (Bjarne Jonasson, Chad Rimer)

    • Fix wood structures around the property as needed.

  • Community Assignments Coordinator (Kyra Busque)

    • Explicate what each of the CA's entails (what the duties are, how much time is involved, whether that time is spread out evenly throughout the season or concentrated at points) and how many people are optimal for each crew or assignment

    • Help monitor the sign-ups so that Garden members are appropriately matched with available assignments and that crew numbers are appropriately distributed on the basis of need;

    • Check to ensure that there is a crew captain for each CA, preferably someone who is experienced at that assignment.

    • Check midway through season with crew captains to see how that CA is going.

    • Send out compliance letters to crew captains in November.

    • Record whether members have met their community activity obligations and, if not, attempt to facilitate ways that members might make up time lacking on their community obligations (e.g. leaf pickup, Christmas lights. holiday pot luck, snow removal and what ever might be needed that a member is willing to take on).

    • Forward data to steering community with recommendations for non-compliant members. The "check" points above, #3 and #4 are aspirational but an important safety net for members. We hope that they will give the membership guidance and support.

  • Community Outreach/Special Events (Elena Tate)

    • Pick up supplies at seasonal Green Thumb giveaways. Reaches out to community businesses for donations and support for 6/15 Green events, including the Harvest & Spring Festivals, bake sales and fundraisers, plant sales, Haunted Walk, etc. Ideally should also reach out to the local community to help with volunteer opportunities within the garden (which we will create). Liason with other community gardens, schools, organizations, etc. to foster colaborative opportunities.

  • Day of the Dead / Haunted Walk

    • Coordinate with Mixteca and/or local children organizations

    • Late Season (September) Plan Haunted Walk for Saturday near Halloween (usually the same day as the Park Slope Children's Halloween Walk). Come up with route, props & sets and recruit young actors and create budget for props and set. In the past, expenditures for props were about $100 and we had a donation bucket and usually brought anywhere from $200-250.

  • Food Justice/Coop Econ & Outreach

    • Must have studied or be knowledgeable about food justice concepts.

  • Fundraising & Grant Writing (Stephanie Daniels)

    • Should have knowledge of staging events and/or writing grants. Should be involved with major fundraising events at 6/15 Green, including plant sales and the Spring & Harvest Festivals.

  • Graphic Design & Signage (Carly Schonberg, Charlie Lederer)

    • We need designs for around 3-6 events per year. Each should be prepared for print (8.5" x 11"), instagram (square with much less text), and finally also provided as separate text + background for the website.

    • Team members should be conversant with Adobe Photoshop and/or Illustrator, solid understanding of web and social media conventions is preferable.

  • Individual Stewardships Coordinator

    • Maintain the waitlist, answer questions.

    • Coordinate with Steering Committee before making offering stewardships to members on waitlist.

    • Identify any neglected plots and encourage gardeners to either improve or yield their stewardship, as appropriate.

  • Information (Peter Brightbill & Sheila McDevitt)
    • Answer all questions that arrive via website.
  • Major Events/Festivals (Jane Martin-Lavaud, Brooke Dramer)
    • Coordinate Spring Festival, Harvest Festival and Winter Holiday Lights. The Major Events/Festival Staff work with Festival Coordinators. These stewards MUST be available to work the Spring & Harvest Festivals, and Winter Holiday Lights. Please refer to the garden calendar and confirm availability before signing up for this assignment.
  • Mediator

    • Intevenes at the request of the Steering Committee when conflicts arise betwen Garden members. Must be trained in dispute resolution and/or mediation.

  • Meeting Space & Speaker Curation

    • Help find monthly speakers for the garden meetings. Open the meeting space (physical or Zoom) ahead of meeting time and set up as needed. Coordinate breakdown of meeting space as needed.

  • Membership (Nicole Fisher & Pema Shakabpa)

    • Coordinate onboarding of new members. Answer all inquiries from prospective members.

  • Movie Night Coordinator

    • Choose movies and dates, arrange for viewing equipment and electricity, create advertisements (or connect with Graphic Design team for that), help publicize (or connect with Publicity and Social Media for that).

  • Open Hours Coordinator (Deborah Heckert)

    • Answer questions. Set up "signup.com" registration system.

    • Remind people to fill empty slots.

    • Nudge members who are not on track to meet their commitment.

  • Plant Sale Coordinators (Jessica Katz & Luz LeStrange)

    • Prepare and pick up (or organize pickup of) GrowNYC order

    • organize additional plant purchases, if needed (sometimes we get plants at Lapide's, a garden center where Eman shops and gets a discount)

    • organize volunteers to pot up plants from garden plots and keep them healthy until the sale; organize and brief volunteers for the sale (table setup, selling plants, break-down)

    • coordinate with other garden members involved in the Spring Festival, esp. promotion/marketing

    • ensure that we have what we need on the days of the sale (plant lists, price lists, plastic bags, change, etc.)

    • be responsible for handing over plant sale receipts to Treasurer; communicate with Steering Committee and garden membership as a whole on all issues re plant sale.

  • Publicity & Social Media (Rebecca Barr, Emily Brown, Carly Schonberg)

    • Post updates to Facebook and/or Twitter (but Website and Instagram are managed by Tech Team, below)

    • Works cooperatively with the Garden coordinators for Major Events (Spring and Fall Festival and Plant Sale), Community Outreach, Movie Night, Haunted Walk and Tech team to publicize 6/15 Green’s events

    • Place announcements in as many local event listings as possible and, if possible, getting local reporters to write a small article about the garden and event(s).

    • Prior experience and a list of media contacts are extremely helpful.

    • Build, develop, and maintain up-to-date media contacts, including print media, online media, radio/tv/local access cable, social media, community members who have expressed an interest in our events (neighbors, local community organizations, community boards, BIDs, local politicians, etc.)

    • Write concise press releases

    • Meet submission deadlines for listings with media contacts - at least 2-3 weeks before event, longer for optimal results

  • Sanitation (Tanya Neumann, Kristin Andersen)

    • Responsible for putting out on the curb all garbage, recycling, and garden debris that we ourselves do not compost.

    • Biweekly time windows, 2 weeks on and (usually) a 4 week rest in between.

  • School Tours/Guide (Sonja Neill Turner)

    • Answer questions for schools/daycares wishing to visit, including apprising them of our rules and expectations

    • Open the garden for such visitors, or make arrangements for someone else to open for them.

  • Senior Center/Call-A-Head (Maria Lazarini)

    • Coordinate maintenance of the port-a-potty.

  • Sidewalk and Street Trees (Rich Garr)

    • Keep the sidewalk clear of vegetation outgrowth

    • Remove litter and weeds from tree pits surrounding the garden.

  • Snow Removal/Winter Sidewalks (Will Cooley)

    • Commit to clear snow on sidewalks. Salt as neaded and clear a path to compost bin. This is a 2 person job but most likely there will also be volounteers to aid you. Also clear litter from sidewalks November - April.

  • Technology (web + email + instagram) (Aaron Sylvan, Tracy Wuischpard, Lydia Kwa)

    • Maintain the Website

    • Update Google Group to include new members each year for emails

    • Update each year the Team Directory email groups have the right people

    • Update each year the pages for Member Meetings, Group Projects, and Public Events

    • Maintain the Google Calendar so that people can subscribe to Garden Events

    • When special events have graphical flyers, post them to the website

      • Tech Team requests notice several weeks in advance. It is also a big help if flyers are sent with text+background separately, and with a square minimal-text version for instagram. Highly detailed information, such as an exact schedule of performers in an event, can go onto the Google Calendar but individual web pages will only have main information which is not subject to fine-tuning and updates.

    • Ensure that all web pages adhere to accessibility standards, and display well on mobile devices

Location Assignments:

  • 6th Avenue Garden (Hugh English)

    • Develop and maintain the several Community Plots adjacent to the 6th-Avenue fence.

    • We regularly amend the soil, weed, trim and water during dry periods. The willow poses challenges because it is both shady and dry.

  • 15th Street Garden

    • Develop and maintain the several Community Plots adjacent to the 15th Street fence.

    • Regularly amend the soil, weed, trim and water during dry periods.

    • Take care not to injure or prune the hops growing near the NW water spigot. Coordinate with the "hops people."

  • Children's Garden

    • Work that must be done on group work project day to get this area cleaned and ready come early spring

    • Remove bagged concrete and stones alongside the nursery on digging garden side.

    • Remove all debris and toys.

    • Digging garden should have pots, pails, trowels, rakes & shovels only. No Toys! It is not a playground!

    • Make paths in front of the seating areas with bricks.

    • Install new lattices to designate boundaries.

    • Remove the hedge.

    • Plant native plants along the edges to define the area.

  • Compost (Jeanne Bergquist)

    • At the Start of Season, the Compost Coordinator assesses condition of compost bin and, if needed, plans a Group Project Day activity to repair or rebuild them.

    • Throughout the Season, the Compost Coordinator solicits sawdust, leaves and other "browns" from businesses and individuals in the South Slope and nearby communities.

    • Arrange to have such "browns" picked up and distributed on Group Project Day.

    • The Compost Stewards (who need to be trained) turn the compost between the three bins, add browns when needed and regularly check on the condition of the compost bins.

  • Gathering Area / The Lawn

    • This position used to simply involve mowing the lawn back in the years before the willow changed the microhabitat and made a lawn impossible. (Because as it grew bigger it both shaded the lawn and its roots drew increasing amounts of moisture from the topsoil).

    • Open Question: Is there anything that needs to be done on a regular (weekly, biweekly) basis involving the Gathering Area that would justify making this a CA again?

  • Group Vegetable Garden (Jonathan Blumberg & Marian Marinovich)

  • Herb Garden (Julianne Zaleta)

  • Inner Back Garden / Native Plants (Suie Jen & Kelly Gordon)

  • Inner Front Garden / Cutting Garden (Shauna Fowler)

  • Picnic/BBQ Area

    • Open Question: Is there anything that needs to be done on a regular (weekly, biweekly) basis involving the Picnic/BBQ Area that would justify making this a CA?

  • Solar Pond and Memorial Garden (Tracy Fitz & Alberta Friscia-Watkins)

  • Tools & Structures (Peter Brightbill)

    • START OF SEASON:

      • Inspects all tools and discards those which are broken or which are too rusted to salvage and sharpen.

      • Compiles an inventory of tools and cleans and sharpens those (shovels, shears, cutting tools) with a sharpening stone.

      • Organizes Tool Lockers so that tools are accessible and are sheltered from the weather.

    • MID-SEASON GROUP PROJECT DAY:

      • Empties the Red Shed and, under guidance of a senior member, discards materials that are either broken, water damaged or are otherwise damaged and materials which have not been used for several seasons.

    • POSSIBLE LATER GROUP PROJECT DAY PROJECT:

      • Building new shelving to go along the entire rear wall of the Red Shed and Improving the lighting within it.

    • CONTINUALLY THROUGHOUT SEASON:

      • Rounding up tools left in garden plots and returning them to the Tool Lockers or Red Shed.

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