• Sign up for and complete Open Hours by writing your FIRST name and LAST initial on the paper calendar in the garden notice board  (The calendars are also usually passed around during meetings.)
  • Remember to complete your Open Hours – save a reminder in your calendar, write on your hand, put a post it by the door – whatever works for you
  • Check the weather before you come – be prepared and be safe, use common sense (chance of rain? bring an umbrella, windy out? wear a jacket, a huge lightening storm is going on when your shift is starting? don’t risk being in the garden until it’s over).  Note: If there is bad weather and you do not feel safe in the garden, please do not stay – cross off your name and complete an open hours shift at a later time
  • If you will be late or can’t fill your Open Hours shift, please try to cross your name out before the shift so others can sign up AND/OR email the list serve to see if someone can swap
  • If you miss your Open Hours shift, please cross your name out prior to month end OR email the Service Hours Coordinators to make the appropriate adjustments
  • If you are late, please adjust the time to the closest 15 minute increment, eg 12:15-2:00
  • If you are at the garden when someone who has signed up is not present, please cross their name out but only if you are sure they are not there (Hours are taken directly from the sign up sheet and crossing out someone’s name means they will not get credit – do so with respect)  
  • If you arrive late to your open hours and your name has been crossed off, write your name back in and update it with the time you actually arrived

Open hours are a great time to keep the garden in order. Here are some activities to focus on during your shift:

  • Greeting visitors to the garden.  Please let visitors know that they are free to explore the garden, but not to disturb any plots. Flyers are available next to the noticeboard for any members of the public interested in becoming members.
  • Filling water barrels
  • Watering communal areas
  • Picking up litter
  • Organizing the shed
  • During the summer months ensure that there is no standing water, or potential for it, to discourage mosquito activity, upturn any wheelbarrows, buckets, containers or any other object that could collect water
  • Place refuse and recyclables at the curb outside of our garden no earlier than 5pm the night before our collection day.  (Note: There is no garbage or recycling collection on Department of Sanitation holidays.)
    • Refuse: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 
    • Recycling: Tuesday
  • Weeding communal areas (start with un-stewarded areas or check in with a Steward prior to your shift)
  • Do not sign the Open Hours calendar if you are doing a team/work day activity – the coordinator sponsoring the hours will report them based off a separate sign in sheet
  • Do not perform any major pruning without the permission of a Master Gardener and/or Steward
  • Do not cross any member’s name off the calendar unless you are sure they are not there
  • Do not sign up if two people have already signed up for a particular time
  • As a GreenThumb garden, we are committed to opening our garden to the public for 20 hours/week from April 1 – October 31
  • Only two members maximum per shift can receive credit
  • Being in the garden during unofficial Open Hours times does not count towards the posted Open Hours we’re obligated to complete or your Service Hours
  • The “garden year” in which all member hours are to be counted is currently Annual Meeting to Annual Meeting
  • All Open Hours are taken from the calendar sign up sheet
  • We rely on your honesty – if you are not at the garden, you should not receive credit
  • You can find your Open Hours credit as well as other points to help get you comfortable around the garden under the Current Members page