Work Contribution

Members work 4 hours each season per assigned plot for the upkeep of the Ithaca Community Gardens, or pay $15 per hour not worked. Work hours or payment for work hours is due by December 1 of the current season. Gardeners with special circumstances can apply to the board for a work waiver.

The work requirement (minimum of 4 hours) can be fulfilled by coming to at least two of the regular monthly Saturday workdays (see details below). Or you can doing a special job such as mowing, join one of the Gardens committees, or become a coordinator. You could even consider running for the board of directors, as there are often openings.

It is the member’s responsibility to sign in on workdays and to report any other hours worked in order to be credited with work hours. Each gardener is also expected to attend at least one member meeting, board meeting, social gathering or educational event per season.

Please review the many fun work options presented in this section in detail. We strongly encourage all gardeners to pitch in with more than the minimum requirement of 4 hours, if you can. Your work contribution is essential to the sustainability of the gardens; please do your part to keep this precious resource available! Feel free to contact the Board with any questions.


From April to October, our regular workdays are the last Saturday of the month from 10 am to noon. Gardeners sign up for at least two workdays to fulfill the minimum work requirement, but many gardeners come more often (even once a month) for the camaraderie, exercise, and free snacks! Drop-ins are always welcome. You can find this year’s work dates listed on our home page, and in the events calendar! New for 2017 Alternate Workdays. We plan to offer one mid-month workday/month: one Sunday afternoon/month (3-5 pm) during April, May, Sept and October, and one weekday evening/month (5:30 to 7:30 pm) during the hotter months of June to August, stay tuned for details!


These shorter, non-workday tasks are good for making up missing hours, or if you just can’t wait to get going! These can encompass clearing brush from fences, repairing deer fencing, mowing, clearing and digging plots needing renovation, etc. Check our Special Jobs page for more details or contact the Board. Let us know if you have an idea for another job that would benefit the Gardens and better fit your skills & scheduling needs.


Volunteer on one of the committees (Publicity/Communication/Outreach, Education, Fundraising, Elections, Operations, Registration, Land Permanency, Urban Gardening Day) to help spread vital tasks among more of the membership. Committees are a great place to apply your planning and organizing skills, with a more flexible schedule than Saturday workdays, and a wide variety of tasks to suit your interests. Full details on committee work are found here. If interested please contact the board to discuss!


Help make the gardens run smoothly. The plot fee of $25 is waived or refunded for these positions and all required work hours fulfilled by the work that you do. Jobs will likely take at least 8 hours. In general, committee coordinators convene and facilitate committee meetings as needed to identify projects and tasks, match individuals with jobs, help set task timelines, and liaison with the board. Other coordinators organize bigger garden tasks such as compost, mowing, elections, publicity, and special jobs. Full details on coordinator positions are here. You are welcome to take on one of these positions with a friend.


Consider running for the Project Growing Hope board of directors. Elections are held at the annual member meeting in the fall. All gardeners are welcome to attend board meetings, currently the third Tuesday of the month from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Gardeners often present proposals to the board, and attending meetings regularly is a good way learn more about the gardens and how to become a board member.

Eleven Member Board (2-year term of service)
President: Karen Smith (Fall 2016 to Fall 2018)   
Vice President: Will Parker (Fall 2017 to Fall 2019)
Secretary: Ron Liso (Fall 2016 to Fall 2018)         
Treasurer: Megan Mosher (Fall 2017 to Fall 2019)

Board Member: Maggie Wood (Fall 2016 to Fall 2018)
Board Member: Dan Hoffman (Fall 2016 to Fall 2018)
Board Member: Emily Iverson (Fall 2017 to Fall 2019)
Board Member: Marty Hiller (Fall 2017 to Fall 2019)
Board Member: Eva Marques (Fall 2017 to Fall 2019)
Board Member: Sheryl Swink (Fall 2017 to Fall 2018)
Board Member: Olivier Zanen (Fall 2017 to Fall 2019)

Honorary Board Member: Carolyn Peterson