Adelphi Acre’s Stewardship teams are the backbone of the garden and have been created to strengthen the community, better manage the monthly workdays, various administrative tasks, and special projects. Participation in stewardship teams is mandatory. Individual teams will help members to meet their required monthly two (2) hours of service, give members a choice in the area or activity to which they prefer to dedicate their time, enable members to connect with each other, and eases the burden of scheduling around everyone’s availability. Through a more organized team structure, we will be able to keep our “Acre” tidy, pruned, weeded, watered and mulched.
AS A REMINDER: The first year’s maintenance report to the City of Austin will be due May 1st, 2016, and should include an estimated 575 community service hours. The second report will be due May 1, 2017 and will include the remaining hours estimated close to 575. Part of the community match that paid for the garden infrastructure was calculated in projected member service hours. Failure to complete these hours puts our garden in jeopardy.
Maintaining your plot and the surrounding 2′ perimeter counts towards basic plot maintenance but does not count towards required service hours. Service hours are only fulfilled by working in community areas or on special projects.
Each plot holder is required to select at least two stewardship teams to participate in. We recognize and appreciate that many members have family or friends assisting in their plot maintenance, and we also encourage these people to join a stewardship team.
All teams require a captain or co-captains to organize projects, communicate with team members, and set team goals. If you are interested in leading a stewardship team, please select “I want to be a captain” under the Stewardship Team Caption option. We will contact you with your team members’ information and more details. Each team will also report to a designated steering committee member. If no leadership positions are taken, members will be selected to manage their team on a quarterly rotational basis.
To find a stewardship team that is right for you, one that suits your interests, skills and abilities, please review the team options below.
Note: Teams may be consolidated or changed as the needs of the garden change over time.
This team provides support for ongoing special build projects throughout the garden, which includes delivery of materials and construction of projects. Future projects include installing solar panels and battery in the tool shed, an apiary at the center of the butterfly garden, and a second gabion basket on the Adelphi side.
The Education team oversees both our children’s program – Adelphi Seedlings, and developing horticulture workshops for the general garden membership. Plot 36, the 10′ x 20′ garden bed on the Amherst side is the Children’s Garden bed. Team members will help to amend the soil, water throughout the week, and harvest vegetables. Workshops and educational events at the garden will be focused around gardening techniques, organic pest treatment, beneficial bugs, companion planting, water conservation, nutrition, cooking, and similar topics.
The compost team maintains the compost area, turns, waters, and adds to the compost under the direction of the compost coordinator. Additional duties include collecting materials from Compost Coalition donation sites when needed/available, and leading compost-focused work days when the compost is a priority task. The team is also tasked with developing a Zero Waste initiative.
Responsible for planting, fertilizing, maintaining, watering, harvesting, and delivering produce from the two pantry beds to the food bank drop off at Covenant United Methodist Church. In addition to the continued management of the pantry beds, this team will also work on developing outside volunteer relationships, and will be tasked with initiating a diversity program for the garden.
In the Fall of 2015, TreeFolks selected AACG as the first community garden in Austin to create an urban fruit orchard. The orchard is home to a Texas Everlasting Fig, a Warren Pear, a Twentieth Century Pear, a Wonderful Pomegranate, and two Fuyu Persimmon. The orchard team will oversee and ensure the orchard is kept weeded, and mulched, and that the fruit trees are irrigated and maintained.
Sponsorship and Fundraising
This team will pursue sponsorship opportunities in support of various garden projects and features. Potential projects identified include a greenhouse and an apiary. The team is also in charge of keepsake sales of garden branded t-shirts and water bottles.
Responsible for maintaining the plantings in the Fragrant Garden, the Dry Garden, the gabion basket beds, the Herb spiral, and the Butterfly Garden. This includes weeding, planting, mulching, and watering as needed.
Oak Grove Team
Responsible for leading work days that maintain the community area. This includes weeding, mulching, poison ivy removal, trimming of invasive plants (no digging allowed in this area), and pruning.
Paths and Perimeter Team
Responsible for mowing and weeding the fence perimeter areas and keeping the mulch and gravel pathways weeded and maintained.
Marketing and Events Team
Responsible for promoting the garden to the wider community and for organizing potlucks, community events, festivals, plant sales, and other social events.
Will maintain an up-to-date digital record of our stewardship hours so that they can be viewed on our website. Handle the various administration duties to help keep the garden running smoothly.
Plot Restoration Team
This team will prepare and maintain relinquished or abandoned plots, keeping the beds weed free, and properly mulched, until that plot has been released to the next holder. Team members will orient new plot holders with the current condition on their plot and what measures they can take for a successful bounty.
Team Leader Positions
Leadership positions will run for one calendar year. All Stewardship Team leaders will have Adelphi Acre Google Calendar editing permissions and will be responsible for updating the calendar with work days or projects. Team leaders will call meetings to plan workdays, and communicate with their team via the teams Rallyhood portal.