Gardeners owe one workday per year per plot to help contribute to community chores.

Workdays are mostly on Saturday, starting promptly 9 am and ending at 12 noon. In the summer, we sometimes start the workdays earlier in the morning to take advantage of the cooler temperatures. We have occasional Sunday and weekday evening workday sessions as well. Workdays are mostly at Eagle Heights, but we also schedule some for the University Houses gardens.

Information on time, date, location, and tasks planned is available on the Registrar’s weekly Wednesday email, with a link to Doodle to sign up.  Also, be sure to sign in on the paper workday sheet when you arrive for the workday, to make sure you get credit for your hard work. If you don’t sign up in advance, you may be asked to come back on a different day depending on the tasks and the turnout. Please bring:

  • Drinking water (you can refill your water bottle from the taps)
  • Gloves to protect your hands (optional)
  • Bug spray, sun screen, hat, etc. to keep you comfortable

What counts as a workday?

One workday is:

  • One gardener representing a plot working during one workday.


  • A payment of $32 for the no-workday option.  This may be paid with your plot fees or any time up until December 1 each year.

What happens on a workday?

Group leaders organize and direct work. Gardeners work together to improve the gardens through community projects such as:

  • Rehabilitating plots that have been abandoned before reassignment to a new gardener
  • Wall building and path maintenance
  • Arbor maintenance
  • Compost and weed pile consolidation
  • Tool repair and painting