Q Gardens is managed communally. We share planting and watering responsibilities, and also share in the garden harvest.
The best way to get involved is to just start coming to the garden during open hours, asking questions, and jumping right in. All upcoming events are listed on our calendar.
Q Gardens has the following teams:
Composting team: Manages the 9-bin composting system at the garden. Team members sign up for 2-hour composting shifts (as many or few as they want) and, during the shift, they help receive food scraps being delivered to the garden by community members, chop the food scraps with shovels, weigh the scraps, add the scraps to the bins (along with dried leaves and/or sawdust), and aerate the full bins by stirring them. To join the composting team, email firstname.lastname@example.org and, for additional info on what we do and do not compost, see the composting page).
Herb team: Sustainable Flatbush and Sacred Vibes Apothecary apprentices helped Q Gardens establish its healing herb garden in 2015. Q Gardens is now looking for people interested in caring for and expanding our selection of medicinal and non-medicinal herbs. We’re also interested in improving the labeling of our herbs and would love to hold more workshops to teach people about the practical uses of different herb varieties. Let us know if you are interested in helping out!
Cat team: Q Gardens is home to a cat colony that is cared for by an independent cat team, led by Elizabeth Champ. The Cat team’s duties include feeding the cats, providing water, weekly cleaning of the cat shelter area, cleaning out the cat litter boxes, and fundraising for food and medical expenses. To learn more about the Cat team, please visit the Q Cats website: qgardencats.wordpress.com
Bee team: Q Gardens launched a community beekeeping project on a nearby rooftop in 2017 (see our bee blog). Twelve bee apprentices participated in year one, learning to keep bees through informal classes and the hands-on maintenance of our hives.
Garden Events team: Leads the planning of non-gardening events, such as summer cookouts, our fall pumpkin smash, etc. We currently need people interested in planning social events in the garden! In addition, we are looking for people interested in hosting garden open hours! It could be an hour you spend each week in the garden doing art, reading a book, anything really!
Garden Coordinating team: Currently made up of three members (Anne, Natalia, and Sarah), this team works together on day-to-day planning and coordination of Q Gardens, growing our partnerships, and troubleshooting issues that come up. To join this team, a person must have been actively involved in the garden for at least six months and must have attended at least three Q Gardens meetings.
If you are interested in getting involved, please get in touch via our contact page!