Service Hours

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All gardeners are required to log a minimum of six service hours per year. Three hours must be completed by June 30 and the remaining three by November 15. Service hours help to build community within the garden and keep our rates the lowest in the region. 

Below are some project ideas to complete your service hours. If you have an idea and aren't sure if it will qualify, please contact your garden steward or city garden staff at 503-526-2665 or GardenMail@BeavertonOregon.gov

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Suggestions

The lists below offer some service hour ideas for each garden. Contact your garden steward or city garden staff for more suggestions or if you have a service project idea.

All Gardens

  • Attend a work party
  • Make food for work parties
  • Weed around water sockets that aren’t placed inside someone’s plot
  • Coordinate/host a garden potluck
  • Coordinate a master gardener presentation at the garden
  • Build mason bee homes for the garden
  • Organize a seed, starts, plant swap
  • Reach out to local Eagle Scouts for projects – projects must have city garden staff approval
  • Write a newsletter article – city staff can email it the gardeners
  • Remove trash
  • Grow food to donate
  • Contact garden stewards for a list of gardeners who have asked for help. DO NOT enter another garden plot without permission – all plots have been rented. If you would like help from other gardeners cleaning up a difficult plot, please contact your garden steward.

Community Center Garden

  • Contact garden steward for activities

Kennedy Garden

  • Weed shared paths (entry gate area and paths along the east and north side at Kennedy, entry area at Welch)
  • Spread wood chips on shared path – see above
  • Water landscaping in shared areas – as needed
  • Remove trash/junk left near entrance
  • Volunteer in the Giving Gardens plots or St. Matthews pantry plots. Please contact Giving Gardens or St. Matthews before entering garden plots

Welch-Centennial Garden

  • Weed shared paths (entry gate area and paths along the east and north side at Kennedy, entry area at Welch)
  • Spread wood chips on shared path – see above
  • Water landscaping in shared areas – as needed
  • plastic sheeting removal along paths (contact garden steward Shondell for instructions)
  • poison hemlock removal (contact garden steward Shondell for instructions)

Wanted

We'd love to receive photos of your projects. Send us your before and after photos, or a photo of everyone at a potluck you organized, or a fun photo of a book list or class your organized. Whatever your project, we'd love to have photos to spruce up our website and share success stories. 

Please send photos to GardenMail@BeavertonOregon.gov