The Madison Community Garden is a triumph of volunteerism. With ‘seed’ money from the Borough of Madison paying for materials, the efforts of the prospective gardeners made the concept a reality. The deer/rodent fence was installed by able and willing, but inexperienced, volunteers—as was most of the water system, the plot layout, and much of the rest of the Garden.
The upkeep of the Garden also requires the sweat equity of gardeners. As part of the plot agreement, all gardeners need to dedicate at least two hours yearly of volunteer efforts for the Garden. Much of this occurs during dedicated garden work days, which are held a few times each season. These efforts make short work of big chores, like weeding and chipping the pathways. When everyone volunteers their time it makes a huge difference in the appearance of the Garden.
There are also a number of chores which need to be done throughout the season. Gardeners, especially ones who might not be able to attend the work days, are encouraged to join teams to help support these tasks: