I’m a stickler for neatness. Ask any one of the Grounds guys and they’ll tell you I’m always “encouraging” garage or break room cleaning. On an occasion, when it gets out of hand, I have to assign it, but overall they do a good job.
So, enter Stuart: Center for Peace and Global Citizenship garden intern. He’s done an amazing job on the garden, never has it looked so good. He’s expanded the the number of raised beds and is growing a wide array of fruits and vegetables. Nice job, Stuart!!
So, what’s my gripe? Considering that the garden is surrounded by student and private residential apartments, the original agreement was that the garden needed to be kept clean and neat. I’ve mentioned this to Stuart on a couple occasions and have received puzzled looks. I figured he probably had no idea what I was talking about so I volunteered to work with him to show him what needed to be done.
I was talking about this to my summer student workers, when one mentioned that he had helped himself to produce on occasion. I asked if he gave back to the garden by weeding or watering. He replied, very sheepishly I might add, in the negative. Voila! A solution. So, bright and early on a Tuesday morning, Stuart and my summer workers gave the garden a good clean. I even managed to broker a deal where we would linetrim around the raised beds weekly in return for vegetables.
I love it when a good plan comes together. Now if only we could prevent the students from peeing….