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Easy-peasy hours: monthly work parties!

Some of you P-Patchers spend hours on end at the p-patch. The logbook bursts with the tally of your time. The garden — and the Ballard community — is the more delightful for your efforts. Hats off to you. You are most appreciated. Keep up the good work, we need you!

On the other hand, some of us are p-patch deadbeats. Demanding job, a full plate of parenting, overextended on volunteering — you name it. We can rationalize the hardship of squeezing EIGHT measly hours of greater-good P-Patch time over the course of the year. Listen up: it doesn’t have to be that hard.

Gardeners working in Ballard P-patch

Mother’s Day work party: finish prepping unused beds.

Work parties, next one: June 14 and 15

They happen the 2nd weekend of every month. Just plan on it.

You need to tend your plot anyway. Go on the 2nd Saturday or the 2nd Sunday of the month, and let yourself be caught up in the spirit of community. Next thing you know, you’ve racked up an hour (or three!) of volunteer time. Not only that, you’ve contributed to something bigger than yourself, and that makes you feel like the work you do MATTERS. You meet a few more gardeners, and darn it, but you get a little of the community glow. You’ll want to come back for more.

Don’t let the “work” in “work party” scare you, and don’t feel that you need to stay the entire duration of the session. Think of it this way: There’s stuff that needs doing in the garden. If you come during a work party, you won’t have to hem and haw and guess how to be useful. Someone will cheerfully provide easy-to-follow instructions. Stay as long or as little as you like (log your hours!). There’s a good chance that FOOD will be available. You will meet nice people. You will probably have… fun.

Next opportunity is this weekend: from 10:00 to 1:00 on Saturday, 11:00 to 1:00 on Sunday. Sure, Sunday is Father’s Day. Bring the kids! Perfect opportunity to dig in the dirt.

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