- Interested members are put together in a working bee group of six people. Ideally we put together people who do not live too far from each other. Ideally each working bee is a mix of experienced people and beginners, and all working bee members are keen able workers. There might be multiple working bee groups.
- The group of six decides what day of the week or fortnight or month suits them to have their working bees. On the day the six members meet in the garden of the person who has agreed to host first. The group works there for 2 hours. The host provides tea and coffee and something simple for morning tea. People arrive at 9am and leave at 12.
- In the weeks leading up the host decides what work the group will undertake. If it requires particular tools, the host will send an email to the other five working bee members, so people bring them. Jobs might be making or turning a compost heap, shifting rocks, shaping a garden bed, installing irrigation, weeding or mulching, whatever. The best jobs would be those that the host would not know how to do, or that would be much better done with six people.
- Next time the group works in the second host’s garden. After everyone in the group has hosted a working bee, the group returns to the first host’s garden to do more work there.
- This is a morning or afternoon or evening of work, with a coffee and tea break. At the end the group has done a nice bit of work, all under the motto ‘six people can do so much more than one’.
- For every time you host a working bee, you work five times in other people’s gardens. The members of the group do their best to turn up every time. This initiative would not be for people who would only be able to attend sporadically. If it rains, the group still meets, but may start with coffee, and then work when the rain stops. The working bee becomes a reliable way of getting garden jobs done. Group members learn from each other, and might well become good friends.
- Once up and running, a working bee group mostly runs itself with little or no interference by people outside the working bee group. Working bee groups would be an addition to what the Food Garden Group offers. Monthly food garden visits would continue.
- Group size is limited to six, as a bigger group would become too big for one person to manage on the day, and you also have to wait too long for your turn.
If you do like this concept and would like to become part of a working bee group, or have a question, please send an email to Max at firstname.lastname@example.org