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bob-workshop-480Comments on setting up and running community workshops based on our experience:

A team approach works best. If one individual does it all, they can burn out.

The key roles which can be split up are: teaching the technique, inspecting possible sites before hand for appropriateness, a contact person for registration and developing a database of e mail addresses and someone to handle promotion –getting articles in local newspapers and on community calendars.

Advance registration is essential. If too many individuals show up, it makes it difficult to teach well. Our experience is that 15-20 individuals is a good size and then put others on a waiting list. More individuals can be taught if there are multiple instructors. If 5 or less register, we cancel and shift them to a later date.
We find that every 2-4 weeks is sustainable from spring through fall depending on demand and availability of instructors.
Cost of workshops
We charge $15 to make it affordable but we have heard of some communities charging $25-40. We also ask all participants to bring some organic materials to contribute. We often joke about them creating “potluck” gardens.
When to offer and length
two and a half hours on a Saturday morning or afternoon works well. My favorite time is 2- 4:30 PM.
Role of host
We ask the host/hostess to get most of the materials on site before the workshop. Most materials (cardboard, leaves, grass clippings) are free and the only cost is a bale of straw and some soil/compost mix. We provide the host with a checklist of what is needed. (See checklist below) Most hosts are willing to do this because they will end up with a nice garden bed.