Garden Roles

Co-Chairs:  Heike Pauli & Lisa Mulder
Treasurer:  Samantha Grabinsky
Membership Coordinator:  Isabelle Couture
Secretary:  Isabelle Couture
Fundraising Team Coordinator:  Lisa Mulder
Special Projects/Event Coordinator:  Heike Pauli
Renfrew Community Association Liaison:  Lisa Mulder
Food Surplus Sharing Lead:  Isabelle Couture
Gardening Gratitude Lead:  Samantha Grabinsky


Each member of the RCG will take on a role to compliment the success of our gardens. The RCG Roles are as follows:

Executive Roles

  • Chair or Co-chairs
  • Treasurer
  • Membership Coordinator
  • Secretary
  • Special Projects
  • Event Coordinator
  • Communications
  • Yard Manager

The following Garden Roles are recommended by the community gardens resource network (

Community Go-Getters: Non-gardening residents who want to see a garden set up because of the friendly neighbourhood it will encourage.

Garden Team Communicator with City of Calgary: Works with the Communications Executive Role. Acts as communicator between the garden team and the Parks Community Liaison Staff.

Garden Team Communicator with the Community Association: Works with the Communications Executive Role. Connects with the community association board and keeps them informed on the progress of the community garden. Submits regular articles to the Renfrew Reflections conveying RCG news, updates and gardening information/trivia.

Garden Team Communicator with Calgary Horticultural Society: Works with the Communications Executive Role. Contacts Community Garden Resource Network for information, upcoming educational workshops, seeks advice or problem solving help at any point in the life of the community garden.

Builders: Works with the Yard Manager Executive Position. Non-gardening residents who will help plan the construction and act as crew leads for volunteers on garden build days and may not be interested in gardening.

Gardener/Member Communicator Lead: Works with the Communications and Membership Coordinator Executive Roles. Gets the news to garden members and to the neighbourhood residents. For garden members using the Internet a garden blog, social media page, online group, wiki or email is good for information sharing. For members that do not have access to the internet it is important to keep in touch by phone or postal mail. If it is important to get a message or sentiment across, it is essential to do it in person or by telephone.

Garden Financial Team: Works with the Treasurer Executive Role. Prepares an annual budget based on costs identified for the year’s requirements. Bookkeeping.

Fundraising Team: Works with the Treasurer Executive Role and Garden Financial Team. Pursues grant applications, cash donations, fundraising opportunities and in-kind donations. Fundraising activities are usually coordinated with Social Events Team Leads.

Garden Membership Assistant: Works with the Membership Coordinator Executive Role. Keeps track of gardener registration, the waitlist and fee payment.

Weekly Garden Angels / Garden Heroes: Working with the Yard Manager, all gardeners take one week in the growing season to check the garden each day, coach new gardeners, check for abandoned garden beds, let new gardeners know that their crops are ready to pick, water garden beds of gardeners away on holiday etc.

Compost Team Leads: Working with the Yard Manager, they know how to manage and maintain a healthy composting system.

Food Surplus Sharing Lead: Works with Executive Committee and plans food sharing. Community gardeners plan for sharing surplus food and flowers grown by dedicating some growing space for local donation or informally share surpluses as they arise with neighbourhood residents.

Gardening Coaches: People willing to drop by the garden at pre-arranged times to chat with new gardeners and answer their questions. Invite residents known to be experienced gardeners to act as a gardening coach even if they are not participating in the community garden. To bring more residents in touch with the garden ask some residents to act as a coach for planting days and others for thinning sessions and harvest times.

Gardening Gratitude Lead: Everyone needs to be acknowledged for their contribution to the success of the garden on a daily basis, for special projects and in formal, informal and fun ways.

Garden Talent Scout: Lives change, people move. Working with the committee Chair(s) the talent scout keeps an eye on knowledge transfer so that each garden leader has another person who helps them in what they do (like an apprentice). Then when a member of the garden team leaves the community garden, there is another gardener who knows what they do and can pass this on to others.

Garden Social Events Team Leads: Works with the Special Events Executive Committee Role. People who want to make the garden an informal, relaxed, light hearted place for everyone to enjoy!