FAQs  - Garden Owners  -  At SIGN-UP : What the Trail Does FOR You 

Q:  What does Organic Garden Trail (OGT) do for me when I sign up?

 

A: The OGT Co-ordinators do the following -

Before you Sign Up:

 - meet prospective garden members to present you with and
    explain the OGT umbrella concept, the OGT outcomes, the OGT
    structure and the OGT member guidelines.
-  answer your queries and provide you, with the information you
    need to make an informed decision about whether you believe
    the OGT will suit you and your organic garden – or not.


 

After you Sign Up:

-  provide you with a “Start-up Kit” which includes a choice of OGT
    signage size and number to suit your garden/enterprise needs,
    a proportion of leaflet costs and an optional visitors book. 
-  discuss/negotiate your wording and finalise text/design for your
    new sub-region's OGT leaflets.

-  co-ordinate production/delivery/pick-up of those leaflets, 
    allocate proportional costs and arrange individual invoicing.
-  assist you to develop your own distinctive self-paced tour signage
    so visitors to your garden can understand “what you grow, how
    you grow it and why you grow it”.  [We want visitors who already
    know about organic gardening to have their knowledge reinforced
    and those who don’t know about organic gardening to learn and
    take something valuable away with them from each experience.]

-  engage the local Tourist Association and other surrounding Tourist
    Associations of the extension of the OGT.

-  where appropriate, invite those Tourist Associations to your
    sub-regions' Official Launch. 
-  assist you to develop your “personal story” and “organic garden
    story” ready for the publicity document to be used for the Official
    Launch in your new sub-region.
-  collect your garden photos and prepare them for a photo-loop
    to be played at the Official Launch.
-  upgrade the OGT website to include your new sub-region and list
    under it, each new member garden.
-  provide you with your own page on the website with your
    “personal story”, your “organic garden story” and your photos.
-  coordinate your sub-region's Official Launch including negotiate
    with you about location, food/refreshments and engage an
    appropriate dignitary to officiate at your Official Launch.

-  liaise/negotiate with new members to produce an appropriate
    “media document/package” for the Launch for distribution to 
    the local media.


post Launch:
-  the coordinators complete a “mystery shopper exercise” on
    each garden to ensure general consistency across the Trail and to
    ensure that visitor expectations are met throughout the Trail.
    [You will ONLY get YOUR OWN results.]  This is to ensure that the
    OGT Guidelines are met and that we have very different 
    visitor experiences and we do not end up with gardens that have
    a too homogenous feel!!


NOTE:  the above are not necessarily in timeline order as many of 
              these functions happen concurrently.

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