Community gardening is a great venture for many people! Gardening with LEAF creates many opportunities: to grow fresh, organic produce; to learn new gardening techniques; to meet fellow gardeners; and to feel like a bigger part of the community at large. Sounds great, right? It is! It also takes work and commitment, and you need to be sure you can dedicate the appropriate amount of time to your garden plots before you sign up! We recommend 2 to 4 hours a week as a minimum to keep up a plot and surrounding paths.
The success of LEAF’s community gardens requires the commitment of each gardener to his/her plot, but also to the overall garden. To ensure the longevity of the gardens gardeners are expected to pitch in during the season--helping with projects that maintain the overall garden site.
Form goes live February 20th
New Gardener sign up
We ask that you review the rules, consider the time and commitment joining a garden takes before signing up.
Each year, there are more interested gardeners than plots available. A wait list is created and plots are assigned in a first come first served fashion.
LEAF Community Garden Rules
1. Maintain your plot and paths. Plots and paths must be cared for regularly. If any plot appears under-attended (as determined by assigned garden leaders and/or LEAF Garden Co-Chairs) a gardener will be warned once before the plot will be reassigned.
Maintenance includes (but may not be limited to):
Plants maintained within your plot and should not to extend into walkways or others’ plots
Proper use of stakes, cages and any other material is expected and must maintain garden aesthetics
Removing fallen produce
Not allowing plants to go to seed
Removing produce as soon as possible
Keep adjacent pathways weed and grass free
Dead and diseased plants to be removed from the garden
2. Each gardener is expected to volunteer towards the general maintenance of the site as directed by the Garden Leader. Multiple opportunities will be made available throughout the gardening season.
3. Take out the trash. Any refuse collected in the garden area is to be deposited in the designated disposal area or preferably taken home. Garden trash must not be added to any park garbage receptacle.
4. Gardens must be tended to by June 1. Each gardener agrees to begin working on their gardens (clearing debris, turning soil etc.) no later than June 1st and acknowledges all gardens must be totally put to bed by Thanksgiving. Gardens must be cleared of all materials, debris and plants at the end of the season.
5. The use of water at community garden sites is strictly for the use of watering gardens. Water sites will remain clear and all water will be turned off whenever not in use. It is mandatory that all gardeners report any abuse of these procedures.
6. No non-organic pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers are to be used in the LEAF community gardens.
7. Only edible plants, herbs and decorative flowers are to be planted in your LEAF garden plot. Plants that spread quickly including strawberries and horseradish must be potted. Invasive plats such as Morning Glory are not allowed. Corn and sunflowers can block sun from nearby plots and are therefore only permitted with permission from your garden leader.
8. Returning gardeners are given their old plot. Remaining plots will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis after membership fees are paid. Assignment of garden plots and all other space allocations are the responsibility of the site committee or Garden Leader. Gardeners are not permitted to make changes in assignments without prior approval of the committee.
9. Plot fees of $25.00 must be paid before gardening begins.
10. Parking will be in designated areas only. Gardeners must drive safely and be on the look out for our neighbors.
11. Practice safety. Keep tools, tool bins, community sheds and bins etc. locked and return all tools after every use.
12. Children are welcome at the garden but must be accompanied by an adult and must be supervised at all times.
13. Pets are not welcome in the immediate garden-plot area unless they are an approved service animal (please email a LEAF garden committee chair for necessary information/approval).
14. All gardeners and their guests will follow all city laws and park rules and regulations.
15. Gardening rules and regulations are subject to change/amendment at any time by the LEAF Garden Committee, Garden chairs or the LEAF board of directors. Any changes will be sent via email (or regular US mail in the case an email is not available) and will be considered received by applicable gardeners – please be sure you email your garden leader(s) of any changes/updates to your contact information!
16. New gardeners are allowed one garden plot per household. Returning gardeners with two plots are grandfathered in allowing them to have two plots per household.