Note: All gardeners are responsible for knowing and abiding by these rules.
All references to a garden manager(s) are meant to include any member of the Emporia Area Local Food Network (EALFN) Community Garden committee, as well as any person(s) authorized by the committee. All references to gardeners mean the person(s) who has/have paid for plot rental and his/her household.
(1) Community Garden committee: This committee is made up of at least 3 members, at least 2 of which will sit on the EALFN Board (these members are noted below with an asterisk).
This year's committee:
(2) Plot sizes and number allowed: The plots will be approximately 15’x 18’. Currently, 28 plots are available, with one plot for each gardener. If plot holders desire a second plot, they will be available on a first come, first served basis after March 15. If any plots are not taken by May 1, they will be offered to current plot holders at ½ price.
(3) Costs: The fee for each plot will be $35 for the season, including water, gardening classes and tool usage.
(4) Water usage: Plot holders will have access to water for their plots. Water conservation is highly encouraged. If others are waiting to use the water, then there will be a 20-minute time limit. The use of soaker hoses and mulch will help to conserve water. Gardeners must be present during watering. Gardeners are subject to water restrictions in effect by the City of Emporia. Rules will be posted by the hydrant, and violations will result in plot forfeiture.
(5) Tilling: Pre- and post-season tilling is included in the plot fee. Any additional tilling for individual plots will be the responsibility of plot holders.
(6) Abandoned and neglected plots: Plots will be considered abandoned or neglected when physical appearance shows lack of care. The plots will be deemed abandoned or neglected at the discretion of the committee. Plot holders will be notified by the committee and plots will be forfeited in one week from time of notification if the plot is not cleaned up and put back into production.
(7) Plot ownership, transfer and subletting: No subletting is allowed. Transfer of plots from one individual to another requires a completed application from the new gardener.
(8) Weeds and plot upkeep: Weeds and grass must be kept under control. Grass and weeds in walkways is the responsibility of the plot owners adjacent to the paths. Plants in your plot must be kept in the plot. No perennial grass is to be planted. Weeds and grass should not be allowed to go to seed.
(9) Mulch: The use of mulch is encouraged for weed and moisture control. Mulch may be any organic or biodegradable material. No plastic mulch is allowed unless first approved by the committee and completely removed by the gardener by the end of the season. If you use mulch, please be mindful when you water, and make sure that the water isn’t running off into a neighboring plot.
(10) Compost and composting: Compost will be available from the Community Garden compost pile (located behind the fence, directly north of the garden). All garden materials and crops that cannot be harvested should be composted or removed from the garden area. Any compost brought in to individual plots should be organic in nature and assumed to be free of chemicals and other additives.
(11) Equipment and storage: A storage shed is available for all garden participants. Hand tools and other equipment should be kept in the shed. Storage of personal tools is allowed, but remember that someone else may end up using your tools. All tools should be returned to the shed in clean condition. If tools need to be sharpened, fixed, or replaced, please notify a committee member. EALFN is not responsible for any individual’s tools or other personal property.
(12) Organic food production: Only organic fertilizers and pesticides will be allowed in the garden. A list of various allowable fertilizers and pesticides is available to participants. Manure or other raw byproducts may not be used on individual plots during the growing season.
(13) Reasons for possible termination: No alcohol, drugs, or smoking allowed. Vandalism or destruction of community garden property or interference with others' growing plots will not be tolerated. Gardeners will have access to shared walkways and their own plots; please do not trespass on another's plot unless invited. Foul language at the garden is unacceptable. Gardeners under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets allowed. Any of the mentioned violations can and will be reason for termination. Termination will be at the discretion of the committee.
(14) Overall plot maintenance: The individual plots need to be kept neat and aesthetically pleasing, adding to the overall quality of the garden. Debris and plant residue should be taken to the compost pile. For the benefit of everyone, gardeners should harvest their crops as soon as they are mature. Produce not harvested at the proper time becomes attractive to nuisance insects and rodents, and invites theft. If you would like to donate your excess produce to a local food pantry, please notify the committee, as they will be making regular donations during harvest season.
(15) End of the season: At the end of the season, plots must be cleared of all debris (plants, cages, etc.) and be ready for tilling.
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