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Member Rules and Regulations
2023 Season

As a member, I agree to:

1. Complete an application form, maintenance guidelines waiver form, and pay the household membership– plot rental fee of $75 for one 15’ x 15’ private garden plot or $45 for a half plot or an ADA plot.

2. Attend an orientation meeting to register, review gardener policies, and pay plot fees (online). See our Google Calendar Here and join us for any meetings or gatherings to earn service hours!

3. Plant garden plot by June 1, maintain it with care, and put it to bed by October 31.

4. Pick only crops from my own plot and my allotted portion of crops from common area plots that I help maintain.

5. Take precaution when growing tall plants—like sunflowers and corn—they should NOT shade my neighbors’ plots when mature.

6. Contribute a minimum of 12 service hours per season if you have a full plot or 6 hours per season if you have a half plot or ADA plot— toward community gardening efforts. For example: offering a workshop or music performance (4 hours credit), maintaining pathways, sitting areas, and fence lines to keep the garden tidy; working in communal flower and herb beds; attending spring and fall environment days; or managing/overseeing the garden plots. One of the service hours must be worked with the composting crew. I will track the service hours online.  I understand I will be assessed $7 per hour for any service hours not worked up to $84.  I also understand that any unpaid assessment will result in non-renewal of my plot the following year.   Pick a Job for the season Here!

7. Share my skills and knowledge when appropriate situations arise.

8. Conserve water and remember to turn off the hoses.


As a good citizen and steward of the Rose Roots Community Garden, I pledge to:

9. Control weeds in my plot in order to avoid production of weed seeds.

10. Maintain healthy soil and environment by practicing organic methods of using compost, mulch, cover crops, and reducing tillage when possible.

11. Refrain from using non-organic fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides (see organic guidelines).

12. Use natural materials in my garden, instead of plastics and other synthetics.  Cinder blocks are not permitted due to potential leaching of heavy metals.

13. Refrain from planting genetically modified organisms (GMOs.)

14. Share excess food with neighbors, friends, food pantries, or shelters. There is a refrigerator in the west barn where bi-weekly food donation pick-ups occur.  See signs for days of the week and times.

15. Control rapidly spreading plants such as mint, lemon balm, and cane fruits by planting them only in pots or in designated communal plots.

16. Keep trash and litter out of the gardens and dispose of them properly. We are a “Leave No Trace” environment.

17. Place only healthy organic material in the compost pile. Diseased plants should be disposed of properly.

18. Do everything in my power to keep the garden space safe ( e.g., putting tools away, rolling up water hoses after use, supervising young children etc.).

19. Never smoke in the garden, as it can transmit the tobacco mosaic virus onto plants.

20. Be a responsible pet owner by keeping pets on leashes and out of the garden.

21. Be respectful of neighbors by walking or riding when possible. If driving, park in designated lot or overflow lot at Meiklejohn Elementary and avoid parking along Alkire Street or private driveway.

22. Refrain from using timers for watering personal plots.

If you have any questions about these policies, please contact us Here.

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