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Community Gardens
What are community gardens?

Community gardens provide space for individuals to grow their own fresh vegetables.

2. How do I register for a plot?

Click here to fill out an interest form. We will then contact you in the spring about registering for a plot. We will make every effort to accomodate all requests, but many gardens have waiting lists and we cannot guarantee a plot for everyone who expresses interest.

When are the gardens open?

Gardens are usually available from May until the middle of October, though dates are weather-dependent.

4. How much time should I plan to spend taking care of my plot each week?

Gardening does require a time commitment each week, as plots need to be weeded and watered regularly to thrive. As larger plots take more time, make sure you choose a plot size that is not too big of a time commitment. Gardeners are required to keep their plots tidy and weeded. Here are estimates of how much time our gardeners report spending per week, based on plot size:

  • 4'x12':1-3 hours/week
  • 10'x15': 2-3 hours/week
  • 20'x20'--3-5 hours/week
  • 50'x50'--6-8 hours/week

5. What products can I use on my community garden plot?

Due to the toxicity of certain pesticides and their harmful effect on some beneficial garden insects, the community gardens strictly limit their use, and gardeners must comply with all pesticide rules. Click on the "Program Information for Gardeners" tab on the left to find out more.

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