2018 GCG Application
Garden plots are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, with preference given to returning gardeners in good standing and residents of Golden. Both new and returning gardeners must fill out the form below to get on the list for a garden plot. Please fill out the application once per plot (communicate with plot mates if you plan to share). You will be notified by email if you have received a plot. The application deadline is March 11th, 2018.

All members, returning and new, are required to attend the Garden Orientation Meeting on Sunday, April 22nd, 2018. April 22nd is Earth Day! This orientation meeting will be AT THE GARDEN this year. Attendance is mandatory, regardless of how long you have been with the garden. All waivers must be signed in person at the meeting as well as electronically. All payments for plots must be made on or before April 22nd, 2018. Please do not pay until your plot has been confirmed. If payment is not made at or before the Garden Orientation Meeting, your plot will be given to the next person on the waiting list.

Information about the Garden Orientation Meeting will be sent out via email and posted on the Garden Calendar found on the Golden Community Garden website (www.goldencommunitygarden.org).

Thank you!

PS - The garden is run 100% by volunteers. Please be courteous and help where you can!

Email Address(es) *
You may enter multiple email addresses, separated by a comma. please double check your email address.
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Gardener Name(s) (First and Last) *
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Telephone Number *
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Street Address not PO BOX *
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City *
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Zip *
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Do you live in incorporated Golden (not just a Golden address)? *
If you are not sure, please check the map: www.cityofgolden.net/media/pdf_895.pdf
Please note that your name, email address, and phone number will be listed in our garden directory privately for GCG gardeners. If you do not want your contact information in the directory, please email goldencommunitygarden@gmail.com.
Type of Garden Plot *
You may select more than one.
Plot Number
If you are returning, please enter your plot number. If you don't remember, please refer to the plot map: http://www.goldencommunitygarden.org/garden-map.html
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Plot Fee
Please do not pay until your plot is confirmed.
Additional Contribution
Donations are tax deductible, and help the Golden Community Garden in many ways. Donations have gone to, and will continue to go to structures, infrastructure, and community (e.g.,irrigation, soil amendments, pathways, tools and events)
Contact Lists
In addition to the bimonthly newsletter, you may sign up for these mailing lists.
Garden membership requires each plot to perform 8 hours of service to the garden, in addition to maintaining one’s own plot. This can be fulfilled by the plot member(s) attending 2 of the organized group work days, or by working 8 hours per plot individually on common areas (not walkways around your plot), serving on a committee, and/or mentoring/helping another gardener. On group work days, volunteers perform tasks such as weeding, landscaping, and mulching, as directed by the work day leader. Volunteer hours must be logged on our website or the sign-in sheet at the work day.
Garden Mentors
Are you new to gardening or need guidance from a more experienced gardener? Do you have the time and experience to share with another gardener? Garden mentorship is a great opportunity to strengthen your garden experience.
Garden Committees
If you are interested in serving on a garden committee, please select one below. The committee chair will contact you about meetings and volunteer opportunities.
Membership Committee
The membership committee handles the application process, assigns new plots, hosts the membership orientation meeting, helps new gardeners, and tracks volunteer hours. Must have convenient computer access.
Maintenance Committee
The maintenance committee is responsible for ensuring gardeners have what they need for a bountiful season (compost, water, tools, pathways, etc.). This committee coordinates work days and orchestrates special garden projects such as cut flowers, the orchard, the butterfly garden, building projects and the labyrinth. Helpful skills are attention to detail, interest in planning, and building expertise.
Events & Outreach Committee
This committee is responsible for sharing our garden with the greater Golden community, as well as bringing gardeners together. Events include movies in the garden, happy hours, block parties, the harvest potluck, and outside volunteer coordination. Event planning and people skills are encouraged.
Education Committee
The education committee arranges classes to help new gardeners be successful and to keep experienced gardeners educated on new and best practices. Resources are available from CSU extension master gardeners, DUG, and others in our community. Curiosity, interest in learning and teaching, and scheduling are valuable strengths.
Communication Committee
This committee keeps gardeners, DUG, and the Golden community informed by updating the garden website and Facebook, compiling the email newsletter, photography, writing articles for Golden or DUG publications, and writing the annual garden report. Writing, computer, and web development skills are useful here.
Expansion Committee
This committee will help lead garden expansion including scoping, working with the garden architect, hiring a design firm and completing the expansion plans.
If you didn't find a fit above, please suggest other ways you could help the garden.
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Comments & Suggestions
As a community garden we are always looking for ways to help and improve. Please let us know if you have anything to add. Thanks!
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Gardener Authorization and Responsibilities
These guidelines have been established by Denver Urban Gardens (DUG) and are provided to the property owner (City of Golden) as a basis for a use agreement between the two parties. In turn, DUG provides gardeners with the authority and permission to use the garden site. As a community, we have a responsibility to keep our community garden managed effectively. The community garden is a privilege, and everything works more smoothly when people are involved in its overall upkeep. Please also remember to treat your fellow gardeners as you would like to be treated. With your signatures below, you acknowledge your responsibility for the following:
1. I will contribute volunteer time by attending 2 of the organized work days per plot, or by contributing 8 hours individually and/or serving on a garden committee. *
Volunteer opportunities are listed above. Failure to contribute your hours will result in the loss of gardening privileges.
2. I will submit dues on or before April 22nd, 2018. ($80 for a 10' x 20' plot or $45 for a 10' x 10' plot.) *
3. If I cannot care for my garden, I will notify garden leadership and make arrangements with other gardeners to water and maintain my plot during my absence. I agree to use or donate the produce from my garden plot. *
If a garden appears neglected/abandoned (produce rotting in plot, unwatered, unkempt, or overrun with invasive or seeding weeds), you will be given ten (10) days notice to fix and maintain your plot. After this time your plot will be re-assigned. Agreeing to use your produce includes leaving unwanted produce in the donation bin by the pavilion or reaching out to the Together Church in the garden directory to harvest your plot for the food bank. Rotting produce in garden plots is unacceptable. By gardening with the Golden Community Garden you are accepting responsibility for your assigned garden plot.
4. I will remain on the premises while my garden is being watered, unless a drip irrigation system is in place. If a drip system is used, I will maintain it and use garden-approved watering times. I will not overwater my plot. I accept responsibility for my plot's irrigation and maintenance. *
Please be sure that your plot is not overwatered. DUG requires that water restrictions and conservation practices be followed.
5. I will follow organic gardening practices in my plot. *
DUG policy prohibits the use of non-organic pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. Miracle-Gro is NOT allowed in the GCG. please check out the blog or resources for approved organic substances.
6. As a community gardener, I share responsibility for maintaining common areas, walkways and furnishings, fencing, trees, compost bins, street and alley right-of-way, and water lines. I will not place my weeds or garden debris by the road but in the appropriate compost bin. *
7. I will have my plot maintained by june 4th, with frost-sensitive plants by june 18th. *
Plots not maintained by June 4th will be forfeited and reassigned. Absolutely no exceptions.
8. I will prepare my plot for the winter by November 1st, 2018 as required by DUG. *
All dead plants, weeds, garden decor, tools, sticks and cages are to be removed and stored by November 1.
9. Garden committees shall not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, marital status, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, disability, or military status in membership or administration of programs. *
10. Honeybee hives are located at the garden. I understand the risks associated with bee stings. *
Garden Waiver *
I have read, understand, and agree to the terms and responsibilities as stated in the Gardener Waiver & Release: 1. I desire to participate voluntarily in the gardening and other activities sponsored and coordinated by DUG on the Golden Community Garden site. 2. I understand, accept, and assume the risks associated with participation in any and all activities. I also assume the responsibility of conducting myself in a civil manner that is mutually beneficial to all participants. Unacceptable conduct generally includes, but is not limited to, vegetable theft, tool theft, profanity, and any offensive behavior. 3. I assume full responsibility for any injuries which may occur to me, as well as the safety of my family and guests, and do hereby fully and forever discharge and release the community garden site landowner and DUG, its employees, board members, officers, agents, authorized volunteers, representatives, consultants, insurers and sureties, and their successors and assigns (collectively, the "Released Parties") from any "Claims." "Claims," as used in this document, mean any and all claims, demands, damages, rights of action or causes of action, present or future, whether the same be known, anticipated or unanticipated, resulting from or arising out of my presence or the presence of my family members and guests at the garden, activities at the garden, the use or intended use of the garden, and/or participation in activities connected with DUG including, without limitation, any of the foregoing resulting from or arising out of the negligence of a Released Party. Further, I hereby waive any and all Claims against a Released Party. 4. I expressly acknowledge that participation in the community garden is for my purposes and convenience and not for the purpose and convenience of any one or more of the Released Parties. 5. In the event that a dispute arises between gardeners or between a gardener(s) and the designated garden steering committee, and a resolution of the dispute cannot be reached by these parties, I agree to have DUG act as the arbitrator of the dispute, and I further agree to adhere to DUG's decision as final. I understand that the DUG is granting me a revocable license to participate in the Golden Community Garden, and such license may be revoked by DUG or the Garden Leadership at any time if I violate the Gardener’s Responsibilities set forth above.
The mission of the Golden Community Garden is to enable members of Golden's community to work together to organically grow fruits, vegetables, and flowers for our families and food bank. The garden provides a green space where all of Golden’s citizens and visitors can enjoy nature’s beauty and engage in meaningful conversation and education.

More information, including answers to frequently asked questions can be found on our website: www.goldencommunitygarden.org

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