Please, read the rules and fill out the form below. We will contact you by April 1. When plots are completely filled we will contact you and place you on a waiting list. More plots become available as the season progresses.
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.
Who do I contact with questions?Your first contact should be your garden leader. If you are having difficulties reaching him/her, contact LEAF’s Community Garden Chairperson: Rob Burgoyne via LEAF at LeafCommunity@gmail.com.
Garden leaders will communicate with you via email. If you don't check your email regularly please let your garden leader know.
Follow LEAF on the webLEAF is on the web at www.leafcommunity.orgFor event updates follow our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/leafcommunity.org
Rules1. 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’ plotsProper use of stakes, cages and any other material is expected and must maintain garden aestheticsRemoving fallen produceNot allowing plants to go to seedRemoving produce as soon as possibleKeep adjacent pathways weed and grass freeDead 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.
Release of ClaimsI am duly aware of the risks and hazards that may arise through participation in the Lakewood Earth and Food Community’s Community Gardening Program and assume any expenses and liabilities I incur in the event of an accident, illness, or other incapacity. If I have had any questions about the Community Gardening Program, its nature, risks, or hazards, I have contacted the Lakewood Earth and Food Community Gardening Committee and/or the Committee Leader and discussed those questions with him or her to my satisfaction.
In consideration of being granted the opportunity to participate in the Community Gardening Program, I, for myself, my executors, administrators, agents, and assigns, do hereby release and forever discharge the Lakewood Earth and Food Community, and its Board of Directors, administrators, employees, servants, agents, assigns, and officers and the cooperating landowner for all claims and damages, demands, and any actions whatsoever, including those based on negligence, in any manner arising out of my participation in this activity. I understand that this release means that, among other things, I am giving up my right to sue the Lakewood Earth and Food Community, the City of Lakewood or cooperating landowner for any such losses, damages, injury, or costs that I may incur.