Love Tito's Community Garden at Hope Farms Member Application
Welcome and thank you for your interest in joining our community of food growers at Hope Farms.
The Love Tito’s Community Garden at Hope Farms is a project of Recipe for Success Foundation, a 501(c)3 public charity that owns and operates Hope Farms along with a portfolio of other projects to address the epidemic of childhood obesity with programs that teach, empower and inspire healthy eating.
We aspire to make the Love Tito’s Community Garden at Hope Farms an integral part of Sunnyside, bringing neighbors together with gardening, celebration of healthy food and shared meals. Our space features twenty-two raised beds ready to support your food growing aspirations.
Applications for annual or seasonal garden bed use are accepted online on a first come basis. Once provisionally accepted, applicants must complete the Garden Member Agreement, acknowledge the Rules and Guidelines and pay fee to confirm space. Confirmed Members will then be invited to meet with our Garden Coordinator for their orientation and plot assignment. Whether they are experienced green thumbs or enthusiastic neophytes, Hope Farms offers the support of knowledgeable people and resources to help our all of our Community Members succeed.
The Love Tito’s Community Garden at Hope Farms is intended to be a beautiful, safe and pleasant environment for Members, neighbors and the general public.
Members, are required to
• Abide by all conditions of use and site Rules and Guidelines
• Use sustainable and organic growing practices
• Promote the interest of proper garden operation
• Respect the interest of fellow Members and Hope Farms
• Ensure that their contact information on file is up to date at all times
• Members must be 18 years or older
• Members may not sub-rent their garden bed.
• Members may not use their plots for commercial purposes of any kind
Love Tito’s Community Garden at Hope Farms is owned by Recipe for Success Foundation and run by the Garden Coordinator who is a Foundation staff member. Though onsite, Hope Farmers and Farmer Trainees are not directly involved in the Community Garden and should not be considered as resources. All Member’ questions, comments or complaints should be directed to the Garden Coordinator.
Application and Fees
1) Availability of garden beds will be on a first-come, first-serve basis for Hope Farms’ neighbors. Hope Farms Garden Committee will assign garden bed locations. In the event all garden beds are in use, a waiting list will be maintained by the Hope Farms Garden Committee.
a) Waiting list applicants will be contacted by email, telephone and/or via postal service when a garden bed becomes available. Once contacted the applicant will have two (2) weeks to send payment and signed Garden Member Agreement as directed. After two weeks, the next applicant on the waiting list will be contacted.
b) In the event garden beds are available and there are no remaining individuals on the waiting list, existing Members may be offered additional beds.
2) Once an applicant has been accepted as a Member, he/she will be sent an invoice for fee as well as a Garden Member Agreement.
a) Payments are accepted online via PayPal or credit card; or by check or money order mailed to Recipe for Success Foundation, P.O. Box 56405, Houston TX 77256 or by cash check, money order or credit card submitted in person at Hope Farms Market Stand on Saturdays or Tuesdays.
b) Garden beds are considered confirmed only after invoice has been paid and the Garden Member Agreement and liability waiver have been received, which establishes Member Reservation Date.
c) Renewal fees are due annually on the anniversary of Member’s Reservation Date. Failure to pay fees will result in loss of access to the gardening bed.
d) Checks returned due to insufficient funds may result in a suspension of access and an additional charge.
Garden Beds and Rental Rates
Garden beds are raised, 30” high cedar boxes measuring (4’ x 4’). The area is ADA compliant allowing neighbors with disabilities to easily access and work their beds. Reservation fees include:
• High quality soil and compost
• Drip Irrigation managed by Hope Farms
• Irrigation and incidental water use for a year
$100 per year per bed annualized to Member Reservation Date
$50 per Season per bed (this rate will not be amortized to start date)
Winter/Spring-January 1 – June 30
Summer/Fall- July1 through December 31
You can sponsor a garden bed to be donated to an individual or family in need, who can be your choice or ours. Please contact the Garden Coordinator at 713-520-0443 to arrange.
Birthday including birth year
Address (Street, Unit Number & Zip)
Primary Phone Number (Note cell or landline)
Are you a member of the Recipe for Success Foundation S.P.I.C.E. Guild? (See information about the Guild at
Would you like to be a member of the S.P.I.C.E. Guild?
What Garden Member Committee most interests you? (Check all that apply.)
Garden pot lucks & other social events
Garden Docent (during special events at Hope Farms like Earth Day Festival)
Work Day organization
When will you likely work your garden bed? (check all that apply)
Wednesday Afternoons 3PM-6PM
Saturday Mornings 9AM-1PM
I would prefer other options
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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