Lakewood Earth & Food NEW Gardener Application
Community gardening is a great venture for many people! Gardening with LEAF creates many opportunities: to grow fresh, organic produce; to learn new gardening techniques; to meet fellow gardeners; and to feel like a bigger part of the community at large. Sounds great, right? It is! It also takes work and commitment, and you need to be sure you can dedicate the appropriate amount of time to your garden plots before you sign up! We recommend 2 to 4 hours a week as a minimum to keep up a plot and surrounding paths.
Please, read the rules and fill out the form below. We will contact you by APRIL 5. 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
Garden leaders will communicate with you via email. If you don't check your email regularly please let your garden leader know.
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1. 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’ plots
Proper use of stakes, cages and any other material is expected and must maintain garden aesthetics
Removing fallen produce
Not allowing plants to go to seed
Removing produce as soon as possible
Keep adjacent pathways weed and grass free
Dead 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 Claims
I 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.
Agreement to LEAF Community Garden Rules
I have read the community garden rules and understand that failure to meet the guidelines will result in loss of my plot fee, forfeiting my plot and loss of my community gardening privileges.
I agree to the rules and release above.
List multiple garden locations to indicate your top site preferences, where first is most desirable. The more you list the open more spaces are available to you.
Bonnieview Garden, Cove Park, Kauffman Park, Madison Park, Webb Park
Garden Training Partnership & Educational Seminars
This year we are working with a group of experienced Lakewood gardeners to partner them up with people who are new or need help with their garden plot. LEAF also organizes monthly educational seminars about gardening and food.
I am interested in learning more about LEAF's educational seminars. Sign me up for LEAFlet email.
I am interested in partnering with an experienced gardener this year. Contact me with more information.
I would be interested in helping someone with their garden. Contact me.
I have a skill that I would like to share with LEAF Community via an educational session. Contact me.
I am interested in joining the LEAF Community board. Contact me.
I am not intersted.
Each gardener will volunteer towards the general maintenance of the site as directed by the Garden Leader. Please check the areas you are most interested in volunteering with during the season.
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