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Community Garden Rules and Regulations
The Community Gardening Program is committed to providing the best service possible. If you have suggestions or questions, just e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (510) 238-2197.
1. Annual Dues (Calendar Year)
Membership cost is a non-refundable annual fee of $25.00. Non-residents of the city of Oakland must pay an additional non-refundable fee of $10.00.
Renewals are due by December 31st. On January 1st, a $10.00 late fee will be added to the membership fee.
If Parks & Recreation has not received your membership renewal by January 15th, your garden plot will be reassigned to the next person on the waiting list. Preference will always be given to Oakland residents on the waiting list.
2. Plot Assignment
Each gardener is assigned one plot. If the space proves too large to handle, the Program Coordinator can divide the area to accommodate an additional gardener. No gardener can have a space in more than one garden.
3. Garden Maintenance
Each gardener is responsible for keeping her/his plot and adjacent paths free of weeds year round. Summer gardening begins in early spring. Your plots should be weeded and planted by May 1st. Winter gardening begins in early fall. Your plot should be replanted with a winter or cover crop, amended with compost, or covered with mulch by November 1st. Due to the sensitivity of old irrigation pipes running throughout our parks – no use of stakes greater than 8” long are permitted below ground level.
4. Membership = Active Participation
Beautiful community gardens require year-round active gardening by each member. By registering, please understand that you are committing to 15 hours per year for the management, meetings, and maintenance of your garden outside of your individual plot. Join in the upkeep of communal areas, participate in workdays (monthly or quarterly at the minimum), and always attend garden meetings. Parks & Recreation reserves the right to cancel your membership and re-assign your plot if you are not actively participating. A thirty-day warning notice will be mailed to your address on file prior to this type of cancellation. Should there be a change in your ability to garden, don’t wait and let the weeds take over. Give us a call, and we will contact the next person on the waiting list.
5. Extended Absences (max. 3 months) = Reassignment of Plot
Provide Peter Collier, the City’s Community Gardens Coordinator, with a written timeline and description of how your plot will be cared for in an extended leave of absence. Failure to do this, or unapproved absences lasting beyond three months, will result in the reassignment of your plot. Your name will then be added to our waiting list (if desired).
6. Practice Safety First
Please lock the gate when leaving your garden (using only the City padlock, so that City staff may enter when needed). All tools should be used cautiously and cleaned after usage. When something needs to be replaced or repaired, please contact the garden coordinator and volunteer to help. Per Oakland Parks policy: no dogs inside the gardens, and no open flame cooking, barbeque-ing or burning of weeds permitted.
7. Treat Tools Properly
This program provides some basic gardening tools such as shovels, rakes, trowels and hoses. Gardeners do need to purchase their own water-keys at their local hardware store. Please do not leave your water-key on top of the keyless spigot. The use of plastic ground covers, plywood, painted or treated lumber is not permitted.
8. Closely Supervise Children
Children are more than welcome in the gardens – we strongly encourage their presence! However, please supervise all children closely and understand that the adult present is the one responsible for their safety. Demonstrate tool safety and give each child adequate space when using a shovel, rake, hoe or trowel. Make sure they are respecting the space around them and are responsibly using all materials.
9. Organic = Composting
No artificial fertilizers or insect controlling chemicals may be used on your soil. Feed your soil quarterly with compost, and monitor how much you water and when. Each garden member is responsible for the maintenance of the compost area. If your garden does not have a compost area on site, please contact Peter Collier to learn how to set one up at 510-238-2197.
10. Respect Your Neighbors
Members agree to respect other gardeners’ efforts and not trespass onto their plots. Do not harvest or water other plots unless you have been asked to do so by another gardener.
11. Follow Harvest Guidelines
Should you have too much produce, share the harvest with a neighbor, friend or call Oakland Potluck 510-272-0414. Letting it go to waste is not an option. The sale of produce grown on public property for personal gain is prohibited by law.
12. Be Willing to Let Go
When you no longer wish to garden, please clean up your plot and notify the garden coordinator. Garden plots cannot be passed onto family members, friends, or housemates. The next person on the waiting list will be offered the plot.
13. Contact Us With Questions
The Community Gardening Program is committed to providing the best service possible. If you have suggestions or questions, just e-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, or just call us at 510-238-2197.