Gardening for Life!

Sample Garden Guidelines & Gardener's Agreement

Sample Gardener's Agreement incorporating Garden Guidelines


Name: (Please print): ___________________________


Community Association membership number:  ________


Email:  __________


Phone:      ___________________    

                                       
Street Address:  ________________________



This is what I agree to while gardening:

Pesticide Free

Use no synthetic chemical pesticides, insecticides, herbicides or fertilizers.


Use finished compost for soil enhancement instead of animal manures because of E. Coli health risk.

No pets in the garden.


No smoking in the garden nor permit any guests visiting my plot to smoke.

 

Participation

Respect other gardeners.

Limit of one garden bed per gardener or garden family.

Take responsibility for any non-gardeners accompanying me to the garden.

Ensure that children are supervised.

 

Appearance

Keep weeds, garbage and litter out of my garden plot and the paths around the garden.


Spend 15 minutes a week or 1 hour a month to help maintain paths and common areas.


Have my garden bed planted by June 15 or it will be given to a gardener on the waiting list.


Seeds, seedlings, compost, tomato cages, gardening hand tools, and crop labels are my responsibility.

 

Watering

Water available in the garden may be untreated and must not be used as drinking water.


Rain harvesting for edible crops is currently not permitted on public land due to health and safety concerns.  Rainwater harvesting is fine for ornamental flowers, shrubs and trees.


During drought and water rationing periods, hand watering only can be used.

Conserve water and do not use hoses that leak.

 

Promises & Responsibilities

Participate in spring and fall cleanups.

Grow no invasive plants species.

Follow composting and mulching guidelines as provided by the garden committee shared in a composting learning session.

Deal with insect and weed infestations quickly and organically to prevent spread to other plots.  For garden-wide infestations the garden team consults the City of Calgary Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

Act as Garden Angel, / Garden Hero / Heroine for one week during the summer. During this week I check the entire garden each day.

Pick produce when it is ripe.  Only pick produce and flowers from my garden bed.

Clean shared garden tools and put them back into the storage shed after using them.


Restrict crops which grow over 4 ft. in height to a maximum row length of 4 ft. so as not to shade neighbouring beds.


Use trellises that are stable in all weather conditions and do not shade other gardens.


Recycle materials that can be recycled.


Fun and Friendly Gardening

I'm invited to all social gardening times such as planting days, potlucks, Weeding Wednesdays, sheet mulching parties and events in the garden (music, art, yoga, gardening coaching sessions) .  Dates and times will be posted on the community association web page at [ web address].


Gardeners are encouraged to attend learning opportunities hosted by the Community Garden Resource Network of the Calgary Horticultural Society.  Event notices will be sent out by email.


I will ask another gardener to water and harvest ripe produce from my garden when I am away.


I will clean out and prepare my garden plot for winter and protect the soil from erosion by October 31.


Ripe produce from that is not harvested after reminder messages will be harvested at the end of the garden season and donated to organizations assisting hungry families or tilled into the ground to enhance the soil.

If I do not carry out these steps the garden team can re-assign the garden bed that I have abandoned to someone on the garden waiting list.

 

 

Garden Bed Rental


This garden bed rental agreement is for the period between April 1 and October 31, 20_ _.

Additional people and their phone / email address participating in this garden include:______________     ______________    ___________

Gardeners must purchase and possess a community association membership. (Community association memberships are sold by the community association.)

Plot rental fees for gardeners of [name of community garden] are refundable before [date] and non-refundable after that date.

By May 1, people new to the garden are assigned garden beds in order by the date they signed up on the waiting list.

 
Garden Bed Rental Terms


Gardeners resident in [name of communities] have first priority for plots.

Each gardener can rent one garden bed and that bed is reserved for one season.

If I garden one season I have the first opportunity to get the same garden bed for the next year by registering for a plot by February 15.

I am not permitted to give my garden bed away.  I understand that the garden team coordinates the garden bed rental.

If I do not care for the garden bed (seeding, planting, weeding, watering, harvesting), I will be notified and the garden team will rent it to the next person on the garden waiting list.

The garden team will assume I have abandoned the garden bed if I have not attended to it 7 days after they have made 2 attempts to contact me.



Liability


Signing this agreement absolves [community garden name] from any liability, financial or otherwise which may result from negligence or the inappropriate use of power and hand tools, either by myself or by others.


As a garden member I agree to be responsible for the completion and maintenance of this task:____________  

[insert list of tasks to choose from such as
Communication Team

Compost Team

Construction & Repair Team

Finances Team

Garden Angel / Garden Hero Team

Social Team

Watering Team



Date:         __________________

Signature: ___________________________

Witness: ______________________________