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Community Garden Rules and Regulations

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The Cambridge Community Garden is a welcoming organic garden where we grow healthy food, create beauty, share knowledge, nurture relationships, and have fun.

As a member, I agree to:

  • Complete an application form and pay the household membership and plot rental fees to help cover garden expenses such as insurance, water, tools, and other supplies and services.
  • Attend the organizational meeting
  • Maintain my garden with care.
  • Pick only crops from my own plot (if any) and my allotted portion of crops from common area  plots that I help maintain.
  • Participate at community work days for at least two hours in the spring and two hours in the fall.
  • Volunteer at least four additional hours per season toward community gardening efforts. For example: maintaining pathways, sitting areas, and fence lines to keep the garden tidy; working in communal flower and herb beds; and managing/overseeing the garden plots
  • Share my skills and know-how when situations arise for me to do so.
  • Conserve water and remember to turn off the hoses.

As a good citizen and steward of the Cambridge Community Garden, I pledge to:

  • Control weeds in my plot, in order to avoid production of weed seeds. 
  • Maintain healthy soil and environment by practicing organic methods of using compost, mulch, cover crops, and reducing tillage when possible.
  • Avoid using non-organic fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides.
  • Use natural materials in my gardening, instead of plastics and other synthetics.
  • Avoid planting genetically modified organisms
  • Share excess food with neighbors, food pantries, shelters, etc.
  • Control rapidly spreading plants such as mint, lemon balm, and cane fruits by planting them only in pots or in designated communal plots.
  • Be considerate of my neighboring gardeners when planting tall crops.
  • Keep trash and litter out of the gardens and disposed of at home.
  • Place only healthy organic material in the compost pile. Diseased plants should be taken home and placed in the trash.
  • Do everything in my power to keep the garden space safe—i.e. put tools away and rolling up water hoses when done using them.
  • Be a responsible pet owner. Please keep pets leashed, out of the garden plots, and remove all pet waste from the property.
Last Updated on Thursday, 31 January 2013 14:31