JCC Community Garden Contract

The goals of the JCC Xanadu Community Garden are to provide an area for individuals and families to grow an organic garden, build and nurture community friendship, and learn and share gardening skills while becoming better stewards of our land and our health.

RENTAL INFORMATION

• A single garden plot is approximately 8x8, and plots may be shared.

• There is an annual fee of $99m/$110nm per plot, or a half year fee of $55m/$65nm per plot. Fees may not be prorated.

• Plot rentals are scheduled around two planting seasons: spring and fall. Our spring season runs from February 1 to September 1, and our fall season runs from September 1 to February 1.

• Renewal payments are due by the first day of the new planting season. If joined later in the season, the same season dates and fees apply. At the end of each planting season, rented garden plots will be reserved assuming on-time renewal payment.

• If payment or communication regarding intention of renewal has not been made within 7 days following the start of the new planting season, plots will be released for other prospective gardeners to rent.

• A map of the garden and planting information is available at the Welcome Desk.

• There are two hoses available for use, as well as an electric tiller and communal tools that are in the shed enclosed in the garden area. Batteries for the electric tiller are in the Community Garden Coordinator’s office.

• Items such as tomato cages, chicken wire, stakes, etc. that are collected in the corner of the garden closest to the garden gate are available for any community gardener.

GARDEN ETIQUETTE

• For the health of our community garden, it is our goal to have a strictly organic garden. Only natural, organic herbicides and pesticides and methods may be used. Additional soil, ground cover or compost added to plots must also be organic.

• Remove pests and sick plants, and weed and maintain your garden regularly, as problems quickly spread to other plots and make more work for other gardeners.

• If planting tall crops, do so in a manner that won’t shade other garden plots.

• Never borrow tools from anther gardener without permission.

• Do not pick any plantings from another plot, even if you think that plot has been abandoned or neglected.

• Use hose with care to make sure it is not being pulled into other plots, causing damage to others? plants.

• Reel hose back in after use and leave the spout attached and return any communal tools to the shed.

• Do not remove plot markers.

• Do not bring pets to the gardening area.

• Place all rocks and weeds removed from your garden in the designated area outside of the fence.

• Do not place items, trash or tools in other plots that are not yours.

• If you have a concern or issue with another gardener, please address it with them in a neighborly manner. If the issue cannot be resolved, please contact the Garden Coordinator for assistance.

• Report any damaged tools or plot boxes to Garden Coordinator.


Please, read and sign your agreement to the following items:

• I will plant my garden promptly.

• I will harvest all my plant materials at the end of the season.

• I will compost all plant material and carry out all garbage. I will not put trash into compost pile.

• I will maintain my garden plot, including weeding. I will be notified if my plot is excessively weedy and will be given a reasonable period to clean it up. If I do not comply, my plot may be forfeited to another gardener.

• I will not plant trees, shrubs, or other woody-stemmed plants in the community garden.

• I will not use synthetic (non-organic) chemicals or materials.

• I will keep aisles and walkways free of tools and weeds.

• I will respect other community gardeners and their plots.

• I understand that neither the Community Garden committee nor the JCC are responsible for my actions. I THEREFORE AGREE TO HOLD HARMLESS THE GARDEN GROUP AND SHALOM AUSTIN FOR ANY LIABILITY, DAMAGE, LOSS OR CLAIM THAT OCCURS IN CONNECTION WITH USE OF THE GARDEN BY ME OR ANY OF MY GUESTS.

 

Please note that gardening is a learning process for us too. If you have any suggestions or comments, please share them. Your input and involvement will help to ensure the success and enjoyment of our program for years to come.