Member EXCLUSIVE! Community Garden Space access

 (To request an application to participate in the Chesapeake Arboretum Community Garden, send e-mail to << secretary at chesarbor  dot com >> )

                                 Community Garden Specifics

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

As a Community Garden member, I/we agree to:

* If not already a dues-paid Friend of the Arboretum, complete an application form and pay for an annual membership  plus plot rental fee to help cover garden expenses such as insurance, water, and other supplies and services.

* File a Volunteer Form with Bob Fountain, Education/Volunteer Coordinator onsite.

*Send in a soil test sample in prior to fertilization and to test soil for chemicals possibly leached from railroad tie borders.

*Maintain my garden neatly with care and using my own tools from February 15 through November 15th of each year.

* Pick only crops from my own plot, noting also that on Tuesday mornings volunteers will collect ripe fruit from all plots to be donated to Plant a Row for the Hungry between 9am and 10am.

* Participate at community work days for at least two hours in the spring and two hours in the fall to prepare the plots seasonal crops.

*Volunteer at least four additional hours per plot and per season at the Chesapeake Arboretum. For example: maintaining pathways, sitting areas, and fence lines to keep the garden tidy; working in educational programming or Chesapeake Arboretum festivals.

*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 Chesapeake Arboretum Community Garden, I/we 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 or in designated areas at Arboretum.

*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. take tools home 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.

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