OLD FARM COMMUNITY GARDENS - GARDENING RULES FOR 2017
1. Road Speed Limit – The speed limit around the gardens is 5 mph . For safety, please
2. Children must be accompanied by an adult . Pets and bicycles not permitted within
the fence area. Dogs may be tethered outside the fence, away from the gates, so gardeners
can access the gates without being mobbed.
3. Three paths – connect the north and south main walkways (gate to gate) See Map. These
paths are clearly identifiable by the established markers and only these paths should be
used when crossing garden areas. (Don’t cross between other gardeners’ plots.)
4. Gates – Please keep the gates closed and locked when you leave the garden. To keep pesky
rabbits from entering the garden, please pull the gate closed behind you when you enter or
leave the garden.
5. Plot transfers – Plots are to be assigned to individuals for their use and not to organizations
either formal or informal. Gardeners may not transfer their plots to anyone else when they
leave the garden community. Available plots will be offered first to current gardeners who
wish to move to another location before being offered to the next person on the waiting list.
When a new plot becomes available beds and hoops are to be left for the new gardener. Any
tools left behind become community garden property.
6. Compost Piles – The composting area on the west side plot has been replaced with a garden
plot. Individual compost piles on your plot are encouraged. However, if they start to smell
and annoy the surrounding neighbors, you may be asked to tear it down. A well-constructed
compost pile should not be strong smelling.
7. Garden Infractions – Gardeners must keep their garden free of weeds. This includes not
only their plot, but their half of all shared pathways, to the sides and in front, as well.
Gardeners will be given a 10-day notice for infractions. Weed infractions are defined as having
weeds more than 6 inches high or 6 inches long or weeds covering a minimum of 20% of their
garden in any manner, or failure to clear the pathway on all/any sides of their plot. A gardener
will be given ten days to either remove the weeds or contact the Board regarding extenuating
circumstances. Failure to do so will result in a certified and email letter being sent notifying the
gardener that they have been expelled from OFCG with forfeiture of their deposit.
If the Infraction is corrected within 10 days the Gardener then returns to good standing in the
Garden. Regardless if they correct the issue, if a 2nd infraction warning is given within the
same season, the gardener will be placed on probation. Probation rolls into the next season.
The gardener must not get another infraction even during the next season or they will lose
their plot. After the 2nd season they return to good standing if no infractions are issued.
If a third infraction occurs, a warning will not be given but instead a certified letter and email
will be sent notifying the gardener of loss of plot and forfeiture of deposit.
It is important to note that the Board has discretion to grant the gardener additional time for
infraction correction. Extensions are granted for circumstances such as an illness, family death
or other extreme extenuating circumstances. The gardener has the right to appeal the
decision of plot loss to the Board. (see attached flow chart)
Immediate Loss of Garden Plot Infractions: 1) Use of Herbicides;2) Leaving the
garden completely WHILE leaving their water running; or 3) having any type of pet
in the garden.
8. OFCG does not allow the growing of, specifically, Cannabis (Marijuana); or any
9. Boundary enforcments – Gardeners should be considerate of their neighbors and should
not let their plants grow or flop over onto another gardener’s plot. Any plants that infringe on
another gardener’s plot may be removed. The garden neighbor may remove plants that
infringe on their plot. It is a plot owner’s responsibility to remove any perennial that is
encroaching on a neighbor’s plot or an established garden path. Failure to do so would be
reported to the infraction committee and issued a 7 day warning and be treated as a weed
10. Plastic Removal – Plastic must be removed from your plot once it has been ripped and
11. Herbicides (weed killers) are strictly prohibited – Gardeners that use herbicides will
(Immefdoriafetiet tLhoesirs d oefp Gosaitr danedn forfeit their gardening privileges.
. They may request the board to rejoin the gardens. If approved, their name will be put
at the bottom of the waiting list to wait for an available plot.
12. Organic methods of fertilizing and pest control are encouraged – You may use
chemical fertilizers and chemical pesticides on your garden. Be sure that they are applied only
on non-windy days so as not to drift into surrounding gardens.
13. Trash – Garden waste should only be put in the 2nd north bin on the east side. The other
three bins are for city use only and the gravel and wood chips in these bins are not to be used
by gardeners. There are two waste cans outside the fence, on the west and east sides, for all
other types of trash.
14. Water – Please water wisely and only when needed. It is better to water deeply and less
frequently. Unattended watering is not permitted. You may not leave the garden
premises while water is running . This results in Immediate Removal from the Garden.
15. Gardens, pathways, and other common areas should be kept tidy and free of weeds
– One half of the pathway in front of your garden is your responsibility . Failure to keep the
weeds controlled in your plot or any vegetation (for example but not limited to: mint, flowers,
weeds, strawberries, raspberries etc.) in the pathways will result in an email or telephone
notice. Failure to do so is considered a rule infraction that can ultimately result in dismissal
from the Garden if the Gardener fails to respond to the initial notice. Upon communication
with the Board the Gardener is given a 10 day allowance for weed or vegetation clean up. If
clean-up does not occur by that date, then the Board has the right to vote for immediate loss
of Garden Plot.
16. Fence clean-up – Any time that you can spend keeping the weeds down along the outside of
the fence will benefit us all. (The majority of the upkeep along the fencing will occur during
our annual workday – to be announced for some time in May.)
17. Storage Building – The storage building, which is located south of the gardens, can be used
by any gardener to store excess materials. Gardeners must clearly mark their individual items
and can contact Cary Ryder, president, for access at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-434-0744.
18. Gardening Season – The OFCG growing season is March 1 – Oct 31st . All gardens must be
planted or be in the process of planting by June 1st . Not doing so will be considered an
infraction. Also, Gardeners must show 50% plot activity throughout the season unless there
garden are special circumstances existing. The board must approve any exceptions.
Gardeners that need a time extension need only to communicate with
the Garden Board to avoid an infraction.
19. Spring Plot forfeiture - Gardeners must notify the Vice President by April 15th if they, for
some reason, are deciding to forfeit their plot for the season after they have paid plot fees for
that year. There will be no refund of annual fees after April 15th . The deposit of record may
be refunded if the plot has been made clear by April 15th . Current Gardeners are invited to sign
up to clean out forfeited plots and earn the deposit of record.
In order to receive deposit refunds for plot forfeitures at any other time during the year, a
Gardener must thoroughly clear all vegetation with the exception of perennials (i.e.
raspberries, asparagus, rhubarb). Before a deposit is refunded, a sub committee comprised of
one member from the Infraction committee and two Board Members will determine if the plot
has been adequately cleared. In the event the plot is deemed inadequately cleared, the
Gardener has only 5 days from the notice from the subcommittee to remedy the listed
deficiencies, after which time the deposit will be forfeited.
20. End of Season Clean-up – By October 31st, remove all stakes, strings, poles etc. from your
plot. Gardeners risk an infraction for every 10 days their plot is not cleared after October
31st . Extended Season Gardening is allowed but any structures, garden box, compost bin,
water barrels etc. must have Board approval on an annual basis to remain past October 31.
Plastic hoop tunnels are never allowed between Oct 31 and March 1.
21. Motorized tools - Gas or powered lawnmowers and weed eaters are never allowed in the
garden. Gas rototillers and hand held tools are allowed.
22. Solitary bee houses are to be allowed, but not hives. Limit houses to 2 houses per plot, no
larger than 8”x10”x6”.
23. All products and chemicals must be labeled in original packaging or labeled with contents.
24.Prohibit carpet and tire mulch and allow only the use of natural/organic/biodegradable
25. Board Member Terms – Board members serve for one year terms. The current board was
elected in September 2016 and will serve through September 2017.