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Membership and Plot Info

Membership

If you have a plot or hang out with us a lot you are a member! You can join our online discussion board at http://groups.google.com/group/chelsea-community-gardens and ask to join the group so that you can get information about the garden and participate in its management.

Garden Plots

  • Each plot is 20' X 20'
  • There is a deposit of $20 and an annual fee of $20 per Community Garden plot, payable with Registration. Your $20 deposit will be returned at the end of the season if your plot is in good order (no weeds or dead plants, and ready for winter) as of Nov. 1.
  • Each plot requires 8 hours of community labor per season.

Community Commitment

As a Chelsea Community Gardens gardener, you are a member of a community of neighbors, and your input is needed to keep the garden running smoothly.  Therefore, your household is expected to contribute at least 8 hours per plot in the gardening season to your garden community. Work opportunities include:
  • Compost Mixers (turning and screening the compost piles)
  • Arranging bulk deliveries of garden amendments such as compost, straw, etc.
  • Mowing paths (We always need folks to do this!)
  • Weeding and planting common areas (asparagus, flower beds, Visitors' garden, etc.)
  • Shed and tool maintenance
  • Harvest party planning, setup, and cleanup
  • Administrative functions (taking notes at meetings, handling money, web site maintenance, new member orientation, etc.)

Plot assignment

Plots are assigned twice a year: Oct. 15 and March 15. You can contact the Plot Plotter at any time to be put on the list for a garden plot. Returning gardeners should let the Plot Plotter know whether they plan to return to the garden by March 15th. The order of precedence for plot assignment at each assignment date is:

  • Returning gardeners keeping their existing plots
  • New gardeners wanting to begin gardening, in first-come-first-served order
  • Returning gardeners who want additional plots

If there is extra space between March 15 and June 1, plots will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. After June 1, folks will be added to a waiting list and assigned plots in October.

Abandoned Plots

If a plot appears to be abandoned (i.e., not tended by June 1, or overridden with weeds during the year), the gardener will be contacted.  The gardener will have 10 days to resolve the issue.  If you are unable to work the garden for a period of time, let us know! Health  challenges and travel absences are often overcome by garden members pitching in to help fellow gardeners for the duration.

If the gardener does not intend to keep up the garden, or if the gardener refuses to address rampant weed issues, the plot will be considered abandoned and open for another gardener to take over for the remainder of the season.  Immediate mowing and/or tilling will ensue to prevent the spread of weeds and pests.

Gardeners who have abandoned their sites may re-apply for a site the following year, but will be placed at the end of the waiting list.

Post-Solstice Freebie

After June 21st, if you already have a plot in good condition, and if there are remaining plots to be had, you can take one for free. The expectation is that you will take very good care of it and it will not lie fallow and prone to weeds. Notify the Plot Plotter that that is your intention. This is a temporary assignment; if you wish to keep up that plot permanently, put in a request and it will be assigned in order of precedence as listed above.

Refund/Cancellation Policy

Plot registration fees minus a $5 processing fee will be refunded for cancellations prior to May 1st. No refunds will be given after May 1st. Due to concerns about weed spread to neighboring plots, gardeners must commence work on their plots by June 1st or the plot will revert back to Chelsea Community Gardens, and their money will be forfeited.