Guidelines

Updated February 8, 2010. Comments welcome.

Chelsea Community Gardens is extremely grateful to Project Grow of Ann Arbor Michigan for their incredible generosity in allowing us to use many of their forms and text in setting up our organization; much of what you read here is taken word for word from their literature.

We are committed to encouraging people to garden in socially and environmentally responsible ways. All plots in all gardens are organic. Fertilizers and pest control measures which may be used in the organic plots are those which are accepted by major organic certification agencies such as the Organic Crop Improvement Association. In general, soil fertility is maintained by creating optimal conditions for soil biological activity through crop rotations and the maintenance of soil organic content. Judicious use of organic and natural mineral soil amendments is also practiced, and in some cases processed mineral fertilizers may be acceptable for short-term use. Guidelines for permissible gardening practices are given below.

Weed Control Herbicides of any kind are prohibited, as they are hazardous to human health, may kill or damage desirable crops, drift into neighboring gardens, or persist in the soil. Hoeing, mulching, and hand weeding are recommended.

Mulch should preferably be of an organic nature; newspaper or black plastic are acceptable mulches but they must be secured so that they do not blow away and must be removed at the end of the season.  Covering paper and plastic with an organic layer is also very encouraged. Hay, straw, and leaves, could all be used. We will ask the city of Chelsea to deliver leaves each year that can be used by members.

Insect Control Synthetic insecticides are prohibited. Preferred control methods are crop rotation, hand picking of insect pests, introduction of predator species, companion planting, soil solarization, and biological controls, e.g. Bacillus thuringiensis, a bacterium that controls cabbage worms. As a last resort, natural botanicals, i.e. rotenone and pyrethrum (that break down quickly and do not leave harmful residues in the soil) may be used.


Disease Control Most problems can be controlled if you maintain healthy soil, choose disease-resistant varieties, and remove diseased plants from the garden.


Fertilizers and Soil Amendments Commercial inorganic fertilizers (ie 5-1--5, Miracle Grow, etc.) are not permitted. Products of plant or animal origin i.e. compost, leaf mold, livestock manure, blood and bone meal, cover crops, fish emulsion, kelp meal, liquid seaweed, and commercial organic fertilizers are acceptable. Natural mineral fertilizers, i.e. greensand, granite dust, and ground limestone are also acceptable. Gardeners are strongly urged to add as much organic material (i.e. compost, leaf mold, and manure) as possible to their plots to maintain soil fertility.


Non-Acceptable Plants We cannot allow plants with the following characteristics to be grown in any of the gardens (without written permission of the Chelsea Community Gardens board):

  • Invasive species such as mint, comfrey, etc.
  • Trees, bushes, or other woody perennials
  • Illegal or dangerous plants

Tools Chelsea Community Gardens will supply a few gardening tools in a gardening shed.  Please take care of them and return them to the shed when you are finished. If you borrow tools from the shed you must return them to the shed in at least as good of a condition as you found them. All donated tools and personal tools brought into the gardens should be prewashed with bleach.  If you want to leave your tools in the shed mark them clearly with your name and know that they are available for community use.

Shed A shed with a shared combination lock is available for shared tools and storage.  Whatever is in the shed is available to the community and should be treated with respect.

Fencing  Fencing will be provided around the site for animal control. It is fragile fencing.  Do not climb under or over?use the gate.  Make sure the gates are closed when you leave.


Water Water is a precious resource.  Treat it as such.  Make sure any faucet is closed.


Cultivation  As a community we will rototill the garden in the spring and fall and plant a cover crop of winter rye.  Everyone is expected to help with this.


Garden Access Members are strongly encouraged not to drive motorized vehicles across the grass.  If you have a personal health issue or an extremely heavy load an exception can be made. 


Membership If you have a plot or hang out with us a lot and bring treats you are a member. If you have a computer please go to 

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.


Community Commitment As a Chelsea Community Gardens gardener, you are a member of a community of neighbors. You are expected to make a meaningful contribution of time (at least 8 hours per plot in the gardening season) to your garden community. Garden Work Parties for Community Gardens will be announced after each monthly meeting.  It is expected that everyone will try to participate in awakening (setting up) the garden in the spring and putting it to bed in the fall.


Returning Gardeners The plot you gardened last year will be reserved for you until March 15th, so be sure to return your application form to the Chelsea Community Gardens before March 15th. 


Garden Site Features and Membership for Community Garden Plots

Plot Sizes

20 X 20

Plot types

ANNUAL  These are tilled by the gardeners as a team in the spring and fall.

PERENNIAL  We will have a limited number of plots designated as perennial. These are not plowed after the initial plowing. Two year commitment required.

Plot Fee There is an annual $40 fee per Community Garden plot, payable with Registration.  Subsequent plots are available for $35 per plot.  Each plot requires 8 hours of community labor per season.  Completion of that labor is rewarded with a rebate of $20.


Post-Solstice Freebie After June 21st, if you already have a plot and the plot is 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 Steering Committee that that is your intention.


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 May 15th or the plot will revert back to Chelsea Community Gardens, and their money will be forfeited.


Low income Gardeners Chelsea Community Gardens wants to make gardening available to everyone regardless of income.  All garden plots must be paid for; apply to Faith in Action if you cannot afford the plot fee.


 

Chelsea Community Gardens

Registration and Liability Waiver

 

Name_________________________________________________________________________

 

Address ______________________________________________________________________

 

Phone Number______________________________________________________________

 

Email_________________________________________________________________________

 

Fee paid__________ plot  numbers_____________________

 

I have read the Gardening Guidelines for the Chelsea Community Gardens and I agree to abide by them.

 

Signed_______________________________________  Date_____________________

 

RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS AGREEMENT

In consideration of entering into this agreement with the City of Chelsea, the undersigned, by this instrument does hereby expressly stipulate and agree to release, discharge, indemnify and forever hold harmless the City of Chelsea, its assigns, agents servants and employees of any damage, loss or injury which heretofore has been or which may hereafter be sustained by the said INDIVIDUAL, GROUP, ORGANIZATION OR FAMILY as a consequence of their participation in any and all activities in connection with this agreement.

 This release extends and applies to, and also covers and includes, all unknown, unforeseen, unanticipated and unsuspected injuries, damages, loss and liability, and the consequence thereof, as well as those now disclosed and known to exist. The provisions of any state, federal, local or territorial law or statute providing in substance that releases shall not extend to claims, demands, injuries or damages, which are unknown or are unsuspected to exist at the time to the person executing such release, are hereby expressly waived.

 

Having read the above conditions, I/we agree to adhere to the conditions of this agreement, and the guidelines established by the City of Chelsea.

 

 

Signed_____________________________________________         Date _____________________

 

 

Print Name ___________________________________________________



2009 Gardening Guidelines (for the sake of the revision history)

Created January 2009



Blue: guidelines that were not followed in 09. Noted here just to see if the guidelines need changed, the process failed, etc.

Chelsea Community Gardens is extremely grateful to Project Grow of Ann Arbor Michigan for their incredible generosity in allowing us to use many of their forms and text in setting up our organization; much of what you read here is taken word for word from their literature.

We are committed to encouraging people to garden in socially and environmentally responsible ways. All plots in all gardens are organic. Fertilizers and pest control measures which may be used in the organic plots are those which are accepted by major organic certification agencies such as the Organic Crop Improvement Association. In general, soil fertility is maintained by creating optimal conditions for soil biological activity through crop rotations and the maintenance of soil organic content. Judicious use of organic and natural mineral soil amendments is also practiced, and in some cases processed mineral fertilizers may be acceptable for short-term use. Guidelines for permissible gardening practices are given below.

Weed Control

Herbicides of any kind are prohibited, as they are hazardous to human health, may kill or damage desirable crops, drift into neighboring gardens, or persist in the soil. Hoeing, mulching, and hand weeding are recommended.

Mulch should be of an organic nature; any variance must be approved by the board, newspaper, carpet, or black plastic are not acceptable mulches for the community gardens.

Non organic mulch was used in the 09 season.

Insect Control

Synthetic insecticides are prohibited. Preferred control methods are crop rotation, hand picking of insect pests, introduction of predator species, companion planting, soil solarization, and biological controls, e.g. Bacillus thuringiensis, a bacterium that controls cabbage worms. As a last resort, natural botanicals, i.e. rotenone and pyrethrum (that break down quickly and do not leave harmful residues in the soil) may be used.

Disease Control

Most problems can be controlled if you maintain healthy soil, choose disease-resistant varieties, and remove diseased plants from the garden. In an attempt to stop the spread of tomato blight shoes worn in other gardens should be sprayed with a bleach solution from  spray bottles by the gates before entering the community garden site. All donated tools and personal tools brought into the gardens should be prewashed with a bleach solution.

Fertilizers and Soil Amendments

Commercial inorganic fertilizers (ie 5-1--5, Miracle Grow, etc.) are not permitted. Products of plant or animal origin i.e. compost, leaf mold, livestock manure, blood and bone meal, cover crops, fish emulsion, kelp meal, liquid seaweed, and commercial organic fertilizers are acceptable. Natural mineral fertilizers, i.e. greensand, granite dust, and ground limestone are also acceptable. Gardeners are strongly urged to add as much organic material (i.e. compost, leaf mold, and manure) as possible to their plots to maintain soil fertility.

Non-Acceptable Plants

We cannot allow plants with the following characteristics to be grown in any of the gardens (without written permission of the Chelsea Community Gardens board):

  • Invasive species such as mint, comfrey, etc.
  • Trees, bushes, or other woody perennials
  • Illegal or dangerous plants

Tools

Chelsea Community Gardens will supply a few gardening tools in a gardening shed.  Please take care of them and return them to the shed when you are finished. All donated tools and personal tools brought into the gardens should be prewashed with bleach.  Fuel for tiller and mower and the bleach to disinfect tools will be kept in a locked metal box in the garden shed.

Water

Water and hoses will be supplied at each site.  Please conserve water and take care of the hoses. The cost of water is included in the plot fee.

Fencing

Fencing will be provided around the site for animal control. There will be a shared combination lock at the gate to enter the gardens. Please close the gardens when you are the last one out.

The gates was left open several times

Plowing

The annual gardens will be plowed and disked in the spring and plowed in the fall, a cover crop of winter rye may be used to enrich the soil through the winter months. Perennial gardens will not be plowed.

Garden Site Features for Community Garden Plots

PLOT Sizes:

FULL SIZE  (approx. 25' x 30')

HALF SIZE  (approx. 25' x 15').

Both sizes are available. Experienced gardeners may request up to two full sized plots depending on availability.

PLOT Types:

ANNUAL ? These are plowed by Chelsea Community Gardens in the spring and fall.

PERENNIAL ? We will have a limited number of plots designated as perennial. These are not plowed after the initial plowing. Two year commitment required.


Membership Fee

There is a one time $20 membership fee per Community Garden plot, payable with Registration.

Volunteer Commitment

As a Chelsea Community Gardens gardener, you are a member of a community of neighbors. You are expected to make a meaningful contribution of time (at least one hour and a half per month in the gardening season) to your garden community. To find out what is needed at your gardens, please ask your Site Coordinator. Listed below are tasks in which your contribution of time is most helpful to the running of your garden   Garden Work Parties for Community Gardens: Approximately 1.5 hours each:

?         Stake Out garden plots (immediately after plowing and disking)

?         May Work Party

?         June Work Party

?         July Work Party

?         August Work Party

?         Clean Up garden plots (October 18 th )

These timetables were not followed, by and large

As a community organization with no staff, Chelsea Community Gardens also has an ongoing need in the following areas. Please check any where you may be able to offer volunteer assistance, we will call you:

  • Events: Assist in planning and organizing money-making, educational and community awareness events for Project Grow.
  • Fundraising & Grantwriting: Assist Project Grow's staff and Board in planning and undertaking strategies to ensure Project Grow's financial stability.
  • Food Bank Coordinator: Organize gleaning of surplus garden produce for contribution to Faith in Action, who will distribute produce to those in need (you will be contacted in June or July).
  • Education: Work with or be part of Chelsea Community Gardens member education, teach a class, write a gardening information article.
  • Newsletter: Contribute articles, assist with layout, help find sponsors & advertisers.
  • Office Skills: Support us by aiding with data entry,

These volunteer activities were done ad hoc if at all 


Plot Fees (Made up estimate- basically numbers I drew from the air)


These plot fees were not followed

 

Garden

Full plot

Half plot

Timbertown

$75

$40

Returning Gardeners

The plot you gardened last year will be reserved for you until March 15th, so be sure to return your application form to the Chelsea Community Gardens before March 15th. 

Low income Gardeners

Chelsea Community Gardens wants to make gardening available to everyone regardless of income.  Please call  Faith in Action  if you have questions about our sliding scale fees.

Not sure if this sliding fee scale was used.

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 May 15th or the plot will revert back to Chelsea Community Gardens, their money will be forfeited, and their membership revoked.

 This timetable was not followed....

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