Garden Location: West Main Street and Griffing Avenue near Grangebel Park in downtown Riverhead, NY firstname.lastname@example.org
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River & Roots Community Garden Guidelines & Rules
● Garden beds are 4 feet by 10 feet. Plots are dispersed to downtown residents (defined as living within these boundaries: east of Kroemer Avenue, west of Cross River Drive [Route 105], south of Old Country Road [Route 58] and north of the river) first, Riverhead town residents second, and out of town residents third. ● Downtown Riverhead residents applications will have priority until March 1st; Town of Riverhead residents from March 1st until March 15th; Out-of-town residents after March 15th; then first-come-first-served. ● I will have something planted in the garden by June 1st and keep it planted until at least October 1st. ● I will not plant any perennial plants, illegal plants, or invasive plants in my bed. No cannabis/marijuana plants. ● I will only garden during daylight hours. ● If I must abandon my plot for any reason, I will notify the garden leadership and make a good-faith effort to return my key. ● I will keep weeds at a minimum, maintain and water the areas immediately surrounding my plot and my plants will not impede the path of the lawn mower. ● If my plot becomes unkempt, I understand I will be given 1 week’s notice to clean it up. At that time, it will be reassigned or tilled in. ● I will keep trash and litter out of the plot, as well as from adjacent pathways and fences. ● I will participate in the spring and fall cleanup of the garden. ● I will not plant tall crops where they will shade neighboring plots. ● I will pick only my own crops unless given permission by another plot user. ● In addition to spring and fall cleanup, I agree to volunteer at least 8 hours toward community/committee gardening efforts during the garden season. Volunteer hours are mandatory. ● I will use only organic fertilizers, insecticides or weed repellents and apply them in such a way that they will not affect other plots. These items cannot be stored on the premises. ● I will carry out whatever items and/or trash I carry into the garden. Compostable items can be placed in the compost bins or in the brown yard waste bags and deposited in the designated spot for pick up. ● I will not bring dogs/pets to the garden. I will not bring weapons into the garden● I will not consume alcohol, cannabis/marijuana, or illegal narcotics on the premises. ● I will not smoke or chew tobacco in the garden. Tobacco can transmit a lethal virus to tomatoes and cigarette butts are loaded with toxins. ● I will keep the shed tidy. Communal items will be labeled with “RRCG”. All other items in the shed should only be used with express permission of the item’s owner. ● I will report theft, vandalism and unusual activities to the garden leaders and police. ● I will report sightings of pests such as cucumber beetle, ladybug beetle, spotted lantern fly, or rats to the garden leadership. ● Guests and visitors, including children, may enter the garden only if I accompany them. They must follow all rules, terms and conditions stated here. Participation by children is encouraged, but I must supervise my children at all times when they are in the garden. I am solely responsible for the behavior of my guests. ● I will submit the application, signed rules and payment by November 1st to overwinter vegetables and keep the plot for the following season, otherwise, I will clean my garden bed by November 1st. ● I will not make duplicate keys of any locks at the garden or give my key or lock combination to another person. I will return my key by November 31st, unless I have committed to gardening over the winter and to keep the plot for the following season. ● I will work to keep the garden a happy, secure and enjoyable place where all participants can garden and socialize peacefully in a neighborly manner.