ROCKWOOD COMMUNITY GARDEN RULES & REGULATIONS

All members will be bound by all applicable Town of Rockwood By-laws and the following rules and regulations. Members include Family & Kids Club Members, and Plot Holders. 

1. There is a (one-time) lifetime membership fee of $5, to join either the Family & Kids Club (in order to access the children's plots and occasional activities), or to be a Plot Holder.

2. You may apply for a plot any time, and plots are assigned on a first come first served basis. If demand is greater than availability, or if there are several people interested when one plot becomes available, plots will be awarded by a lottery where all applicants’ names are treated equally. A seasonal wait list will be maintained in case additional plots become available, or plots need to be reassigned, however the wait list does not carry over year to year; interested applicants must re-apply each year.

3. Plot fees are due in full immediately upon being assigned a plot. Plots cost $25 rental per season plus a $25 refundable deposit. The deposit can be refunded or donated at the end of the season if the member does not plan to return, or can be held if the member wishes to keep their plot the following year. Rental fee is waived for students under 18, but the membership fees and deposit must be paid ($5 + $25). 

4. Members may grow annual vegetables and flowers only in their garden, and fall garlic bulbs and approved perennials, including strawberries and herbs if they are keeping their plot for the following season, and have paid the following year's fees fees in full. 

5. Each member is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of their garden plot. Watering, weeding, harvesting and any other garden related maintenance are the responsibility of the gardener. Members must arrange for coverage if they will be away. Garden plots should be cared for at least once a week. If any plot remains unattended for more than three weeks that plot is subject to reassignment to the next person on the wait list.

6. The application of any pesticides, including herbicides (weed killers) or insecticides (insect killers) to the garden plots is prohibited.

7. Tools, hoses and watering equipment will be available in the community garden storage bin for members’ use.  If you take it out, you are responsible to put it away, and to ensure that the tools are secured when you are leaving.

8. Members may choose to keep their plots from year-to-year. Regardless, at the end of the growing season, members are responsible for clearing their plot of all plant material and leaving the plot as they found it in the spring, with the exception of approved perennials and fall garlic if the member is keeping the plot the following year.

9. Children are welcome in the garden but must be accompanied and supervised by an adult member.

10. Pets are not allowed to roam free in the garden but well-behaved pets are welcome to watch if they are secured just inside the gate, where they cannot access any of the gardens.