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Cape Canaveral Community Garden Rules and Regulations

  • Each gardener is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of his or her garden box.
  • Box watering, weeding, harvesting and any other garden-related maintenance are the responsibility of the gardener.
  • Gardeners will volunteer to serve as garden leaders on a monthly basis. Garden leaders will establish monthly mandatory work days and report maintenance or other concerns to the Community engagement team.
  • Strengthening Community ties is a huge part of this project. Gardeners who miss two work days and/or mandatory meetings will be asked to forfeit their plots and cease participation in the garden.
  • A limited number of tools, gloves, hoses and miscellaneous garden equipment will be available in the locked garden shed for use during regular park hours.
  • Gardeners will enter harvests in the log book to allow the City to keep metrics.
  • Garden boxes should be cared for at least once a week. It is the gardener’s responsibility to ask fellow gardeners for assistance if he or she is not able to care for his or her box in any given week. If a gardener is not pulling his or her weight during the season, he or she will be asked to forfeit any plots and cease participation in the Community Garden.
  • Each gardener will be given a combination code to the lock on the garden gate and the shed for access to tools and watering equipment. Gardeners are responsible for remembering the lock combination code. Please do not share the combination with those who are not participating in the current season. Keep the garden gate and shed locked at all times and return all tools before leaving.
  • Guests and children are welcome in the garden but must be accompanied by an adult registered gardener and must be supervised at all times. Children are not allowed to water or disturb any plots that do not belong to their parents.
  • Each gardener must complete a Release of All Claims form before they can work or volunteer in the garden.
  • The application of herbicides (weed killers) and non-organic fertilizers or pest control to the garden boxes is prohibited and strictly enforced. If found using these materials, the gardener will immediately forfeit the garden box and cease participation in the Community Garden.
  • Assignment of garden boxes will be awarded on a first-come/first-serve basis. Gardeners from previous seasons can immediately apply for upcoming growing seasons with no wait time.
  • Box fees are due in full to the Community engagement consultant before gardeners take possession of their boxes and are given the code to the combination lock. Season 4 box fees are $10.00. These funds will be held in a specific Community Garden account. Funds will go toward on-going Community Garden needs, such as compost, upgrades, tools, etc.
  • At the end of the growing season, gardeners are responsible for clearing boxes of all plant material, tilling the soil and leaving the box as they received it. Garden season dates are TBD.
  • Gardeners will not expand garden boxes beyond their measurement or into paths or other boxes.
  • Gardeners will keep all plants within the limits of their garden box. Gardeners will not allow any plants to grow more than six feet high, excluding certain plants like sunflowers or okra.
  • Plants must be kept free of weeds, pests and diseases. Gardeners whose plots are regularly found to be infested with pests or weeds will forfeit their plots and cease participation in the garden.
  • Illegal plants, weapons, smoking of any kind, profanity, discrimination and drinking of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in the Community Garden and Patriots Park.
  • Garden boxes will be watered according to water-wise guidelines.
  • Participation in Community Garden meetings, workshops and special events is required. Gardeners who do not regularly attend work days, meetings or special events will be asked to forfeit their plots and cease participation in the garden.
  • Gardeners are responsible for ensuring that the rules are followed at all times. Breaking any rules, terms and conditions is cause for immediate exclusion from the garden and forfeit of garden box. You will be allowed to reapply for another garden box only at the discretion of the Community engagement team.
  • Any issues should be communicated to the Community Services team within 24 hours of incident.
The Community Services Director is the highest governing authority at the Cape Canaveral Community Garden.
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