The Cape Canaveral Community Garden
Kairos — The Cape Canaveral Community Garden is located on the north end of Patriots Park at 200 Long Point Road. The mission of this beautiful garden is to serve the Community by providing an opportunity for gardeners of all experience and expertise to work, volunteer and learn from one another while growing food. Most of all, the garden is a partnership between the City of Cape Canaveral and area residents to help foster a sense of Community while encouraging neighbors, friends and families to collaborate on fun activities and workshops aimed at making the garden a success and the City more resilient and sustainable.
The City is proud to announce that as of March 2018, the Kairos Community Garden is a member of the informal Community Garden Network of Brevard (CGNB). The CGNB serves to inspire, connect, and support local efforts in sharing knowledge and resources for the creation and maintenance of sustainable urban and suburban gardens. This unique network promotes volunteerism, awareness, inclusion and education to empower both citizens and municipalities to undertake their own environmental and agricultural projects. Its mission is to enhance and maintain the natural beauty of our County’s ecosystems while helping others achieve best practices in meeting their economic, environmental and social needs.
Community Garden Information
- The Cape Canaveral Community Garden current gardeners:
The Community Garden has:
- Rain barrels
- Plots made from upcycled Hurricane Irma debris
- Spiral herb garden made from coquina boulders leftover from a shoreline restoration project
- Drip irrigation system using water from a 500-gallon freshwater tank
- LED flower sculptures
- Storage shed
- Small hand tools and equipment
- Shade canopies
- Two small bamboo bee houses (also called bee hotels)
- Composting area
- Native pollinator bed
- A Little Free Library and Little Free Pantry
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.
Funded in Part by
An NRPA Grant, National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of public parks, recreation and conservation and previous Council Member Brendan McMillin.
- Click to view the Florida Today story about the Cape Canaveral Community Garden
- Cape Canaveral Garden Facebook Page
Vegetable Gardening in the City
On July 1, 2019, Florida’s new bill CS/SB 82: Vegetable Gardens went into effect. The bill prohibits “a county, municipality, or other political subdivision of the state from regulating vegetable gardens on residential properties. Any local ordinance or regulation regarding vegetable gardens on residential properties is void and unenforceable. However, the bill does not preclude the adoption of a local ordinance or regulations of a general nature that do not specifically regulate vegetable gardens, including, but not limited to, regulations and ordinances relating to water use during drought conditions, fertilizer use, or control of invasive species.” The bill also defines the term “vegetable garden” as a plot of ground where herbs, fruits, flowers or vegetables are cultivated for human consumption.
The City of Cape Canaveral supports this bill, as it allows residents to become more engaged in the practice of urban agriculture, improves Community resiliency and falls in line with the City’s sustainability efforts. To optimize best practices and ensure safety while keeping sustainability a priority, the City has put together a set of suggested guidelines to assist residents in their gardening efforts. Such suggestions include: a reminder to continue to adhere to the City and County’s fertilizer ordinances; efficient watering habits; appropriate growing seasons; garden bed plans used at the City’s Kairos Community Garden; and line of sight considerations for pedestrian and vehicle traffic safety. The City of Cape Canaveral Urban Gardening Tips and Recommendations, developed based on publicly available information from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), are now available for distribution to anyone wishing to implement their own home vegetable garden within the City.