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
- 100 square foot rainwater catching pergola attached to a 500-gallon holding tank for hand watering needs
- 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 bed such as watering, weeding, and harvesting.
- Gardeners will volunteer to serve as a garden leader for planned meetings on a quarterly basis either at the garden or a zoom meeting, as appropriate.
- Gardeners will be expected to volunteer a minimum of 30 minutes once a month to maintain common areas. It is important to maintain a neat and tidy appearance as a community focal point.
- A limited number of tools, gloves, hoses and miscellaneous garden equipment will be available at the garden. It is recommended that a gardener bring his or her own tools, i.e., pruning clippers, to minimize any cross contamination from other beds.
- Garden beds are to be cared for at a minimum of once a week. It is the gardener’s responsibility to ask fellow gardeners for assistance in caring for his or her bed in any given week. Should issues arise from an unmaintained bed, the gardener may be in jeopardy of forfeiting his or her bed after review and evaluation by the Sustainability Manager.
- Each gardener will be given the combination code to the locks on the garden gates. Gardeners should not share the combination with those who are not participating in the current season. Upon leaving the garden, all tools must be returned to their proper place and the gates must be locked and secured appropriately.
- Guests and children are welcome at 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 beds that do not belong to their parents or guardians.
- Each gardener must complete a ‘Release of All Claims’ form before they can work or volunteer in the garden.
- Only organic products are to be used in the garden.
- Assignments of garden beds will be awarded on a first-come/first-serve basis.
- Gardeners will not allow any plants to grow more than six feet high, excluding certain plants like sunflowers or okra.
- Illegal plants, weapons, smoking of any kind, profanity, discrimination and drinking alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the Community Garden and Patriots Park.
- If garden rules are not followed, a gardener may have to forfeit his or her garden bed.
- He or she may reapply at a later date for a garden bed at the discretion of the Sustainability Manager. Any rule violations are to be reported to the Sustainability Manager for his or her review and resolution.
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.