Our Garden operating process and rules
Several individuals have asked for information on the Mary Thompson Senior
Citizen Gardens in Southfield, Michigan and how they operate. I thought I
would include here the major portion of a letter that went out to our
gardeners in April. It may help some that are new to such programs. We
have about 110 plots and 77+ gardeners. The program has been in existence for
Elmer L. Morehouse-Garden Supervisor
MARY THOMPSON GARDEN NEWS
The Mary Thompson Senior Citizen Gardns are located on the Mary Thompson Farm
Site. Mary Thompson was born in the Farm House on February 7, 1871 and upon
her dea5th on October 21, 1967 the house and surrounding 20 acres were willed
to the City of Southfield. The property is administered by the City of
Southfield Parks and Recreation Department
. ABOUT THE GARDEN - HOW IT WORKS
01. The gardening privilege is open to all Southfield citizens who are fifty
(50) years of age or older.
02. A garden plot may be obtained by applying for such with the garden
supervisor and paying the twenty five dollar ($25.00) per growing season
fee. Checks should be made out to Southfield Parks and Recreation and
include both the drivers license No. and the phone No. on them.
3. Resident 1999 gardeners may select their plots at the end of the
gardening season). New gardeners may select their plots during the March
meeting or after the garden opens.
04. For safety reasons, the gardener(s) must fill out a confidential form or
waiver which includes emergency numbers and special pertinent medical
information. This form must be filled out at the beginning of each
gardening season and will be returned at the end of the season upon request.
Gardeners shall not work their plot until a medical form or medical waiver
is on file with the garden supervisor.
05. Each plot consists of 400 square feet of area and the gardener
determines which crops are to be grown on his/her plot.
06 A garden committee will be formed each year, and will be moderated by
the Garden Supervisor. The committee will be an advisory working committee
to help the supervisor and assistant supervisor carry out projects. Each
member will have specific responsibilities. These projects are based upon
suggestions or requests from the Parks and Recreation Department,
Gardeners, and Committee members. The committee will meet at 12 noon on the
second Monday of each gardening month, or when called by the Supervisor. If
you are interested in being a committee member, please contact the Supervisor
or the Assistant Supervisor.
07. The city will pretill the plots prior to the beginning of each gardening
season. All other labor and materials are the sole responsibility of the
gardener, including: weeding, cultivating, seeds, plants, stakes,
watering, planting, fertilizer, etc..
08. The gardens are intended to be a place of outdoor enjoyment,
socialization, fun, tranquility, and exercise besides the obvious benefits
of fresh vegetables and produce. In keeping with this, each of us is
expected to do all we can to promote such an atmosphere.
09. Watering stands with attached hoses are located throughout the garden
area. It is necessary to share the use of these with others. Do not lay
them down and leave them for an extended length of time while others are
waiting for them. All watering is to be done by hand. Sprinklers and
soakers are not permitted.
10. Due to sanitary and safety considerations, pets are strictly prohibited
at the gardens. We love them too and have our own.
11. A limited number of tools are available in the tool crib. These are
available for the use of all gardeners and are to be washed clean and
returned to the crib when you are finished with them.. If you remove several
at one time, you may be depriving others of their use. Remember the next
person - they are or will soon be your friend.
12. Wheelbarrows are also available in the crib and should be washed out
and returned in a clean condition.
13. Security of the garden and the gardeners is important. If you are
going to have others take care of your garden while you are on vacation
etc., inform the garden supervisors and introduce the garden staff to
them. Make sure they check in with us immediately upon entry to the garden
and identify themselves. Unauthorized individuals will be denied
entry to the garden. This is particularly true during harvest time.
14 You are not to enter or harvest from another's garden without express
15. Rest room facilities are available in the Thompson house. Individuals
are expected to restrict themselves to this area of the house. Children
and guests must be accompanied to the house by the gardener(s).
16. Children and/or guests visiting the garden are the responsibility of the
gardener that extended the invitation.
17. The telephone is for emergencies and use by the staff only.
18. The garden will be open during posted and published hours. For security
and safety reasons, the gardener(s) and others are prohibited from entry
at other times.
19. Each garden site is (within reason) expected to be kept free of weeds
and debris. Garden sites that are apparently abandoned and/or not kept
up to reasonable standards will be dismantled, mowed, and/or reassigned
after attempts to contact and inform the gardener have failed or become
20. Weeds and all organic matter which is to be discarded is to be placed in
the compost bins and NOT in the green barrels. The green barrels are for
inorganic wastes such as plastics, screening, metals, styrofoam etc..
Paper and cardboard, but not pesticide containers, can also be placed in
the compost bins if they are torn up first.
21. Organic (plant) materials are NOT to be placed in the large dumpster.
The dumpster should be limited to discarded fencing,, metals, styrofoam,
22. The storage area south of the crib area is for the gardener's use, but
materials must be bundled and tagged. Untagged materials and materials that
are not going to be used, should be removed and placed in a dumpster.
Materials stored on the property and not tagged will be treated as abandoned
property. Materials not stored in designated storage areas will be treated
as abandoned property.
23. Materials stored on the property all belong to some gardener and are not
to be appropriated to the use of others without the owner's permission.
24. Any garden not planted by May 30 will be reassigned.(NO REFUND)
25. The walkways which are staked out at the beginning of the season are for
both safety and convenience of all. Please do not incorporate them into
your adjacent plot. Walkways and fences must be kept free of weeds - both
inside and outside of the fence.
Tentative Year 2000 GARDEN HOURS
Sunday - 1:00 PM -
Monday - 9:00 Noon - 8:00 PM
Tuesday - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday - 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday - Closed (No Admittance)
Friday - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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