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RE: abandonment of plots


The Clinton Community Garden has a process for dealing with the issue of

1) Every year before the annual meeting every back gardener ( i.e,  gardener
with an individual plot for their own personal use) is mailed a plot renewal
form to confirm that they will be gardening during the coming season, try to
shake them down for a contribution to the garden's general fund and to
confirm that they still live within the garden's cachement area. The idea is
that folks should be living close enough to the garden to water, weed,
Please check out out back gardener's rules on our website
http://www.clintoncommunitygarden.org which explains our policy for
individual garden plots. 

2) We are governed by an elected steering committee which appoints a back
garden plot committee to enforce the rules ( AKA  The Jackbooted Thugs).

The thugs ( oops! the plot subcommittee) do a weekly "plot walk-through"
with a checklist of all plots. We work on a three warning system and ground
must be broken by tax day ( April 15) for each year's gardening. We can and
do reassign the plots of non-gardeners to folks who actually garden.
Obviously, if there are family emergencies we ask gardeners to have
neighbors help with watering, weeding, etc.

Good luck, contact me if you need more information.


> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Mariah Dillon [SMTP:emducey@syr.edu]
> Sent:	Wednesday, March 15, 2000 1:50 PM
> To:	community_garden@mallorn.com
> Subject:	[cg] abandonment of plots
> I am the coordinator of a community garden in Syracuse, New York
> We have numerous gardeners who are adamant about coming back to "their
> plot" at
> the garden each year. Then they show up once or twice a season - (or the
> very
> minimum when I insist they show up) but in general they abandon their
> plot.
> Later in the season I have gardeners who want to do something about the
> weeds or
> who want the "abandon space" to garden in -  and I never have any luck
> getting
> hold of these people who neglect  their gardens.
> (I have had gardeners tell me they want a 'natural look'  when all anyone
> else
> sees are propagating weeds.)
> What do others do in these situations?
> Mariah Dillon
> Coordinator
> Morningside Community Garden
> > > The problems are related to the abandonment of plots when
> > > residents leave or sell their house; the plot becomes an eyesore.
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