Allofourplots aredesignated as organic plots meaningonlyorganic gardeningmethods are allowed. Useofpesticides, herbicides,andinsecticidesmade fromsynthetic materials as wellasuseofchemicalfertilizers such as Miracle Grow or Osmocote areforbidden. Only those organic products approved by OMRI and labeled as such may be used.
In addition, NO SMOKING is permitted at the farm. You may smoke in the parking lot in your car. NO BUTTS should be left behind. This is due to the transfer of Tobacco Mosaic Disease from processed tobacco into the soil. This disease lasts in soil 50 years and destroys vegetable crops and often entire farms.
SEASONALPLOTASSIGNMENT. Returningandnewgardenersarerequiredtoapplyeachyear. Our plots will be tilled and ready for planting beginning in April.
“WEEDor LOSEYOURPLOT”POLICY. Gardenersare requiredtoweedatleastonceaweek.Ifa gardenerneedstemporaryassistanceduetoan illness,injury or travel, the gardener should contact the farm at email@example.com. If a plot is not weeded and remains untended for more than 14 days, your license to the garden plot will be terminated.
GOODNEIGHBORPOLICY. Pleaseshowrespectforothergardenersbynotenteringotherplots withoutpermission. We do not permit gardeners to grow plants that are taller than 4 feet because they can shade neighboring plots. Please, no sunflowers as these grow too tall!
While we would like to guarantee that all of your plants and produce are secure from two footed, four-footed and winged neighbors, we cannot.
FARM HOURS. Generally you may access your garden plot between 7am and 8:30 pm each day of the growing season (April to October). We may change farm hours or establish rules limiting the your access in order to accommodate school groups.
PROHIBITED PLANTS. Perennials thataredifficultfor successivegardenerstoeradicatemustnotbe grown(e.g.,horseradish, bamboo, comfrey, purslane, mint,grapes,woodytreesor shrubs,and brambles such as raspberries). We also do not permit gardeners to grow cereal and grain crops. Crops like squash can be planted, but do not expect to save the seeds for next year because of possible cross pollination.
PATHMAINTENANCE.Gardenersareresponsiblefor keepingpathsabuttingtheirplotspassableand free from equipment, debris,weeds,sticks, rocks,woodchipsandwaywardfencingmaterial.NEVERPLACEWOODCHIPSORPLANTDEBRISONTHEPATHSBETWEEN PLOTSOROUTSIDETHEPERIMETEROFYOURPLOT. Donotdigorplantoutsideof yourplotboundaries.
TOOLS. Gardeners may be borrow tools so long as the tools are brushedoffandreturnedtotheshedafter use.Pleasekeepthe sheddoorclosed.
WATER. We collect water from the roof of the barn. In years where there is not enough rainfall, we supplement that water with city water. If the 2 storage tanks are empty please send an email immediately to firstname.lastname@example.org. PLEASE DOUBLE CHECK THAT THE WATER VALVES ARE TURNED OFF AFTER USING THE WATER!
MULCH.Mulchis encouraged as long as it is organic. Leaf mulch is usually available at the farm for gardeners’ use.Mulch purchased from Home Depot or Marc’s is not allowed with the exception of the organic “OMRI CERTIFIED” 4 cubic foot compressed block of Sphagnum Peat Moss available at Home Depot.Carpetmulchand stone mulchareNOTallowedanywhereinplots,outsidethe perimeterofplotsorinthepathsbetweenplots.
COMPOST. We make our own compost on the Farm (for use on the Farm only) in amounts not exceeding the statute limits of the State of Ohio Revised Code. FINISHED COMPOST may be used as a soil amendment when you plant will and be made available as supplies last. WE CANNOT MAKE OUR SUPER GOOD COMPOST FAST ENOUGH SO PLEASE HELP US! We are desperate for the following to make compost from:
Vegetable and fruit scraps and peels from your kitchen (preferable cut up
into 2” cubes or smaller )
Veggies and fruits that have “gone bad” in your fridge
Left-over cooked veggies, in water only (no sauces or butter)
Egg shells, preferable rinsed out
Coffee grounds (paper filters included)
Tea Bags (strings, staples & tags removed; paper teabags are fine)
Rabbit litter or back-yard chicken litter (NOTE: NO other pet litter is safe.)
PLEASE: NO MEAT SCRAPS, DAIRY, OILS or FAT in the COMPOST!
MANUREthatiswell-compostedorsterilizedisallowed and is provided at no charge. You may not bring in manure from outside sources becauseoftheriskofbacterialcontamination(e.g.,E coli).
VEHICLES. Vehicles may only be parked in the parking lot. Other than the farmer’s vehicle(s), no vehicle may bedrivenonto any part of theproperty.
PETS. Pets are not allowed at the farm at any time
CHILDREN. All persons under the age of 18 mustbeaccompaniedbya parent, guardian or teacher while at the Farm.
EXTRA PRODUCE: If you have extra produce it can be donated to SCAN or the Berea Outreach.
PLANTREFUSE:Oldstalksandseedlessweedstemsmaybe usedas mulchwithinyour plotsassurfacecompostaroundplants. Undesirableplantmaterialor propagatingseedheadsshouldbedisposed of by taking them home(better yet, do not let undesirable plants and weeds make seeds. Get rid of them first.). Diseasedplantsshouldbe baggedupandremovedfromproperty by the gardener as we have no trash service at the farm. Nooldplantsordirtshouldbeplacedinthepathsbetweenplotsordepositedinthetrashbins oranywhereelseontheproperty.
ORGANICGARDENINGMETHODSONLY:All gardenplotsaretobetendedusingorganicgardeningmethods.Useofpesticides, herbicides,and insecticidesmadefromsyntheticmaterialsas wellas useofchemicalfertilizerslikeOsmocote or Miracle Grow are strictlyforbidden. The exception to this rule is that purchased non-organic seed and plants may be used as long as they are then raised organically in the garden.
END OF SEASON: Plotsmustbecleanedupby5pm on a date to be designated.Syntheticmaterialandstringmustbedisposedof.Tools, garden equipment such as trellis for beans must also be removed. Failure to clean your plot may lead to denial of your application in the future.