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Rockford Community Garden Guidelines

GENERAL INFORMATION

The following regulations are designed to keep the garden peaceful, productive, and community focused.

  • The garden’s activity is led by the Steering Committee. It can be reached at bfgarden@gmail.com or through in person contact with its members. Important decisions are made in general meeting based on the majority of attendees in the meeting, or through email discussion/voting.
  • Plot unclaimed (that means the gardener does not sign this contract form on general meeting or within one week after the meeting) or unattended will be reassigned.
  • If there is not enough space, plots will be prioritized for:

Individuals who have been involved in any part of the planning

Those who do not have access to their own growing space

Residents who live in the Bathurst-Finch neighbourhood.

  • Unclaimed plots will be reassigned after June 10th
  • Bathurst-Finch Community Garden maintains a waiting list for plot assignment. The details of this is available from the Rockford garden Steering Committee.

RULES, REGULATIONS & GUIDELINES FOR GARDENERS

  1. I will have something planted in my garden by June 10th and will keep it maintained all the gardening season (May ~ October).
  2. I will have my garden plot cleaned up and ‘winterized’ by Dec 1st.
  3. I will contact the Steering Committee if I am unable to tend to my garden plot on a temporary basis (health, vacation, work, etc.). Otherwise, I will contribute at least 1 hour/week maintaining my own plot. Steering Committee can be reached at bfgarden@gmail.com or through in person contact with its members.
  4. If my plot shows signs of neglect during the season and I haven’t contacted the Steering Committee for assistance, I understand that I will be contacted by phone and/or e-mail. If I fail to respond within one week of these requests and if there has been no improvement in my garden plot within two weeks of the request, I understand that my gardening privilege might be compromised, plot will be considered as unattended.
  5. I will only use organic methods, fertilizers, and insecticides approved by garden participants and the City of Toronto. If in doubt, I will ask the Steering Committee prior to applying anything on the garden.
  6. I am responsible for general site maintenance and keeping the garden in good shape throughout the season. I will volunteer my time to assist with garden events and regular clean up nights with other community members at least once per month.
  7. Decision making will happen in the meeting based on the majority of attendees’ in the meeting. Decision will be based on 50+1 vote as a majority of the votes. Decisions will be upheld till the end of gardening season. Should I wish the decision to be changed I’ll contact Steering committee at the end of gardening season.
  8. For sensitive issues such as cancellation of garden privileges, it needs to have 67% votes from all members of the Garden.
  9. The Steering Committee is the ruling body of the Rockford Community Garden. It consists of 5 Steering Committee Members. The Steering committee will be elected yearly at the Annual General Meeting based on majority votes from the gardeners who are present at the meeting.
  10. I will willingly engage in a conflict resolution process in the event of a conflict. I will try my best to resolve the conflict myself, if I feel I need support I will contact Rockford Garden Steering Committee and will work with them through resolving the conflict.
  11. I will keep the garden a smoke-free space. Dogs are welcome in the garden, provided that they have a leash on and are under control at all times.
  12. Children under 12 years old should garden with the supervision of an adult.
  13. I will not extend my plot for any reason and will stay in the boundaries allotted to me.
  14. I will not touch my neighbor’s plot, unless given permission by the plot user. If I am concerned about a gardener touching my plot I will try to resolve the situation myself. If I need more support, I will talk to the Steering Committee to help resolve the situation.
  15. I will properly dispose of weeds and plant material in designated compost areas and I will keep my plot and adjacent pathways free of trash and litter.
  16. I will try to contain or cut back any aggressive plants from my plot that might be invading the surrounding pathways or another garden plot.
  17. I will contact the Steering Committee if I have grown excess food that I want to donate to my community.
  18. I understand that my contact information will be added to a volunteer list that will be placed inside the shed. I will help at least one person that contacts me. If I do not feel comfortable with my contact information in the shed, I must contact the Steering Committee. Please check box if you agree to have your information posted inside the shed:
  19. I will be respectful to other gardeners and will work in the garden peacefully. I will not by any means harass gardeners in any forms whether by verbal or online bullying.
  20. I understand that if any of these rules/regulations/guidelines are not followed my gardening privileges may be compromised. I understand that if any of these rules/regulations/guidelines are not followed my gardening privileges may be compromised. I understand I will have to attend in-person meeting(s) to discuss the issue further with the Steering Committee or with the staff of supporting organization and other individuals based on the nature of issues and their recommendation. This meeting will be coordinated by the Steering Committee or staff of the supporting organization.

Conflict Resolution Process

  1. I will willingly engage in a conflict resolution process in the event of a conflict. I will try my best to resolve the conflict myself, if I feel I need support I will contact Rockford Garden Steering Committee and will work with them through resolving the conflict.
  2. If the conflict is with one of the garden Steering Committee, I will ask the rest of the members of the garden committee to work on resolving the conflict.

I understand the above rules and regulations and promise to follow them.

 

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