Please fill out the community garden application completely. After submitting the form we will contact you to arrange payment through Paypal, credit card or check.
Financial assistance is available for plot fees for all community gardeners who qualify to help reduce the plot fee. A $25 clean up deposit is still required for those receiving financial assistance.
- Part of a growing network of community gardeners and supporters across Lincoln
- Access to free plants and seeds
- Access to other gardening resources like tomato cages (free or reduced cost, as they become available)
- Educational support: we are here to answer any gardening question you may have
- CROPS newsletter and notification of all classes and events
- Social events that are planned throughout the year
- Reduced registration costs for CROPS classes and workshops
Garden Plot Fees:
Fees are necessary to cover the cost of water, resources and management. It also increases gardener responsibility and investment in the garden and the program. Financial assistance is available. No refunds on plot fee or deposit after June 1st. There may be a small administrative fee deducted from any refunds requested before June 1st to cover the cost of setting up your garden space.
A $25.00 clean-up fee is due with this completed application, and it will be refunded to you in full at the end of the 2012 growing year, provided that you sufficiently clean up your plot by November 1st. If you wish to return in 2013 you may apply for the same plot beginning October 1st 2012. If you have cleaned up your plot and return a 2013 application, your clean-up deposit will be rolled over.
Maintaining your garden with regular weeding will conserve water, reduce insects, and keep the neighbors happy. We encourage you to work with other gardeners to keep the garden growing strong. Garden plots need to be cleaned up by November 1st. If you have any problems with your plot, or you can't take care of it, please let us know so we can help.
Financial Assistance & Work Trade:
Need-based Financial Assistance: If you are unable to afford the cost of renting a plot for the year, CROPS offers Financial Assistance. To see if you qualify for Financial Assistance, read and fill out the Financial Assistance Application (located on the Community Garden Application page).
Work Trade: Individuals may apply to trade volunteer hours in the garden in exchange for a reduced plot fee. If interested complete the Work Trade application (located on the Community Garden Application page).
- Application: A current application must be on file and fees paid to receive a plot to garden.
- Garden Training: All gardeners are required to attend The Garden Management Training before being able to start gardening each year.
- Organic Only: All Community Gardens are organic gardens. Gardeners must use organic growing methods, fertilizers, and sprays. Contact us if you need help.
- Returning gardeners may return to same plot each year provided they turn in a returning gardener application by November 1st. Clean-up deposits will be rolled over into the next year.
- Pets: No pets (for the safety and enjoyment of everyone)
- Trash: There are no trash cans at the garden. If you bring it to the garden then you must take it home with you. Please pick up any other trash that you see in the garden. No trash of any kind should be left at the site.
- Maintenance: All gardeners must share in the maintenance of the garden including: sitting areas, compost bins, weeding, mulching paths, turning water off, putting hoses away, and keeping tool sheds and tools clean.
- Tools: All tools must be returned to tool box/shed after every use. You cannot keep them or take them off-site. Community CROPS tools will be labeled.
- Personal Responsibility: Gardeners are responsible for themselves, children and any personal property brought into the garden.
- Hours: The garden area is open dawn until dusk, seven days a week.
- Plot Stakes: Plot corners are clearly marked with stakes. Please do not remove these stakes during the season. Metal stakes throughout the site are permanent boundary markers and should not be moved.
- Weeds: Please dispose of weeds in designated areas. Do not dump weeds that have gone to seed into the compost bin.
- Harvesting: Crops must be harvested once they are mature. If you do not feel you can use all of them please contact your Site Coordinator, Community CROPS or arrange for donation.
- Absent from garden: If someone else will tend your plot or pick your vegetables while you are sick or out of town, give the person a signed note and notify your Site Coordinator or CROPS. If you wish to abandon your plot at any point in the year, contact CROPS so that we may find a new use for the space.
- Permissions: If you want someone to work your plot or pick your vegetables when you are sick or away, give that person a signed note and notify your Site Coordinator or Community CROPS.
- Behavior: Alcohol, drugs, violence, stealing or vandalism are not
allowed in the community gardens. Participating in any of these
activities may result in removal from program and loss of garden plot.
This includes taking vegetables or plants from other gardens. If you
observe any of these activities notify your Site Coordinator or Community
- Restricted Plants: Plant whatever you like in your plot, except for noxious weeds or invasive plants. Restricted plants include: jerusalem artichokes, mint (can plant in a container but not in the ground), morning glories and bamboo.
- June 1st: Garden plots must be planted by this date or space will be given to someone else.
- Cleaned Plots: Plots must be cleaned up by November 1st to receive full clean up deposit or to apply deposit to next year’s garden. A cleaned up garden means that all tomato stakes & cages are removed, all dead plants (including weeds) removed. Plot must look neat and tidy to be considered cleaned-up. Plants still growing and being harvested may remain.
- Keep plants inside your plot. Plants must be kept out of other gardener’s plots or paths; any plants growing outside of plot may be trimmed or cut back by Community CROPS or Site Coordinator without notice.
- Tilling: Gardeners are responsible for the tilling of their own plot. (We recommend no till garden methods, ask us how)
- Tall crops: Plant tall crops - like corn or sunflowers - where they will not shade
- Use: Shut water off after every use and keep hoses rolled up.
- Water problems: Please report any problems with water being left on or leaking to Site Coordinator or Community CROPS.
- Unattended watering is not permitted. Water may NEVER be left on after you leave the garden site. Fines or removal from program may result.
- Conservation: Please conserve water: mulch garden with leaves, grass
clippings, or straw to reduce water evaporation. Mulching also reduces
- Mulching: Everyone must help maintain the MAIN mulched garden paths.
- No weeds or dirt in paths and all food crops must be kept from
on or over paths.
- Maintenance: Please follow the instructions posted at each bin. Sites will have separate bins for incoming material, resting compost, and ready-to-use compost.
- Using compost: Everyone is free to use any of the compost that is ready. Please take only your fair share.
- Size of material: All material put into compost bins must be smaller
than 6 inches.
Small pieces help the compost to break down quicker.
- Financial assistance is available to those who cannot afford the CROPS plot fee, but you will still need to pay the $25 clean-up deposit. A financial assistance application is included in this application.
Your compliance with the above regulations will help everyone have an enjoyable and productive garden. Failure to comply with the regulations during the season may result in a loss of future gardening privileges. If you have any questions, suggestions, or complaints, please contact Community Garden Staff at (402) 474-9802.
February 1st: Applications available for New Gardeners.
March 1st: Application due date for New Gardeners.
Mid April: All gardeners must attend one of the Garden Orientations held in April.
June 1st: Must have planted in garden plot or it will be reassigned. (no refunds after this date)
August 1st: Garden Check: Plots not being taken care of &/or where food is not being picked will be reassigned.
October 1st: 2013 applications available for Returning Gardeners.
November 1st: Plot must be cleaned up or lose deposit.
November 1st: 2013 application due date for Returning Gardeners.
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