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Community Garden 2012 Application Form for New Gardeners

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.

Community Gardener Benefits

  • 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

Things to know

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.

Clean-Up Deposits:

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.

Garden Maintenance:

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).

Community Crops Garden Rules


  1. Application: A current application must be on file and fees paid to receive a plot to garden.
  2. Garden Training: All gardeners are required to attend The Garden Management Training before being able to start gardening each year.
  3. Organic Only: All Community Gardens are organic gardens. Gardeners must use organic growing methods, fertilizers, and sprays. Contact us if you need help.
  4. 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.
  5. Pets: No pets (for the safety and enjoyment of everyone)
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Personal Responsibility: Gardeners are responsible for themselves, children and any personal property brought into the garden.
  10. Hours: The garden area is open dawn until dusk, seven days a week.
  11. 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.
  12. Weeds: Please dispose of weeds in designated areas. Do not dump weeds that have gone to seed into the compost bin.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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 Crops immediately.


    Garden Plots

  17. 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.
  18. June 1st: Garden plots must be planted by this date or space will be given to someone else.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. Tilling: Gardeners are responsible for the tilling of their own plot. (We recommend no till garden methods, ask us how)
  22. Tall crops: Plant tall crops - like corn or sunflowers - where they will not shade neighboring plots.



  23. Use: Shut water off after every use and keep hoses rolled up.
  24. Water problems: Please report any problems with water being left on or leaking to Site Coordinator or Community Crops.
  25. Unattended watering is not permitted. Water may NEVER be left on after you leave the garden site. Fines or removal from program may result.
  26. Conservation: Please conserve water: mulch garden with leaves, grass clippings, or straw to reduce water evaporation. Mulching also reduces weeds.



  27. Mulching: Everyone must help maintain the MAIN mulched garden paths.
  28. No weeds or dirt in paths and all food crops must be kept from growing on or over paths.


    Compost Bins

  29. Maintenance: Please follow the instructions posted at each bin. Sites will have separate bins for incoming material, resting compost, and ready-to-use compost.
  30. Using compost: Everyone is free to use any of the compost that is ready. Please take only your fair share.
  31. Size of material: All material put into compost bins must be smaller than 6 inches. Small pieces help the compost to break down quicker.



  32. 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.

Mark your Calendar! The following is a list of important dates for the 2012 season:

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.

Community Garden On-Line Application for New Gardeners

Part 1 - Personal Information

**City: **State:
**Zip Code:
**Phone Number(s):
E-mail Address:
Age: Female    Male
Are you a refugee or immigrant? Yes        No
What is your country of origin?

This information is needed for funding and grant reporting and is collected for statistical purposes only.  It has no bearing on your eligibility to participate in the program.

Hispanic/Latino        Other (Non-Hispanic/Latino)
Race (mark all that apply)
American Indian        Asian       
Black or African American        White       
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander       

Household Income

Mark how many in your household, then check appropriate income range (yearly).
Household Size
1 Less than $14,850 $14851-24700 $24701-39500 $39501 or more
2 Less than $16,950 $16,951-28,200 $28,201-45,150 $45,151 or more
3 Less than $19,050 $19,051-31,750 $31,751-50,800 $50,801 or more
4 Less than $21,150 $21,151-35,250 $35,251-56,400 $56,401 or more
5 Less than $22,850 $22,851-38,100 $38,101-60,950 $60,951 or more
6 Less than $24,550 $24,551-40,900 $40,901-65,450 $65,451 or more
7 Less than $26,250 $26,251-43,750 $43,751-69,950 $69,951 or more
8 or more
Less than $27,950 $27,951-46,550 $46,551-74,450 $74,451 or more

Information below helps us show our funders how many people the gardens benefit.

**How many adults are in your family/household? 

**List all adults that will be gardening with you. 
Name                    Age          Gender

How many children are in your family/household? 
**List all children that will be gardening with you. 
Name                     Age         Gender

**Do you speak English well? Yes        No
If not, what language(s) do you speak?

If you do not speak English well, please provide an English speaking contact person:
City: State:
Zip Code:
Phone Number(s):
E-mail Address:

How will you use your garden plot? Mark all that apply: To grow food for myself/my family
To eat more fresh vegetables
To sell at a farmers' market
For canning/preserving food

Part 2 - Garden Advisory Committee

This committee will share with Community Crops and its Board ideas for improving the Community Garden Program. It will meet at least twice a year. All Garden Site Coordinators will be part of the committee and ALL gardeners are welcome.
Yes, I want to become involved with the Garden Advisory Committee.       
No, I am not interested.       

Part 3 - Garden Plot Information

Please mark the size of the plot you would you like in 2012. The new sizes and prices for garden plots are listed below.
Size Cost Square Feet Square Meters Sample Sizes (in feet)
Small $50 less than 200 SF less than 18.5 10x10 to 10x19.5 garden
Medium $100 200-299 SF 18.5-28 10x20 to 10x29.5 garden
The below chart suggests possible garden sizes based on Square Foot Gardening methods.
# of people Size Time per week Total Square Feet
1 person 4’x10’ 1 ½ - 2 hours 40 Square Feet
2 people 10’x10’ 2 ½ - 3 hours 100 Square Feet
4 people 16’x16’ 4 hours 256 Square Feet

**Please list your first and second choices below, or just write 'any' and we will choose the best location.

Preferred plot locations:

Garden locations are:

1st and L St.--FULL
30th and Dudley St.--FULL

2nd and Garfield St.--FULL

First Presbyterian (18th & F)--FULL
28th and U St.L--FULL

46th and Pioneers Blvd.
Northeast UCC Church --FULL

(63rd and Adams)
Southminster Church --FULL

(16th and Van Dorn)
14th and Hudson St.--FULL
Antelope Church of the Brethren
3645 Sumner
Oak Lake Church
(1st and Adams)
United Lutheran Church
(5945 Fremont St.)
(21st and Judson)
Rosemont Church
(70th and Adams)
Southern Heights (40th and Old Cheney)--FULL
For a map of all the community garden sites, go to the Gardens Page.

Part 4 - Payment

**All gardeners must submit the $25 clean up deposit, regardless of other financial assistance/work trade.

Item Cost
Applying for Financial Assistance --
Applying for Work Trade/Site Coordinator --
Garden Clean Up Deposit (Required for all and refundable) $25
Small Garden Plot (200 sf or less) $50
Medium Garden Plot (200 -299 sf) $100
Optional Donation to the Financial Assistance Fund This helps support gardeners who cannot afford the plot fee $

**Crops will contact you about payment arrangement after your application is submitted.

Part 5 - Beginning of Year Gardener Survey

1. Have you ever gardened before?
     Yes     No    
    If so, how long? 1-5 yrs     6-10 yrs     over 11 yrs    

2. Have you ever gardened organically before? Yes     No    
    If so, how long? 1-5 yrs     6-10 yrs     over 11 yrs    

3. On a scale of 1-5, What is your gardening skill level?
     1- Poor (I don't have a lot of gardening knowledge/ I have never gardened before)    
     2-Fair (I have some knowledge, but could use help)    
     3- Okay (I can grow plants but could increase my skill level)    
     4- Good (I can grow many kinds of vegetables with medium yields)    
     5- Excellent (I can grow what ever I want and have high yields)    

4. How many hours per week do you currently spend in outdoor activities including gardening?
     1 hr/wk        2-5 hrs/wk        6-9 hrs/wk        10-15 hrs/wk        over 16 hrs/wk

5. How many cups of vegetables do you eat per day? (1 cup = 0.24 liters)
     ½ – 1 c.          1 ½ -2 c.          2 ½ -3 c.          3 ½ -4 c.          4 ½ -5 c.    

6. Have you ever used or needed food aid?
     Yes          No    

7. Which statement best describes you and your household?
     1- I have no food or means to prepare it. I rely on a significantly on free/reduced.    
     2- I can meet basic food needs only with ongoing food assistance and subsidy.    
     3- I can meet basic food needs but I require occasional food assistance/ with or without subsidy.
     4- I can meet basic food needs without assistance or subsidy.    
     5- I can purchase any food my household desires.    

8. Have you used or needed food aid in the last year?
    (examples: food nets, Center for People in Need, Indian Center, WIC, Food Stamps)
     Yes     No    

    If so, how many times have you needed or used food aid in the past year?
     1-2 times/yr     3-6 times/yr     once a month     twice a month     weekly    

9. Would each of the following make you more likely to grow vegetables:?
    a) If you knew you could make $500 a week selling your vegetables
       1- Yes            2- No            3- Don't know    
    b) If you knew you could decrease your monthly grocery bill by growing you own food
       1- Yes            2- No            3- Don't know    
    c) If you knew growing your own food was healthier for you family
       1- Yes            2- No            3- Don't know    
    d) If you knew that gardening was an activity you could do with your family
       1- Yes            2- No            3- Don't know    
    e) If you knew growing your own food helps reduce childhood obesity
       1- Yes            2- No            3- Don't know    

10. Why are you gardening with Community Crops? Please rate the level of importance to you.
    ( 1-very important; 2-important; 3-somewhat; 4-not that important; 5-couldn't care less)

    a) To have access to land or space to grow a garden
       1            2            3            4            5    

    b) To increase exercise &/or healthy eating
       1            2            3            4            5    

    c) A way to meet others from my community and be involved
       1            2            3            4            5    

    d) A way to earn extra money or earn a living
       1            2            3            4            5    

    e) To save money on groceries
       1            2            3            4            5    

    f) To spend time with my family
       1            2            3            4            5    

Contact the Crops office with questions at 474-9802.


I understand all these rules and regulations listed in the Community Garden Policy and promise to follow them. I understand that neither Community Crops or the owners of the land are responsible for the safety or success of participants, their family, or their garden visitors. I, therefore, agree to hold harmless Community Crops and owners of the land for any liability, damage, loss or claim that occurs in connection with use of the garden by me or any of my guests. The information listed on this form is accurate to the best of my knowledge, and I am aware that the information on this form is subject to verification and review by the City of Lincoln, Urban Development Dept and/or the U.S. Dept of Housing and Urban Development.

**Signature (typed name):

Photo Release (Optional)

I hereby grant to Community Crops and its employees or agents the right to photograph me and all members of my family and use the photo for publication processes, whether electronic, print, digital or electronic publishing via the Internet.

Signature (typed name):
Please go back and review your application for accuracy before clicking Submit.
After you click Submit, you will be able to fill out the Garden Site Coordinator/Work Trade or Financial Assistance applications, if you are interested.