Mission: As an inter-Faith Project, our goal is to work together to create a happy, secure, and enjoyable community garden where all participants can garden, enjoy their produce and socialize peacefully, in a neighborly manner, and to provide food for families in need of assistance in the Payson area. Additionally, we promote organic gardening in the community, self-reliance, teach gardening and food preservation skills and develop advanced method of gardening.
Although we will grow great gardens – perhaps the most important thing we will produce is service and friendships. Because we garden in such close proximity to one another, we strive to develop a “good neighbor” attitude. Weeds, insects, and diseases move quickly from one garden to another. As a result, we require gardeners to use best management practices to insure their success and to avoid the rapid spread of pests and disease. Those practices and rules are listed below but include controlling weeds and insects and removing diseased plans in a timely fashion. Non-compliance with the PCG rules will be communicated in the most effective way to encourage compliance in a courteous and professional manner.
As an individual garden user, I agree to the following terms:
- I will pay the ANNUAL FEE of $70.00 for usage of one (6’x25′) garden including water – (4’x8′) raised garden $35.00 – (4’x4′) raised garden box $25.00.
- I understand the primary purpose of the garden is to plant vegetables for my use, and that of my family, and to
share a minimum of 20% of my produce with the food banks.
- I will have my garden planted by June 15 and I will maintain it to ensure that my garden is well-kept, safe, and beautiful. Un-kept gardens will be reviewed by staff and may result in forfeiture of garden if issues are not corrected in a timely manner.
- I will not cultivate trees of any size, berry bushes, or any plants deemed “unsuitable” by the garden staff (morning glories,
hollyhocks, etc.). (Companion plants and limited flowers, that attract pollinating insects, are acceptable.)
- I understand the garden is operated by volunteers and that I will volunteer 3 shifts per season for the first garden (one shift for each additional garden) as a garden monitor and complete one special project per season or sign up on a team to help with specific tasks for the season. monitoring, teams, and work projects keep the common areas of the garden safe and presentable. To keep the cost of gardening reasonable, we must share in the responsibility for these essential functions.
- I understand that children should be well supervised.
- The garden is closed on Sunday.
- I understand there is no smoking in the garden.
- I will not bring pets to the garden.
- I will not use my garden for any commercial purposes.
- I will not make any attempt to claim ownership of my garden and will not transfer it to another individual.
- I will conserve water usage by using drip system or soaker hoses, with a control valve connection, as outlined in the water system instructions. A list of approved products is at the garden, on the website and will be handed out at the water class.
- I will connect and use the automatic watering system through-out the garden season.
- I understand limited hand watering is acceptable, using a garden hose connected to the purple line, for new seeds and plants.
I will not use it as a constant means for watering my garden.
- I will not flood irrigate or attach my automatic garden water system to the common (purple) waterlines.
- I understand that only approved soaker hoses and dedicated drip systems with emitters are permitted. No sprayers, bubblers
or adjustable drippers are allowed.
- I will notify staff immediately of any damage caused while gardening – ie: Broken water lines and tools etc.
- I will use only Organic, OMRI, 100% natural (non-chemical) approved fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides. I understand that free manure, compost and wood chips may be available.
- I understand that I can construct supports and shade systems in my garden as long as the maximum height is NO HIGHER than 5′ above natural ground level. All boxes and structures require prior approval. Hoop systems are acceptable and
recommended. Shade provided by the system may not be continuous for the entire length of the garden.
- I will harvest in a timely manner or I will receive one notice. If there is no response to the notice within 48 hours, I give garden staff permission to pick that produce to avoid waste and insect predation.
- I will pick only my own crops. I will not disturb or harvest other gardens unless another gardener requests my assistance.
- I will keep my garden and the walkway surrounding it weed free. I will keep vegetable plants trimmed within the garden
and keep the aisles around my garden mulched with wood chips and clear of tripping hazards and safe for pedestrian, wagon, or wheelbarrow use.
- I will act promptly when notified of bugs or disease in my garden to prevent their spread to other gardens. The garden staff will
remove diseased or bug infested plants if I do not contact the garden or no improvement is seen within 3 days.
- If my garden becomes unkempt, overgrown, I will be given a one week notice by phone or email to resolve the issue. If the
issues are not resolved after notice is given, my garden may be deemed “abandoned” and may be re-assigned without further notice.
- If health or other issues prevent you from continuing, please notify staff as soon as possible so we can insure your garden is properly transferred or fallowed for future use.
- I understand that the owner of the property that I am using is the Church of the Nazarene International. I understand that neither the Payson Community Garden Staff members nor the owners of the land are responsible for my actions. I therefore agree to hold harmless the Community Garden Staff and the Church of the Nazarene and its officers and members for any injury, liability, damage, loss or claim that may occur in connection with the use of the garden by me or any of my guests.
- I will clean up my garden at the end of each season, and remove all plants, weeds, and watering system etc following the instructions provided in the season closing guidelines. Cleanup must be completed before approval for a garden next season.
If the non-compliance continues or becomes repetitive, a warning will be mailed to the gardeners giving details of the non-compliance and a date for bringing their garden into compliance. If the garden has not been brought into compliance by the date specified in the mailed warning, a notice of termination will be mailed, stating the violation and providing 7 days to comply or vacate the garden and forfeit the fees paid. After termination, gardeners may remove their personal effects. The garden, and plants, return to PCG and food harvested from the plants will be donated to food banks.
Bringing alcohol or illegal substances into the garden.
Any act that is deemed threatening or abusive to staff or other gardeners.
Theft or intentional damage to property or equipment belonging to PCG or other gardeners.
Vulgar, crude or offensive language or actions.
Intentional use of prohibited chemical fertilizer, pesticide or herbicide.
Except for the above prohibition which will result in an immediate order to vacate the garden and forfeiture of your garden (including fees paid); the compliance procedures listed in this agreement will be used to insure a wholesome and enjoyable gardening experience for you and your fellow gardeners.
I will clean up my garden at the end of each season, and remove all plants, weeds, and watering system etc following the instructions provided in the season closing guidelines. Cleanup must be completed before approval for a garden next season.
- I understand any messages left by email will be assumed “received”. Non-receipt is not the responsibility of the Payson Community Garden. You are responsible for keeping your contact information up to date.
- I understand that any documented violation of the prohibitions or non-compliance with the terms of this agreement, after appropriate notification, will be grounds for termination of my Garden Usage Agreement.
- I understand that if I have complied with all the provisions of this agreement, as a gardener in good standing, I will have first
“right-of-refusal” to use my garden in the next growing season.
- I understand I understand that the owner of the property that I am using is the Church of the Nazarene International. I understand that neither the Payson Community Garden Staff members nor the owners of the land are responsible for my actions. I therefore agree to hold harmless the Community Garden Staff and the Church of the Nazarene and its officers and members for any injury, liability, damage, loss or claim that may occur in connection with the use of the garden by me or any of my guests.