To apply for a plot, please fill out the community garden application and return it to New Start High School.
Community Garden Rules
These rules are designed to help the community garden run smoothly for all. We appreciate the cooperation and community spirit that makes this a successful program. However, any gardener who disregards the garden rules after a warning will lose their garden plot, which will be re-assigned without a refund.
- Garden applicants must be 18 years or older. All gardeners must provide 10 hours of service annually to the community garden common areas.
- Gardeners are allowed one garden per person each year (April 1 – March 31). Applicants can be added to the waitlist for an additional plot, availability will be determined at the garden orientation meeting.
- Returning gardeners have first priority to renew a garden plot. Returning applicants need to complete the garden application and return payment no later than first Friday in March.
- Garden plots for new gardeners will be open for registration starting the first Monday in March.
- ALL Gardeners MUST attend the orientation meeting held at the community garden the first Saturday in April at 10:00 a.m.
- The community garden participants will form a seven member Garden Committee at the orientation meeting. The committee will represent the gardener’s interests and be the communication liaison to the New Start Community Garden Board.
- Gardeners are responsible for all tilling, cultivating, weeding, fertilizing, watering, end of season clean up, and all other care of their plots. Plants on the state’s noxious weed list are not allowed.
- All plots are rented through March 31. However by the second Sunday in November gardeners will remove un-needed materials from their plots: pots, wire tomato cages, stakes, tools, etc. If gardeners fail to adequately clean out their plots, they will lose their plot space.
- Since plots are close together, gardeners must keep plots relatively weed free. No wildflowers, trees or shrubs allowed.
- There is no smoking in the gardens and community areas.
- Motorized vehicles and equipment, with the exception of small tillers, are not allowed in the gardens.
- Community Gardens are to be used for recreational gardening of vegetables and flowers for family use only. No cannabis cultivation allowed and growing of vegetables and flowers for commercial purposes is prohibited.
- The New Start Community Gardening Program is an organic gardening program. Use of pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides made from synthetic materials as well as use of chemical fertilizers is prohibited.
- Place discarded plant materials in the designated compost areas. Do not pile weeds, debris or rocks in the pathways.
- There will be no on-site garbage collection. All garbage, unused plant containers and debris must be removed from the community garden area.
- Gardeners will have access to water spigot handles, hoses and a limited tool collection in the tool cargo shed.
- Gardeners must be present at their plots while watering them. Drip irrigation, soaker hoses and other irrigation may not be left on unattended. Please conserve water as much as possible, and minimize use of sprinklers.
- If you witness or experience garden theft or vandalism, please notify police by calling non-emergency at 206-296-3311 to file a report. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR TOOLS OR SUPPLIES IN THE GARDENS!
- Amplified music is not allowed in the garden unless arranged by permission, is a school organized activity or a permitted special event.
- You will be contacted with your plot number assignment and a garden plot map will be posted on the garden tool container.
- Please plan ahead—no on-site restroom at the garden!