Community Garden

The Community Garden offers a great way to learn more about gardening. Put your green thumbs to work in creating beautiful and bountiful harvests that can be enjoyed throughout the summer and well into fall and winter. 

2017 Season Details and Logistics

Please read following details carefully before submitting the plot request form:

Timeline

  • May 1st: Plot request form and payment are due
  • June 1st: All plots must be planted by this date unless prior arrangements have been made
  • Fall: You are required to clean-up your plot at the end of the season. Stay tuned for more details about when and how.

Plot Sizes

Three sizes of community garden plots are available. The full plot will be approximately 20'x20', half plots will measure 20'x10' and student plots will be 10'x10'. Students are strongly encouraged to share a student plot with 2 or more students.

Fees

Full plot: $30
Half plot: $20
Student plot: $10

Cash or checks (made out to Luther Community Garden) should be delivered to Sarah Forsythe in the Sustainability Office, Valders 372B, before May 1, 2017. Keep in mind that these fees do not entirely cover the full cost of what it takes to run the community garden program. Your fees will be used for community garden improvement projects (i.e. fencing), events, and supplies.

Tilling

As with previous years, we will make plots available the third week of May.

Planting Deadline

All plots need to be planted by June 1, 2017 or they will be tilled under and planted by the Luther Gardeners.

Paths

We ask that community gardeners help maintain the pathways surrounding their plots. Student gardeners may assist with this by lining the main pathways of the garden with mulch.

Gates

It is very important to always close gates behind you when entering or leaving the garden to keep critters out.

Tools

There are a few tools provided to gardeners. You may need to bring some of your own.

Pets

Please no pets in the garden, the Luther College Gardens have been GAP certified by the USDA. In this certification we cannot allow pets in the gardens. Past the tool sheds are some nice trees to leash dogs at in the shade.

Mentor Program

This year we will be offering a "garden mentor" program as a way for experienced gardeners to pair up with less experienced gardeners. Commitments will be minimal but this is a neat way for everyone to share information and will hopefully lead to a successful season for everyone involved.

Events

This year we will have a few community events to grow community. We request that you try to attend at least one. These events will be work days in the garden or even mini potlucks to use up the surplus of zucchini that we are all bound to have. More information will be sent out later in regards to these events

Policies and Procedures/Waiver of Liability

Be sure to read Policies and Procedures and the Waiver of Liability and Hold Harmless Agreement carefully before applying for a community garden plot.

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