The following rules have been established to help ensure that the garden is a secure and enjoyable place where all participants can garden and socialize peacefully in a neighborly manner. Should an issue arise not specifically covered by these rules and regulations, the rules of common sense, decency, and respect for each person and the garden property shall govern.

1. Each gardener is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of their garden plot. Watering, weeding, harvesting, and all other garden-related maintenance are the responsibility of the gardener. All plants (community sunflowers excepted) must be kept under six feet tall and kept out of any other plots or pathways. Each gardener plays a role in the overall maintenance and upkeep of the entire garden: community chores should be completed as assigned and the garden should be kept free of litter and debris. Refer to the Standard Policy in the Girard Garden Welcome Packet for more information.

2. It is the gardener’s responsibility to notify the garden manager(s) via email, if he or she is not able to care for their plot in any given week. Gardeners may arrange for other gardeners to water their plots. If a gardener has not picked their over-ripened or rotting fruit, it will be placed in the “free basket” (vegetable donation basket) at the discretion of the garden manager(s). If any plot remains unattended for more than three weeks, that plot is subject to reassignment.

3. The application of chemical herbicides (weed killers) and pesticides to garden plots, pathways, or any part of the garden is prohibited.

4. Gardeners may only grow and harvest fruit, vegetables, and flowers from their garden. Illegal plants are strictly prohibited. Fruit, vegetables, and flowers from the garden are for personal consumption or charity donation only. Sales of produce or flowers harvested from the Girard Garden are strictly prohibited.

5. Tools will be made available for use during the scheduled “Work Days” each month. A limited number of tools, hoses and watering equipment will be available in the community garden tool shed for use during the growing season.

6. Each gardener will be given the code to the garden tool shed lock for access to tools and watering equipment. Keep garden tool shed locked at all times and return all tools after use. Each gardener will alert the garden community of broken or missing tools as soon as possible. The code to the lock should not be shared with anyone outside of those who have signed this agreement.

7. Children (under 18) are welcome in the garden but must be accompanied by an adult and must be supervised at all times. Pets are not allowed in the individual plots or communal fence beds and must be kept on a leash in the garden at all times.

8. Each gardener must complete a Release and Waiver when they receive access to the garden each spring. If gardeners bring volunteers to work in the garden, they must sign a release form before any work in the garden can begin.

9. Gardeners may not possess or consume any illegal narcotics while on the property of the Philadelphia Technician Training Institute (or in the Girard Garden). Failure to comply with this will require immediate expulsion from the property.

10. At the end of the growing season (Thanksgiving weekend), gardeners are responsible for clearing their plot of all plant material and leaving the plot as they found it in the spring.

11. Hours of operation: dawn to dusk.

12. Produce grown in communal fence beds are the products of collective labor. Most produce is harvested on designated work days, when the produce is to be divided evenly between gardeners working together on that particular work day.

13. All gardeners agree to maintain regular communication with the garden committee to report any issues, needs and suggestions for the garden.

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