We review membership requests annually in the early spring. Garden leaders go through the current list of active dues paying members and then determine if we are able to add more members that year. Non members are welcome to enjoy the garden space whenever the garden is open.
Members will receive a key to the garden. There is a $5 key replacement fee for lost keys. Membership dues are $25 yearly and can be paid through paypal or in cash in person.
General information about joining:
Memberships are accepted at the beginning of each season - starting in mid-March through the end of April. Individuals and families may join the Meadow. The dues are $25 per individual/family for the duration of the season from April to October.
All proceeds from membership fees, fees for parties and other events and fundraising go straight back into the Meadow. The money is used to buy grass seed, plants for the garden, tools and supplies like sprinklers to water the Meadow, new hoses, shovels, gardening gloves, and items like chairs, benches, and to support the many activities we organize for the community. We receive assistance and some supplies from Greenthumb, but the rest is all through our fundraising efforts and donations we have received from the community.
Minimum Requirements for Membership
- Commit to at least one gardening session per month - these are generally held on Sundays from 10 AM - 12 PM and some weekdays (members will get a full schedule). Gardening sessions are held April-June, take a break for the summer and then September-October.
- Assist with other garden tasks such as watering the garden, mowing the grass, locking and unlocking the garden gate for open hours, etc.
- Volunteer with at least community and fundraising events during the season (concerts, Halloween parade, etc.) - this usually means helping organizing the event and helping with set up and staffing tables to sell t-shirts and baked goods at events.
Members may unlock the gates and enjoy the garden any time between 8 AM - 8 PM and freely use any of the items in the shed. Please take care of equipment in the shed as it is the property of the Urban Meadow. If something breaks, please let the coordinators know so that it can be replaced. If you take items out of the shed, make sure you put everything back before you leave. There is dangerous equipment in the tool shed, so we cannot allow children in the shed.
Urban Meadow members may schedule events and parties through a shared Gmail calendar after the yearly fee is paid and paperwork is filled out. The fee for parties is $40. Members are free to use all equipment during parties. See PARTIES for full details.
The fire hydrant on Van Brunt Street is the Meadow's source of water. If you use the hydrant to run a sprinkler either to water the garden or run a sprinkler, the wrench and cap MUST be returned to the shed and the water must be turned off when you leave.
Organizing activities - members are welcome to organize fun activities for the Meadow - music, arts and crafts, yoga, etc. We also welcome members of the community to present activities in the garden, just write to the coordinators at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other events/larger parties for outside organizations may occasionally be scheduled at the Meadow at the discretion of the coordinators - please write to email@example.com. Please note, that though the Urban Meadow is an open space that we are happy to share with the community, it is not a park, it is a community garden, therefore you may not schedule an event at the Meadow through the Parks Department's permit process. In addition, any time the garden is open, the public may come in - there is no way to close the Meadow for an entirely private affair.
Policies and procedures for the Meadow sometimes develop as the season goes on and coordinators will inform all Members of any changes or additions. We welcome Member input on all Meadow activities and policies.