Plots are first made available to adults who reside in Killingworth or groups with a base in Killingworth. Non-residents may register a plot after the April sign-up date. The stone barn adjacent to the main garden and the small shed in the back garden are available for storage.
Plot registration begins in early April. They are assigned on a first come, first serve basis. Returning gardeners in good standing are given plot preference. There's a limit of two plots per family until June 1. After that time, any remaining plots may be assigned. Unworked plots may be reassigned after June 15.
Gardeners are required to volunteer for community tasks 2 hours per month (June-Sept) . Community work tasks include: Weeding, mowing, fence maintenance, food pantry contribution, plot maintenance, shed and tool maintenance.
Gardeners are strongly encouraged to donate surplus produce to the local food pantries. If you will be away, please have someone tend your plot or contact the coordinator for help. If you have ripe or over ripe produce on your plot for more than a week, your plot may be designated as 'neglected' by the garden coordinator and your crop may be harvested and donated to the food pantry.
While we strongly encourage organic gardening techniques, you may use light commercial fertilizers and pesticides.
Individual fencing of plots is allowed. Please keep under 3 feet tall.
Dogs are not allowed within the fences.
Plot corners are clearly marked. Please maintain the dimensions of the garden plots and paths.
Be considerate of your neighbors. Do not plant tall or sprawling crops that might interfere with others.
Water is supplied by a solar powered water pump from a single well. Unattended watering is not permitted. Please turn off faucets when you leave the garden, keep hoses neatly coiled and be careful to not let hoses damage neighboring plots. To conserve the use of water, mulch with leaves, grass clippings, or hay.
Please dispose of rocks, weeds and plant materials in designated compost/debris areas. Please do not line your plot with rocks, as it hinders mowing and weeding. Gardeners are responsible for tending to the weeds in and around their own plot. Wood chips are usually available on site.
Borrowed tools should be cleaned and returned to the storage areas. Broken or bruised tools should be repaired or replaced. Donations are welcome.
Manure is occasionally available through the coordination of gardeners and local farmers.
If you have any questions, suggestions, or complaints, please contact the garden coordinator or the Parmelee Farm Steering Committee. Your compliance with the above guidelines will help everyone have an enjoyable experience and flourishing garden.