Get a Plot
You can register to garden a plot by filling out the Registration Form and signing the Guidelines document. You must turn in these forms and your registration fee to the Office of Sustainability in Facilities Management. Plots are assigned on a first come, first serve basis. If we fill up, you will be put on a waiting list. See below for more information. Contact us to get a plot or be put on the waiting list.
Any HSC student or employee as well as surrounding community members are welcome to garden a plot. Being a plot gardener means you have been granted gardening rights to a particular plot in the garden.
Plots are assigned on a first come, first serve basis. If all plots are occupied, prospective gardeners’ names will be placed on a waiting list in the order in which they were received. Current gardeners in good standing may retain their assigned plot and remain a gardener the following year by signing the guidelines and paying the plot dues during the renewal time at the end of each year. A plot may be shared by a group of people or an organization affiliated with the university. A person may only own one plot unless the second plot is with a group or organization.
Gardeners may choose seasonal or year-round guardianship of a plot. Time frames and dues are January 1st through June 30th or July 1st through December 31st for seasonal plots, at $25 per six-month period; or January 1st through December for a year-round plot at $35. However, if a plot is available, a person may become a gardener of a plot any time during the year. Dues are non-refundable and due at the time of registration. Current gardeners must re-register before December 15th in order to retain their plot otherwise the plot will be available for a new gardener. All gardeners are required to sign the guidelines acknowledging that they understand the commitment and expectations of maintaining a plot. Communication to plot gardeners will be conducted primarily through email.
Termination of Gardenership:
If a plot does not meet the standards specified in the guidelines, an email will be sent notifying them. The plot gardener then has a week to bring the plot up to standard. If after a week the plot is still not up to standard, the plot gardener will receive another email warning him or her to remedy the problem within three days. If after the final warning period the issues described in the emails have not been remedied, then the gardener will lose rights to the plot. The plot will then be available for use by a new plot gardener.
If at any time, a plot gardener decides to discontinue use of the plot, he or she must notify the Garden Coordinator or Sustainability Coordinator as soon as possible so the plot may be reassigned.