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Policies

ALLOCATION OF PLOTS The intention of the allocation policy is to be fair to all members and to ensure that plots are actually planted. A person must be a paid-up member of the NFCGG to apply for a plot. Plots are allocated based in the following criteria:

  • Members of the household must work the plot
  • Preference will be given to those without gardens
  • Preference will be given to those on low incomes
  • Preference will be given to ratepayers and residents of the City of Yarra
  • Preference will be given to members who contribute to the communal areas
  • Taking the above factors into consideration, plots will be allocated in the order in which applications are received

Cars should not be brought to the site except for deliveries.

PESTICIDES

The only products that the Committee has considered safe and therefore approved for use in the Community Garden are
a) Dipel (biological control)
b) Pyrethrum
c) Lux flakes
d) Garlic spray
e) Beer traps
f) Other options as agreed by the committee

HERBICIDES

Herbicides are completely banned

GENERAL RULES:

By laws adopted at the General Meeting on 6 June 2006. Click here for a PDF Version, 26kb.

  • Occupants of one household may not hold more than one plot except by written agreement of the Committee.
  • Plot rental fees can only be changed at the Annual General Meeting.
  • Plot fees shall become payable twice a year, on 1st March and 1st September, or according to other arrangements determined by the Committee.
  • If a member goes away for more than 3 weeks, it is essential that the Committee be advised of the period of the absence and the name, address and phone number of the person responsible for the plot. If, through illness, a member is unable to attend to his/her plot, the Committee is to be advised. A member will receive understanding and help.
  • No trees or large shrubs may be planted in individual plots. Prohibited plants as decreed by law shall not be grown. Invasive plants may not be grown. These include ivy, blackberry, fennel, oxalis, horseradish and others. Failure to observe this may mean forfeiture of plot. If in doubt, check with the Committee.
  • No domestic pets are allowed into the garden at any time.
  • Each member must ensure that the shed and gates are closed and locked when leaving the garden.Please notify any member of the Committee immediately about malfunctioning locks, gates, taps etc. If something is broken please try to fix it – the Committee will reimburse any expenses.
  • Turn off all taps after use – trigger nozzles can burst and leak overnight as water pressure increases. Leave hoses stretched out alongside garden plots to avoid tripping hazards.
  • All compost must be chopped to 10 centimetre pieces to aid decomposition. If you can’t chop it – take it home or leave it on your plot to decompose.
  • The NFCGG applies organic principles. Herbicides (weed killers) are strictly prohibited and only those pest and disease control products approved by the Committee and notified to members in a list displayed at the garden may be used.
  • All rubbish, including seedling punnets and pots, must be taken home.
  • Be considerate of your neighbours. Do not plant tall and spreading plants on the edge of your plot. North is in the direction of the substation so keep that in mind especially in winter when the sun is lower and shading of neighbouring plots is greater.Members must attend working bees for a minimum of 8 hours a year. Please ensure that you sign the attendance register at working bees.
  • Do not take compost until a “ready” sign is displayed on the bins. Read the signs.
  • The communal areas are for all members, including those on the waiting list. Please think of everyone when harvesting. Share with other members and do not take all of the crop.
  • The communal areas have an irrigation system so please do not water. The only areas that require hand watering are the beds next to the compost and outside the fence.
  • Please pick up after your children – please put toys back in the shed. Please clean and return any tools that you use to the shed to minimise any loss and leave the garden and shed safe and tidy.
  • Pathways alongside plots must be kept clear of weeds, rubbish, stakes, bales of straw, timber etc.
  • Take care with stakes – no sharp or dangerous materials should be poking onto paths.
  • A member awarded a plot must actively garden it within 14 days of signing the agreement.

FORFEITURE OF PLOTS:

  • Plots must be fully cultivated and weeded.
  • If a plot is untended, looking weedy or neglected for a period of 4 weeks, the plot-holder will be advised by phone or email that the plot is in danger of being forfeited.
  • The member will be advised of what is expected, offered guidance on how the problem can be corrected and given 14 days to rescue the plot from neglect. A further inspection of the plot will be undertaken at the expiry of the 14 days and if, in opinion of the Committee, insufficient action has been taken the Committee may advise the member that the plot has been forfeited and will be reallocated to a person on thewaiting list.
  • If plot fees remain outstanding longer than 30 days from the due date the member will be advised in writing of the outstanding debt and given 14 days to pay or make other arrangements with the Treasurer. If no payment or other arrangement is made within the 14 days, the Committee may advise the member that the plot has been forfeited and will be reallocated to a person on the waiting list.
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