REGISTRAION OPENED: 2019 Living Earth Community Garden Information and Registration

Living Earth Community Garden (formerly Good Counsel Community Garden), is now fully managed and sponsored by the Living Earth Center (formerly Center for Earth Spirituality and Rural Ministry). Living Earth Center is a non-profit fully incorporated as a 501c3 charitable organization. It is sponsored in part by the School Sisters of Notre Dame as well through generosity of donors.

Please carefully read the information below before registering. 

Barn Opening and Garden Clean Up
In the spirit of community, we ask that all gardeners attend the Living Earth Community Garden Clean Up and Potluck taking place on Saturday, April 27th from 10:30-2:30 PM. We will work together to clean up the Barn and get the Gardens ready for the season. Time spent here can go towards your 4 hour community service requirement and is a great way to have fun with your garden neighbors! We will break around 12:30 pm have a potluck lunch. Please bring a dish to pass. 

Spring Meet and Greet Meetings
All Gardeners are required to attend ONE Spring Garden Meet and Greet Meeting (please see application form for dates). New gardeners will be required to attend an hour training while returning gardeners will need to complete a quick (15 minute) review garden rules and sign the updated garden contract and liability waiver. Gardening can only begin AFTER signing a contract and liability form given at the meetings.

Volunteer Requirement
We ask all gardeners to join a “team” that contributes to the maintenance of the Garden or works to build a strong Garden community. Please sign up for one Volunteer Team for the season. Time commitment varies from team to team. We ask that all gardeners record their volunteer hours on our volunteer record in the Barn. 

  • Partner Plot Team
    Responsible for planting, watering, weeding, and harvesting partner plots and delivering produce to Welcome Inn, Theresa House and other organizations with expressed need. Time commitment: weekly. 
     
  • Kids Peace Garden Team
    Responsible for helping to plant, water, and weed the Kids Peace Garden. Time commitment: weekly. 
     
  • Barn and Tool Care Team
    Responsible for keeping the barn and tools clean. Time commitment: weekly.
     
  • Hospitality and Education Team
    Responsible for helping to organize monthly gardener meet and greet potlucks with an education focus and posting tips on pest control and organic gardening methods. Time commitment: monthly. 
     
  • Flower Bed Team
    Responsible for planting, watering, and weeding flower beds near barn and around bird baths. Time commitment: weekly. 
     
  • Gardener Assistance Team
    Responsible for helping gardeners in need of assistance to weed or water their plots if they are on vacation or have a medical issue. Time commitment: as needed. 
     
  • Path Maintenance Team
    Responsible for laying cardboard and wood chips around paths and making sure they are maintained throughout the year. Time commitment: monthly. 
     
  • Garden Committee
    Responsible for meeting monthly during the Garden Season to discuss garden issues and make important decisions regarding the gardens. Time commitment: monthly. 

Plot Payment and Fees
A sliding scale plot fee of $30-$125 is required before the plot can be assigned. After the first plot, each additional plot is $10. This fee will go toward expenses of the community garden (electricity, water bills, compost, toilet fees, tools, maintenance, and education etc.). The fee includes ONE wheel barrow of compost per plot, water, the use of tools, and access to the barn.

2019 Living Earth Community Garden Registration Form

RETURN GARDENERS- To secure your plot from last year, please fill out this form and provide payment by no later than March 1st.  Please note, if your registration and payment are not received by this date, we cannot guarantee a plot. 

NEW GARDENERS- Please fill out the form below. Plots will be assigned on a first come first served basis depending on availability. We will inform you at the beginning of April if plots are available or ask if you would like to be on a waiting list. If a plot is available, please attend one of the Garden Trainings (dates listed in form) to be shown available plots.

For questions, please contact Laura Peterson, Living Earth Center, at 507-389-4272 or email lpeterson@ssndcp.org

Gardener Information
Please indicate who the primary contact will be for your garden plot.
First Name
Last Name
Country
Address Line 1
City
State
Postal Code
Please indicate the names and contact information of all people who will be gardening in your plot. Please note that all people who will be gardening on your plot must attend a Garden Meet and Greet Meeting and fill out a Garden Contract and Liability Waiver.
Please list the names, phone numbers and/or emails of any other gardeners who will be gardening in your plot
Garden Plot Information
Did you have garden plot/s at the Living Earth Community Garden last year?
If you had a plot in past years but did not have a plot last year, please check No.
If you had a plot/s last year, do you want the same plot/s again this year?
If you are a new Gardener please skip to the next question.
We will try to accommodate your request on a first come first served basis.
How many garden plots would you like?
Garden plots are approximately 10' x 10'. The maximum amount of plots a gardener can have is 5 if space permits. If plots need to be filled, gardeners may take on more on a year to year basis.
Community Event and Volunteer Information
Please indicate which Spring Garden Meet and Greet Training you wish to attend.
All Gardeners are required to attend ONE Spring Garden Meet and Greet Meetings.
Do you plan to attend the Living Earth Garden Barn Clean Up and Potluck on Saturday, April 27th from 10:30 AM -2:30 PM? (please check one)
In the spirit of community, we ask all Gardeners to attend the Spring Barn Clean Up and Potluck. The event occurs no matter the weather.
Please indicate what volunteer team are you interested in? Please see descriptions on at the beginning of the form. (Please check all that apply)
All gardeners are asked to join a volunteer "team" to complete their four hours of volunteer community service.
Health and Emergency Contact Information
The Living Earth Community Garden is a no hose garden. However, exceptions are made for those with documented medical need.
No file selected
Please provide the name of an emergency contact that does not also garden at the Living Earth Community Garden
Payment and Fees
A sliding scale plot fee of $30-$125 is required before the plot can be assigned. After the first plot, each additional plot is $10. This fee will go toward expenses of the community garden (electricity, water bills, compost, toilet fees, tools, maintenance, and education etc.). The fee includes ONE wheel barrow of compost per plot, water, the use of tools, and access to the barn.
Payment Option
Before your plot can be secured, payment must be recieved. If you are interested in recieving a scholarship, please contact lpeterson@ssndcp.org
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