Please review the current membership guidelines then fill out the form below to sign-up or renew membership.
1. Only organic methods will be used. This includes compost, fertilizer, starts, etc.
2. A minimum of 4 hours per month of work/trade in the garden is expected from STUDENT members and 1 hour per month for community members. These hours are to be recorded on the volunteer sheet in the tool shed. Tasks may include, but are not limited to: weeding or watering community plots, weeding paths other than your own, attending monthly community work days. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about joining the weekly student garden work group.
3. Personal plots must be well maintained. This includes keeping weeds eradicated, harvesting food when appropriate, weeding pathways and generally caring for plants.*
4. Pathways must be kept free from potential hazards (overhanging plants, building materials, pots, etc.)
5. All starts in the greenhouse must be labeled with member’s name.
6. Harvesting from another plot, without explicit permission, is not permitted.
7. Dogs must be on leash and kept out of plots.
8. Water should be used reasonably, hoses must be drained and coiled after each use.
9. Tools and wheelbarrows will be cleaned and returned after use and the shed locked.
10. Tools and materials may not be removed from the garden for use at other locations.
11. The Garden is open from sunrise to sunset. The gates must be locked when the garden is closed.
12. Members are expected to attend one mandatory meeting a year, in the spring. If you cannot make it to the meeting, send a representative in your place. 13. Emails will be sent out about the meeting at least two weeks in advance.
14. Annual water fees will be paid at the spring mandatory meeting.**
15. All mint, comfrey, and yarrow must be planted in containers.
16. There is to be no smoking inside the garden fence. Smoking is only allowed on the bare dirt of the driveway or in the paved parking lot adjacent to the garden.
17. Dead plants and materials should be removed at the end of the growing season.
18. Children must wear shoes in the garden.
*Bed Care: If a member’s plot (or the pathways around it) are not maintained, a red flag will be placed in the bed and the gardener will receive an email from a student coordinator. The gardener will have two weeks to tend to the issue before a red final notice is emailed to the member. If the problem is still present one week after the second notice is given, the plot will be reassigned
**Fees: The ECOS Community Garden receives water from the City of Ashland through Southern Oregon University. Each member must pay annual water fees associated with their plot(s). The watering fee is $0.18 per square foot and fees range from $8 to $35 per plot/per year, depending on the size. A membership fee of $40 will be charged to non student members. If a non student member has multiple plots exceeding 160 square feet, there will be an additional $20 membership fee. Gardeners will be contacted by the Garden Coordinator with a total bill before the spring meeting. This fee must be paid before spring planting takes place to secure membership to the garden. Cash or check only. Make checks payable to SOU.