Members of the ‘Community Garden Task Force’ developed the idea of a garden and obtained City Council approval of the project, officially founding the Community Garden in 2015.
Each plot holder is a member of the Hagerstown Community Garden Association. From this Association, leaders are selected to form an Operating Committee that act as the Board of Directors for the gardens.
For the 2024 season, the deadline for applications from returning gardeners is December 16, 2023; applications from new gardeners will be accepted from January 1, 2024 to February 13, 2024.
The Mission of the Hagerstown Community Garden Association is to provide and maintain organic garden plots within the City of Hagerstown and to provide the community with the opportunity and means to grow vegetables, herbs and flowers.
The 26 garden plots are rented on an annual basis, and the cost varies depending on the size of the plot. The two plot sizes are 128 and 192 square feet and the cost is $20 and $30 respectively. A 50% reduction in plot fees is available, but you must complete a separate application form and the reduction in fees must be approved by the Operating Committee of the Association.
Water is available on site. The plot coordinators will work with gardeners to fill rain barrels with water from the City of Hagerstown public water system. Water is available from early April until October each year.
The garden is enclosed with a decorative metal fence with a gate system for security.
In addition to paying the rental fee for an individual plot, gardeners are joining a community of gardeners. As part of that community, gardeners are expected to observe the Garden Rules governing the garden and be active participants in the community. They will participate in community work days and keep the communal areas of the garden weeded. Gardeners also perform a variety of community garden maintenance tasks as directed by the Operating Committee and Plot Coordinators.