The City of Hagerstown has begun the process of accepting applications from city residents who are interested in being part of the sixth season of growing fresh produce, herbs, and flowers in the Community Garden at 513 South Potomac Street.
Applications for plots will be accepted through Friday, February 14 and can be found online through the garden website: www.diginhagerstown.org. Interested residents may also call the Department of Parks & Engineering at 301-739-8577, ext. 125 to request an application by mail. Additionally, applications and copies of garden rules and by-laws are available at City Hall, the Fletcher Branch of the Washington County Free Library at 100 South Potomac Street, and the Parks & Recreation Office at Fairgrounds Park—351 North Cleveland Avenue.
This year, the Community Garden has seven available plots measuring 8’ x 16’ or 12’ x 16’. The rental fees are $20 and $30 for the year, respectively. There is also one smaller ADA-compliant raised plot available for those with limited mobility. A 50% reduction in plot cost is obtainable for financially-limited residents who fill out a separate application form and receive approval from the Operating Committee of the Hagerstown Community Garden Association.
Plots will be assigned with preference extended to City of Hagerstown residents on a first come, first served basis determined by the date the application is received. The Operating Committee will review the applications and assign plots in late February. If all plots are assigned, remaining applicants will be placed on a waiting list. Completed applications will be accepted no later than Friday, February 14, and full payment must be remitted for consideration. Please note that payment will be accepted by check or cash only in order to aid in facilitating refunds, if necessary.
In addition to being responsible for the rental fee, applicants are also committing to joining a community of gardeners. As part of that community commitment, gardeners agree to abide by the Garden Rules governing the garden and to conduct themselves as active participants in the community, which includes taking part in community work days and keeping the communal areas of the garden weeded. Gardeners will also be counted on to perform a variety of community garden maintenance tasks.
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.