The City of Hagerstown is accepting applications from city residents who would like the opportunity to grow fresh produce, herbs and flowers in the Community Garden located at 513 South Potomac Street. Applications for plots will be accepted through Thursday, February 15, 2018.
Applications are available online at www.hagerstownmd.org/communitygarden or interested residents can contact the Department of Parks & Engineering at 301-739-8577 ext. 125 to have an application mailed to your home. Applications and copies of the garden rules and by-laws will also be available at City Hall, the Washington County Free Library in downtown Hagerstown, and the Parks & Recreation Office at Fairgrounds Park (351 N. Cleveland Ave.).
The Community Garden has available plots measuring 8' x 16' and 12' x 16'; the rental costs are $20 and $30 a year, respectively. There are also ADA-compliant plots for those with limited mobility. A 50% reduction in plot fees is available for residents with financial limitations providing a separate application form is completed and the reduction is approved by the Operating Committee of the Hagerstown Community Garden Association.
Plots will be assigned with preference given to City of Hagerstown residents on a first come, first served basis based on the date the application is received. If all plots are assigned, applicants will be added to a waiting list. Completed applications will be accepted no later than Thursday, February 15th, and applicants must pay in full to be considered. Payment will only be accepted by check or cash to help facilitate refunds if necessary. The Operating Committee will meet at a later date to review applications and assign plots.
In addition to paying a rental fee, 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 take part in community work days and keep the communal areas of the garden weeded. Gardeners will also perform a variety of community garden maintenance tasks as directed by the Operating Committee and Plot Coordinators.
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.