Article I. Name and Purpose
Ekar Farm and Garden, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, is the sole entity in charge of the Community Garden at Denver Academy of Torah, in its entirety. The garden is located at the south west corner of the portion of DAT property that Ekar Farm leases. The address is 181 S. Oneida St., Denver, Colorado 80226.
The purpose of Ekar Farm’s Community Garden is to provide a space for community members to grow their own food and to encourage community involvement in improving Denver’s access to local organic food. The garden is a community-led entity working in conjunction with Ekar Farm to maintain growing space for individuals and families.
Article II. Membership and Dues
Membership shall be available to any household that agrees to subscribe to the Rules and Regulations set forth by Ekar Farm. A membership is for a single household, related group, or single individual. “Member and membership” are used interchangeably throughout this document.
Memberships shall run from April 1 through December 31 of each year, but members may join the current season up until June 1st. At this time any remaining plots will be offered to current gardeners or other member of the community. Some exceptions may apply if an inability to pay membership dues should arise. Some reduced cost plots may be awarded under significant circumstances.
Members are invited to attend all membership meetings (see Article VI) and must agree to be on the membership email list, which includes garden updates, scheduling notices, and current issues at the garden. There is a mandatory meeting at the beginning of the year for plot assignments. Failure to attend could result in forfeiture of your plot and any payments made.
By signing up for a plot and submitting payment to Ekar Farm and Garden members agree to all of the garden rules and regulations.
1. General Membership
– General membership is open to all.
– General members have access to all the benefits of the garden, such as composting areas, compost, tool usage, restroom, water access, general site benefits, and contributing to the design and organization of the garden.
– Dues for general members are $60-$70 per plot, per year, paid at the beginning of the season or when membership begins. Price is based on the amount of reduced cost plots the garden members elect to distribute to the community.
– General members must commit to two “Community Garden Work Days”. Expect 2-4 hours of volunteer work per work day, a total of at least 6 hours total volunteer work per year. These work days could be in the garden or on the property at large.
– Members must comply with all garden bylaws. Failure to do so could result in ejection from the garden.
2. School Group/Organization Membership
– School Group membership is limited.
– School Group members have access to all the benefits of the garden, such as composting areas, compost, tool usage, restroom, water access, general site benefits, and contributing to the design and organization of the garden.
– A fee may be assessed with regards to group size, needs, and general labor upkeep of garden plots.
– School Group members must commit to 6 hours of work on their assigned plots per month to maintain functionality and aesthetics, May – October.
– Members must comply with all garden bylaws.
Article III. Garden Plots
– Individual garden plots will be assigned in the early spring by the Garden Leaders and Ekar Farm Staff and are based on availability and garden participation. Returning members are given first priority.
– All plots must be used for growing produce and edible plants, as well as flowering plants.
– Individual garden plots must be planted by May 15th and maintained through the entire growing season. Any individual plot left unattended or not properly maintained for a month or more will be turned over to the Leaders for reassignment.
– Each member must attend 2 “Community Garden Work Days.” Failure to do so will result in a fine, forfeiture of their plot for the remainder of the year, and a possible 1-year suspension from the garden. If a member cannot make 2 of the 4 offered “Community Garden Work Days” substitute work hours may be requested. Garden Leaders and Ekar Staff must approve this substitution, specific work projects may be given.
– No members shall take any plants or produce from an individual’s plot without the permission of the plot holder.
– No members shall take any plants or produce from Ekar Farm without the permission of the Director of Operations for Ekar Farm.
– Should there be more demand for plots than there are available plots, there will be a waiting list and plots will be assigned when/if they open up during the season.
– Ekar Farm staff reserves the right to bypass the waitlist for those who meet the following criteria: Taken extra initiative in the garden, whether it be on special projects or overall garden maintenance and care; Been a regular and frequent volunteer at the garden or at the farm.
Article IV. Common Areas
The Common Areas at Ekar Farm and Garden consist of the following: the garden and all of the pathways, the shade structure, the pathways to the west of Ekar’s main fields, bathroom area, the produce distribution shed, the general use tool shed and the surrounding area, the common water line pathway, the perennial spiral, trash and recycling area, and the fence/property line around the garden.
Garden members are responsible for maintaining the areas around their individual plots. This includes making sure spigots are turned off and not dripping, hoses are hung, water guns are in working order, weeds are pulled in the pathway adjacent to plots, and trash/debris is cleaned up. Golden Rule of Communal Gardening: If you aren’t sure what a certain plant is or what it requires, please ask a Garden Leader before you pull it out/prune it/move it.
Proposals for large annual plantings, perennial plantings, or semi permanent “in-plot” structures should be brought to the Garden Leaders and Ekar Farm Staff to discuss design, process, maintenance, and other project details. No large annual planting, perennial planting, or semi permanent structures should take place until it has been discussed with Garden Leaders and Ekar Farm has given permission.
The Garden Leaders will have an annual garden maintenance plan that takes into account the common areas of the garden, existing and proposed projects, and projects in design and/or construction. These maintenance activities will be divided into large and small tasks. The large tasks will be assigned to garden workdays. The small tasks will be posted or sent via email and garden members and volunteers should check this list of small tasks during times that they are in the garden.
Article V. Garden Policies
Article VI. Meetings of Members
A membership meeting will be held three times per garden season. At this time, members can bring their concerns or ideas before the Garden Leaders for consideration by the Leaders and Ekar Farm Staff, who will have the final vote on all matters. All decisions must be approved by Ekar Staff and Ekar Board of Directors.
Article VII. Treasury
Ekar Farm shall maintain a treasury for common area development and other garden projects. Any excess funds raised through plot fees, fundraisers, grants, or any other means will be used to further the development of the Community Garden.
Article VIII. Amendments
These bylaws and the rules and regulations of Ekar Farm may be amended when approved by the Garden Leaders, Ekar Farm staff, and Ekar Farm Board of Directors. Prior to the vote, notice of the changes shall be available to the members.