Crowley Station Community Garden membership is open to all members of the public. Registration for returning members in good standing begins in February/March, please watch for an email from garden leaders. Please fill out the Registration form before Opening Day.
New members are encouraged to apply for a plot as soon as possible. Empty plots are filled from a wait list on a first come, first serve basis. Garden leaders will have a better idea of availability for new members after March. You can apply for a plot here. If you have difficulty accessing the form please email us at email@example.com.
Plot assignments will be given in first come, first serve in the following order of preference:
1. Members in good standing from the previous season
2. Those on the wait list from last year, preference for downtown neighborhoods
3. New members, preference for downtown neighborhoods
4. Members not in good standing
There is one “no-bend” plot for those with need. Please mark your registration form if you’d like to request this plot. Keep in mind that the site itself has a few steps. After you receive your assignment, you can see which bed is yours on our Garden Map. Plots are named for streets found in the First Settlement Neighborhood.
There are two sizes of plots at Crowley Station. Large plots are defined as a two-foot by eight-foot raised bed. A small bed is a 2′ diameter round planter. The size of the plot will help determine your plot fees.
Plot fees are due yearly at the Garden Opening Day and are non-refundable. A security deposit is necessary to secure a plot of any size and will be returned if the gardener ends the season in good standing (completing volunteer hours, etc). Your security deposit is the same amount as your plot fee. For those who are able, donations beyond the required fees are greatly appreciated, and will help fund future improvements to Crowley Station Community Garden. If multiple gardeners are using a single plot, please add all incomes together to determine plot fee.
Use the following sliding scale based on your total annual income to determine your plot fee. A similar fee scale is used in other community gardens in Madison, Wisconsin and was adjusted for the size of gardens available.
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Each member is required to put in four volunteer work hours. Work hours can be completed by attending scheduled work days or by completing a task off of the garden task list. You can also receive a volunteer hour (1 maximum) for attending monthly garden meetings. You can also receive a volunteer hour (1 maximum) for caring for a neighbors plot upon their request. If hours are not completed by closing day, the security deposit paid at registration will be forfeited. It is the gardeners responsibility to report volunteer hours on the garden task list or by emailing the garden. Any unreported hours cannot be counted.
All members will sign up for a mentoring group. Each group is led by a different leader. These leaders will help members find volunteer tasks, answer questions about how the garden is run, and assist in finding gardening resources to common gardening questions. Members should reach out to their mentoring group when they have questions or need help at the garden. Mentoring groups also work as teaching ladders that help members gain the skills needed to become a future garden leader and then a future coordinator at our garden or another Dane County Garden.
When you sign up for a plot at Crowley Station Community Garden you are agreeing to adhere to the policies on the Welcome Packet and on this website. Since this is a public space you understand that there is a risk of theft and vandalism. You understand the Water Utility reserves the right to restrict access to the gardens and to relocate or remove items from the deck in order to perform required maintenance at the site. In an emergency this could happen with very little or no notice. You agree that you will be diligent in caring for your plot and the garden as a whole. You agree to work with the other members to create a beautiful, productive, and welcoming garden.