Gardener Contract

NOTE: This contract is with both NOMADgardens and the SFParks Alliance, NOMADgardens fiscal sponsor.  Questions about this agreement can be directed to gardeners@nomadgardens.org.

MEMBERSHIP DUES & DETAILS

  • COST: $320 annually.
  • WHAT YOU GET: One 2’ by 4’ container filled with soil, access to water (drip irrigation is not available at this time) and shared access to the site, seed library and tools. Extra containers can be rented for the same rate as the initial container. Special discounts at NOMADevents and space rental.
  • TERMS: 12-months
    • Renewal: Plots must be renewed annually. A reminder email will be sent out one month in advance. Renewal payments can be made via the NOMADgardens website. At this time, we do not provide refunds for early termination. Gardener must return plot(s) to its original condition (all plants and personal items removed) ready for the next gardener.
    • At Term Termination: Upon receipt of the reminder email, Gardeners are required to give a 30-day notice to terminate their lease. This allows our team time to share the new plot availability as inventory when a wait list is active.
  • ASSIGNMENT OF PLOTS: Plots are assigned on a first come, first serve basis each year, with priority given to Mission Bay residents. Plots are designated by an alpha and numeric (ex. D5) code. Your Plot number and a site map will be included in your welcome packet, emailed to you by our community manager. Existing gardeners will remain at their designated location until they terminate their lease. Plots will NOT be reassigned without the prior written authorization of both the gardener and the NOMAD staff. Capacity of the garden will be determined annually and a waitlist will be started when capacity is reached.
  • SUBLEASE: A gardener may sublease to a new gardener, but MUST declare their “Secondary Contact” as the new gardener.
  • ACCESS: Site access is through the front gate off of 4th A combination lock is used to lock the premises daily. A code will be included in gardener’s welcome packet and shall not be given out to others

RULES & REGULATIONS

Each gardener is mandated to follow each rule and regulation listed on the following pages. Please thoroughly read through all of the rules. By CHECKING the box you agree to this Gardner Contract.

GARDEN CONDUCT & BEHAVIOR

  • Garden misconduct will not be tolerated. If a gardener receives complaints from fellow gardeners, two warnings will be given and a third will lead to termination of the gardener contract. Do not steal any crops from neighboring plots. We will also enforce this rule with our 3-strike policy.
  • Say hi to your fellow gardeners, plan days to garden together, lend a hand if one of the gardeners has a big planting day! Bring visitors and children. We love pets, but not their poo. Please make sure to always pick up after your pooch. The 3-strike policy also pertains to our pooches, so please make sure they play nice.

RELEASE OF CLAIMS (Liability Waiver)

You agree to the Liability Waiver form on the following pages. A copy will be included in your Welcome Packet.

CHANGES TO AGREEMENT

This agreement, your rights and responsibilities are subject to change as the garden grows and needs may change. Gardeners will be informed of proposed changes by email to allow discussion and comment before any changes are implemented.

By CHECKING the box on our website, you hereby apply for a garden plot and accept all of the rules and responsibilities laid out in the Gardener Contract, Gardener Maintenance: Rules and Procedures and Site & Equipment: Rules and Procedures.


GARDEN MAINTENANCE: RULES AND PROCEDURES


  1. As an ALL organic garden, gardeners may only use organic soil amendments and pesticides.
  2. Gardeners are responsible for keeping their plots actively worked and free of invasive weeds.
  3. Allowable Plantings: Gardeners may plant any combination of edible or non-edible plants, provided that:
    1. The plants grow no higher than 3’ from the top of the metal trough
    2. They are NOT classified as invasive weeds
    3. They are contained within the gardener’s plot
  4. We’re in a drought! Gardens shall be managed for best practices in water conservation (e.g. time of watering, cluster planting, etc.). Ornamental plantings should be targeted to drought-resistant species.
  5. Gardeners are responsible for keeping the pathways around their plot weed-free and clear of debris.
  6. Gardeners have Community Work Requirements, described below, and are responsible for maintaining community areas of the garden during monthly Volunteer Work Days.
  7. If you leave to go on vacation for an extended period of time, we encourage you to find a fellow gardener to tend to your plot in your absence. Alternatively, at least one week in advance of your absence, you may make arrangements with the Head Gardeners to water and maintain your plot for you at a rate of $20/ 3 days or $50/week. This service is provided subject to their availability.

Garden Plot Compliance

  1. The Head Gardeners will monitor plot maintenance, and will contact any gardener whose plot fails to meet the above rules and procedures. The gardener will have two (2) weeks to correct the violation.
  2. If sufficient improvement of the plot has not occurred at the conclusion of the two-week violation period, a final notice of plot forfeiture will be sent to the gardener. If sufficient improvement of the plot has not occurred at the conclusion of one week from the plot forfeiture notice, the gardener’s plot will be forfeited without refund.

Community Work Pledge

Our hope is that our gardeners voluntarily donate their time or resources to the up keep of the garden. Volunteering means that you believe in our vision and our desire to build healthy communities. We have a fantastic opportunity to build the community we want in Mission Bay, so let’s do it! Community building is about joining together to push towards a shared vision and goal. Our goal is that NOMAD is a place to recharge your mind, body and spirit. So don’t miss out on the very reason the founder started NOMADgardens: to grow happy and healthy communities! As a gardener you pledge to participate in one (or more!) of the following ways:

  1. Qtrly Community Workdays Every 3rd Sunday of the month, 10:00am to 12:30pm. Participate in one per quarter. Choose from a list of garden activities, to include non-strenuous ones, the day of! Community hours are a way for all gardeners to participate in the up-keep and beauty of the space.
  2. Gardeners can choose to pay $20/quarter in lieu of the work hours. We know life gets busy! Our survey results showed overwhelming support to pay in lieu of volunteer. Choosing this option, your gift will provide food and drinks to say THANK YOU to our volunteers at our community work days.
  3. There’s a lot of behind the scenes work that goes into keeping the garden running. We’d love your help with events, especially day of. Examples include: open garden, close garden, check-in guests, submit surveys, brand ambassador, share our events with your network, invite others to attend our events. At the end of the day our success depends on you. If this option interests you or you have an expertise that you would like to share to help us improve, please email stephanie@nomadgardens.org.

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COMMUNITY WORK DAYS – EVERY 3rd Sunday of the month 10am-12:30pm

OPEN GARDEN DAYS – EVERY 1st Saturday of the month

By CHECKING the box at checkout on our website, you hereby apply for a garden plot and accept all of the rules and responsibilities laid out in the Gardener Contract, Gardener Maintenance: Rules and Procedures and Site & Equipment: Rules and Procedures.


SITE & EQUIPMENT: RULES AND PROCEDURES


STORAGE

  1. The shipping container is there for NOMADgardens tools and supplies. There is no onsite personal storage. If this is something that you would like to see in the garden as an additional paid service, please contact stephanie@nomadgardens.org

SECURITY

  1. Remember to always lock-up the garden upon exiting and do not give the code out to others.
  2. Garden hours are from sun up to sun down.
  3. Gardeners must provide a Primary Account holder information: Name, Address, Phone, Email, Plot #, Amount/Date Paid and Emergency Contact. A contact form will be sent out with your Welcome Packet.

GUESTS

  1. Gardeners are encouraged to bring visitors and children; it’s a community space. However, an adult must accompany children at all times.
  2. Pets: We love pets, but not their poo. Please make sure to always pick up after your pooch. The 3-strike policy also pertains to our pooches, so please make sure they play nice with others.

SPACE RENTAL

  1. NOMADgardens space is available to rent to our gardeners for private parties. Rental rates are discounted to gardeners. Email events@nomadgardens.org for more information on our amenities and rates.
  2. All events must comply with city regulations. The NOMADgardens team will help you identify and obtain the appropriate permits.
  3. Events must be approved by our Events Manager to ensure compliance and date availability.

EQUIPMENT

  1. Tools are available in the shipping container and are free to use.
  2. Tools should stay within the garden, unless access is granted in writing from NOMADstaff.
  3. NOMADgardens has a gas grill on-site. A NOMADstaff member must grant access to the grill. A permit fee of $330 is required by the city of San Francisco for its use. We are currently seeking a sponsor to provide this amenity to our gardeners as a PERK. We will let you know as soon as this happens. Until then, please email events@nomadgardens.org should you want to rent the space with the barbeque grill.

WASTE

  1. We are currently setting up our trash/Recology pickup. Until this is in place, gardeners are not to leave any trash in the shipping container or in our compost piles. Proper separation is a required.
  2. For small items, trash bins are located outside the garden on the corner of 4th and Mission Bay Blvd N.

COMPOST

  1. We are setting up a 3 part composting system. Once this system is in place, all Gardeners must attend one Compost Meeting where proper composting processes will be demonstrated. Currently our composting area does not get hot enough to kill weed seeds; therefor only non-weed plants should be composted.
  2. All other composting should be placed in the designated ‘other’ composting bins. Please contact our head gardeners for more information.

 

By CHECKING the box at checkout on our website, you hereby apply for a garden plot and accept all of the rules and responsibilities laid out in the Gardener Contract, Gardener Maintenance: Rules and Procedures and Site & Equipment: Rules and Procedures.

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