Plot sizes/Annual Fee
Garden plots are available in three sizes: 10 x 10 feet for an annual fee of $20; 15 x 15 feet for $40, and 15 x 30 feet for $60.
Duke Farms also has an Accessible Garden area which conforms to current ADA standards. Individual garden beds on a paver patio rent for $20 each for the season and may be rented to individuals or groups. Please contact our Garden Coordinator Melissa Almendinger for more information.
Online registration link will be posted on December 20 and plots will go on sale January 2, 2020 at 9am.
Each gardener is responsible for the maintenance and regular upkeep of their plot, including keeping the plot weed free and harvesting ripe produce. The Duke Farms Community Garden is open all year, subject to weather, with water available on site between March and October. Garden plots are offered in AS IS condition and need to be prepared each season by the participating gardener using strictly organic amendments (NO chemical fertilizers or pesticides will be allowed). Gardeners will also be responsible for providing their own seeds or plants and must use their own garden tools to tend their plots.
Gardeners are required to fulfill the following obligations annually in order to maintain ownership of garden plot(s):
1. EMAIL: Maintain a valid email address. This will be the primary form of communication between staff and gardeners. Any changes in email are to be reported within 3 business days.
2. CONTINUING EDUCATION: Attend 1 elective environmental gardening course of your choice through Duke Farms or another suitable vendor. Record title & date in the Gardener Log Book. NOTE: First-year gardeners must complete 3 courses total: Intro to Organic Gardening*, Orientation** & a course of your choice.
*Intro to Organic Gardening: This class will be offered online this year. All new gardeners will be required to complete the online course by March 10, 2020. Link will be posted in February.
**New Gardener Orientation: March 14 and 16. Register here.
3. VOLUNTEER: Complete 4 hours of volunteer time at Duke Farms for your first garden plot, plus 1 hour for each additional plot. Record hours in the Gardener Log Book.
4. MAINTENANCE: Keep your plot(s) weeded, harvested and well maintained within plot boundaries. This includes arranging for plot care during periods of absence. After 4 maintenance warnings, garden plots are forfeited and “taken back” by Duke Farms.
5. GO ORGANIC!: Use only OMRI (organic materials review institute) or organic, approved materials in your plot(s).
6. PLANTS: Community Garden plots should be centered around food production. The only permitted perennial plants are blueberry, strawberry, asparagus, rhubarb, and assorted herbs and flowers. No trees, cacti, perilla, castor beans, or any illegal, invasive plants, or poisonous plants allowed. Mint, lemon balm, berries, and comfrey must be contained in pots. No plants or structures over 5 feet tall are permitted.
7. CODE OF CONDUCT: Please be courteous in the garden at all times. No alcohol or illegal substances are allowed. Do not enter or take anything from another gardener’s plot even if you think they have neglected their plot or you will risk immediate and further loss of participation in the Community Garden. Disputes between gardeners that cannot be resolved will be referred to the Community Garden Coordinator.
You are expected to review all safety, security and conduct expectations as stated in the Duke Farms Community Garden Handbook. (The handbook is available by download HERE or you may request a hard copy.)
By registering for the Duke Farms Community Garden, you are acknowledging all:
• guidelines expressed in the participation agreement,
• the Handbook,
• written ongoing communications stating guideline clarification or new guidelines.
How is the game played?If using a handheld GPS device (such as a Garmin, Magellan, Lowrance, etc.):
- Register for a free basic membership on geocaching.com.
- Visit the Hide & Seek a Cache page to locate a cache nearby.
- Select a cache to view its cache page which lists the cache description, GPS coordinates, and other instructions on how to find the cache.
- Load the coordinates into your GPS device and naviagate to the hidden cache.
- Sign the logbook inside the cache and log your visit online on geocaching.com.
- Download geocaching.com app from your app store (there is an Intro version which only allows you to navigate to 3 caches before it makes you upgrade and there is the full version which is $9.99).
- Log-in using your geocaching.com username or create a free geocaching.com username if you do not have one.
- Once logged in, press "Find Nearby Caches."
- Choose the appropriate cache from the list. The cache page should appear.
- Press "Navigate to Cache." A map should appear showing your location in relation to the cache location.
- Navigate to the cache and sign the logbook when you find it. Go back to the cache page and press "Post a Log/Field Note" to post a log online.
Duke Farms GeoTrail
The Duke Farms GeoTrail is a geocaching challenge consisting of 11 different caches placed around the property. It is a unique journey through a variety of native habitats and landscapes.
To complete the challenge you have to fill out the GeoTrail brochure and uncover the secret word, then present your completed brochure to the front desk staff in the Orientation Center to receive your commemorative token (GeoTrail brochures are available at the front desk in the Orientation Center).