Community Garden at South Branch Preserve
2020 Rules and Regulations

  • Gardeners will plant and maintain their garden plot between April 1 and November 30, 2019. If by June 1st there has been no sign of activity, your plot will be forfeited to the next person on the waiting list.
  • Use of non-organic pesticides or fertilizers is not allowed.
  • Gardens must be kept clean and well maintained:
    1. The plot and area immediately surrounding it, including pathways between plots, must be kept free of weeds, invasive plants (such as mint), rotting vegetation and all other debris.
    2. The use of grass clippings is not allowed within the Community Garden.
    3. Gardeners must plant and keep all vegetation within their established plot.
  • The garden gate must remain closed at all times and locked upon leaving the garden.
  • A few wheelbarrows and tools are available in the garden shed for gardeners to share.  No personal garden tools may be stored in the garden shed.
  • Tall crops are to be planted where they will not shade neighboring plots. No trees or permanent garden structures are allowed.
  • Gardeners may only harvest from their own plots unless given permission by other gardeners.
  • The Community Garden’s water is non-potable and is only to be used on the plots. Water spigots must be securely turned off after every use and hoses wrapped & secured.
  • Organic garden waste materials not used within the plot may be placed in the designated compost area for use by other gardeners.
  • All trash must be removed from the garden by the gardener.
  • All guests brought into the Community Garden are the responsibility of the gardener.
  • All gardeners are encouraged to participate in the fall cleanup of the Community Garden.
  • No plants considered contraband under state or federal law are allowed within the Community Garden.
  • No alcohol, chewing tobacco, or smoking of any kind is allowed on the premises.
  • No firearms are allowed on the premises.
  • No radios or barbecues are allowed unless for an organized Community Garden event.
  • No pets are allowed in the Community Garden.
  • No vehicles are permitted on any paths and must be parked in the designated parking lot.
  • If a gardener must abandon their garden plot for any reason, they must notify The Land Conservancy of New Jersey promptly.
  • Vandalism and other damage within the garden should be reported to the Mount Olive Police Department (973) 691-0850 or The Land Conservancy of New Jersey (973) 541-1010.
  • Gardeners are encouraged to volunteer on a committee.
  • Returning gardeners must notify the Land Conservancy by November 30th and pay by December 31st if you wish to renew your plot.
  • The Land Conservancy of New Jersey reserves the right to render a final decision concerning any dispute related to the Community Garden, Rules and Regulations, and Volunteer Activities.

    Questions? Contact Barbara McCloskey at (973) 541-1010 ext. 14, or

    Community Garden, Fall 2015