Long Beach Community Garden Association, Inc. (LBCGA) is a private, not-for-profit organization, which is located on
land that is leased from the City of Long Beach. The City of Long Beach requires that LBCGA publish and maintain Rules & Agreements that conform to the city lease and the rules governing El Dorado Park (for park rules, please visit: http://www.longbeach.gov/park/).
The goal of LBCGA is to provide a safe and attractive environment for persons desiring a place to grow edible produce. The purpose of the Rules & Agreements is to maintain a neat and productive garden and provide a pleasant atmosphere for all persons in the garden. This document is an agreement between all members and the Board of Directors.
The garden plots at LBCGA are to be Kitchen Vegetable Gardens, not ornamental, decorative, meditation, flower or
income gardens. This is not an extension of your backyard, patio, flowerbed or home garden. The primary factor that distinguishes a kitchen vegetable garden from other types of gardens is that the vegetable plants are specifically selected, planted and grown for eating. Flowers planted in the garden are for the beneficial properties that they can contribute to the gardens (e.g., flowers attract bees for pollination and beneficial insects to combat undesirable pests).
A. To become a member and maintain garden membership, an individual must:
B. Special Notes Regarding Member Eligibility
A. Members shall:
B. Members shall not:
A. Members shall:
Note: If an item is used as a support for growing crops (bean pole, tomato cage, trellis, etc.), it is considered part of planted crop. If not in use, they will be part of your 20% unplanted plot.
B. A Member Shall Not:
A. Members are allowed:
B. Members are not allowed:
C. The following vegetables or plants are NOT ALLOWED for use in the LBCG because they are invasive, toxic, have the potential for spreading plant diseases, harbor damaging insects or causing physical harm:
|Berries (prickly)(see section D below)||Four O’clock||Morning glory||Succulents|
|Butterfly Bush||Gopher purge||Passion fruit||Trees|
|Canna Lily||Illegal plants||Plumeria||Any woody perennial that grows over 4 feet|
|Castor Beans||Jerusalem artichokes||Potato, sweet potato, yam, etc.|
|Calendula||Melissa (lemon balm)|
|Dandelion (common wild)||Milkweed||Roses|
D. Berry Plants – Strawberry and blueberry plants are acceptable. Banned berries include blackberries, raspberries, or any other member of the member of the genus Rubus. All such berry plants in the plots prior to July 1, 2008 have been grandfathered and will be removed as plots are vacated.
E. Seasonal Rule – All tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants must be removed from garden plots PRIOR to December 1st and are not to be planted before March 1st. This is to control diseases that can persist from overwintering plants.
A. Community Service, performed by members during scheduled work parties, is used to maintain the common areas of the garden and perform duties that ensure a good infrastructure.
B. Each member must attend 2 work parties per year or give 4 hours of service within the confines of the LBCG. Hours are pro-rated if a member joins after January 1st (only 2 hours required).
C. Community Service Hours must be completed on or before the last work party of the Garden Year (held the first Saturday in June). Carryover of Community Service Hours to or from previous or future membership years is not permitted. There will be no grace period or waiver for fulfilling Community Service hours.
A. Approximately every two weeks, a Garden Review will be conducted by volunteer Board members to identify gardens not in compliance with the Rules & Agreements of the LBCGA. Dates and times of the reviews will be posted in advance and any member-at-large is welcome to participate.
B. Communications to members regarding problems will generally be by email or by US Postal Service if an email is not available. Communication can range from a simple reminder to a Correction Notice or to a Notice of Termination for repeated Correction Notices. (Refer to Termination of Membership in Section for more detail.) In all cases, a reasonable time period for correction of problems will be provided.
A. Hose replacement (purchase and cost) is the responsibility of the gardeners that share a common hose.
B. LBCGA recommends purchasing a Sears Craftsman rubber hose, only 50-foot allowed, as a longer hose would break the hose holder and a shorter hose will not reach the perimeters of the assigned plots. The Sears Craftsman hose has a lifetime guarantee; if it leaks or breaks member may return it to any Sears store for a full replacement.
C. All hoses must be stored, wound and hung properly on hose hangers without kinks and in concentric rings.Bending hoses at sharp angles at connectors can cause damage and leaks.
D. Problems with the water or hose hanger should be reported to a Board member for repair.
A. Compost containers are limited to no more than two containers with a combined size not to exceed 3 feet x 3 feet x 6 feet in size.
B. All composting must be done in covered containers. Open composting on the soil is not allowed.
C. All crops in composter must be covered with dirt or manure to deter flies, gnats and critters. Members are not permitted to utilize any meat scraps (will attract vermin) or weeds in composters.
D. Compost containers are considered part of the 20% non-planted area of the plot.
A. Through its Food Bank project, the LBCGA provides free produce to organizations approved by the Board of Directors, including but not limited to, homeless missions, battered women, abused children, the poor etc. Each member is expected to contribute a portion of produce to the Food Bank project.
B. Taking produce from the Food Bank plots or from the Food Bank or Orchard tables will result in immediate and permanent loss of membership.
C. Members are not to enter the Orchard without permission of the Board or designated Orchard Manager(s). Any fruits from the Orchard will be picked by the Orchard Manager(s) or designee(s) and placed on the Orchard table under the gazebo for the membership. Members are allowed to take daily:
A. Notify the 1st Vice President when giving up membership.
B. A gardener in good standing who voluntarily gives up membership and leaves the assigned plot “ready for the next gardener” may reapply for membership at any time.
C. A gardener who loses membership for a minor infraction may be added to the waiting list after a one-year waiting period.
D. A gardener who loses membership for a major infraction may permanently lose membership and may not be able to reapply or enter the garden for any reason (other than to collect belongings and clean plot).
E. Membership in the LBCGA may be terminated if any rules (including El Dorado Park rules) are broken. This action is not taken lightly by the Board of Directors but will be exercised when necessary and appropriate.
*A member may be terminated for any of the following:
* Examples are not limited to the above and are at the reasonable discretion of the Board of Directors.
F. When a membership is terminated, voluntarily or for cause, the member must collect personal belongings within the period stated in their termination letter or by mutual agreement between the member and the LBCGA. Any items left in the plot after the agreed upon date become the property of LBCGA to dispose of as the association deems appropriate.
G. New members are on probation for the first 90 days and membership may be terminated for cause or Rules & Agreements violations, which includes, but is not limited to, a Correction Notice.
H. When a membership is terminated (voluntarily or involuntary), passes and gate openers must be returned and the plot must be left in compliance with the Rules & Agreements of LBCGA. Failure to do so will prevent the gardener from returning as a member at a later date.
I. Members can appeal to the Board of Directors regarding the loss of membership or other actions taken by the Board. The appeal can be either in person or written and submitted to the Board. The member requesting the appeal should contact the President of the Board to be placed on the meeting agenda. The appeal will be heard at the next scheduled Board meeting or at a special meeting called by the Board President. The Board of Directors’ decision is final. Decisions could result in loss of membership, probation of one year or other action as necessary and appropriate. Should probation be violated, loss of membership will ensue with no appeal.
A. There is a $10.00 non-refundable fee payable prior to being added to the membership waiting list.
B. Annual dues for memberships are $130.00 and are prorated after January 1st, with fees subject to change. Gate openers are $15.00 per opener (this is the fee for the lifetime of the membership).
C. Gate openers and passes are limited to 2 per plot by agreement with the City of Long Beach. Fees must be paid by check or money order; cash will not be accepted. A $50.00 fee will be charged for any returned checks.
D. Membership renewal is conducted through US Postal Service or the garden mailbox. Packets with instructions will be mailed on or about May 15 for the following year. Renewal must be completed and mailed in time to be received no later than June 30.
E. All dues and fees are non-refundable.
A. Through its bylaws, the LBCGA is self-governed and the City of Long Beach refers all issues back to the Board of Directors who function voluntarily and uncompensated in the 15 positions.
B. Duties and Responsibilities
C. The Board of Directors is the determining body to set and interpret the Rules & Agreements with all decisions being final.
D. The Board of Directors shall hold closed session hearings on any member requested appeals.
E. The Board of Directors will not disclose members’ personal information.
F. In a garden emergency such as flooding, fire, unauthorized entry or other such events, Board members on site may take appropriate corrective action in consideration of the welfare of the garden and/or its members as a whole. If a Board member is not on site, one should be contacted.
G. Board members are not obligated to converse or otherwise meet with anyone, including members, prospective members or visitors unless the meetings are civil and respectful nor will anyone be expected to respond to persons who are harassing, intimidating and/or threatening.
H. The LBCGA may provide accessible garden plots that comply with ADA reasonable accommodation provisions.
A. The Board of Directors generally meets on the first Saturday of each month in the large barn at the garden after work parties. Members are encouraged to attend Board meetings.
B. Members may bring suggestions or questions before the Board, in person or in writing by contacting the President or Secretary to be added to the agenda. Members may also contact any Board member and express concerns by phone or e-mail at www.LBCG.org.
C. Except for annual renewals, the majority of communication between the Board and members will be handled by email therefore members are asked to provide an email address when applying for or renewing membership. Members without an email may not receive all communications.
D. The physical address of LBCGA, Inc. is Long Beach Community Garden Association, 7600B E. Spring Street, Long Beach, CA. 90815.
E. Letters may be sent to LBCGA, , P.O. Box 50167, Long Beach, CA 90815 or placed in the mailbox in front of the small barn in the center of the Orchard.
F. Suggestions or questions about LBCGA should be brought to the attention of the Board of Directors, in person or in writing. If you have any questions about these Rules & Agreements, do not hesitate to contact a member of the Board.