Tall Pines Community Garden – Plots Available

Applications and Orientation

Applications are now being accepted for plots at the Tall Pines Community Garden. The Tall Pines Community Garden is located on Pine Crest Grounds at the Corner of Sixth Street and Memorial Street. There will be approximately 48 garden plots for rent available this Spring. The garden is open to anyone interested in having a garden alongside others in their community; no pesticides such as herbicides or insecticides will be allowed. Gardeners are required to keep their plots maintained free from weeds. To apply, please submit a completed application form along with a signed copied of the  Community Garden Application Form 2017, and Community Garden Waiver, by mail, in person, by fax, or by email to the following:

  • Ann Stoeckmann, Lincoln County Health Department
  • 607 N. Sales Street, Suite 101
  • Merrill, WI 54452
  • astoeckmann@co.lincoln.wi.us
  • Fax 715-536-2011
  • Phone 715-536-0307

Forms in Spanish: Aplicación de Merrill comunidad jardín de 2017 and                                Exención de responsabilidad y liberación de todos los reclamos )

Tall Pines Community Garden Orientation

  • April 18th at 6:00 p.m.
  • at Lincoln County Service Center, Room 156
  • 801 N. Sales St, Merrill WI.

This is an opportunity for you to learn more about the community garden review guidelines and waiver and sign up for a plot.

Fees

2017 Rental fees are (4 x 8 square feet (raised bed) $16; (4 x 10 sq.ft. $20); (4 x 20 sq.ft. $40); and (4 x 40 sq.ft. $80); (5×10 sq.ft. $25); (5×20 sq.ft.$50); and (5×40 sq.ft $100.00).

Guidelines and Liability Waiver

All plot holders must agree to the 2017 Tall Pines Community Garden Guidelines and Garden Liability Waiver. Please note that gardeners must abide by these rules in order to be a Community Gardener in good standing. Please review these garden guidelines carefully. All gardeners are expected to know and adhere to the 2017 Tall Pines Community Garden Guidelines.

Expectations of Gardeners:

In addition to paying the rental fee for an individual plot, gardeners are joining a community of gardeners and are expected to join the email contact group. As part of that Community, gardeners will participate in community work days and keep the communal areas of the garden weeded and chipped. Gardeners also perform a variety of community garden maintenance tasks as directed by the garden coordinator. Gardeners are strongly encouraged to donate 10% of the produce to local charities in Lincoln County. A list of donation locations will be made available to all community gardeners.

Waiting Lists

If a plot, the size of your choice, is not available in the garden in 2017, you may request that your name be added to the waiting list for 2017. Please send an e-mail or call Ann Stoeckmann at Lincoln County Health Department to be included on this waiting list (see contact information above).

Gardening Resources and Information:

Whether you are a newcomer to gardening or an experienced gardener, there are resources available to answer questions., The Lincoln County – UW Extension offers a wide variety of services to Community Gardeners. Call 715-539-1072 and either the Agricultural Educator or a Master Gardener Volunteer will assist you with your questions.  There are also gardening publications on web developed by University of Wisconsin specialists and Extension horticulturists.  They can be found at http://hort.uwex.edu/.

Live Sustainable – Live Sustainable, Lincoln County is a non-profit organization that works to help people lead more environmentally friendly, fair and economical lives for the good of their families, their community and the planet. Meetings will take place on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM at the Lincoln County Service Center (801 N Sales St.) in Merrill. To join Live Sustainable contact, the Family Living Educator at 715-539-1080 the Ag Educator at: 715-539-1078  Website: http://counties.uwex.edu/lincoln/p/lslc/.

Frequent Asked Questions

Water:

The garden has water available on site. The cost of water is included in the rental fee. Water is available from early April until October each year.

Fencing:

The garden fence is 6-8 feet in height to assist in controlling deer from getting into the garden.

 Volunteers Needed:

The Tall Pines Community Garden is need of volunteers to help; plant, weed, build, harvest and mentor. The mentors are for the first time gardeners that need help getting their garden plot organized. We also need help with Pine Crest residents who like to garden that need a little help. This is fun and rewarding. The sponsorship is in two forms; one is monetary, the other is renting and maintaining a plot for donating produce to Local Food Pantries.

Give the Gift of Food – Sponsors Needed:

The Tall Pines Community Garden offers community members and organizations an opportunity to provide the gift of food. Please consider making a donation to sponsor a garden plot  in order to provide fresh produce to those who are in need of food in our community at food pantries, schools, and community meals. You can also sponsor a plot to support garden programming for youth or adults.  Garden Plot Sponsorship and Volunteer Form 2017

Funding:

This garden has been made possible from a grant his program is funded by Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.

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