Village of Carsonville Dart Community Garden
Sign up for Garden Plot now call 657-9400
If no one is in leave your name and phone number and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. You can also stop into the Clerk's office to sign up call ahead to see if the office is open.
How does the Garden Grow?
Gift to the citizens
Dart Energy property deeded to Village of CArsonville
Late in the year of 2011 Dart energy approached the Village with the question - Could the Village use our property on Marsh and Sheldon for a community purpose? Dart no longer needed the property for their use. The Council wasn't sure what we could do with the site but we were sure that for the cost of $117 in tax revenue the empty lot generated it was a bargain to accept the property. The rest is legal history as the property was transferred from Dart to the Village with the understanding that it would be used for the benefit of the citizens of Carsonville.
A few of the possibilities for the property were discussed - playground, farmer's market, DPW storage yard.
When the DIG grant didn't materialize the Council discussed applying for a Farmer's Market Grant, which we are still pursuing, but realizing we could not possibly meet this year's May deadline date we decided to pursue it on or own.
From this desire came the concept of establishing a community garden. Residents with limited or no garden space can register and establish a garden plot on the site.
The concepts that the Council hopes to establish are:
1. local, organic, garden items to augment food budgets
2. to develop community spirit and sense of place
3. to develop the site over the next 5 years into a viable
center for a Farmer's Market
4. to create a project that encourages old and young alike
to see the value that we have right here in our community.
FIRST PLOTS READY
The first 10 garden plots and tilled once. Did you get yours? Tell your neighbors. Grow fresh food for yourself.
Contact the Village Office at 657-9400 to get your garden plot. Download the forms here at the bottom of this page.
We will be taking registrations for next spring in September. Those persons returning will have first site selection.
Garden planning 2015
Here are downloadable files to assist in planning your garden. Remember to sign up now for your garden plot.
This information is from Mother Earth News and here's link to a free 30 day garden planner http://www.motherearthnews.com/garden-planner/vegetable-garden-planner.aspx
Here is a website with a free garden planner and tips for the Organic Gardener. http://www.smartgardener.com/
Registration and release forms can be downloaded or picked up at the Village Office - call 657-9400 and leave a message to get forms. Rules are posted as a download and the fees are explained on this page
So do you want to join the community garden? read on
To join the Village of Carsonville Dart Community Garden plots is a simple process.
1. Be either a resident, property owner, or group in the Village proper (sorry at this time Village members
2. File a registration form
3. File a release form
4. Agree to garden rules as established at this time
How do I get a garden plot?
Simply go the Clerk's webpage and send a message requesting a plot or call and leave a message at the Village Office number 657-9400. Remember that the Clerk is a part time position and is not always present in the office. She will contact you as soon as she is able. Please leave your Name, Telephone number, and address in the Village.
Download the registration form, release form, and rules from this site. Print them, fill them out, and return them in an envelope along with a $15 check to the Village Drop Box located behind the Fire Department. (Do not deposit cash in the drop box)
All plots are completed for 2012 unless you plan on late fall crops.
Garden plots are available upon request. All plots are based on 20'x20" areas as counting as 1 plot. Each plot needs to be registered separately.
Links to organic gardening sites - If you have more just use the message form to send them along - and we will post them
Reminder - You need to maintain your garden plots.
Maintaining your garden is your responsibility. You should be checking it at least weekly. Watering is being done on a rotting basis but if you feel your plot needs water feel free to move the hose and sprinklers to cover your plot. Remember the best times to water are early in the morning - 6am-10am and in the evening 6pm - 8pm. 1/2 inch of water weekly is generally enough for plant survival. Of course the best is a rain when one comes. The weeds are beginning to prosper and need to be removed from your plot and surrounding pathways. When you remove the weeds please place them where they will not root and grow again. There is a barrel for other garden waste. Some signs of rabbits have been observed but no signs of deer yet. Keep your eye on your garden things are growing fine despite the drought like conditions and the high heat. Harvesting by some gardeners has begun. Also, it's still not to late to plant short growing crops. Second crops of beans, beets, carrots, and some cruciferous vegetables - cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts and such will grow late into the fall and if covered even in the winter.