Gardeners’ participation is subject to the SACG Garden Rules as well as some rules by the City of Columbus (prohibiting, for instance, being in the Garden at night, and bringing alcohol onto Garden property, etc.). Gardeners are also encouraged to donate a portion of their produce to area food pantries and shelters, like Faith Mission, Lutheran Social Services and the Salvation Army. To date, we have collectively donated over 4,300 pounds.
Joining the SACG is not terribly time consuming, but Gardeners should are required to help set out the Garden on Saturday, April 7, 2017 (with a rain/make-up date on Saturday, April 14, 2018) and to close the Garden (on Saturday, November 10, 2018). Gardeners must also volunteer for three chores to perform for one month over the summer (like watering flowers, tending the food pantry plot, pulling weeds in the paths, mowing our lawn, picking up litter, supervising community workers, etc.) Between the chores and keeping your plot planted, weeded and watered, you should plan on spending on average an hour each week at the Garden during the growing season.
So, if you or someone you know likes to get your hands dirty and grow your own food, you are welcome to join us at the SACG. Plots will be assigned on a first-come-first-served basis, with preference being given to gardeners from last year who volunteered at the opening and closing work days. Snooze and you lose. When the Garden is full, we will put names on a wait-list (and we ALWAYS have people drop out by June).
attend next month’s Franklin Park Civic Association meeting to also promote the SACG and sell raffle tickets.