2017 Rules and Policy Regulations
These rules can be downloaded by clicking on the link below. These rules are a complete list of the policies of FBGA and in effect until further notice. All members are responsible to read them
and abide by the content.
Welcome to the Floyd Bennett Gardens Association, Inc., located on historic Floyd Bennett Field, part of Gateway National Recreation Area Jamaica Bay Unit. We are one of the largest community gardens in the United States and a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization.
2017 Rules and Policy Regulations Complete
During the growing season (from April 1 through October 31) the garden is open from sunrise to sunset.
The following regulations apply to all members and their guests. Please read them carefully. Failure to abide by these rules will result in your losing your plot. Three inspection violations within a 2 year period forfeit your rights as a member of The Floyd Bennett Gardens Association. Your plot will be taken away and reassigned.
Each member is responsible for checking the website fbga.net, Facebook page, and the bulletin boards located at the Champions of Courage Garden, The Row A Gazebo and the Gazebo in the rear of the gardens opposite the bathrooms, for any changes and updates regarding policy, rules, regulations and events sponsored by FBGA, including educational workshops. Please keep this document for your records.
Each member must attend the Spring Meeting to pick up permit tags and ID cards, be informed of any changes in rules and policy. If members fail to pick up plot ID and permits at the mandatory meeting or contact the administration within 48 hours after the meeting or 48 hours before the meeting, the plot will be considered abandoned and reassigned. Members are NOT ALLOWED to garden without permits. Permits not claimed by May 1 will indicate the plot is abandoned and will be reassigned.
1. Signage- Each plot must have a sign on their gate or front fence facing the aisle with the plot owner’s last name, and plot number of the user at all times. This sign must be clearly visible and placed at the onset of the growing season.
2. Vehicles- All vehicles in the garden parking areas must display the parking permit on the rear-view mirror at-all-times. Vehicles that do not have a parking permit are subject to ticketing by park police.
3. Households – Household refers to members at the same address. No more than 4 single plots or 2 double plots is considered a household. Additional gardeners from that address will be considered a separate household.
4. Good Standing – After completing 2 years in good standing members may apply for a double plot and be placed on a waiting list. Only 10 members will be assigned a double plot each year. Members must remain in good standing before they can be given a double plot. Members who have 2 inspection violations or 1 other violation in a two year period are considered NOT in good standing.
5. Plots are NON –TRANSFERABLE- Any member who allows a friend or relative to take over their plot without written notification to the administration will immediately lose their rights as members. If a member is temporarily or permanently unable to maintain the plot as required, the member will notify the Administration in writing before the plot becomes unsightly or overgrown with weeds. If a plot is determined to be abandoned by Administrations Inspection Committee and there is no record of notification, the plot will be reassigned.
Exceptions-If a member is deceased the plot may be transferred to a spouse, domestic partner, or immediate family member only.
6. Maintenance of Plot If a member is temporarily or permanently unable to maintain his/her plot as required, the member will notify FBGA in writing before the plot becomes unsightly or overgrown with weeds. If a plot is determined to be abandoned by FBGA there is no record of this written notification, the plot it will be reassigned. If the gardener is deceased, the plot may be transferred to spouse, long term partner or immediate family member only.
7. Layout of Plots – Each member must respect and adhere to the assigned layout dimensions and will not exceed the maximum dimensions allocated of approximate size 10’ X 20’ single, 10’ X 40’ (X), or 20’ X 20’ (U). There is no planting outside the fence line.
8. Structure Limit – No more than 50 sq. ft of an enclosed area (4 single or 2 double plots can be used for structures within this area. The rest of the plot MUST be used for plantings. Only existing structures will be allowed to remain.
9. Inspections – Plots are inspected monthly from May to September. Violations MUST be corrected within 10 days of date of notification letter. If the violation is not corrected by the next inspection it will count as a violation. Any gardener who receives 3 inspection violations in a 2-year period will lose their plot.
10. Fencing – All garden fencing will not exceed five (5) feet in height. The following fencing materials and products are absolutely prohibited in the garden area: chain link, orange or bright blue plastic, lattice or bed frame fencing, concrete construction of any kind in or around a plot and any fencing that cause shade. It is prohibited to fence in more than 4 single plots or 2 double plots. You must have a fence to divide these plots with a separate entry gate.
11. Weeds in Aisles & Plots – Must be kept free of excessive weeds on an ongoing basis.
12. Forty Eight (48) inch aisle requirement – All aisles and walkways must provide a minimum width of forty-eight inches for safe public access. No obstructions of any kind such as plants, flower beds, boxes, mats, rugs, or carpets are permitted in the walkways or aisles.
13. Aisle Maintenance – Members must maintain (weed) the aisle in front of their plots and those members who have an X plot MUST maintain both front and back of their gardens.
14. Mulching – Members must keep their aisle level before adding mulch to the aisle.
15. Compost Area – All members must properly maintain their assigned plot and the adjacent walkway by controlling and removing all weeds either by manually pulling, tilling, or pitchforking the soil. Mulching is permitted. Members must bring their weeds or spent plants to the compost area. Only vegetation and organic matter biodegradables/weeds) are to be placed in the designated compost area. NO PLASTIC BAGS OR TRASH OF ANY KIND are ALLOWED in the community compost area.
16. Plant Limitation – Trees, shrubs, and invasive plants (ex. bamboo, Fountain grass, Chameleon (Houttuynia), morning glory, mints, ivy, horseradish, raspberries and blackberries must be grown in pots with a 6-foot limit in height. Tall or vining crops may not be planted along fence lines. Exceptions; squash, beans, Clematis providing these do not interfere with neighboring plots.
17. Shade Area – Structures in garden plots must be 3 ft. from perimeter of plot to avoid shading neighboring plots. Structures may not be taller than 6 feet. NO Tarps may be used on the top or sides of structures. If you need shade use roll up shade materials. Shading materials must be rolled up when you are not using them.
18. Plumbing – Members are prohibited from altering or tapping into the main system. No unauthorized plumbing work is allowed within the community space or within individual plots without the approval of the Administrations Operations & Maintenance Director.
19. Standing Water – All water containers, including but not limited to tubs, barrels, ponds, and bird baths must be treated to prevent mosquito breeding by using either Mosquito Dunk or fish that eat mosquito larvae.
20. Winter Break – Plots must be left clean, free of debris and dead plants. All unsightly items must be stored away and secured for the winter. It is highly recommended that a cover crop such as clover, winter rye, buckwheat, or hairy vetch be planted at the end of the growing season to prevent soil erosion.
21. Switching Plots – Members who move to a new plot (single or double) MUST clear out the plot between March 15-30 ONLY.
22. Community Service – Each household (members at the same address) is required to perform Community Service. The number of hours will be determined annually by the Board of Directors. Each household must complete the service hours before September 30. There is NO carry over of Service from year to year. Notice of the required number of hours will be sent with applications and confirmed at the Spring Meeting at the time of permit distribution. Members who are 75 yrs. of age and who show picture ID as proof at the Spring Meeting will be considered exempt from service. Members who wish to work will be permitted. Members MUST present ID cards to receive credit for service. Members are encouraged to join committees to obtain the credit. Community Service Days will be given by Chairs of Committees and only if they decide to supervise.
23. Pruning/Planting – No unauthorized tree cutting, removal or pruning or planting allowed. Members must consult with an official from the Administration and/or Landscape Chairperson before altering any tree, shrub or other plants within or around the landscape.
24. Garbage Disposal – The trash receptacles around the gardens are for trash and lightweight items only, such as diseased plants, food and beverage containers.
25. Large items of wood & metal – Place these materials in the dumpster in the rear of the gardens opposite the bathroom. These will not be emptied, as they are too heavy for sanitation to remove.
26. Picnic/BBQ Area – Charcoal is to be used for BBQ ONLY and after must be removed and the ashes placed in the red containers marked ‘Charcoal.’
27. Prohibited Activities – The following activities are absolutely prohibited in the garden area: interfering with the operations of the community and committees, stealing from community growing areas and/or your neighbors’ plots, physical, written or verbal assaults, racial, ethnic, religious, gender abuse, or disorderly conduct, ball playing, skating, loud music, littering, and the use of chemical pesticides or fungicides such as Sevin, Captan, Diazinon, Round-Up and Malathion are also prohibited. FBGA encourages the use of organic fertilizers. Fertilizers exceeding NPK totaling over 15 are considered non-organic. All members including Chairpersons, Board of Directors are forewarned physical or verbal abuse of any kind will not be tolerated. If an issue is not resolved between members than members must contact the Conflict Resolution for mediation. If the issue continues the NPSwill be notified to assist in solving the problem.
28. Pets – Pets MUST be leashed and controlled by you at all times. You must clean up after your pet. Pets that interfere with the peace of the community space and/or its members are not welcome. Pets are not permitted to be left tied up in the aisles or in your vehicles. Failure to abide by these rules will forfeit your membership rights.
29. For Liability Purposes – Members are not permitted to work in or around the garden area during the off-season period (November 1 through March 31) unless you are registered with FBGA/NPS as a Volunteer of the Park.
30. Work Areas – For safety reasons, members are prohibited to enter work areas located in back of the picnic and habitat areas without the consent of the Administration’s Operations and Maintenance.
31. Materials – Compost, manure and woodchips, when available, are delivered to the main parking areas by the Operations and Maintenance crew.
National Park Service Requirements
32. In the event of a drought emergency, all gardeners must comply with NYC conservation rules imposed and in effect. During this time no automatic sprinkler systems or watering by hose will be allowed. Members are prohibited from altering or tapping into the main water system. Notices with instruction posted in and around the field must be followed.
33. In times of National Emergencies that cause the closure of Floyd Bennett Field, the community garden will also be closed.
34. No interfering with wildlife.
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