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Visit the ACGA WebsiteCRPR oversees the operation of the community garden plots established in 2005.

The plots resulted from the efforts of the Tom Tudek Memorial Trust, Ferguson Township and volunteer Joe Banks.

The 2017 Gardening Season will begin on April 8.

For the season start:

  • Each plot marked and numbered by staff.
  • Once freezing temperatures are no longer a factor, the water spigot will be available (for gardeners using buckets ONLY; hoses remain strictly prohibited.)

A portable toilet unit is available (year-round) near the corn crib.

Each gardener agrees to abide by all of the 2017 regulations as noted on the Garden Plot Agreement and understands that the seasonal plot permit may be terminated at any time for violation of that Agreement.

In order to control costs, delivered compost will remain very limited.  As a result, only 2 wheelbarrow loads of the CRPR-delivered compost may be applied per single plot and 4 wheelbarrow loads for the double plots; gardeners are responsible for furnishing additional compost for their own plot.

Please do not use any hay or straw that is in or near the barn.

2017 CRPR Garden Plot
Rules & Regulation (PDF)

2017 Garden Plot Map (PDF)

Click here to view the 2010 Garden Plot Map (PDF)

Fall 2006 aerial photo courtesy of
Mr. Karl Mierzejewski

CRPR Garden Plot Rental Fee History:
YEAR
SINGLE PLOTS @ 300 sf
DOUBLE PLOTS @ 600 sf
2012-2016
$27 (~9¢/sf)
$50 (~8¢/sf)
2017
$35 (~12¢/sf)
$70 (~12¢/sf)

The CRPR Authority Board approved the rental rates for 2017 at their November, 2016 meeting.

Photo by Trish Meek

The Tudek Park Community Gardens

Photo by Trish Meek, 15 Jul 2011

Peppers!

 

2017 Garden Plot Map (PDF)

END-OF-YEAR CLEAN-UP REQUIREMENTS (by November 26, 2017):

  • All wooden stakes, excluding the plot corner stakes, must be removed and piled neatly beside the tool shed.
  • All plastic coverings, fencing, tomato cages, trellis structures, structures, garden ornaments or watering cans must be removed.
  • All plants and weeds, excluding perennials and cool season crops which are still producing, must be removed from the plots and placed in the appropriate bin outside the fence. Cover crops may remain. Any compost piles must be spread across the plot or removed from the site.
  • Plastic compost bins may remain at the owners risk, but they must be secured so that sections do not blow away.
  • With proper maintenance and plot clean-up, the balance of each 2017 Security Deposit will be available after November 30, 2017 for (1) a refund or (2) a credit towards 2017 garden plot fees.
  • The security deposit will be forfeited partially or in full (without refund or credit) if the plot is not properly maintained and cleaned-up as specified above and in the Garden Plot Rules.
  • Permit holdres may not sublet or transfer their plot to another gardener.
  • Inquiries about the CRPR Community Garden Program may be directed to CRPR Staff (231-3071).

Garden Plot Waitlist: Names may still be added to the waiting list, which is continued from year to year. Please contact the CRPR office at 231-3071 or EMAIL to have your name added to the waiting list - a full name, postal address and phone number are required to enroll on the waitlist. Vacant plots will be provided to those on the waitlist in the order of their listing. In fairness to others on the waitlist, transferring waitlist positions to other individuals or households is not permitted.

2017 GARDEN NOTES
Total of 109 Plots = 58 single plots (@ 300 sf) + 51 double plots (@ 600 sf).
24 of the plots are classified (but not certfied) as organic with respect to chemical applications.

On Dec. 23, 2016: There are 52 households on the waitlist. Names may be added to the waiting list, which is continued from year to year. Vacant plots will be offered to those on the waitlist in the order of their listing. To add your household to the waiting list, please contact the CRPR office at 231-3071 or email here with this info: full name, postal address, email address and phone. 
A number of other community gardens are offered in the Centre Region:
  • Patton Township operates garden plots as detailed on this webpage.
  • Penn State University Community Gardens website
  • In Harris Township, 21 community garden plots are in service; for information please visit the group's Facebook page or contact volunteer Ms. Nellie Bhattarai at (570) 506-6646.

In addition, the Phase 2 plan for Whitehall Road Regional Park includes a 100,000 sq. ft (2.3 acres) area desingated for new community garden plots.  The Phase 1 facilities for this new park are currently on hold and updates will be posted when we know more.

The CRPR Authority is a publicly-funded, municipal agency serving 5 municipalities since 1966. The Authority also maintains 501c3 status.
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