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Visit the ACGA WebsiteCRPR oversees the operation of the community garden plots established in 2005 at Tudek Park as a result of the efforts of the Tom Tudek Memorial Trust, Ferguson Township and volunteer Joe Banks.

The 2014 gardening season will officially start on Sat. 12 April and end on Sun., 30 Nov 2014.

As of 9 April 2014:

  • Each plot has been 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 dog park area.

The applicant agrees to abide by all of the 2014 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; 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; it is owned by the farm tenant for the horses there.

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2014 Garden Plot Rules & Regulation

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Subscriptions are offered only to Tudek Garden Plot participants. This volunteer-moderated email group is operated solely by gardeners and does not represent the official position of CRPR or the Tom Tudek Memorial Trust.

Garden Plot Map (PDF)

2014 Garden Plot Rules & Regulation

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
2005 & 2006
$15 (~5¢/sf)
$25 (~4¢/sf)
2007-2008-2009
$20 (~7¢/sf)
$30 (~5¢/sf)
2010 & 2011
$23 (~8¢/sf)
$35 (~6¢/sf)
2012-2013-2014
$27 (~9¢/sf)
$50 (~8¢/sf)

The 2012 and 2013 plot rental rates will remain unchanged for 2014.

Photo by Trish Meek

The Tudek Park Community Gardens

Photo by Trish Meek, 15 Jul 2011

Peppers!

END-OF-YEAR CLEAN-UP REQUIREMENTS (by 30 Nov annually):

  • 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.
Soil Test Results
April 2010 (Plot#41)
c/o Marion Deppen

May 2012 (Adjacent Plots #1 & 7)
c/o Karl Mierzejewski

MESSAGE FROM KARL ON 24 JAN 2013: "I was struck by the differences between Marion’s plot and mine which are separated by just 40 yards. These divergent results show the potential risks (such as making an acidic soil even more acidic) that gardeners face if they perform soil treatments based on the analyses of nearby plots. I would encourage all gardeners to submit their soil test results to CRPR so that we could see how much variation there is in the community garden and whether there are any common soil nutrition values which could generally apply." 
Link to Plot Map (PDF)      Other soil test results may be emailed to CRPR c/o Jada Light

With proper maintenance and plot clean-up, the balance of each 2013 Security Deposit will be available after 30 Nov 2013 for (1) a refund or (2) a credit towards 2014 garden plot fees. The Security Deposit will be forfeited in partially or in full (without refund or credit), with a maximum of 3 warnings within 2 years if the plot is not maintained and cleaned up as specified above and in the Garden Plot Agreement. Please note that permit holders are not permitted to sublet or transfer their plot to another gardener. Inquiries about the CRPR Community Garden Program may be directed to CRPR Staff Assistant Jada Light (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 here 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.

2014 GARDEN NOTES
Total of 110 Plots = 59 single plots (@ 300 sf) + 51 double plots (@ 600 sf).
24 of the plots are classified (but not certfied) as "organic."

On 24 Jan 2013: There were 51 households on the waitlist.
On 6 Mar 2013: There were 43 households on the waitlist.
On 22 Mar 2013: There were 34 households on the waitlist.
On 15 Apr 2013: There were 33 households on the waitlist.
On 5 Jun 2013: There were 32 households on the waitlist.
On 8 Aug 2013: There were 35 households on the waitlist.
On 4 Nov 2013: There were 42 households on the waitlist.
On 20 Dec 2013: There were 52 households on the waitlist.
On 17 Jan 2014: There were 57 households on the waitlist.
On 7 Apr 2014: Plot vacancies for the 2014 season are being filled based upon the waitlist order. There are currently 39 households on the waitlist. The waitlist roster continues from year to year; new households continue to be added via EMAIL requests (name, local postal address and phone are required). Transferring waitlist positions to other individuals or households is not permitted.
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.

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