Bowmanville Garden Allotments

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Our History


Overview of Project

On October 4th,, 2010, Sher Leetooze made a presentation to Council regarding the concept of Allotment Gardening in Bowmanville.

Dialogue continued over the fall between Sher, Council members, and staff (Bob Genosko).

On Dec. 4th, 2010, a plot of land south of the cemetery was viewed by Sher and Bob Genosko, and found to be large enough, and satisfied as many of the original requirements as possible.
 
On December 19, 2011 a lease was signed making it possible for the people of Clarington to set up allotment gardens on the property.

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Statement of Purpose


The Bowmanville Garden Allotments Project was  conceived to give residents of the Municipality  of Clarington the opportunity to grow their own fruit and vegetables;
to grow food free from chemical sprays and additives;
to give Clarington residents to opportunity to be as self-sufficient as possible;
to provide a learning experience for young and old alike;
to provide more garden space than their home may presently provide;
to provide a social experience with like minded people;
to be on public transit route so as to be reached by as many people as wish a garden plot.

Plots will be made available to Social Organizations who would rent a plot for a family/families who otherwise may not be able to afford to do so.
Plots will be made available for Educational Purposes, for the training of both youth and adults in the art of growing our own food.



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                                    The Allotment Committee

The committee will be made up of plot renters who so desire to be part of the committee process.

The Committee will be responsible for:
    1. Devising the rules for the allotments
    2. Allotting plots on a first come basis as they are applied for
    3. Seeing that all plot holders follow the rules
    4. Collecting rents
    5. Paying the Allotment expenses as they arise
    6. Keeping good records, both financial and physical

The Committee will be accountable to the plot holders by:
    1. Keeping good records, both financial and physical
  2. Presenting financial statements periodically as decided by the committee as a whole
   3. Maintaining the Allotment site in good order for use by the plot holders.
   4. Keeping the plot holders apprised of the events happening on the Allotment - e.g.- student groups, etc.; new plant varieties being grown; - through a periodic newsletter.
    
The Committee will be accountable to the Sponsors of the Allotment Project by:
      1. Presenting financial and other statements to all sponsors periodically as decided by the committee as a whole or as requested by the Sponsor.
    
    2. The Committee will keep the residents of Clarington apprised of events on the Allotments through the media, the municipal website, and by any other means that becomes available to the committee.

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Where we are located

Baseline Road at Bowmanville is just out of range at the bottom of this aerial photo; the white "boxes" are storage units on Haines Street.  The field just above the storage units is the site of the allotments, and the cemetery is just out of range of this photo at the top of the page.  Haines Street is clearly visible running in more or less a north-south direction.  North is at the top of the page.

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Rules of the Allotment

Bowmanville Allotment Gardens Rules

1. All gardening activities are subject to the by-laws of the municipality, and of municipally owned property.

2. The Municipal Allotment Site(s) will be managed by a committee of gardeners using the site(s), the committee to be elected annually from among the gardeners, or who volunteer for such duty..

3. Gardeners using the plot will do so at their own risk and expense - some expenses will be paid by the committee (water, fencing, insurance ) from the fees charged to work an allotment plot.

4. Garbage and trash will be taken home by the gardeners.  No trash receptacles will be provided.

5. Watering of gardens is the responsibility of each gardener, from the supply of water at the site.  Washing of vehicles, or filling of wading pools is not permitted, nor is the washing of vegetables at or near the water supply.  Do this at your own site, in a pail and use the water to water your plants.  The committee will ensure that an adequate supply of water is always on hand for the gardens.

6. Use of chemical compounds, herbicides and fungicides, and chemical fertilizers  is prohibited.

7. A composting area will be set aside within the allotment site where garden waste can be deposited.  No animal waste will be allowed in it. The resulting compost material will be made available,  at maturity (3rd year, usually), by any and all gardeners at the allotment site.

8. Any gardener not maintaining their site - keeping weeds down, maintaining healthy soil, etc. - will be given notice by the allotment committee to fix the problems or lose the privilege of use.

9. No permanent structures will be allowed such as garden sheds.  The only structures on your plot should be trellising/plant support, stakes, short fences, short sun shades, and small personal composters, all which the gardener will undertake to keep in repair and store off-site in the winter months.  None of these structures should impede the plot adjoining, or shade an adjoining plot.

10. Manure and soil must be delivered/dumped on your own plot, not in parking areas or adjoining roadways.

11. Paths between plots (main walkways) must not be obstructed by vines, canes, tree limbs, tools, hoses, or other like objects.

12. Each plot holder is responsible to maintain his/her half of any main pathways (from the centre to their plot-line.  If you fence your plot with hedging material, it must be kept trimmed so as not to impede the main pathways between plots.

13. Any problems at the site - fences needing repair, etc. - should be brought to the attention of the site manager(s).  The site manager(s) will also maintain the composting area, collect rents, allot plots in order of application as they become available, and arrange for any repairs to the site that are needed.

14. Please ensure that the gate is kept locked at all times.  Each plot-holder s in good standing will be issued with a key to the gate-lock.  If this key is lost there will be a $10.00 charge to get a new one.

15. Barbed wire is not to be used at any plot.

16. Dogs must be on leashes, and not allowed to wander among the plots of the allotment.  Dog feces must be picked up and taken home by the owner - stoop and scoop- there is no alternative.

17.  Plot size will range in size from 12 feet wide and 35 feet long.    This is a basic plot.  If a gardener needs more room or less room rent will be adjusted accordingly.  Rents may change from year to year depending on the cost of upkeep and maintenance.   The allotment site will have a variety of size plots available to suit different needs.

18.  In order to make changes to the Allotment Rules, a vote must be held at an AGM (Annual General Meeting) with a quorum of gardeners present or voting through proxy. (this is 75% of all eligible gardeners at the time of the AGM) An eligible gardener is one whose rent has been paid, and who has maintained their plot throughout the season without citation.


These rules have been taken from existing rules in communities across Canada and in Britain.  They are not listed here in order of importance.