are three community gardens operated by Bellingham Parks & Recreation.
The gardens contain a total of 195 plots. Community garden plots
measure 10 feet by 20 feet. Water service, hoses, compost bins, rock
bins and bulletin boards for gardening information are provided.
Two of the community gardens (Happy Valley and Fairhaven) are year-round,
organic gardens. Organic gardening is defined by the attempt to work
in harmony with nature to produce healthy crops. One of the keys of
organic gardening is to build a healthy soil ecosystem through the
incorporation of compost, manure, cover crops and rock minerals.
Therefore, no synthetic fertilizers or pesticides are allowed in these
gardens. Although not prohibited at the seasonal garden site, minimal
use of synthetic chemicals is encouraged and must comply with state and
federal laws pertaining to the use of pesticides/herbicides on public land.
$30 per plot for the season, effective 2012.
Use fees for community garden plots are established each year, and will
not be pro-rated at any time.
Returning gardeners may register for their same garden plots each year by
December 31. Anyone wanting new, different or additional plots can
register on a first-come, first-served basis as of January 2 each year.
A gardener/household may rent up to four plots. There is a limit of
two plots per household at the Fairhaven Garden site. If there are
vacant plots after May 15, additional plots may be reserved for the current
year's growing season only.
Contact the Parks & Recreation Main Office at (360) 778-7000 to check
plot availability and to register. Payment must be made in full to
reserve a community garden plot.
Refunds for the community gardens will be given as follows:
If gardeners do not abide by the community garden rules, Bellingham Parks
and Recreation reserves the right to terminate the license of the offending
user and reassign the plot(s). Before reassigning plots, the negligent
gardeners will be contacted by Bellingham Parks and Recreation. They
will be given seven days to resolve any violations. If, at the end of
this time period the violations continue, the user's rights to the garden
plot(s) will be terminated. It is the responsibility of each gardener
to update their contact information (address, email address, phone number)
as needed. If the Parks Department is unable to contact the gardener,
the Department will have the authority to terminate rights to any poorly
maintained plot(s) without notification.
For more information, please contact the Parks and Recreation Main Office
at (360) 778-7000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.