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Skidaway Farm Rules

 

RULES

Skidaway Farms’ ability to thrive  depends on the active, ongoing involvement of our members.

“Out of gardens grow fleeting flowers but lasting friendships.”
– Beverly Rose Hopper

REGISTRATION:

  1. Each New Farmer is required to pay a $75 (refundable) weed deposit fee which would be used to clean-up a plot if it was left in disarray. Standard plots (approximately 10’ X 20’) are rented for 1 year for $100/plot.  Raised beds will be leased for $150/year.
  2. Farmers of Record are required to agree to the Rules each year at the time their annual rent is due and to abide by all rules and regulations listed here. Receipt of rent indicates you will accept and abide by these rules.
  3. A single plot may be shared by as many Farmers as desired, however, one individual must be designated as the “Farmer of Record”, agree to and abide by the Rules and be responsible for assuring all the gardeners in said plot abide by these rules. Other Farmers will be designated as “Plot Partners”.
  4. Farmers of Record may keep their same plot in subsequent years if desired.  At the time of registration,  Farmers of Record who wish to change plots will have first choice from available plots. Those who wish a second plot will have second choice from available plots. New Farmers of Record will be assigned from remaining available plots.
  5. Plot rental is on an annual 12-month basis only.  Each Farmer may register for a plot at any time during the year.  The renewal date for that plot will begin 11 months later.  For example, a plot rented on April 15th will be up for renewal on March 15th.
Make your check payable to Skidaway Farms – Drop off at the TLA office or mail to Skidaway Audubon, 600 Landings Way South, Savannah, GA 31411.
 
 
   THE FARM:
  1. The Farm gates are open 24 hours, seven days a week.
  2. Farm gates should be closed and latched at all times during the day. It is the responsibility of the Farmers to keep deer and hogs out of our vegetables and flowers.
  3. Farmers may plant only annuals and perennials. Trees and shrubs are not permitted in individual plots.
  4.  Plot neighbors should decide how to mark the borders between plots. Small fences, stepping stones, etc are all permitted so long as it does not encroach nor shade neighboring plots.
  5. Be considerate of your Farm neighbors. Do not plant sprawling or tall crops or build any structure that might interfere with your neighbor’s plot. Do not spray on windy days. Keep insects, disease and weeds under control.
  6. Harvest only from your assigned plot. Treat plot perimeters with the same respect you accord your home property lines: encroaching growth from your neighbor’s plot comes under your control and may be either pruned or harvested by you after you have discussed your intentions with your neighbor.
  7. Dogs, on a leash, are allowed. Farmers should report nuisance dogs to a Board member. Dogs with two (2) complaints will lose their privilege to be in the Farm. Owners must control and clean up after their pets and failure to do this will be sufficient cause to withdraw this privilege. Nuisance behavior, such as dogs wandering off the designated paths and peeing on plants, is not allowed in the Farm.
  8. Borrowed tools should be washed and cleaned and returned to the tool shed when done.  This prevents the spread of disease and nematodes via soil cross-contamination.  No chemicals, pesticides or fertilizers may be stored in the tool shed. These tools are not to be taken home overnight.
  9. Smoking and chewing tobacco is prohibited. Tobacco carries the mosaic virus, which is deadly to some plants
  10. Paths must be kept free of rocks, weeds, and all obstacles, including encroaching or overhanging plants. Skidaway Farms reserves the right to remove materials obstructing any public path at any time. Farmers shall remove and dispose of all trash and debris generated by their activities.
  11. Parent/caretakers must ensure that children understand and follow all rules and regulations.
  12. Trash and debris must not be left outside the dumpster.  If the dumpster is full, trash should be left in wheelbarrows next to the dumpster.  Dumpster lids should be closed.
  13. Raised bed farmers will be responsible for maintenance, protection and repair of their irrigation controller and water distribution systems.  These need special protection in winter during freeze warnings.

FARM POLICY ON WEEDS:

1. The Farm will be surveyed regularly at which time the following plots will be considered abandoned:

    • If the weeds/grass are 12 inches high, or
    • The weeds/grass are excessively encroaching on walkways and neighboring plots, or
    • The weeds/grass are going to seed.

2. The Farmer of Record will be notified as to the condition and asked to rectify the situation.

3.  If there is no response, the plot becomes available for rent and the $75 weed deposit used to ready the plot for rental.

4.  If the Farmer would like to resume gardening at a later date, he/she will pay the full rental price for the next available plot, plus a $75 weed deposit in advance.

ORGANIC GARDENING:

  1. Farmers who choose to garden in the organic section, must garden 100% organically without the use of synthetic herbicides, fungicides, pesticides and fertilizers.  Also, natural or organic applications that are toxic and harmful to beneficial insects and microorganisms are not permitted for use.
  2. If, at any time, a Farmer decides to change from organic gardening to conventional gardening, the Farmer will be required to move from the organic section to the conventional section.  If no conventional plots are available, the Farmer will not be eligible for any reimbursement for that year.
  3. A lack of available plots in the conventional section will at no time warrant using conventional gardening practices in the organic section.

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Garden Tips at the Farm 2/19 @ 1 pm.

Attention all Farmers, seasoned and new.  Farmers Jane Coleman and Joe Tyson will be teaching a class at the farm on Sunday,  February 19 at 1 pm.  Some of the topics to be covered are:

Soil improvement tips

what to plant

when to plant

critters, diseases and bugs to look out for after planting.

 Hope to see you there!

Fall clean up day

img_1816CLEAN UP DAY

Hard at work!
Hard at work!
Farmer Jane doing the dumpster dance!
Farmer Jane doing the dumpster dance!

 

Nineteen volunteers showed up early Saturday morning to weed and  clean up the  north end of the farm and parts of the organic section.  It was truly wonderful to see how that many folks can make a difference in such a short time!  The Farm looked so much better after a few hours! Spring  clean up will be another opportunity so we thank all of you who came last Saturday and hope to see more of you in the spring!

Local Skidaway Farms Honey for Sale.

 

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Our resident beekeeper, Barbara Phillips, aka Dr. Ra Ra, will be at the farm from 10 am until noon on our farm clean-up morning, Saturday, November 19th! Barbara has more of her delicious, farm honey to sell.

Skidaway farms honey is the best hostess gift to give for the coming holiday season.  Everyone loves it!!!! Plus it has been suggested that eating local honey from our very own farm can reduce allergy symptoms from pollen.  

 Barbara’s honey hotline is: 912-677-7125

Skidaway Farm April Survey Results

Hello to all the farmers and a special thank you to those who completed our springtime survey!

I know, I know, it’s fall now but better late than never!  Wanted you all to know that there was great feedback from the farmers and we, the board, appreciated all of your responses, comments and suggestions.  Most of all, we appreciated all those who volunteered to help carry the workload of the Farm and keeping it running smoothly.

Maintenance and Condition of the Farm:

High marks were given for the maintenance of the Farm with two issue most problematic: the road ruts at the entrance to the parking lot and poor drainage in some of the plots and areas surrounding plots.  As you know, the road repair was finished in the summer by the Landings Association with no cost incurred by the Farmers.  Thank you Landings Association!  The drainage problems continue to be monitored and various methods to fix these have been discussed.  No inexpensive farm-wide solution has been found yet.  For now, farmers will need to address the drainage problem of their plots on an individual basis.  Many farmers employ deep trenching and building up of their plots to facilitate drainage when experiencing heavy rain.

Farm Management:

Management received good marks from the Farmers with a few issues that could be improved.

Communication could be improved with many of you unclear as to how and with whom to communicate.

Many of you would appreciate more educational opportunities at the Farm.

Suggestions regarding more info in the TWATL and Skinnie about the Farm both as a marketing tool as well as an educational/informational resource.

Water Issues:

Hose bibs were problematic in some plots in two ways: not plentiful enough and not in the best location, often obstructing the use of carts in the plot.  Drainage problems were cited as a continuing problem.

 Weed Control:

Neighboring Farmers were most frequently cited in complaints regarding weeds.

Thank you  again for all your responses and your involvement with our  community farm.  We will be finding better and more frequent ways to communicate with you all over the next few months.  Also asking for your help in the coming weeks with some fall cleanup mornings!  Happy planting!  

 

 

Fall Planting tips

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September Tips from Farmer Jane:

1) continue to clear your plots from debris and weeds
2) add compost, manure, or fertilizer of your choice, your garden soil is ” hungry ” after the long season!
3) feed your eggplant, okra and peppers if you want them to reward you until frost
4) continue to be aware of fire ants and other pests that may have set up housekeeping in your garden.

It’s time to plant!😃

Anytime now you may get the fall garden started. I prefer to wait until the weather has moderated, usually the third or fourth week in September and after. Planting now will require extra TLC, especially watering! Now is the time to seed some green beans if you would like a fall crop. An especially nice variety is the Blue Lake pole bean, available in bulk at Hester and Zipperer. Yummo!

What to plant:

Lettuce, arugula, spinach, kale,collards, radishes, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, beets
Carrots, onions, parsnips, turnips, rutabaga, snow peas, brussel sprouts , potatoes

Happy gardening!

Fall is our kinder, gentler season!