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CORNERSTONE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL GARDEN

RULES AND GUIDELINES

Draft May 14, 2012

 

Cornerstone Christian School is abbreviated herein as CCS.

 

GARDEN LOCATION AND LAYOUT

The CCS Garden is located on the northwest corner of Camarillo Christian Church property, near the back patio. It is located between a chain-link fence on the west, a small concrete drainage channel on the east, and eucalyptus trees at the north and south. The Garden is laid out as garden beds with dirt pathways between. Concrete or wood borders define the boundary between garden beds and walkways.  Most garden beds are approximately 5-foot by 12-foot rectangular areas with raised concrete block borders. Water is available from a hose attached to a hose bib at the back of the school building.  An underground water pipe supplies water to several above-ground faucets (hose bibs) in the Garden. 

MANAGEMENT

The CCS Garden is an educational ministry of CCS, administered by the CCS Garden Steering Committee and managed by the Garden Manager, Elden Sandy (interim manager). If not on site, the Garden Manager can be reached by calling the school, 

GARDEN BED ALLOCATIONS

All garden beds are allocated by the Garden Manager. CCS staff who want to have a garden bed allocated to them should apply to the Garden Manager. Garden beds are allocated on an annual basis with priority given to CCS educational requirements. People or groups with a garden bed allocation are referred to as gardeners in this document. One adult member of a group must register as the contact person for that group.

GARDEN HOURS

Gardeners may be in the garden during daylight hours only.

LOCKING AND UNLOCKING THE GATE

When unlocking the gate to the outdoor storage area, immediately lock the padlock onto the gate so that the lock is secure.

The last gardener to leave the Garden is responsible for ensuring that all tools are returned to the storage area, that water is turned off and that hoses are returned to their storage areas. Lock the gate and the tool shed door before leaving.

DOGS AND PETS

Dogs and pets are not allowed in the Garden at any time.

CHILDREN AND VISITORS

The CCS Garden is open to visitors come to enjoy the garden when Gardeners are present. Gardeners should welcome visitors but alert visitors to the posted garden rules. Children must be accompanied and supervised by a parent, teacher or other adult when they are in the Garden. No playing with balls or other thrown toys is allowed in the garden. All visitors should stay on the designated paths between the garden beds.

TRASH AND GARBAGE

Trash from maintenance of the Garden should be put in a trash can on the patio. Large amounts of trash should be taken directly to the dumpster bin at the southwest corner of the school parking lot.

COMPOST BIN

A compost bin is located at the south end of the garden, near the apple tree. Organic garden products, such as vegetable and fruit waste, should be put into the compost bin. Replace the cover on the compost bin when finished in order to keep out animals. Do not put tree branches or eucalyptus leaves in compost bin. Chipped tree branches can be put in a separate pile near the compost bin.

CONCRETE SURFACE DRAIN CHANNEL

The surface drain channel at the east side of the garden should be maintained free of dirt or parts of plants. Protect wildlife - do not pour any chemicals into the surface drain. Water in this drain flows into the large concrete channel adjacent to the north and west sides of the Garden. That water runs through channels in Camarillo then south into the Mugu Lagoon wetlands.

GARDEN BED MAINTENANCE

Garden beds are allocated to requesting gardeners on an annual basis with CCS student groups given priority. If you are allocated a garden bed you are responsible for maintaining that garden bed for 12 months.

WATERING

Minimize water use. The hoses are for watering only by adults or by responsible older students under the direct supervision of an adult. Do not leave garden when water is running. Turn off water faucets promptly after use.


INDIVIDUAL GARDEN BED USE AND CARE

Concrete block borders around garden beds are strong; however, they should be treated with care. Don't kick the blocks.

Regular weeding, watering, and harvesting of vegetables and fruit in garden beds is required, as is keeping the adjacent paths clean, raked and free of any obstructions. Plant material from garden beds should not extend into surrounding pathways; any material extending into the pathways will be cut back to the edge of the garden bed.

Gardeners may not plant outside their plot boundaries without the specific permission of the Garden Manager.

If because of illness / hardship you find it difficult to maintain your garden bed, inform the Garden Manager so that an alternative maintenance arrangement can be instituted.

If the Steering Committee deems that your garden bed is not being maintained (e.g., weeds are overgrown, plants and soil are suffering from a lack of water, fruit or vegetables are rotting, etc.), the Committee will advise you of your garden responsibilities. If there has been no significant improvement to the condition of your plot and visible evidence of regular and adequate care within a week of notification, your garden bed allocation will be transferred to another gardener.

CCS GARDEN COMMON AREA WORK DAYS

All gardeners are expected to participate in all announced work days when garden common area maintenance will be performed. If your schedule does not allow you to attend, please let the Garden Manager know so that an alternative work assignment can be arranged for you.

If you see a common area maintenance issue that needs attention, feel free to exercise a sense of community spirit and take care of it.

FALL/WINTER PLOT CLEAN-UP

All garden beds and the surrounding paths are expected to be clear of dead plants, e.g., annuals and vegetables (with the exception of those that can winter-over) and other debris by the 15th of December. Tomato frames, trellises, etc are to be pulled out of the ground and placed neatly on their side. Watering cans may be left on the ground inside the garden bed.

Before vacating your garden bed at the end of your year allocation, all root systems, plants, fencing, stones, bricks, etc. must be removed. Removing perennials often involves loss of large amounts of soil. Soil removed from the plot including during the final cleanup must be replaced completely to bring the level to no less that 2 inches below the plot border rail top.

VANDALISM OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY

Gardeners who vandalize, deface, or remove property of CCS Garden, CCS or Camarillo Christian Church will lose all Garden privileges including their garden bed allocation. If the damage results in a monetary loss for CCS, legal recourse may be taken.

PLANT MATERIAL FORBIDDEN IN THE GARDEN OR REQUIRING SPECIAL CARE

Lilacs, raspberries, blackberries and mint should be contained in heavy plastic above-ground containers placed inside a garden bed. Plants of this type are quite invasive; they have extensive root structures that, when removed, result in the loss of large quantities of soil that will need to be replaced.


 

Draft May 14, 2012 prepared by e.sandy

Revised Mar 17, 2013

Approved by the CCS Garden Steering Committee, March 24, 2012