We are no longer accepting new members for the 2013 season!
The 2014 season will be open to new gardeners starting this coming March.
In the meantime, feel free to visit us in the garden anytime the gates are open!
YEAH! We’re so excited that you’re interested in joining the garden!
The official season for 2011 ended Oct 31st and we will be starting up again in March. Everyone is welcome to join. If you are interested in joining for 2012 you should send us an e-mail at email@example.com so we can add you to our e-mail list.
If you would like to join our garden, and we hope you do, you need to come to either a workday or a meeting before Saturday June 16, 2012.
Earning a Plot
There is tremendous interest in Hollenback these days but limited space, so we are sorry to say that we will not have many plots to give away in the 2012 season. We have also started a new policy whereby, if you would like to be eligible for a plot you need to Apprentice for a year. Apprenticing involves paying dues (a sliding scale of $10-50), coming to 4 workdays, 4 meetings and 4 2-hour open hours shifts during your first season. If you do all of those deeply fun things in 2012, then you’re eligible for a plot in 2013 (if some open up). We would love to have you in the garden as an Apprentice. You’ll be able to tend the common areas and trees, build and turn compost, weed, prune, build beds, help with events and enjoy the garden on your own time.
Click here for more information about our By Laws and Membership Rules.
If you decide to join as an Apprentice, you will receive a key after coming to 2 meetings and 1 workday.
Wear clothes you can get dirty and be prepared to weed, prune, build, hammer, saw, paint, shovel and get dirty. We provide tools, but it’s a good idea to bring a pair of gardening gloves and a pair of hand pruners (if you have them). Be prepared to stay at least 3-4 hours, though you’re welcome to stay all day.
Composting is currently available to members only. If you would like to compost at Hollenback you will need to join the garden as an Apprentice. (In years past, when we did accept drop offs from the community at large, we received too many scraps for our compost system. This raised many complaints from our neighbors about the smell and fly infestation.)
If you are interested in getting hooked up with another community garden where you are more likely to get your own plot, please contact Hannah Riseley-White at Green Guerillas 212 594-2155. She’s working with at risk and quiet gardens to get more support and energy into those green spaces.
You can also go to http://www.oasisnyc.net/gardens/cenycmapsearch.asp to find a community garden near you.
If you still have questions contact the co-membership coordinators, Cassandra firstname.lastname@example.org or Tony email@example.com.