Member Guidelines

Our Mission

The South Brooklyn Children’s Garden (SBCG) creates a green space for children, their families, and the greater community to learn about their food sources and connect with nature through gardening. As a membership-based cooperative and public garden, we foster a sense of community by working together to grow food, offering educational programs, and hosting events.

Member Benefits

Members enjoy the benefits of having a key to the garden and participating in a robust community of fellow gardeners. In addition to the vast non-material benefits we enjoy, these include the use of the garden anytime between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. year-round. Please notify the supply coordinator if anything is broken during your stay.

Members may organize public events and activities in the garden. Please talk over your ideas with the board.

Members may reserve time for parties in 3-hour increments on a first-come, first-served basis.

Member Obligations

Fee

There is a $70 annual membership fee per family and $40 per individual. This fee goes towards purchasing everything that is needed for the season, including soil, seeds, plants, tools and supplies, as well as supporting the activities that we organize for the community. If this amount is not feasible, please email [email protected] to inquire about our sliding scale.

Weekend Gardening Sessions

We ask that members commit to one gardening session per month. Throughout the season, we have a number of weekend work days when we make repairs, plant crops, harvest, etc., and we encourage as many members as possible to come on those days to assist in that work.

Annual Community Event

We plan to hold one community event this year and will need members to assist in the planning and running of that event.

Watering

This season we have soaker hoses attached to the rain barrels, so beds with hoses are receiving water as long as the barrels are full.  The barrels currently take about 24 hours to drain, so need to be filled at a minimum every other day.  This may change to every day in July and August.  It is essential that the places where there are no soaker hoses get attention. (Butterfly garden, strawberry patch, herb boxes, and greenhouse if there are seedlings in it.)  Watering obligations are now three weekday watering shifts per member between April and October.

In addition to weekday watering shifts, the garden should be watered both weekend days by those who are filling open hours shifts.

Open Hours

Members need to open and close the garden one weekend throughout the season (April – October), by opening the gate at 10 a.m. and closing the gate at 6 p.m.

Additional Details

New Member Buddies

We would like to assign new members a buddy member or family to answer questions as they acclimate to the garden. Please let Sarah know at [email protected] if you are interested in serving as a buddy.

Monthly Member Events

We will hold monthly members-only events in the garden.

The Garden This Week

We will send a weekly update midweek noting work to be accomplished during the upcoming weekend; highlighting slots that haven’t been filled for the coming week; and providing news, reminders, and committee updates.

Parties in the Garden

One personal party will be scheduled per weekend. If you would like to have a party on a Saturday, we recommend scheduling it after 1 p.m. so the work day doesn’t overflow into party time. There is an event fee of $25 to be paid at least one week prior to the event. If the event is cancelled, the fee will be returned. Events can be scheduled at southbrooklynchildrensgarden.org/party.

Please note that reserving the garden for a particular time does not mean that the garden is entirely private during that time. The public can always enter the garden during open hours.

Garden Trash and Recycling

The industrial garbage bags for the trash can are in one of the square white plastic dish bins in the shed. The Glad Lawn & Leaf bags can be used for clean-up but aren’t big enough for use in the trash bin.

Sunday 2:00 Open Hours Shift: Take trash to Columbia Street.
Wednesday Watering Shift: Take recycling to Columbia Street and check to see if trash needs to be taken as well.

Watering – Hose Protectors

Please use the rubber ramps to protect the hoses as they cross Sackett. You can carry them out in a wheelbarrow to make it easier. Tip: lay them so the top opens westward, away from traffic. This way, the tops will stay closed as oncoming traffic crashes over them. Remember to bring them inside at the end of the watering shift.

Watering Buddies

Please let Sarah know at [email protected] if you are interested in pairing up with another member for watering shifts. She will put you in touch with families who wish to buddy-up.

Keep the hydrant key wrench and cap together and leave them in the hose basket at the end of the shift.

Mosquitos

Look for standing water and eliminate it. Empty watering cans and the swimming pool and look for other containers containing water before you leave the garden.

Leaving the Garden

Before locking up for the day, please move everything off of the lawn, including the kiddie slide and the swimming pool, in order to preserve the grass. Turn everything that can collect water upside down: wheelbarrows, buckets, swimming pool.