UUCY Community & Family Gardens
Family Garden Program
This gives members of the local community the opportunity to grow their own food, taking control of what they eat and where it comes from. People sign up for the season, so that they can grow their own food.
Experience is not required! Inexperienced gardeners are paired with a mentor to give advice and share their knowledge.
The cost is kept low, and gardeners are expected to do all planting, watering, weeding and harvesting. In return gardeners keep everything they grow.
The Family Garden Plots are a companion program to the Community Garden, which is a single large plot also on UUCY grounds.
The Family Garden is located at the northeast corner of the property, where the alley forming the north edge of the property meets Duke Street. It's a three block walk down Duke Street from Jackson Elementary.
How does it work?
There are a number of plots available on a first-commit-first-serve basis. We add more plots as time and money allow.
The plots are located just a few blocks from Jackson Elementary. There is a water tank for the use of the gardeners.
Gardeners sign up for one season, and can renew each year. We make the plots available and you garden.
How do I get a plot?
For new gardeners it works like this:
1. Contact the coordinator (see the "Here Are More Details" part below for contact information), tell him you want a plot.
2. Sometimes there’s a waiting list, when there are more gardeners than plots.
3. When a plot is available he contacts the next person on the waiting list (you, right?).
4. You then get a plot by doing three things:
For returning gardeners it works like this:
Returning gardeners must renew each year for a plot (its not automatic) but will be given first preference and permitted to keep the same plot if they wish. Plots are held until January 31.
This website provides gardening information and websites about gardening.
Here are more details.
The Community Garden provides fresh organic fruits and vegetables for those who don't have other access to fresh produce.
A dedicated group of volunteers gardens the plot , and the food from that plot is donated to the St. Paul's Food Pantry.
Over 17,000 pounds of fresh produce have been donated thus far.
If you've ever wanted to make a difference in your life, this is certainly it. A few hours a week can make a huge difference to members of the York community. Right here, right now, in your own backyard.
How you can help
Community Garden Involvement for 2019
Planning is underway for the 2019 growing season. You don't need to be an expert or green thumb to be involved.
And this can be a family affair. Are you a parent looking for something you can do with your kids? We've had families help out as a group.
Are you a kid who is looking to get involved with helping improve the world in a concrete way? A high schooler seeking volunteer hours? Here you go.
Contact the UUCY office (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get in touch.
History of our Gardens