Plot sizes/Annual Fee
Garden plots are available in three sizes: 10 x 10 feet for an annual fee of $20; 15 x 15 feet for $40, and 15 x 30 feet for $60.
Each gardener is responsible for the maintenance and regular upkeep of their plot, including keeping the plot weed free and harvesting ripe produce. The Duke Farms Community Garden is open all year, subject to weather, with water available on site between March and October. Garden plots are offered in AS IS condition and need to be prepared each season by the participating gardener using strictly organic amendments (NO chemical fertilizers or pesticides will be allowed). Gardeners will also be responsible for providing their own seeds or plants and must use their own garden tools to tend their plots.
Gardeners are required to fulfill the following 5 obligations annually in order to maintain ownership of garden plot(s):
1. EMAIL: Maintain a valid email address. This will be the primary form of communication between staff and gardeners.
2. CONTINUING EDUCATION: Attend 1 elective gardening course of your choice through Duke Farms or another suitable vendor. Record title & date in the Gardener Log Book. NOTE: First year gardeners must complete 3 courses total: Intro to Organic Gardening*, Orientation** & 1 elective.
- * Intro to Organic Gardening: Thurs, 2/1 from 6:30-8:30pm and Sat, 2/3 from 10am-12pm. All new gardeners are required to register and attend one of these course offerings. Register for your preferred date HERE.
** Orientation: Tues, 3/6 from 6:30-8:30pm and Sat 3/10 from 10am-12pm. All new gardeners are required to register and attend one of these course offerings. Register for your preferred date HERE.
3. VOLUNTEER: Complete 4 hours of volunteer time at Duke Farms for your first garden plot, plus 1 hour for each additional plot. Record hours in the Gardener Log Book.
4. MAINTENANCE: Keep your plot(s) weeded, harvested and well maintained. This includes arranging for plot care during periods of absence.
5. GO ORGANIC!: Use only OMRI (organic materials review institute) or organic approved materials in your plot(s).
Please also review all safety, security and conduct expectations as stated in the Duke Farms Community Garden Handbook. (The handbook is available by download HERE or you may request a hard copy.)
How is the game played?If using a handheld GPS device (such as a Garmin, Magellan, Lowrance, etc.):
- Register for a free basic membership on geocaching.com.
- Visit the Hide & Seek a Cache page to locate a cache nearby.
- Select a cache to view its cache page which lists the cache description, GPS coordinates, and other instructions on how to find the cache.
- Load the coordinates into your GPS device and naviagate to the hidden cache.
- Sign the logbook inside the cache and log your visit online on geocaching.com.
- Download geocaching.com app from your app store (there is an Intro version which only allows you to navigate to 3 caches before it makes you upgrade and there is the full version which is $9.99).
- Log-in using your geocaching.com username or create a free geocaching.com username if you do not have one.
- Once logged in, press "Find Nearby Caches."
- Choose the appropriate cache from the list. The cache page should appear.
- Press "Navigate to Cache." A map should appear showing your location in relation to the cache location.
- Navigate to the cache and sign the logbook when you find it. Go back to the cache page and press "Post a Log/Field Note" to post a log online.
Duke Farms GeoTrail
The Duke Farms GeoTrail is a geocaching challenge consisting of 11 different caches placed around the property. It is a unique journey through a variety of native habitats and landscapes.
To complete the challenge you have to fill out the GeoTrail brochure and uncover the secret word, then present your completed brochure to the front desk staff in the Orientation Center to receive your commemorative token (GeoTrail brochures are available at the front desk in the Orientation Center).