Various rules and policies have been established to manage our garden spaces. Below is a high level summary of highlights. Please see the annual rental agreement for additional details of the policies that apply to the gardens. All policies and rules have been established to protect and secure the safety of all by the specific landowners and the East Central Community Council.

If you are interested in joining our garden we highly suggest you first read about the garden policies and rules to make sure this garden is right for you.

These gardens have been established for members of the neighborhood in the East Central Community Council geographic area but if space is available are also open to other members of the wider community.

Assignments are made in order of a complete application (including garden fees) no later than March 1st.
Plots are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, and limited to one plot per household.
New gardeners must attend an in garden orientation and plot assignment before beginning to garden. A garden plot fee is required. No refunds are issued for plot fees after March 15th. The Fall clean-up deadline is November 1st.


You may over winter plants if you are eligible for renewal. You may reapply for the same plot next year if you fulfill all of your gardener requirements. Renewal forms are sent to eligible gardeners in October. Garden fees are subject to change annually depending on the cost of key maintenance costs such as water.
Proxy gardening or subletting of plots is not permitted.
Garden maintenance is the collective responsibility of all gardeners, and requires your volunteer commitment. In addition to tending your own plot and the immediate surrounding area, you are expected to contribute at least 6 hours per season to tend common areas or participate in special projects that benefit the garden as a whole.


Report any unlawful activity in or near the garden to the Salt Lake Police.
All gardeners are required to be signed up to the garden’s email list-serv, which is used for official
notifications and garden-related discussions.

The ECC Executive Board and UNG Board Committee oversees all administrative and financial aspects of the garden; and makes all final garden management decisions. Gardener input and participation in decision-making is welcome.
Common group decisions are made through the garden’s email list-serv.


Garden hours are from sunrise to sunset.

Each garden is locked and it is the responsibility of each gardener to ensure that all locks for water and the main gate are in place if they are the last one out.

The garden maintains a NO SMOKING, NO PET policy.

All guests or family must be registered via the garden email system before they enter the garden. Registration is simple. Send an email to the group email address listing dates and names. Working in the garden requires an end user agreement.

All special events, or family gatherings must be first approved by the Garden Coordinator. Contact

You must clear your plot/surrounding area of weeds by April 1, and plant your garden from end-to-end by June 1st.

Monthly review of plots is conducted between the 14th and 20th of each month.

Garbage is disposed in the trash receptacles specific to each garden.

Violating garden policies may result in loss of garden privileges and forfeiture of crops. Your plot fee will not be returned. The ECC Executive Board reserves the right to make changes or exceptions to these policies at any time.


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