Rent Your Own Community Garden Plot at LaFarm!

LaFarm has 35 community garden plots available for members of the Lafayette College community to rent. Plots are available first come, first served and must be managed with natural gardening practices. Each plot is maintained by the renter for you to grow all the veggies you care to eat (and share!).

 

LaFarm Community Gardens 2020

Mission & Goals

Our community garden is about growing great food in a healthy environment. Our interaction with nature and with the whole Lafayette Community is also paramount to the garden experience. Strengthening this sense of community through a common goal of Stewardship & Cooperation is something that gardening can do, naturally.

As members of this community we agree to steward the land, soil, food, water resources and plant biodiversity at Lafayette, in our gardens and beyond… & of course there are the veggies.

Garden Guidelines

Plot Rentals

Garden plots are offered as either full (20′ x 40′) or half (10′ x 20′) plots and priced accordingly; each plot is rented for one growing season.  If you are not staying in your same plot next year, all materials, plant and otherwise, must be taken out of your plot by the end of the season.

Grow Your Own

LaFarm Community Garden & Working Farm is not certified organic, but we do follow organic guidelines and ask all community gardeners to do the same.  Please use untreated seeds and organic soil/ compost sources & amendments.  No Miracle-gro, Round-up, or neon-colored seeds, please!  Not sure what you can and cannot use in your garden?  For a full list of organically approved materials please see OMRI.org (Organic Materials Review Institute).

We organize collective ordering of Spring seedlings, compost, straw, garlic seed & more to help make gardening as easy, and community-driven, as possible.  In 2021 we will again be offering an introductory gardening course which is strongly encouraged for all new gardeners, and open to returning gardeners.

Maintain Your Own

All maintenance of your plot and the pathways in and around your plot are up to you, the grower.  This includes mowing, harvesting, watering, planting, and weeding your space and your outside/ adjacent pathways.

The garden water is a gravity-fed rain water system built by Prof. Brandes’ CE 351 Class.  The water is a shared resource and is a privilege.  Water resources can be tight if we are low on rain.  All watering must be done with watering cans (No hoses, please!) and should be done in the a.m. or at dusk to help conserve water.  Please alert the manager if you see leaks!

Hold Your Own

Part of a healthy garden is how you manage it: and for an organic garden this can mean a lot of weed management.  Weeds produce weed seeds to make more weeds for you and everyone around you.  Weeds decrease air circulation, harbor pests, and take up water & nutrients that your edible plants need to thrive.  But weeding means spending more time out in your garden doing what you love!  Right?  So keep your weeds down, and your neighbors & veggies will thank you.

We hope you will garden with your family as you wish.  Kids are welcome in the garden as long as they are with an adult.  Pets are not allowed in the garden, please!

Please use the Metzgar Athletic Field entrance, park on the paved road that leads down to the garden, and always close gates & lock the tool shed when you leave.

clean garden deposit

To help keep weeds at bay, a clean garden deposit is included on all plots.  Each full plot requires a $35 cover crop deposit ($15 for half plots).  If you find that you cannot keep up with your garden, let us know and we will use your deposit to till in your crops and plant a cover crop.  If your plot goes unmanaged for a noticeable part of the season, the Garden Manager will contact you and discuss a time frame for tilling and cover cropping your plot.  If you do not use your deposit, it will be retained for your cover crop deposit for 2021, or returned (as you wish).

Ready to Grow

Contact the LaFarm Manager at miskelll@lafayette.edu to join our waitlist for 2021.

Meet some of our community gardeners!

Bianca Falbo

Associate Professor of English

One of Bianca's favorite thing to grow is lettuce because "it's simple and easy and there are endless varieties." She also loves garlic because it "keeps all winter and is a small reminder of my garden and sunshine." Bianca appreciates the strong community aspect of the garden and likes to experiment with different vegetables and growing practices, like seed saving. "Having a garden makes you feel connected to something bigger than yourself," Bianca says.

Tim Haupt and Monica Salas-Landa

Assistant Professor of Anthropology (Monica)

Tim and Monica love the way that gardening transforms their relationship with food and the delicious veggies this relationship produces. Some of their favorites include greens, tomatoes, and cucumbers. They love working in the community garden right next to LaFarm because "there's always opportunity to up your gardening game."

MaryAnn Malinconico

Research Associate in the Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences

MaryAnn and her husband love the space their plot provides to grow pumpkins, carrots, and blackberries. MaryAnn's favorite parts about the community garden are the quiet and hopeful mornings and "the comradery of comparing notes and sharing triumphs and misfortunes with other community gardeners and LaFarm staff and students." She enjoys gardening because she can "always learn more about mother nature."

Cliff and Marilyn Reiter

Professor of Mathematics (Cliff)

Cliff and Marilyn's favorite part about the community garden is "seeing how other gardeners plan and grow their crops." Some of their favorite vegetables include peas and beans (Marilyn) and potatoes and garlic (Cliff). Marilyn loves to see how her plants change each day and listen to the birds while she gardens, and Cliff loves to garden for the sunshine, breeze, and dirt.