Derbyshire Community Garden


Volunteers are needed to help with watering and weed-whacking in the garden.  Please sign up using the following link.  Contact Rev. Alice Cates Clarke if you have questions.  Thank you!  



Hello Garden Friends! 

Chemical-Free Garden Plots are now available for Community Use!

 With the addition of 20 new raised beds, the Derbyshire Community Garden now has 40 total beds. 20 beds will be dedicated to growing food for ReEstablish Richmond and the Welborne Food Pantry, and 20 are now available for community use!

 Please review the garden policies below.

 If you would like to lease a plot, please click the link below to submit your application online. After you have submitted your application, you will be notified of your plot number and asked to submit a $25 tax-deductible donation. Plots will be assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis.

 Questions? Please contact Alice Cates Clarke: or 804-740-7238 (church office)

Derbyshire Community Garden Policies

 Violating garden policies may result in loss of garden privileges. Plot fee will not be returned. Derbyshire Baptist Church reserves the right to make changes or exceptions to these policies at any time.

 Reserving and Renewing your Plot

  1. We request a donation of $25 dollars annually to rent a garden bed, which includes access to water, soil provision, tools, seed library, gardening support, and workshops.
  2. When you register, you will be given the chance to choose your own plot. Plots will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. 
  3. Please let us know by Labor Day (September 6, 2021) if you would like to continue using your plot in the Fall and Winter season. 
  4. Sub-letting of plots is not permitted.
  5. Gardeners may return their plot at any time, but donations are not refundable. 
  6. Gardeners should notify Alice Cates Clarke at Derbyshire Baptist Church if their contact information changes: or 804-740-7238

 Water Use

  1. Gardeners are expected to water their own plots. A water hose will be available for your use.  

 Plot Maintenance

  1. Our goal is to nurture healthy soil and environment. Chemical herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers are not allowed. 
  2. Gardeners are welcome to use tools and seeds in the shed. Please return materials back where you found them.
  3. If garden plots are not maintained, a notice will be sent to the gardener. 
  4. Please keep all walkways clear. 
  5. Garden waste that is compostable should be placed in the compost area, located in the back of the garden. Take all trash and plant debris that you do not compost within your plot to your home, or to a trash collection location.
  6. Weeds must be kept under control. 
  7. Simple, non-permanent structures, such as trellises are allowed.

 Garden Use

  1. The garden is open dawn to dusk, seven days a week.
  2. Children, friends, and family are welcome in the garden. Gardeners are expected to ensure that any guests they invite to the garden also abide by garden policies
  3. Pets must remain outside of the garden fence. 
  4. Crops harvested from the main garden will be donated to the Welbourne food pantry every Monday afternoon. If you would like to donate any produce from your plot,  you can put it in the donation crate. 

 Community Behavior and Non-discrimination 

  1. We encourage a welcoming community. Disrespectful or abusive language, harassment, discrimination, illegal activities, activities that endanger others, or destructive behavior (including vandalism and theft) are not permitted and may result in the immediate loss of all gardening privileges.