Derbyshire Community Garden

Garden Plots Sign-Up Information

Applications for the 2024 season will be opened early next year, based on availability. 

Call Alice Cates Clarke in the Church Office (804-740-7238) if you have questions.



Hello Garden Friends! 

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

The Derbyshire Community Garden has 40 total beds. 20 beds will be dedicated to growing food

for ReEstablish Richmond and the Welborne Food Pantry, and 20 are available for community use!

 Please review the garden policies below.

Reserving and Renewing your Plot

  1. We request a donation of $30 dollars for the use of a garden bed, which includes access to water, tools, seed library and gardening support.
  2. Plots will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis.
  3. Please only apply for one plot per household.
  4. Please let us know by Labor Day (September 5, 2022) if you would like to continue using your plot in the Fall and Winter season.
  5. Sub-letting of plots is not permitted. Please contact Alice asap if you wish to return your plot.

 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 rinse soiled tools and return materials back where you found them.
  3. Gardeners are expected to water their own plots. A water hose will be available for your use.  
  4. Weeds must be kept under control.
  5. If a garden bed is not maintained (unwatered, out of control weeds, overgrown plants), a notice will be sent to the plot holder. If the plot remains untended after the notice has been sent, we will assume that the plot holder is finished with their plot and it will given to the next person on the waiting list.
  6. Please keep all walkways clear.
  7. Garden waste that is compostable should be placed in the compost area, located in the back of the garden. Diseased plants should be disposed of in the trash (not the compost bin).
  8. Take all trash and plant debris that you do not compost within your plot to your home, or to a trash collection location.
  9. 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 food pantry beds will be donated to the Welbourne food pantry every Monday afternoon.
  5. Donated produce can be put in the donation crate in the shed OR you can let the garden manager (Amanda) know that she may harvest your produce on donation day.

 Community Behavior and Non-discrimination

 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.

 DBC Community Garden Update:

Waterers and Weeders Wanted!

Hello, Gardeners! 

It has been so exciting to see your plots progress! Your creativity in growing in small spaces is just so cool!  I've also loved seeing you connect with each other in person and through the facebook group, offering to water for each other and share responsibilities. What a neat community! 
Did you know that all the beds in the ground and the very first row of raised beds (plots 33-40, closest to Derbyshire Road) are growing produce that we donate every Monday to our neighborhood food pantry at Welborne UMC? Our garden manager Amanda has been hard at work and the harvest has already been plentiful! 

We rely on the help of volunteers to keep the beds maintained and watered. If you can spare some time, we would love to invite you to help too! I have put together a sign-up where you can choose a day or day(s) to volunteer. See the link below. The directions for watering are on the signup and I will also post them in the shed. 

Weeding is another area where you can help! If you can spare some time after you've weeded your own plot, consider spending a few minutes pulling grass from the food pantry rows and beds as well! 
Here is the link if you'd like to sign up to help water, or if the link has not been activated for this season, call Alice Cates Clarke at 804-740-7238 to sign up for a slot!
Help Water the Garden
Help us water the garden beds designated for the Welborne Food Pantry!   Watering is simple and will take you 45-mins-1hr with these simple steps:  1. Pull the orange handle on the water spigot all the way up and turn all of the individual switches to the "on" position. This will turn on the soaker hoses, which water all of the food pantry rows.  2. Let the soaker hoses run for 45min-1 hour, depending on how dry the soil seems (use your discretion).  3. While the soaker hoses run, use the sprayer hose to water the very first row of raised beds, closest to Derbyshire Road. These plots are also for the food pantry and are numbered 33-40. Turn off the the switch leading to the sprayer hose when you're done with this portion of the job to increase water flow to the soaker hoses.  4. While you are waiting on the soaker hoses to finish up, we would greatly appreciate your help weeding the Food Pantry beds! Feel free to pull up any and all grass you see coming up in the pantry rows and raised beds.

Thank you for being a part of this great community project! 
Alice Cates Clarke
Associate Pastor for Youth and Community Engagement
Derbyshire Baptist Church