You can become a member of the Carrie McCracken TRUCE Garden. The main guideline is to leave the garden as beautiful (or more so) than you found it. Here are the basics:
- Provide your name and contact information
- Attend at least one garden meeting and complete at least 10 hours of service each year
- Read this membership policy and guidelines
- Membership $20 for 2011
- Receive garden newsletter, invitations and updates
- Get a key to the garden
- Plant your own garden plot (individual plots now have short waitlist, please inquire)
- Host events at the garden
- Abide by Garden Guidelines; Offer open hours to the public, in shifts; Clean up after any event that you host in the garden
- All are welcome. Meetings will be scheduled in coordination with members’ availability
- Meetings will be announced
- Members will meet at least 10 times a year. Meetings will be held March – November
- Meetings are second Saturday of the month at noon, in the garden weather permitting
- The March meeting will be followed by a clean-up and planting preparations
- The May meeting will be followed by a planting session
- The November meeting will be followed by seasonal clean-up
Member Work Log, Example Entries
- New plantings; Watering; Litter patrol; Compost maintenance; Weeding
- Any Garden Member may host an event
- Garden events must be free and open to the public
- Dates must be reserved at least three days in advance and are first-come first-serve
- Attendance limited to 50; only one event at a time allowed
- Events must end one hour prior to dusk to allow for clean-up
- The Garden maintains open hours from April 1st to October 31st
- Open hours will be posted on the fence, at least 10 per week (Saturday-Sunday 1p.m.-6pm)
- Members may open the garden other times if they and one other person are present (for safety’s sake)
- The garden is closed after dark, members should vacate and lock the gate
- Please leave the garden as beautiful (or more so) than you found it.
- Always leave all tools and materials in the garden
- Maintain the planting area assigned to you and the area around it. If you abandon it for a month or more and we do not hear from you, another gardener will jump in.
- The garden may only be used during daylight hours.
- Be courteous to garden neighbors; events should respect NYC noise and other code.
Write to us! We want to hear from you.
You can contact New York City services by dialing 311. Please call 911 in the event of an emergency in the garden. Contact the local precinct to report illegal activity the garden: (212) 678-1611 All violations of Garden Guidelines should be reported to the garden steering committee members or elected officers.
Carrie McCracken TRUCE Community Garden is located on Saint Nicholas Avenue at 117th Street, West side