Kelly Street Cooperative Community Garden

Welcome to the Kelly Street Cooperative Garden, a creative endeavor by Methodists with ‘Open Hearts, Open Minds, And An Open Gate!’

Kelly Street Community Garden Waiver (download by clicking)

North Coast United Methodist Church of Oceanside is grateful to be able to share our oceanview acreage in this way.  The garden was created to provide an opportunity for all interested gardeners to grow their own food, beautify our neighborhood, build community, further our education of gardening and contribute to our local food pantry.  This packet of information has been prepared for you to understand your role in the garden, so please read it carefully.  On the last page you will find the release of liability and garden contract that upon agreeing to the guidelines, you will sign and return with your non-refundable deposit and first and last months’ rent for your plot.  Garden plots are distributed on a first come, first served basis without discrimination and are available to all who share an interest in gardening and a dedication to the cooperative spirit of the garden community.

Use of garden plots -We anticipate a waiting list for the garden plots so it is extremely important that garden participants either use their plots or give them up to those wishing to make use of them and to communicate that with the Garden Coordinator.  New participants who have signed their contract, paid their fees and have been assigned a plot, must begin work on their plot within thirty days.  Failure to do so or failure to communicate with the Garden Coordinator about why work has not begun will result in the forfeit of the plot.  Life can interfere with our desire to garden, but in that event, every effort should be made to keep your garden tended by another gardener and to notify the Garden Coordinator or Steward who that person will be.  A ‘tended garden’ is one in which there are growing plants, the plot is clean and relatively free of weeds – THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.  Gardeners are expected to not only maintain their plot but to help maintain the pathways adjacent to their plot.  Provided in this packet is an outline of the garden itself.  This outline is not to scale.  Plots visible on the outline may already be rented and unavailable – speak with the Garden Coordinator or Steward to get a current list of available plots.   The Garden Coordinator assigns plots based on space available and position on the waiting list.  Individual gardeners cannot rent their plots out – if you no longer wish to use your plot please notify the Coordinator immediately.  All vegetation grown in the garden cannot be sold.

 Who can rent a plot?  Garden plots are open to individuals, or groups of individuals.  To allow as many people to participate as possible only one plot per person/group.  In the event of a group plot, a minimum of two names must be listed on the garden contract that agree to be the plot’s representatives for contact purposes.   Anyone suspected of using a garden plot without permission and who is not listed on the contract may be asked to leave the garden, and the plot’s representatives will be contacted.  For the safety and enjoyment of all, pets are strictly forbidden in the garden.   Children are very welcome in the garden but must be closely supervised – supervising adults are expected to keep them out of other people’s plots.

What can a plot contain?   Garden plots can consist of plants, flowers, fruits and vegetables.  Plots cannot consist of trees or shrubbery.  The use of natural and recycled materials in the garden is encouraged but should not consist of harmful products.  No tires or pressure treated wood shall be used in the garden.  The Board reserves the right to prohibit other questionable items that are deemed harmful or that detract from the organic nature of the garden.

Marijuana and other illegal substances may not be grown in the garden.  This is an organic garden, the use of inorganic pesticides or herbicides is not allowed.  There is much information online about organic and safe methods for ridding your garden of pests, as well as natural fertilizers.  One recommended site is   Anything containing ‘Spinosad’ or ‘Neem’ is safe and ‘Safer’ brand products are also acceptable.  Releasing ladybugs and beneficial nematodes (available online and in local nurseries) is allowed in the garden.  If you aren’t sure that what you want to use is safe, check with the Garden Steward via email at

Plot boundaries – All plants (including roots) in your plot must stay within the confines of your plot and not stray onto pathways, fencing or neighboring gardens.  No garden stakes/trellises higher than 6 feet will be allowed in the garden to ensure full sun exposure for neighboring plots.   Fencing around individual plots, as well as structures within the plot that cast shade onto another gardener’s plot are not allowed.  The ~10’ x 20’ boundary is set – you may not extend it.

 What is an ‘invasive plant?’  No invasive plants will be allowed in the garden.  If you wish to plant something that is considered invasive you may consult the Garden Steward who will consider giving permission for it to be planted in a pot within the boundaries of your plot.  An invasive plant is one that grows aggresively, spreads rappantly, and displaces other plants.  Invasive plants can be difficult to control and environmentally destructive to the rest of the garden.  That being said, any plant that is allowed to grow until seeds appear can be considered invasive since those seeds can be spread by wind, birds, etc to neighboring gardens that prefer not to grow that plant.  Please be mindful of keeping all plants trimmed prior to growing to that point.  Please refer to the attached lists of moderate to severe invasive plants when choosing your garden plants.

Are their additional commitments involved in renting a plot?  As befits a cooperative endeavor, there are many areas of the garden which are maintained for the benefit of the entire garden and it’s participants.  Walkways, dirt and compost piles, tools, fruit trees, a meditation area, compost and trash containers, and (eventually) a garden shed, benches, and picnic table.  In order for all to enjoy these, we must all help maintain them.   AND IN THE SPIRIT OF COOPERATION…

Gardners are required to attend at least two workdays throughout the year that will be scheduled quarterly on a Saturday in conjunction with the monthly ‘Garden Gatherings.’  These workdays accomplish large projects, provide regular care and maintenance of the garden and promote a sense of shared commitment through community effort.   If a gardener cannot attend the scheduled work days they should contact the Garden Steward who will give them a list of other garden chores that they may complete at a more convenient time along with a time limit within which to complete those chores.  Gardeners are not required to attend the ‘Garden Gathering’ (only the scheduled work days), but are encouraged to attend these informative meetings that will consist of related business, education and social opportunities with their fellow gardeners.  The ‘Garden Gathering’ is scheduled for the third Saturday of every month.

Garden Etiquette -Respect your neighboring gardeners and do not drag hoses across or walk through another plot.  Picking fruit, vegetables, flowers or plants from another plot without permission from the gardener is strictly forbidden.  All communal tools that a gardener uses should be cleaned and put away before leaving.   If you break a tool, you are expected to replace it.  TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THE GARDEN AND IT’S CONTENTS, MAKE SURE YOU CLOSE AND LOCK THE GATE WHEN YOU LEAVE.  For your own safety and out of respect for our neighbors the garden closes at dusk.

Water usage – Please make every effort to conserve water.  Do not allow children to play with the water and hoses. When you finish watering, you must rewind the hose.  Do not water plots or communal areas that are not your responsibility without permission.  Gardeners are required to remain on site while watering their individual plot.  When you leave the garden, MAKE SURE THE WATER IS TURNED OFF.  If anyone observes watering that has been left unattended in another plot (the gardener has left the premises) they are expected to turn off the water to avoid wasteful run-off.

What if I want a different plot?  The Garden Coordinator assigns garden plots and participants may not use any garden plot other than the one that has been specifically assigned to them.  If a gardener wishes to exchange the plot currently assigned to them they may contact the Garden Coordinator and request to be notified when there is a vacant plot.  They will be given first right of refusal for the next open plot. If a gardener wishes to exchange garden plots with another gardener who is willing to do so, both gardeners must contact the Garden Coordinator requesting a reassignment.  If both gardeners are in agreement, the change will be approved.  When a gardener decides to relinquish a plot, they are expected to leave it in a clean and attractive manner.

Guidelines adherence – Garden plots will be routinely assessed by the Board.  If a garden plot is in violation of a guideline(s), the gardener will be notified in writing that the garden is not in compliance with the guidelines.  This constitutes a warning.  The gardener has 30 days to correct the situation or relinquish the plot.   Repeated warnings for other violations may result in the Board terminating the contract with the gardener and they will be asked to give up the plot within 30 days.                                                                           (2)

Problems?  The garden is meant to be a place of sanctuary, healthfulness and peace.  If individuals are finding it difficult to respect one another and their individual plots the Board may intervene to mediate.  If you have a question or problem that a garden board member cannot address based on the current guidelines, the board member will take your concern/question  to the Board at their monthly meeting.  The guidelines will be reviewed by the Board and any changes that need to be made will be sent to all participants, posted at the garden and discussed at the monthly garden gathering. Smoking, drugs and consumption of alcohol are prohibited in the garden.   Criminal behavior within the garden or on the premises of North Coast United Methodist Church will be reported to the police department.  Please help maintain the garden by immediately reporting to the church office or any board member any security problems, vandalism, water leaks, theft or any other urgent problems.   In the event of a serious emergency involving the safety of yourself or others, call 911 immediately.  There are a large number of people that bring their dogs onto the church property and because of that, we recommned shutting  the gate when you enter and exit the garden for the safety of all AND BE SURE TO LOCK THE GATE WHEN YOU LEAVE IF YOU ARE THE LAST ONE IN THE GARDEN.

Others wishing to help?  Volunteers who wish to help maintain common areas and garden in the plots designated for the local food bank are more than welcome to participate in the garden without paying any fees.  These volunteers will not be granted their own plot but will be able to enjoy the benefits of gardening and the sense of accomplishment in helping those in need of healthy food.  Those interested in supporting the garden in this way or by contributing financially or in other practical ways are encouraged to contact the Garden Coordinator and can schedule their volunteer time with the Garden Steward.   These volunteers must sign the release of liability and contract form as well.

PLEASE BE ADVISED:  All ‘donations’ to the garden, including benches, vegetation, hardware you feel will benefit the garden in some way, must go through the Garden Board of Directors.  Please put in writing via the provided form what you wish to donate and at the next board meeting it will be discussed and you will be notified.  We always appreciate generous hearts, but must keep to a minimum the number of items in the garden and what the overall goal is in what is planted in communal areas.  Thank you for understanding and abiding by this rule.  (ammended rule June 2013)

  •  Each plot is approximately 10’ x 20’ – for that reason, we strongly advise you to measure your marked plot before building a raised bed.   Each plot has a marker with the number of the plot.  That marker must be clearly visible within a corner of the plot.

For more information about gardening, a great place to start is the San Diego Master Gardeners’ website at   You will not only find information but also a list of other local community gardens to visit and gain inspiration from.

Kelly Street Community Garden Board of Directors:

Garden Coordinator – Jan Des Rosiers

Education-Mary Lou Castoro and Wendy Henderson

Treasurer/Administrator- Doris Mullen

Publicity – Saundra Jack

Representative from church’s board of trustees-Harvey Arntson

Representative from the church council-Les Wyman

Garden Steward:

Lee Henderson

Church office – 760 439-4099

Oceanside Police Department 760 435-4900

 Many thanks to the ‘Oceanside Community Garden,’  ‘Escondido Community Garden,’ the ‘Juniper Front Community Garden’ in San Diego, ‘TLC Community Giving Garden’ in Clairemont Mesa, and the ‘Fort Scott Community Garden of San Fransisco’ for sharing their guidelines and experience.

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