To join the garden, you should work 6 hours in the garden during one or more work days and pay dues. Work days are held the Saturday following the second Monday of each month (i.e. the Saturday following the meeting), and are listed on our calendar. If you cannot make a work day, you can work during open hours with coverage, or arrange another time with a garden member.
Looking for a place to drop kitchen scraps? You can join Greene Acres as a composting member. You won't have to attend meetings or host open hours, but you will have to help on at least one composting work day per year. If you actively help maintain the bins and turn the compost, you can take a bit home for your own use. A compost membership gets you a key to the garden and costs $5 per year, which we use to pay for keys, signs, outreach and hardware.
Greene Acres is part of the New York Restoration Project, and we are a Green Thumb garden, which means that we are open to the public at least 10 hours a week during the spring, summer and fall. Everyone is welcome to stop in or sit and read under a tree when the garden is open. Children are always welcome, but they must be supervised. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed.
Greene Acres is an organic garden: we don't use chemical pesticides or fertilizer anywhere in the garden.
You must be a member of Greene Acres to have your own plot, but lots of people are members just so they can get into the garden whenever they want. Members are required to help maintain common areas, attend at least two monthly meetings and three work days, pay $10 in dues annually, and host at least 10 open hours per season. To join the garden you must complete six hours of garden work during public hours. Once you have spent some time working in the garden you can join at any garden meeting or work day. Once you are a member, you can get on the waiting list for your own plot, but if you don't have your own plot or don't have time to care for one, 2/3 of the garden is set aside as common space that everyone can tend.