Joining the Urban Meadow

Memberships are now closed for the 2014 season. The next opportunity to join the Urban Meadow will be in the 2015 season. Please contact us to inquire about joining at urban meadow@gmail.com
General information about joining is below.

Memberships are accepted at the beginning of each season - starting in mid-March through the end of April. Individuals and families may join the Meadow.  The dues are $25 per individual/family for the duration of the season from April to October. 


All proceeds from membership fees, fees for parties and other events and fundraising go straight back into the Meadow.  The money is used to buy grass seed, plants for the garden, tools and supplies like sprinklers to water the Meadow, new hoses, shovels, gardening gloves, and items like chairs, benches, and to support the many activities we organize for the community. We receive assistance and some supplies from Greenthumb, but the rest is all through our fundraising efforts and donations we have received from the community.

Minimum Requirements for Membership
  • Commit to at least one gardening session per month - these are generally held on Sundays from 10 AM - 12 PM and some weekdays (members will get a full schedule).  Gardening sessions are held April-June, take a break for the summer and then September-October. 
  • Assist with other garden tasks such as watering the garden, mowing the grass, locking and unlocking the garden gate for open hours, etc.
  • Assist with at least community and fundraising events during the season (concerts, Halloween parade, etc.) - this usually means helping organizing the event and helping with set up and staffing tables to sell t-shirts and baked goods at events.
Members receive keys to the Meadow’s gate and to the Meadow's storage shed. 

Members may unlock the gates and enjoy the garden any time between 8 AM - 8 PM and freely use any of the items in the shed. Please take care of equipment in the shed as it is the property of the Urban Meadow.  If something breaks, please let the coordinators know so that it can be replaced. If you take items out of the shed, make sure you put everything back before you leave. There is dangerous equipment in the tool shed, so we cannot allow children in the shed.

Urban Meadow members may schedule events and parties through a shared Gmail calendar after the yearly fee is paid and paperwork is filled out. The fee for parties is $40. Members are free to use all equipment during parties. For full details about scheduling a party, go here.

The fire hydrant on Van Brunt Street is the Meadow's source of water. If you use the hydrant to run a sprinkler either to water the garden or run a sprinkler, the wrench and cap MUST be returned to the shed and the water must be turned off when you leave.

Organizing activities - members are welcome to organize fun activities for the Meadow - music, arts and crafts, yoga, etc.  We also welcome members of the community to present activities in the garden, just write to the coordinators at urbanmeadow@gmail.com.

Other events/larger parties for outside organizations may occasionally be scheduled at the Meadow at the discretion of the coordinators - please write to urbanmeadow@gmail.com. Please note, that though the Urban Meadow is an open space that we are happy to share with the community, it is not a park, it is a community garden, therefore you may not schedule an event at the Meadow through the Parks Department's permit process.  In addition, any time the garden is open, the public may come in - there is no way to close the Meadow for an entirely private affair.

Policies and procedures for the Meadow sometimes develop as the season goes on and coordinators will inform all Members of any changes or additions.  We welcome Member input on all Meadow activities and policies.

Urban Meadow contact information: Currently the four co-coordinators of the Meadow are Tamar Smith, Michael Golub, Tracey Kitzman and Sarah Stewart. Coordinators can be reached for questions at urbanmeadow@gmail.com.  

We are on Facebook.com/UrbanMeadow.