Frequently asked questions
Can non-Barrington residents rent a plot?
The Garden is reserved for Barrington residents only. You must show proof of residency when you sign up for a plot.
How much does it cost to rent a plot?
The cost to rent a plot is $25. The fee is reviewed on an annual basis. Please contact the Garden Coordinator if you need the cost waived for financial reasons.
How do I register for a plot?
Each spring there is a signup on opening weekend right at the garden. The dates are published on this website, as well as in Barrington Times. You can also sign up to receive an email about opening day.
Can I use fencing around my individual plot? Thanks to a generous grant from the Rhode Island Foundation, we were able to install a deer fence around the garden's perimeter in 2016. Starting 2017 season, fencing around individual plots is not allowed.
How large are the plots?
Plots are sized 5’ x 20’.
How are plots assigned?
Returning gardeners can renew their prior-season plot or switch to a new one one week before the Garden registration is open to all Barrington residents by completing the lease agreement and paying the fee. New lessees can chose from any available plots by registering on opening day. Lease agreements will be available for download on this website and will also be at the onsite registration.
Where is the Barrington Community Garden located?
The garden is located on the Wampanoag Trail, near the town line. Download directions to the garden.
What times are the garden open?
The garden is open from dawn until dusk, seven days a week. For safety reasons, the garden is not open at night.
Can I use any synthetic materials to fertilize my plants or to combat pests and disease?
The Barrington Community Garden is completely organic. See the organic guidelines or view this list we’ve compiled of allowable materials and look for items with the OMRI seal (which means approved by the Organic Materials Review Institute). No synthetic materials are allowed.
Is there water available?
Yes, thanks to a collaborative effort between the Barrington Community Garden and the Energy Committee, we have a solar pump and spigots installed conveniently throughout the garden. Read more.
Can I bring my pet?
For safety reasons and for the health of the soil and plants, no pets are allowed in the garden areas.
What structures can I put in my garden?
You can have raised beds made of approved materials, as well as plant cages, staking, etc. All non-biodegradable materials must be moved by the end-of-season cleanup date. This excludes active gardening structures that will be in use during the winter months.
Can I rent a plot if I am under the age of 18?
People under 18 may rent a plot with written permission of their parent or guardian and the garden coordinator.
Can I sell what I grow in my plot?
You can sell what you grow off site, but commercial sale of plants, fruits, and/or vegetables on site is prohibited.
What other responsibilities are expected of me?
You are expected to participate in four hours of work on scheduled work days. You are also expected to keep the North and East paths adjacent to your plot weeded and mulched. This is in addition to the 4 hours of community work (see diagram below.
Is there a trash can there for disposables?
There is no municipal trash collection at the Barrington Community Garden. All trash must be removed by the gardener and disposed offsite.
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