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Our mission is to enhance the well-being and beauty of the community by assisting people in growing fresh produce, providing locally-grown food to people in need, increasing social interaction in the community, and creating an educational garden in an attractive setting.

Annual Meeting / Membership Renewal or Sign Up

We will hold our annual membership meeting on Monday, February 16, at 5:00 p.m. at the Stone Center, which is located at 423 Washington Ave. Please come!  At this meeting, you can renew your membership and sign up for a plot for 2015, and we will elect board members and officers. Members of the Oxford Community who have not previously been a part of the garden are most welcome--please bring a friend! Most importantly, we want your input on the garden: How are things going? What is working well?  What can we do better?  If there is something you want to see discussed at the meeting, please let me know ahead of time.  In case you can’t make the meeting, I’m attaching a copy of the updated membership form and the 2014 rules & regulations, so that you can renew your membership online at our website or via snail mail.  If you want to give up your plot for 2015, could you please let me know?  We have received quite a few new inquiries for new plots, so I’d like to have a good idea of plot availability before the membership meeting.

Increased plot fees:  You may notice on the updated membership form that plot fees have increased a bit for 2015, to help offset costs of running the garden, and to make them more proportional to the 3 different plot sizes. Plot fees will now be $10 for 4’ x 8’ plots, $20 for 10’ x 16’ plots, and $25 for 16’ x 16’ plots.  Kids 3’ x 3’ plots are still free for members.

Need for help with garden leadership: We need YOUR help! Each year, we need new garden members to step up and help in leading the garden forward, and this year is no exception. First, we are in need of an at-large board member.  The at-large board member needs to attend 4 board meetings per year, and actively pitch in on garden activities. Second, we will need a new Treasurer, as Kathy Wachter’s term is up. Third, we need one or more garden members to join the Garden Committee, to help the Garden Manager (Tiffany Bensen) in week-to-week management of the garden during the active growing seasons. Fourth, we need a Compost Czar, who is willing to manage the compost bins, moving the piles and turning them when needed. Fifth, we need a newsletter editor, who is willing to compile items of interest into a newsletter e-mail to the garden membership, approximately once per month from March through October. If you can potentially help with any of these needs (or in other ways that you can think of), please let me know.  On your membership form, you can also volunteer to help with Communications, Landscaping, Education, Community Harvest, and Fundraising; we will do a better job this year following up on your willingness to help in those areas.

Can you write a little bit?  We would like a member of the garden to contribute a one-time or occasional short piece (300 words) to the Eating Well feature in the Oxford Eagle, perhaps including a recipe using fresh produce and a short plug for the garden. Surprisingly, many people in Oxford don’t yet know about the community garden, and we’re going to try a few new ways this year to get the word out.

(on that note: please tell your friends about the garden!)

A couple of gardening notes:  If you are planning to renew your plot this year, then I encourage you to get out and work on your plot a bit. If you don’t plan to plant anything until spring, this is a great time to do two things: 1. Turn some decomposed leaf mulch / leaf compost into your soil, to add organic matter. 2. Add a big thick layer of leaf mulch to the surface of your plot soil. This will prevent weeds from taking over your plot during the next couple of months, and then will gradually incorporate into your plot soil, adding nutrients and organic matter. There are two big piles of leaf mulch at the north end of the garden—one is more decomposed than the other. Please dig into either or both! We also have a big pile of woodchips. If you want to do some path maintenance around your plot, remove the weeds, lay down some cardboard, and put a nice layer of woodchips on top.

Become a part of the Oxford Community Garden, located next to the OUT Bus Depot (the former grounds of the National Guard Armory grounds) on University Ave at Bramlett Blvd.
See map for directions.  And take a look at this satellite image.
  


New! Instructional Videos on the OCGA YouTube Channel

 
 


We are publishing a newsletter intended to serve members, plotholders and the Lafayette-Oxford-University community.

Visit our newsletter page to view the inaugural and subsequent issues by clicking here.


Become a member of the Oxford Community Garden

Show your support for the garden by becoming a member.  There are two ways to become a member:

1.       The old-fashioned way: print and complete this form then send it with your check via the US Postal Service (our PO Box is on the form).

2.       The new-fangled, electronic, way:  go to our Membership Page, and follow the instructions for finding and completing the form, which you can email to OCGA (oxfordcga@gmail.com).  Lower on the page, choose your fee schedule on the drop down menu and pay through PayPal by debit or credit card or with your own PayPal account.


Become a gardener at the Oxford Community Garden

See the Garden Layout for a map of the garden.

Contact oxfordcga@gmail.com for information about signing up for a plot and getting started.

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Would you like to support the garden in other ways?
We graciously accept donations of materials, hands, or funds.

See how you can "Support the Garden" for the many ways in which you can help or become involved.


If you'd like to make a cash donation, you may mail a check to us:  P. O. Box 3122, Oxford, MS 38655

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If you'd like your donation to support a specific part of the garden, please email us (oxfordcga@gmail.com ).

Thank you!

 

First Work Day at the Garden


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Tiffany Bensen,
Aug 21, 2013, 9:46 AM
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Elizabeth Choinski,
Nov 29, 2011, 6:14 AM
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Elizabeth Choinski,
Jan 24, 2013, 3:20 PM
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Tiffany Bensen,
Mar 25, 2014, 12:39 PM
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Tiffany Bensen,
Mar 25, 2014, 12:40 PM
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Tiffany Bensen,
Apr 4, 2011, 8:59 AM
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Tiffany Bensen,
Feb 9, 2011, 2:27 PM
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Tiffany Bensen,
Aug 4, 2012, 11:39 AM
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Elizabeth Choinski,
Aug 23, 2010, 10:55 AM
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