Community Garden

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Please return your 2024 completed and signed contract with payment 

To:  Northfield Township Community/Senior Center (mail or drop off)
Attn: Parks & Rec, 9101 Main St., Whitmore Lake, MI 48189
Phone: 734-449-2295         Hours of Operation: 9-5:30 Monday through Friday

The Parks & Recreation Board is once again getting the Community Garden ready for another great growing season.  The Community Garden is intended to be a public space reserved for residents allowing them to have an area to grow their own fruits and vegetables using raised beds.  The fees for 2024 have been set at $25.00 per plot plus a $10.00 deposit per plot that will be refunded at the end of the growing season if plots are cleared.

  • FEE:   The usage fee is to help cover the costs of maintaining the Community Garden such as supplying mulch, soil, compost, water buckets and hand tools; purchasing building materials to construct and/or repair the garden boxes; and paying for any other maintenance that may be required.  Your deposit will be refunded at the end of the growing season if plots are cleared.

  • GARDEN AGREEMENT:  Beginning this year, you will be asked to sign a Garden Agreement/Contract for each growing season (see below). Copies of the 2024 contract are available at the Northfield Township Senior Center or by clicking the link above.  This agreement is to acknowledge that you are aware of the fee that is being implemented, assigns a specific plot number to you, and includes a “Waiver of Physical Damage or Injury”. Plots will not be assigned until the Garden Usage Fee and signed Garden Agreement is received.

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    2024 Growing Season Rental Agreement

    The Northfield Township Community Garden is located at 9142 Main St., Whitmore Lake, MI 48189. Each garden plot is 4’ x 8’ and approximately 12” in height, with the exception of 2 newer garden beds constructed of galvanized steel. These are taller than 12”. Elevated plots are available for those with physical impairments. Because the elevated plots are smaller, measuring approximately 2’ x 4’, two plots will be assigned. Please let us know if you would like an elevated plot; they are limited, therefore, we cannot guarantee everyone who requests one will have one available.

    There is a $25 usage fee per plot (or two elevated plots) plus a $10 refundable deposit per plot. This fee applies to residents and non-residents of Northfield Township and helps cover maintenance costs such as Super soil’, tools, garden box repairs, and other maintenance needs that may occur. Returning gardeners will be given a renewal period of 2 weeks before the commencement of the next gardening season to express their intent to renew their plots.

    If you are not interested in renewing your plot for 2025*, your deposit will be returned if your plot is in good order at the end of the winter growing seasonǂ (no weeds/plants/trash If you do wish to renew your plot (maximum of 2 per household) for 2025, you may roll over your deposit if your plot is in good order (no weeds/plants/trash, except for cold weather plants (e.g., parsley) and perennials (e.g., strawberry plants) and you pay for your plot (maximum of 2 per household) for 2025.

    Please return this form to and/or mail with payment to Northfield Township Community Center, Attn: Parks & Rec, 9101 Main St., Whitmore Lake, MI 48189.

    *You may reserve up to 2 plots per household for the next growing season. Additional plot requests will be placed on hold until April 1 to ensure everyone has a chance to reserve a garden bed.

    ǂ End of Season Information

    In order for your deposit to be returned: Remove all fencing, cages, stakes, string, plastics and all other non-organic material from your garden. Pull out all plants that have tough stalks or long vines, such as sunflowers, corn, pumpkin, etc.

    We will provide yard waste bags for garden debris.


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    Agreement and Waiver of Physical Damage or Injury

    I agree that I will maintain the garden plot(s) I have been assigned. I further agree I will clear my plot(s) I have been assigned by the end of the winter growing season.

    I understand that the use of Northfield Township Community Garden is revocable at any time at the sole discretion of the township.

    In consideration of accepting this activity, I, the participant, intended to be legally bound for myself and my heirs, executors, and administrators, waive and release any and all rights for injuries and damages I may have against Northfield Township, its officials, representatives, successors, and/or assigns for any and all injuries or damages suffered in connection with the activity as stated above.

    I attest and verify I am physically fit and capable of said activity and understand this activity could be hazardous.

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  • PLOTS ARE LIMITED:  In years past we were able to allow use of multiple plots by individuals.  At this time, there is a large number of people on the list from last year, and we have already gotten a number of requests from new people.  In order to allow as many people as possible to enjoy the use of our Community Garden, we cannot guarantee the use of multiple plots this year.  We will try to accommodate requests for multiple plots as best we can but again we cannot guarantee multiple plots.

  • ELEVATED PLOTS:  There will be 8 elevated plots this year for those that have physical difficulties.  These plots are smaller (4’x4’) but are twice as tall.  If you would like an elevated plot please let us know.  The Garden Usage fee is the same amount for these elevated plots.  Elevated Plots are limited, so we cannot guarantee availability.

  • WATER PUMP:  There is a hand-pump on-site for gardener use.

  • SHED: We are working on repairing the shed on-site for storage of community-use buckets and hand tools.  The shed will also be available for gardeners to store their gardening equipment.  Use of the shed for personal equipment will be at your own risk as the shed will NOT be locked or monitored.  If an item is of value to you, please do not leave it in the gardening shed.

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If you are interested in maintaining a plot this year, please send a message to with your name, contact information, and the number of plots you are interested it.  Please note, if you are requesting multiple plots, we try to accommodate all requests for multiple plots but also do not want to have to turn people away that are interested.  

Anyone interested in reserving a space or in volunteering their time to get the gardens up and growing, please call 734-449-2295 or e-mail us at  If you have any questions, comments, or ideas for improvements, please let us know.  Hope to see you all soon!

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