Hello Follow Gardeners,
The site leadership teams received an email from the plot sizing guidelines this week addressing many questions around the decision to adjust the plot sizes. Attached are two documents from the Park's department a FAQ sheet and the Plot Sizing Guidelines.
Here is the brief summary that accompanied the documents:
In 2013, the P-Patch Program is setting maximum and minimum plot sizes for each P-Patch. These are based on two criteria, the average time that people wait for a plot at each P-Patch and the P-Patch size. By December 2013, the date for implementation, 45 gardeners in 13 gardens (or 2% of all gardeners) will have to reduce plot sizes. P-Patch has gradually been reducing plots sizes and working toward this guideline for many years. It originated out of concerns about demand for P‐Patch plots and fairness about allocation of plots. Setting clear maximum and minimum plot sizes is important for promoting transparency and fairness in plot assignment and it can help address growing P-Patch demand. It goes hand in hand with other tools to increase transparency and address demand, enforcing rules and growing more gardens. We believe this guideline is a reasoned defense for a public program on public land against suggestions like one a few years ago that demand could best be reduced through setting term limits; this suggestion we strenuously opposed. With establishment of standard plot sizes at each P-Patch (see attached Guideline), we do not anticipate further downsizing, although the guideline requires annual assessment of wait times to ensure no radical changes.
Thanks to you all for your patience and understanding with this matter. Please let us know if you have any questions.
Jeannette Lasseter - communications coordinator