When you find a local garden plot that looks desirable, and then contact the owner, your profile is what they first see. If you seem suspicious or untrustworthy, it's more likely they won't respond to your message. You know what they say about first impressions!
No other YardYum members can view your email address, full name, or where you live (other than your city). Once you've sent a few messages and feel comfortable with an owner, then it's entirely up to you whether or not you meet up with them to check out their garden plot.
From searching for available plots, to understanding your responsibilities under local laws, to building relationships with owners and agreeing on rental terms — we've got tools and resources for you.
Once you find a plot that looks appealing, send the owner a message letting them know you're interested in it. This way you'll get to know the owner and they can answer any questions you may have.
Once you feel comfortable with an owner, ask if you can come see their plot. This will give you both an opportunity to decide if the arrangement is mutually beneficial. If either of you aren't satisfied, you can part ways amicably.
We provide a template that you can use for your contract. The agreement includes terms like available access days/times, payment terms, how watering works, etc. You can, of course, choose to do a verbal agreement too, if you both want to be more informal.
Soon you and your friends and family will be enjoying fresh & healthy vegetables, fruits, and herbs.
If your arrangement included a cash payment, you'll need to give money to your owner. Otherwise, if it includes a portion of your crops, you'll need to share some of what you grew.
Once your gardening contract expires, you can choose to extend it for another season, cease using the plot for a garden, or search on YardYum for another plot. It's up to you!