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 Information About the Paynesville Food Shelf Garden

The garden plot provided by the Paynesville Township at the arena location is currently 0.4 acres (200 x 60 feet) and can be expanded as circumstances permit. The Paynesville Township will allow the Food Shelf Garden volunteers to use the toilets at the Township Hall and also the water from the equipment building.

The motto, “Plant a row, help it grow. Donate and feel great” will be used to promote the Food Shelf Garden as well as encourage local families to designate a row of their garden to be donated to the food shelf.

The Paynesville Area Food Shelf Garden committee is a group of volunteers coordinating the garden, operating with the consent and coordination of the Paynesville Township and Paynesville Community Service Center. The Paynesville Food Shelf Garden President will make regular reports to the Paynesville Township and the Community Service Center Board. The Paynesville Township is providing the land, water, and bathroom facilities. Insurance is covered by the Paynesville Community Service Center and the Paynesville Township. A trained gardener will be present to open the rest rooms and supervise volunteers during advertised hours or for special groups.

 The Paynesville Community Service Center is the ultimate owner of all the donations, therefore providing the non-profit status. The Paynesville Community Service Center will also be distributing the produce, and will allow use of their website. The Food Shelf Garden committee will operate with the consent and understanding of both of these entities. In the event that the Paynesville Area Food Shelf Garden dissolves or becomes no longer viable for any reason, the Paynesville Community Service Center will have the discretion to manage the equipment as they see fit.

Any volunteer working with youth may be required to undergo a background check.

Garden Committee procedures will be periodically discussed at the meetings. The committee will  continue to make improvements in both the volunteer coordinating and technical plans. Decisions will be approved by a simple majority of active committee members present at the meetings. Any dispute will be settled by calling a committee meeting and voting by simple majority.

Firearms, explosives, and other weapons are not allowed on the premises.

Herbicides and pesticides will not be used.

Manure must be applied in the fall since it needs to sit for 6 months before vegetables can be grown in it.

2014 Food Shelf Garden Crop List


Potatos(40 plants per row or 18” apart in rows, 8 rows, 3’ between rows, estimated yield #500)

Onions(4” spacing in rows, 180 onions per row,  11 rows, 3’ between rows, estimated yield #300)

Radishes(plant on top of potato rows, estimated yield #40)

Carrots( 5 rows, plant between tomato rows, estimated yield #200)

Beets(3 rows, 4” spacing in rows, estimated yield #100)

Leaf lettuce(2 rows, plant between squash and cucumber rows, yield #30)

Cabbage(60 plants, two rows, 24” apart in the row, 3’ between rows, est. yield #100)


Tomato (120 plants, 30 plants per row, 4 rows,6’ between rows, estimated yield #500)

bush green beans(3 rows, 4” spacing in rows, est. yield #150)

Kohlrabi (1 row, 12” spacing in rows, est. yield #30)

Zucchini (1 row, 6’ spacing between rows,  12 mounds, estimated yield #100)

Peppers(180 plants, 120 green peppers, 60 jalapinos, 30 plants per row, 6 rows, estimated yield #150)

Squash(12  mounds per row, 3 plants per mound,  6’ between rows,  3 rows, estimated yield #400)

Cucumbers(12 mounds per row, 3 plants per mound, 6’ between rows, 2 rows, est. yield #150)


Rhubarb (1 row, 20 plants per row, 4’ between rows, plants must grow a year or two before they can be harvested from)