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The Canberra Organic Growers Society is a non-profit organisation that welcomes new members who want to be part of our activities promoting organic gardening knowledge and practices and our community gardens, or just want to support our work.
The benefits of becoming a COGS member include:
- Eligibility for a plot in a COGS community garden
- Nomination of up to four associates
- Access to the members only part of the COGS website
- Quarterly Canberra Organic magazine (electronic or hard copy)
- Invitation to COGS member activities
- Becoming part of a garden community
- Eligibility to nominate for an elected position
- Eligibility to vote at General or Special meetings.
COGS Community gardens
COGS operates 12 community gardens across Canberra. Financial members are eligible to apply for a plot.
Prospective members should note that most COGS community gardens are full and that there are waiting lists for plots.
When applying for a garden plot multiple gardens can be nominated, but a member can hold a plot in one garden only.
Fees are charged annually in July/August and apply from 1 September to 31 August.
The current annual fees (which are reviewed each year) are:
|Community garden plot*||$4.20m²||$4.20m²|
COGS expects plot holders to participate in garden working bees.
There is no pro-rata payment of the membership fee for people who join part way through the year, but people who obtain a plot part way through the year will be charged a pro-rata fee for the plot. Note for members who join in the winter months of June, July and August – you will not be charged a membership fee again until August of the following year. For members who obtain a plot during the winter months – you will be charged the annual plot fee for the plot until the following August, but you will be charged the membership fee if you joined prior to June.
There is no fee for associates. However, associates cannot be allocated a plot or participate in elections. Nominating Members are responsible for ensuring their associates comply with the rules of COGS, and are accountable for their actions while in a COGS community garden.
Online Membership Form
You can complete the following online Membership Form to join COGS. You will be sent an invitation to register for an online account once your Membership Form has been processed.
Direct debit to cover the appropriate membership fees is the preferred payment method. A payment receipt must be attached to your completed, signed application.
Download Membership Form
You may also download and complete a COGS Membership Form and return the completed, signed application by:
Email to (scanned as an attachment) firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership Secretary COGS
P.O. Box 347
Dickson ACT 2602
If you have an urgent enquiry, please email email@example.com for assistance.
Privacy: COGS collects and uses your personal information for membership and plot allocation administration, magazine delivery, and to provide you with information. We will not disclose your data to external parties without your consent.