Finding a Community Garden

You've decided you might like to try gardening? That's great!

Have you considered gardening in a community garden? They're public spaces where people can rent or lease a small section of land (a "plot") and they can plant and tend a garden in the plot!

More on how a community garden works later... first you need to locate a community garden near you.

Many towns and cities have public community gardens. Yours probably does and you might not even know about it.

How do you find it? The obvious answer is to Google it!  A search like “community gardens near me,” or “community garden in My Town, State” should do the trick.  Community gardens want to be found to attract good gardeners.

You could also search on Google Maps for the term "community garden," after locating your home address on the map.

If your online search doesn't find one, you might have to do a little detective work. Other gardens may exist where you can lease a plot, but they don’t advertise. These might be affiliated with a non-profit organization. Here are some ideas:

  • Churches, synagogues, houses of worship
  • Senior living communities, particularly larger ones
  • Community centers for children and youth

Check out their websites. If they have a garden, call and ask if you can garden there. Maybe they started the garden for their members or residents, and interest is not as strong as it used to be. They would like their plots to be cultivated and maybe they would accept someone from the outside.  

Be sure to check for any requirements for their gardeners. They may expect you to donate some of the produce to a food pantry, for example. Ask about access to the plot. You may not be able to access the plot 24 hours a day or every day of the week, and make sure that works for your schedule.

Another resource is your Cooperative Extension Office. They usually have a Master Gardener's program with experts that can help you find the local community gardens. Here's a ZIP Code search to find you Cooperative Extension Office.

Hm. Cooperative Extension Offices is a topic all to itself. I think I'll have to write a blog post about it in the near future.


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