Each of our community gardens provides participants with a 15 by 15 foot plot, tools, water, compost, straw, common space and the knowledge and guidance of leadership committee members and the Garden City Harvest community gardens staff. With these resources, and a little bit of persistence and patience, gardeners cultivate food for their family (and often their friends, too).
Our gardens are places where longtime growers and newcomers garden together, learn from each other, and share resources. Gardens reduce stress on food budgets. They teach an essential skill: how to grow our own food. Gardens mean self-sufficiency, pride, and the taste of a homegrown tomato.
Disclaimer: With the bounty of positives that comes with community gardening, it can also be a challenge. Expect hard work, dedication, and time commitment.
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Garden with Us!
Deadline to apply is March 17th, 2017. Applications received after March 17th will be added to the wait list. We will be conducting a lottery and awarding plots in late March, 2017. Opening Day will be April 15th, 2017.
We have a limited number of scholarships available which provide a full or partial waiver of the $40 plot rental fee. Recipients must still pay the $15 plot deposit, which will be refunded after Closing Day in October if the plot has been cleaned and winterized. To apply for a scholarship, download the online form and email a completed copy to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop it by our office. Scholarship applications are due by Friday, April 8.
Don’t know which garden? Here’s a list and a map!
If you’ve never had a plot with us, you will need to fill out a New Gardener Application which you can do online or by mail (download form here). We usually get more applications than we have garden plots, so gardeners will be selected by lottery and desired garden location. You will be notified before in the beginning of April if you received a garden plot. All gardeners are required to be at Opening Day, or must send a representative. On Opening Day, new gardeners get a tour of their garden and get to select their plot on a first come, first served basis.
Gardeners on the Wait list
While you might not get a plot in the first year you apply, we keep an active waiting list that we work through the entire season. If you do not receive a plot the first season, you’ll be given priority the following growing season. Feel free to contact us if you have questions about where your application stands.
Info for Current Gardeners
Deadline for reserving your plot in 2017: March 3rd
Email Patrick (email@example.com) or call him at 406-493-9807 to let us know you are coming back. We need to get an email or verbal confirmation in order to secure your plot for the next growing season. Please make sure we have your current contact information so we can touch base with you before the season begins. Deadline for returning gardeners to re-up for 2017 is March 3rd, 2017.
Photo by Dan Cripe (1).