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Community Gardens

Photo by Erika Peterman


ABOUT

Each of our community gardens provides participants with an approximate 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). Gardens mean self-sufficiency, pride, and the taste of a homegrown tomato.

Get Involved

Help us install a new community garden at the new Montana Rail Link Park! For more information on the project, click here. 

To volunteer at one of the community gardens, email Emily (emily@gardencityharvest.org) or give us a call! (406) 523-3663.

Join your garden's leadership committee


New gardeners

If you’ve never had a plot with us, you will need to fill out an application by clicking the "Apply Here" button below or print and mail the application to our office (download form here). We usually get more applications than we have garden plots, so gardeners will be selected by lottery and desired garden location. 

Each garden plot costs $40 plus a refundable $20 deposit to rent each season. We also offer payment plan and scholarship options.

Which garden? 

View list of community gardens with links to maps for each location.

View a Google Overview Map of the gardens or our simple GCH Garden Map.

What else you need to know:

A garden plot is a commitment of time and constant effort at least 7 months out of the year. A community garden is also a shared space. Gardeners not only take care of their own garden plots but also contribute at least three hours a season to help maintain the common areas. Check out our contract and rules below to see if this is a good fit for you!

Garden Contract

Community Garden Policies & Guidelines

Garden with Us!

Interested in renting a garden plot? We are always accepting applications for garden plots, and applicants who apply now will automatically be put on the current wait list and into next year's plot lottery. (Please only one application per household.)

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.

Current Gardeners

Deadline to winterize garden plot is Sunday, October 21st

Gardeners Timeline to Reclaim Plot Next Season: January 1st - March 4

Note: We need to receive an email or verbal confirmation in order to secure your plot for the next growing season. Please do not reapply for a plot next season, just email Patrick (patrick@gardencityharvest.org) or call him at 406-493-9807 to let us know you are coming back. Please make sure we have your current contact information so we can touch base with you before the season begins. 

Gardening Resources

Closing Day Checklist

Sustainable Growing Guidelines

PEAS Farm Crop Manual

Garden City Harvest's Harvest Guide

Garden City Harvest's Pest Workshop Handout, June 2018

Pest Control with Companion Planting Chart

Companion Planting Chart

MSU Extension MontGuide: Planting a Successful Vegetable Garden

MSU Extension MontGuide: Can I Grow That Here? Vegetable Seed and Transplant Schedules for Gardens or Containers

 

Safety Information & Rules

Scholarships

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 $20 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 emily@gardencityharvest.org or drop it by our office. Scholarship applications are due by Friday, April 6, 2018.



Hope grows in my garden.

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Hope grows in my little garden plot, and with it comes healing. Each day that we come to tend our gardens, we leave changed. The strengths we glean from the creative act of gardening and tending the earth and each other naturally spreads beyond the fences of our community garden plots, and the Missoula community is made richer because of it. - Brigid, community gardener

With all we do, there is still a need. We can do more.