Photo by Erika Peterman
Each of our community gardens provides participants with a space to grow, 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.
If you’ve never had a plot with us, you will need to fill out an application by clicking the "Apply Here" button (below left) 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 after March 18, 2019.
Each garden plot requires a $20 deposit. Annual fees are $40 for a full plot and $30 for a half plot. We also offer payment plan and scholarship options.
Garden with Us!
Interested in renting a garden plot? We are accepting applications at all of our community gardens through March 18, 2019. All applicants will receive a notification if they have received a plot by the end of March. Those who do not receive a plot or apply after March 18th will automatically be put on the wait list (see below.)
*Please only one application per household.
We have 10 community gardens! View our list of community gardens with links to maps for each location.
What else you need to know:
A garden plot is a commitment of time and consistent 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 are also required to contribute at least three hours per season to help maintain the common areas. Check out our contract and rules below to see if this is a good fit for you!
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.
Deadline to claim plot for 2019 season is March 1st!
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 Emily (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 406-523-3663 to let us know you are coming back. Please also make sure we have your current contact information so we can touch base with you about plot payments and Opening Day.
Opening Day is mandatory to attend for all new and returning gardeners. This is the kick-off to the gardening season! This is also important to meet the garden leaders, learn about and participate in this year's plans, garden projects, and events. We'll provide free seeds and light snacks. Mark your calendars for your garden’s Opening Day below:
ASUM Garden: Saturday, April 13, 1 - 3 pm
Garden of Eaton: Wednesday, April 17, 6 -7:30 pm
Ivy Street: Wednesday, April 10, 6 - 7:30 pm
Meadow Hill: Saturday, April 13, 1 - 3 pm
Milwaukee Trail: Wednesday, April 10, 5:30 - 7 pm
Montana Rail Link Park: Wednesday, April 17, 6 -7:30 pm
Northside: Saturday, April 13, 10 am - 11:30 am
Orchard Gardens: Saturday, April 13, 10 am - 11:30 am
River Road: Saturday, April 13, 10 am - 11:30 am
Second Street: Wednesday, April 10, 6 - 7:30 pm
We are always looking for some extra helping hands! To volunteer at one of the community gardens, email Emily (email@example.com) or give us a call! (406) 523-3663.
If you are a community gardener, join your garden's leadership committee!
We have a limited number of scholarships available which provide a full or partial waiver of the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or drop it by our office. Scholarship applications are due by Friday, April 5, 2019.
Hope grows in my garden.
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