Community Gardens

Photo by Erika Peterman


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.

Garden with Us!

The deadline to apply for a community garden plot this spring has passed. If you would like to be put on the wait list, click on the button below. We will let you know if a plot opens up!

Note: Those who apply for the wait list will also automatically be put in next year's plot lottery. You will not need to reapply for a plot in 2019.

2018 Deadlines & Important dates

Returning Gardeners Deadline to Claim Plot: Sunday, March 4, 2018

New Gardner Applications Due: Sunday, March 18, 2018.
Applications received after March 18th will be added to the wait list.

Plots Awarded by Lottery: Late March, 2018

Opening Day at the Community Gardens: Saturday, April 14th, 2018

New gardeners

New Gardner Applications Due: Sunday, March 18, 2018.
Applications received after March 18th will be added to the wait list.

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 (April 14th). On Opening Day, new gardeners get a tour of their garden and get to select their plot on a first come, first served basis.

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.

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.


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 or drop it by our office. Scholarship applications are due by Friday, April 6, 2018.

Returning Gardeners

Returning Gardeners Timeline to Reclaim Plot: January 1st - March 4, 2018

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 ( 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. 

Garden Resources

Gardening Tips & Advice

PEAS Farm Crop Manual

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

MSU Extension MontGuide: Home Composting


Info for Current Gardeners

2016 Gardener Survey

Garden Contract

Safety Information & Rules

Sustainable Growing Guidelines

Map of Gardens

Get More Involved

To volunteer at one of the community gardens, contact us! (406) 523-3663.

Take on a leadership role at your community garden.

Learn more about each Community Garden & Farm.

Learn more about our School Gardens.

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

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