Transform a vacant lot into a community garden

The City of Minneapolis has 12 vacant lots available for qualifying groups to lease for community gardens. The Community Garden Pilot Program began in 2010 with 18 lots to help make Minneapolis more beautiful, provide healthy food and build community. The City of Minneapolis supports community gardens in its commitment to promoting access to good nutrition, improving the ecological footprint of the city, encouraging active and healthy living and providing spaces for human interaction, food production and beauty in our daily lives. In addition to these lots, Minneapolis already has about 100 community gardens throughout the city.

Lots have been soil tested and are available first-come, first-served to qualifying groups. Experienced community garden groups may be eligible for three- to five-year leases, while groups gardening for the first time will start with one-year leases. A qualifying group will be a not-for-profit or a group with a not-for-profit sponsor. The garden will need to have liability insurance. Applicants should be ready to discuss the layout of the community garden, how it will be managed and how it will engage and benefit the community.

See the community garden application packet, map of available lots and other resources.

The Community Garden Pilot Program is part of Homegrown Minneapolis. Homegrown Minneapolis is a citywide initiative to help our community grow, process, distribute and eat more healthy, sustainable, locally grown foods and create compost to close the circle. A community garden program is one of nine Homegrown Minneapolis recommendations adopted by the City Council.

For more information visit the Homegrown Minneapolis Community Gardens Pilot Program or call (612) 673-2597.

Published May 13, 2011

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