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City-owned Parcels Available for Community Gardens

Green pins highlight City-own parcels available to be leased for community gardens.
Red pins indicate City-owned parcels already leased out to community gardens.

Groups can lease Minneapolis-owned vacant lots for community gardens

The City of Minneapolis has vacant lots available for qualifying groups to lease for community gardens. These City-owned lots were selected because they are not appropriate for development. This means that they will remain available for years of gardening even as the economy changes and redevelopment picks up.

The Community Garden Pilot Program began in 2010 and leases out 16 lots to help make Minneapolis more beautiful, provide healthy food and build community. Nine of the lots are currently leased to community groups, but seven are still available.

The City of Minneapolis supports community gardens in its commitment to promote access to good nutrition, improve the ecological footprint of the city, encourage active and healthy living, and provide spaces for human interaction, food production and beauty in our daily lives. In addition to these lots, Minneapolis already has 106 community gardens throughout the city.

Lots are available on a first-come, first-served basis 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 garden, how it will be managed and how it will engage and benefit the community.

The Community Garden Program is one of the Homegrown Minneapolis recommendations adopted by the City Council.


Minneapolis Park Board Community Garden Information Sheet (pdf)

Land 101 PowerPoint presentation (pdf)

References to Community Gardens in the City’s Comprehensive Plan (pdf)

Gardening Matters

Last updated Jan 7, 2014