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Minneapolis Garden Lease Program

Leases for available garden lots are currently available on a first come, first served basis*. The Garden Lease Program Map shows which lots are currently available and leased. Garden groups interested in leasing a vacant lot should submit a garden request form to Phil Binns at [email protected].

Gardeners seeking a plot in an existing Minneapolis community garden should complete the garden referral form on the Gardening Matters website.

The garden lease process provides information on the application process and what you will need to complete for each phase of the process. Once offered a lease, all gardens must submit a draft site plan before a lease will be processed. View a sample site plan. All gardens must comply with the Pollinator Friendly City Policy. Soil tests have been completed for all lots. If you are interested in applying for a new lot, complete and send a garden request form to Phil Binns. For questions or to renew an existing lease, contact Phil Binns at [email protected] or 612-673-5245.

The City of Minneapolis also offers free and reduced price compost for qualifying community gardens through an additional application twice annually, while supply lasts. Learn more and apply.

*Available City lots are offered through an annual priority application process, after which they are available on a rolling basis, first come-first served. The next priority process will occur in early 2019.

Garden     Administrative FeeLease FeeSecurity DepositTotal Annual FeeLiability Insurance Coverage
Community Garden$50$1$0$51$1 million
Market Garden or Urban Farm$50$150$0$200$2 million

Map of Community Gardens and Market Gardens

Go to the Garden Lease Program Map page to see vacant City-owned parcels that are currently available and leased for community gardens and market gardens.
button Garden Lease Program Map
All lots have had soil tests conducted. Lots with soil tests showing toxins above accepted levels will be required to use raised beds for gardens.

Green icons indicate parcels currently available for lease. Orange icons indicate parcels currently leased and are not available at this time.

Click each icon for additional information about each parcel. Detailed descriptions of garden categories and criteria are available below.



For City-owned vacant land to be considered for lease as a community garden or market garden, it must meet one of the following criteria.
It will be made available with the associated lease term.



 Lease Term2

Category A

Properties with conditions that pose marketing challenges (i.e. north/south facing lots, on high vehicular traffic corridors, adjacent to identified problem properties, etc.).

1 Year

Category B

Properties slated for Multifamily Housing or Business Development projects that are NOT needed for site assemblage OR being actively marketed for redevelopment OR subject to a pending sale OR have exclusive development rights.

1 Year

Category C

Undersized Properties that are 4,000 square feet or less and not adjacent to a city-owned property.

3 Years3

Category D

Undevelopable Properties with issues, including lack of public utilities, challenging public utilities (e.g., cross sewer connection), challenging soils, challenging topography, irregularly shaped or has less than a 35 foot frontage and no alley access.

5 Years3

Category E

Parcels owned by Public Works Department. The City reserves the right to monitor these parcels to ensure that garden activities don't impede the Public Works-related function that they serve.

5 Years4
Category F

Parcels owned by Public Works Department, being piloted for gardening. The City reserves the right to monitor these parcels to ensure that garden activities don't impede the Public Works-related function that they serve.

1 Year, with potential to expand to 5 years4

1A property could fit more than one category.
2 Each new garden lease will be for one year and evaluated for a renewal based on the Lease Term in the table above. Subsequent renewal will be considered on a maximum term as illustrated in the table above. Community gardens are prioritized over commercial gardens.
3 After identified side yard sale strategies are pursued, these properties may be considered for sale as a permanent community garden pursuant to the City of Minneapolis Real Estate Disposition Policy. The side yard sale strategies are to offer the properties for side yard sale to the owners of the adjacent properties, if the adjacent propert(ies) are not larger than the average parcel on the block; if no interest, lease until adjacent owners express interest to purchase or there is a change in ownership, or, consider for sale as a permanent community garden.
4 If garden activity impedes a parcel from serving its Public Works related function, the City may need to curtail garden activity on that parcel.

Last updated Dec 12, 2018



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