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Minneapolis Garden Lease Program

Requests for remaining available garden lots are now being considered on a rolling basis, first come, first served. For each new lot you wish to lease, complete a Garden Request Form. Please also review the garden lease process for an overview of the request and lease process.

City Lots Available for Community and Market Gardens

button Garden Lease Program Map

The City of Minneapolis offers vacant lots for qualifying groups to lease* for community or market gardening. Check out the Garden Lease Program Map to view which City-owned lots are currently available and leased. Green icons indicate lots currently available for lease. Orange icons indicate lots currently leased and not available at this time. Click each icon for additional information about a lot, including soil test results. Lots with soil tests showing toxins above accepted levels will be required to use raised beds for gardens. Download a spreadsheet of the map data by first clicking anywhere on the map. Then, select the 'download' button in the bottom right corner and choose 'crosstab' from the menu options. 
*The length of the lease depends on the lot, and can vary from 1 to 5 years. Lots with 1 to 3 year lease terms are sometimes subject to sale for development during the lease term. If sold for development, garden groups would have access to the lot until the end of the current growing season. Learn more about lease lengths and how the City determines which lots can be gardened.
Contact [email protected] or call 612-673-2466 with any questions or to renew an existing garden lease.

Garden Lease Program Overview & How to Apply

The garden lease process and the table below provide an overview of the application process and what garden groups will need to complete for each phase of the application. Ready to request a garden lot? For each new lot you wish to lease, complete a Garden Request Form and submit it to [email protected]

Overview of Leasing RequirementsCommunity GardensMarket Gardens
Must be an Eligible Garden GroupDefinition: A use in which land managed by a group of individuals is used to grow food or ornamental crops for donation or personal use. Community gardens may be divided into separate plots or may be farmed collectively by members of the group (Minneapolis Code §520.160; 536.20)Definition: An establishment where food or ornamental crops are grown or processed to be sold or donated (Minneapolis Code §520.160; 536.20)
SponsorshipMust have a sponsor organization, such as a neighborhood organization or other 501(c)(3) non-profit.Does not require a sponsor organization, but must be a business registered to operate in Minnesota.
Administrative Fee$50$50
Lease Fee$1$150
Liability Insurance Coverage$1 million$2 million
Draft a site plan to meet zoning and development standards for gardens. View a sample site plan.RequiredRequired
Comply with Pollinator Friendly City ResolutionRequiredRequired


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Last updated Sep 24, 2019



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