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
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 Requirements||Community Gardens||Market Gardens|
|Must be an Eligible Garden Group||Definition: 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)|
|Sponsorship||Must 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.|
|Liability Insurance Coverage||$1 million||$2 million|
|Draft a site plan to meet zoning and development standards for gardens. View a sample site plan.||Required||Required|
|Comply with Pollinator Friendly City Resolution||Required||Required|
- Low and no-cost compost is available each spring and fall, while supplies last, for qualifying community gardens only. Applications are due by the third Friday in April for spring compost deliveries, and by the third Friday of September for fall compost deliveries.
- The Water Works Permit Office issues garden water permits to community and market gardens to access a specific fire hydrant when there is no other water option available. Learn more or apply for a permit (issues seasonally).
- Learn more about pollinator friendly practices and how to create pollinator habitat.
- Looking for other community garden options? Sign up for a plot and learn more about community gardens available through Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board.
- If you are seeking a plot in an existing Minneapolis community garden, please check out the resources available on Minnesota Community Gardening (formerly Gardening Matters)
Last updated Sep 24, 2019