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Minneapolis Garden Lease Program

The City of Minneapolis provides opportunities for residents to lease vacant City-owned lots for community gardens and market gardens. The map below shows lots currently available for lease, as well as those which are already leased.

The 2017 Garden Lease Program is now open for applications for garden leases. The City is accepting garden request forms through February 10, 2017. The garden request and lease process handout provides information on the application process and what you will need to complete each phase of the process. If you are interested in requesting a parcel, please complete and submit a garden request form for each new parcel that you would like to lease, using the available parcel address from the map below.

Garden groups planning to renew their lease in 2017 or garden groups with questions should contact Karuna Mahajan at karuna.mahajan@minneapolismn.gov or 612-673-2872.

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

The map below shows vacant City-owned parcels that are currently available and leased for community gardens and market gardens. All available lots have had soil tests conducted or will be tested as soon as the ground thaws this spring, with results expected within a few weeks after the tests are conducted. Lots with soil tests showing toxins above accepted levels will be required to use raised beds for gardens.

Blue icons indicate parcels currently available for lease. Green icons indicate parcels currently leased.
Click each icon for additional information about each parcel.

 

Criteria

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.

 Description1

 Comments

 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

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.
 

Last updated Mar 15, 2017

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