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Minneapolis Garden Lease Program

Apply to lease a lot for your community or market garden! Review the garden lease process and complete a Garden Request Form by February 28th. Contact [email protected] or call 612-673-2466 with any questions.

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. Download a garden lease program in English or Spanish to share with your community.

Upcoming Garden Lease Program Info Session

Info Session - in English (interpreter available upon request; please RSVP)
Rescheduled for Friday, February 22nd | 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Waite House, Community Room, 2323 11th Ave S Minneapolis

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. The application period to request to lease a lot(s) is open from January 3rd to February 28th, 2019. After the application process closes, requests for available garden lots will be considered on a rolling basis, first-come first-served. 

Ready to request a garden lot? For each new lot you intend to lease, complete a Garden Request Form online (preferred). If necessary, download a PDF form and email 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.
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. Required Required
Comply with Pollinator Friendly City Resolution Required Required


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Last updated Feb 6, 2019



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