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Minneapolis Garden Lease Program

Requests for available garden lots are now being considered on a rolling basis, first come, first served. Review the information below and fill out a garden request form for each new lot you want to lease. 

Interested in leasing a lot? Start here

City-owned vacant lots are available to qualifying community or market gardens to lease to grow food.

  1. View the map to see which lots are available. Click on individual icons for each lot to view soil test and lease length information.
  2. Determine if you qualify as a community or market garden and review the different lease requirements in the table below.
  3. Fill out a garden request form. If your request is approved, you will work with City staff to complete the lease requirements, detailed in the lease application packet.

Email [email protected] or call 612-673-2466 with any questions or to renew an existing garden lease. The video on this page is also available in Hmong. 

Lease requirements

Lease Requirements

Community Garden

Market Garden

Qualify as an eligible garden group

Defined as, “land used by a group of individuals 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).

One or two individuals intending to grow food for themselves or their family are not eligible to lease a lot as a community garden.
Defined as, “land used to grow or process food or ornamental crops to sell or donate” (Minneapolis Code §520.160; 536.20). 
 
Market gardens can be one person or a group of individuals.
Notify nearby neighbors of intent to lease garden lot(s) Required Required
Obtain sponsorship Identify a sponsor organization, such as a neighborhood organization or 501(c)(3) non-profit. Sponsor organizations sign the lease with the City and often support insurance fees. No sponsor organization required, but must be a business or non-profit registered to operate in Minnesota.
Complete City of Minneapolis online bidder registration process & W-9 form Sponsor organizations must complete if not already registered with City. Businesses or non-profits must complete if not already registered with City.
Draft and submit a garden site plan to meet zoning and development standards. Required Required
Comply with Pollinator Friendly City Resolution Required Required
Provide liability insurance coverage $1 million $2 million
Pay the one-time administrative fee $50 $50
Pay the annual lease fee $1/year $150/year
 

For more detailed information about lease requirements, view the lease application packet.

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Should you require a reasonable accommodation in order to fully participate, or information in an alternative format, please contact 311. Para asistencia 612-673-2700 - Rau kev pab 612-673-2800 - Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500

Last updated Feb 18, 2020

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