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Starting a Community Garden

Starting A Community Garden

Gardening Matters is here to support your start-up process!

Our Resource Guide

Looking to start a community garden? Already hav a garden but looking for resources? Our Resource Guide will walk you through the steps and show you where you can get help! Please note: this document contains external links and contact information. We will update outdated information as we become aware of it.

Quick Tips

  • Ideally, you'll start planning a whole year before you first plant. Time spent planning is essential. Relationship-building and intentional planning will be your foundation for success.
  • Starting a garden is not a one-person show. Gather 5-10 people to co-create the garden. Start with neighbors and work from there. Door-knocking is encouraged!
  • Let us know you're starting, we can support you!
Land Access

Looking for land to start a community garden?

Engage the community in the search

Spread the word, and keep an eye out for empty lots in the neighborhood. These could be residential lots or empty areas next to non-profit organizations, businesses, faith institutions, schools, railroad, etc...

Find out who owns that open lot

  • Hennepin County: Search by address or find the lot on an interactive map.
  • Ramsey County: Seach by exact address or street name. You may have to click on the previous year's tax statement to find the landowner or pay for a subscription to access advanced search features.

Minneapolis Community Garden Program

  • Visit Homegrown Minneapolis to see which city-owned lots are available to lease for community gardens. There is an application process.

City-owned lots in St. Paul

Other resources

  • Find available space on Yards to Gardens, a site that connects people looking for garden space with people who have space available. The site has re-launched!
  • Check out the Twin Cities Agricultural Land Trust (TCALT), working for "Agricultural Land Permanence in the Twin Cities Metro."
  • Sample leases and information about acquiring insurance can be found in the Start-Up Guide.
  • Are you a renter? You can still have a garden! Find more in our Gardening on Rental Property resources!
Liability Insurance
Additional Start-Up Resources