What is a Community Garden?

A community garden is “many people using shared land to produce vegetables and fruit for their own use”. A garden allows individuals and families who have little or no available space for at garden at their own home to grow food in a shared space.

There are two community garden models; Tenant and Communal gardens.

A plot divided into many individual spaces is called a tenant garden. Participants in a tenant garden work independently of each other and usually are expected to pay a small rental fee for use of the space during the growing season. Tenant gardeners plan and plant their own space in the garden and are responsible for the maintenance of the plot. Often, there is garden manager that will assist you with questions and issues in your plot.

A communal garden is a shared space with many other gardeners. Participants share in the labor and the harvest of the garden each year. A leadership team to supports the gardeners throughout the season and helps guide decisions and the group collectively decides what crops they will grow each year. Communal gardens require a membership fee at the beginning of the season. Membership fees cover all costs for the entire growing season including, soil amendments, seeds, tools, equipment, etc. In a communal garden a participant will receive a portion of the garden harvest (much like a CSA, but with sweat equity).