PROGRAM & LOCATIONS
The City of Portland’s Parks Department partners with Cultivating Community to manage 11 Community Gardens located in neighborhoods throughout the city.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost?
- Garden plots cost $40 each year for a single plot (65 square feet or smaller) or $60 each year for a double plot (70 square feet or larger).
- We do not want the fee to be a barrier for anyone accessing a garden plot. Community Gardens are a tool for reducing food insecurity in Portland. If you cannot afford the cost of the plot we offer scholarship funds. The reduced fee for qualifying gardeners is $15.
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What size garden should I select?
- We recommend a single plot for beginning gardeners, and households of 1-2 people.
- We recommend a double plot for households of 2 or more people and for experienced gardeners.
What resources are included?
- Compost and woodchips for your garden plot
- Access to a shed with garden tools available for your use
- Water provided during the growing season
- Community garden events and educational workshops
- Year-end pot luck gathering.
How long is the wait for a garden plot?
- In the last two years we have worked with volunteers to build three more community gardens. This has dramatically reduced the waiting period for garden access.
- Depending on the garden sites you choose, the wait is usually 1-2 seasons.
- We are actively adding Community Gardens and growing spaces in an effort to increase food access and decrease the wait time for a garden plot.
How else can I get involved?
- Visit CultivatingCommunity.org for information about their free garden workshop series, volunteer opportunities, and monthly garden newsletter.
Want to organize a new community garden in your neighborhood?
The City of Portland works with groups interested in creating new Community Gardens located on public City land.
- For more information, contact Laura Mailander at Cultivating Community:
(207) 761-4769 x 855 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
other gardening opportunities
Here are some other gardener projects in our community:
- Mt. Joy Orchard - A group called "Friends of Mt. Joy Orchard" organize work parties to maintain this newly planted public orchard with a 40 fruit tree orchard and plant library.
- Fox Field Food Forest - A food forest project run by the Resilience Hub that will provide year-round food in East Bayside.
- Friends of Forest City - Portland is known as the "Forest City" and this group connects to many other edible orchards and tree projects.
- Portland's Tree Planting Program - The City of Portland has programs to help plant trees for yourself or in the community.
- Resilience Hub Permaculture Meetup - This meetup group is a great group of people dedicated to growing their own food and gardening in the style of Permaculture. Joining the group gives access to tons of events and education.
- Portland Tool Library - Tools for any gardener and kitchen job.