Community Gardens

Program & Locations

The City of Portland's Department of Parks, Recreation & Facilities oversees nine community garden sites. Individual plots are available for seasonal gardening. View a map of garden locations.

How to get a community garden plot:

Portland's Community Gardens are managed by Cultivating Community, in tandem with the City of Portland's Parks department. There is a waiting list and it is recommended to get on the list as many gardeners leave plots each year and we are adding new opportunities to garden.
  • To add your name to the Community Garden waiting list fill out this form.
  • Garden plots cost $50/year.
  • Low-income gardeners receive plots for $15. You can ask for a fee waiver before paying for your plot.

What is available to me as a gardener?

  • Compost and woodchips for your garden plot.
  • Each community garden has a locked shed with garden tools that you will get a combination to.
  • Water provided during the season.
  • Events and education for community gardeners.
  • Year-end pot luck gathering.
  • Garden Guidelines has additional details.

What if I would like to organize a new community garden?

The City of Portland is able to provide garden support to groups interested in running their own community garden if the garden is located on public land.
  • Read this document on how to engage the City of Portland to build a new garden.
  • Contact Laura Mailander at 207-761-4769 x 255 if you read the document and would like to proceed.

What if no plots are available?

There are more gardeners than community garden plots. We are actively adding new gardens and projects each year for Portlanders wanting to grow their own food. 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,
  • Winter Cache - A group of Portlanders who garden and share in the harvest and distribution of what they grow. An option for those looking to garden who do not have a plot.
  • 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.