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The Bloomington Community Orchard is located near Willie Streeter Community Gardens, adjacent to Winslow Woods Park.

Grow closer to your food! Community Gardening offers a variety of gardening opportunities for individuals, families, groups and organizations. Services provided in the gardens include the initial preparation of the garden area, water sources, maintained paths, composting facilities, fencing, the advice of the garden supervisor (if requested), and the Community Gardening newsletter. Communal tools are available for use at prescheduled times during the week. Gardeners with disabilities or other limitations will find gardening support, including wheelchair-accessible raised beds and access to adaptive tools. All gardens have plenty of conveniently located parking and are also accessible on Bloomington Transit bus routes.

Plots are available for use from mid-April through October 31. A limited number of plots and all the raised beds allow for year 'round use, with permission from gardening program staff.

Community Orchard Classes

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Registration and Garden Plot Rental

Registering gardeners must complete the Program Registration Form and Gardening Contract (PDF 198.29 KB), and all participating gardeners must read and sign the contract as well. The registration forms must be submitted in person at the Bloomington Parks and Recreation office, 401 N. Morton St. Suite 250 inside City Hall. The registering gardener will select from available plots on the maps at the front desk and record the plot number on the contract. New gardeners who want to rent more than one plot or a plot with year 'round use must contact gardening program staff before registering.

For more information about the Community Gardening program, or about garden plot rental, contact Robin Hobson at 349-3704 or e-mail hobsonr@bloomington.in.gov

Willie Streeter Community Gardens are located in Winslow Woods Park on South Highland Avenue near the YMCA. Includes 116 organic garden plots (68 10' x 20' and 48 10' x 10'), 54 conventional garden plots (10' x 20') and 10 raised beds (4' x 8' x 2.5').

See the Wille Streeter Community Gardens plot map. (PDF 57.03 KB)

Registration Code 2014 Plot Rental Fee Plot Description
76514-A $37/in-city, $44/non-city Small Organic Plot
approx. 100 sq. ft.
76514-B $73/in-city, $85/non-city Large Organic Plot
approx. 200 sq. ft.
76514-C $37/in-city, $44/non-city Raised Bed
32 sq. ft.
76514-D $73/in-city, $85/non-city Large Conventional Plot
approx. 200 sq. ft.

Accessibility

Gardeners with disabilities or other limitations will find gardening support, including wheelchair-accessible raised beds and access to adaptive tools.

Volunteer!

Volunteer logo Schedule a day, March-October
Grow closer to local food! Community Gardening grows both plants and community. Since 1984, the Parks and Recreation Department has offered community gardening opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds. A favorite venue of volunteer groups, the gardens benefit from a number of service projects throughout the year.
Duties: Volunteers assist the staff in maintaining paths, turning compost, weeding, and harvesting as well as creating and maintaining ornamental, wildlife, and demonstration plantings.
Program Time: Schedule your group for a three- to four-hour shift.
Training: Volunteers will be trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: Willie Streeter or Butler Park Gardens
Age of Volunteers: 12 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: Groups of 5-25
REGISTER A GROUP PROJECT
Other: Print form (PDF 136.91 KB), have everyone sign, and bring to scheduled service project.

Plant a Row for the Hungry

To address local issue of community food security, City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation joins with Worm's Way, Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, Bloomingfoods Market and Deli,Mother Hubbard's Cupboard and Hoosier Hills Food Bank in encouraging gardeners to grow an extra row for a hungry family. In 2013, the campaign raised over 37,963 pounds of fresh produce,which was distributed through the Food Bank to community members in need. For more information on how to participate, call Robin Hobson at 349-3704 or email hobsonr@bloomington.in.gov.

Financial Aid Program

To ensure gardening opportunities are available to all members of the Bloomington community, the Community Garden Program offers financial assistance for those in need to help cover garden plot rental fees. For more information or to receive an application, call (812) 349-3700 or download and fill out the Community Gardening Scholarship Application. (PDF 25.85 KB)

Sponsorships and Donations

The Community Gardening program benefits from generous donations from corporations, businesses, groups and individuals in the form of seeds, plants, tools, soil amendments and other supplies, which allow us to keep our gardening opportunities affordable to all. There are a number of opportunities to become a donor to or sponsor of the Community Gardening program. Sponsorships or donations are accepted throughout the year. For more information about making a sponsorship or donation to the City's community gardens, contact Special Services Coordinator Kim Ecenbarger at 349-3739.