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Page last updated on March 29, 2022 at 10:27 am

About the Community Gardening Program

Community gardens are a place for all levels of gardener, from aspiring to master gardener. Join us and reap all of the benefits that community gardens offer. Access to delicious, nutritious, fresh food is just the beginning.

Gardeners ...

  • experience physical and mental health benefits
  • enjoy the sights and sounds of nature
  • meet people with a shared interest
  • carry out their own food culture
  • engage children in experiential learning
  • help their families develop healthy eating habits
  • learn tips from experts in our classes
  • join us at a community event

The Bloomington Community Gardening Program provides the infrastructure so that you can grow your own food with little financial or material investment. We provide:

  • fencing to keep deer and other animals out of the garden
  • access to water
  • communal tools
  • composting
  • knowledgeable garden staff who are ready to help you
  • a monthly garden newsletter

Community Gardens Agreement

Click here to read the full terms of the 2022 Community Gardens Agreement.


Hours of Operation

Dawn to dusk, April through October.


Registration and Garden Plot Rental

Garden plot registration is FULL. Please sign up on the waitlist below.

2022 Community Garden Plot Waitlist

All plots are are currently reserved. Please add your name to the 2022 Community Garden Plot Waitlist. You will be contacted should your preferred garden site and/or plot type(s) become available. This waitlist is good for the 2022 season only. 


Financial Assistance

To ensure gardening opportunities are available to all members of the Bloomington community, financial assistance is available to help cover garden plot rental fees. For more information or to receive an application, call the Parks and Recreation office at 812-349-3700.


The Community Gardening program offers garden plots based on varying accessibility needs. Raised beds are available at both the Willie Streeter and Butler Park locations, and raised beds that are wheelchair-accessible are available at Switchyard Park. 

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 Sarah Mullin at 812.349.3704 or email