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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:

  • deer fencing
  • 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 2021 Community Gardens Agreement.

 

Hours of Operation

Dawn to dusk, April through October.

 

Registration and Garden Plot Rental

Registration is currently open to returning 2020 gardeners! Between Wednesday, February 17—Tuesday, March 2, returning gardeners are granted first rights of refusal for the same garden plot they rented in 2020. Registration will be opened to the public as of Wednesday, March 3, and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until all plots have been rented.

Registration links below are currently password-protected; 2020 gardeners, please refer to your email for the password:

https://willie.schedulebloomington.com/

https://switchyard.schedulebloomington.com/

https://butler.schedulebloomington.com/

Please note: these registration dates are the most up-to-date information. The Bloomington Parks and Recreation winter/spring program guide lists new gardener registration as beginning February 17. The transition to our new online registration system, however, resulted in some technical delays. We apologize for any inconvenience.
 

Financial Assistance

To ensure gardening opportunities are available to all members of the Bloomington community, financial assistance is available for those in need 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.

Accessibility

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 communitygardens@bloomington.in.gov.