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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 for garden plots at Butler Park, Switchyard Park, and Willie Streeter Community Garden is now FULL. 

If you'd like us to contact you should a plot that meets your specifications become available, please sign up on our WAITLIST. The waitlist is good for the 2021 season only.

There are limits to how many plots a household can reserve. The limits are as follows:

  • No gardener may rent more than 1 raised bed at any of the 3 garden sites prior to May 1. 
  • At Butler Park, no more than two in-ground garden plot rentals may be rented prior to May 1.
  • At Willie Streeter, gardeners may rent up to 400 sq. ft. of in-ground plots prior to May 1. 

If you reserve plots over the limit for your garden, we will cancel those additional reservations. 

 

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.