The Community Garden Program
Growing Gardens manages more than 530 individual community garden plots across twelve locations in Boulder County. Through this program gardeners have the opportunity to grow their own fresh organic produce. Each garden is managed in partnership with a resident Garden Leader (or multiple Garden Leaders) who serve as valuable resources for the individual gardeners as they navigate the dynamic Colorado growing season.
Longmont: Alta Park 11th Ave Roger's Grove
Boulder: Hope Centennial Holiday Foothills Living Harvest
Hickory Hawthorn Fortune
Resources: Community Garden Program Rules How to Start a Community Garden
Map of our Garden Locations Colorado Local Planting Calendar Common Beginning Gardener Mistakes
RENEWING GARDENERS -
2016 Gardeners who are eligible to renew for the 2017 season will be sent renewal information on January 15th, 2017. Existing gardeners have first priority to renew their plots. After that open plots will be offered to individuals on the new gardener wait-list. The final day to renew your garden plot is February 1st. We will begin contacting gardeners from the wait list mid February to assign open garden plots.
PLEASE NOTE: The link to renew a garden plot for 2017 is not available online. It will be emailed to eligible gardeners on January 15th. If you do not receive the email and are looking to renew your plot, please first check your Spam folder, and then call the office or send and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW GARDENER WAIT LIST- How it works
If you are a new-to-us gardener looking for a plot assignment in 2017, please read carefully! We start a new wait list every year, and do not carry names over from the previous list. Please mark your calendar for 9am on January 15th, 2017. This is when the wait list will be live right here on our website. If you've added your name in the past, but didn't get a call, please be sure to add your name to the new list. After we register returning gardeners we open up remaining plots to people on our wait list. We must have a valid phone number to reach you if we have an opening. If we need to leave a voicemail, we need to hear back with in 24 hours to hold your spot on the list. After that we will move on to call the next person in line. If you call after the 24 hour waiting period and we still have an opening, we are happy to assign you a plot.
BEFORE SIGNING UP FOR A WAIT-LIST, ASK YOURSELF THE FOLLOWING:
- Study the map of all our garden locations. Choose your preferred community garden site and decide which size plot is best for you (not all gardens offer the same size plots). Many new gardeners prefer a smaller plot their first year, and it is always an option to switch plot sizes or locations after the season is closed.
- Read the rules and regulations for the community garden you choose, as they will be enforced. Then ask yourself, again, is Community Gardening for me?
REDUCED RATE APPLICATION: Click Here to Apply
To apply you must provide one of the following pieces of documentation
Must be able to provide documentation that you are living in public housing.
A copy of a current Medical Authorization Card (MAC) OR a letter of verification of the Medicaid status.
Colorado Health Plan (CHP)
A current copy of CHP card.
Proof of Disability Other than Medicaid
An Adult with a disability may attach proof of disability. Proof : proof of SSI or SSDI, a letter stating your disability status from an agency or physician.
COMMUNITY GARDEN FAQ'S
Who is responsible for rototilling?
Is your own responsibility and can be arranged through local Boulder resident Tom Moore at (303) 444-8565.
What are the rules regarding manure in the gardens?
It is the responsibility of each gardener to arrange delivery of manure for his or her plot if they want to amend the soil. Manure must be "aged" and needs to be immediately watered down and thoroughly worked into the soil within forty-eight hours of delivery.
Is theft a problem at the gardens?
Overall, theft is not a big problem at the community gardens. Occasionally things are lost to hungry visitors passing by or to four footed friends. We appreciate gardeners watching for looters and informing us when they see produce being stolen. We encourage gardeners to report theft to their City Police Departments via the non-emergency numbers. Please also let Growing Gardens and your garden leaders know if theft has occurred.
Will I have access to shared tools?
Tools are located in the sheds at each garden, with the exception of a few, where the tools are kept in a storage box. Community tools have brightly painted handles to identify them. The combinations for the locks will be given at orientation or can be obtained by calling the office at (303) 443-9952.
How does irrigation work at the gardens?
Weather permitting, the water will be turned on as soon as possible in the spring. This will likely happen in March, but is weather dependent. The water will be turned off as necessary when the temperature changes in the fall. Again, these dates are weather dependent and vary at each garden.
Who should I talk to with a question about the gardens?
Each community garden has at least one appointed garden leader that can help answer any questions you may have. Their contact information will be sent to you when you pay for your plot.
Growing Gardens Payment and Refund Policies
Growing Gardens Program Waivers