1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
New community gardeners from the waitlist are assigned every year beginning in February and continuing until June. Gardeners receive an invoice for each garden season which runs from October 31 - November 1. We can offer up to 75% scholarship assistance to gardeners with limited incomes. The plot fee pays for the land and the water. Gardeners provide their own tools, plants, seeds, soil amendments, and any other supplies. Organic gardening practices are required.
People interested in joining a community garden should request a plot to be added to a waitlist. Garden plots are assigned yearly between February and June as space is available.
Plot renewal happens each October. All gardeners in good standing will have the opportunity to renew their reservation and keep their plot for the next year without interruption.
Garden plots should be in the name of the primary gardener. The primary gardener should complete at least 50% of the work on the garden plot. Gardeners cannot give their plot to someone else.
If you are not using your garden space, contact staff to release the plot so it can be assigned to a new person from the waitlist. Gardeners must remove all plants, weeds, structures, and personal items when vacating a plot so it is in good condition for the next gardener.
If more than one person is gardening in a plot, co-gardeners should be added to the primary plot holder’s account by notifying program staff. Co-gardeners can only become the primary plot holder if they have been registered as a co-gardener longer than those on the waitlist have been waiting for a space at that site.
Only one plot may be assigned per household. A household is defined by one or more adults and any dependent children who share food and household expenses. Additional plots may be assigned to a gardener on a case-by-case basis when there are vacant plots and no waitlist.
If a garden plot is used by an organization or group (such as a school, cultural or tribal organization) one person should act as the primary contact for the group. They will receive all of the correspondence about the plot and will be responsible for sharing information and garden policies with participants.
Gardeners may request transfers to larger or smaller plots, different gardens each year. Read our transfer policy for more information.