Gardens grow healthy food and strong communities. Community gardens allow everyone to grow nutritious food for themselves, and the whole community. Marion-Polk Food Share supports a network of more than 60 gardens in Marion and Polk counties, including gardens with plots that are available for rent.
Gardens do much more than produce fresh, healthy food. They bring people together across age, cultural and economic barriers. They unify neighborhoods, improve our health, and add beauty to our environment.
If you would like to grow food at a community garden, first find your nearest garden here. Contact the garden coordinator listed next to that garden, they will help you get set up and start growing. You may also contact our Community Gardens team, listed below, to assist you in finding a plot.
There are many ways that you can help the community gardens grow. Here are a few ideas:
Garden supplies: plant starts, seeds, tools, lumber, landscaping materials, small machinery, or anything else garden related. We are always in need of garden supplies of all kinds.
We have a range of volunteer opportunities available for various commitment levels and interests; from single day work parties to season-long garden coordination roles.
Your local community garden. Contact us to get started.