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Minneapolis Garden Lease Program

The City of Minneapolis provides opportunities for residents to lease vacant City-owned lots for community gardens and market gardens. The City invited request forms for new garden leases through Friday, April 14, 2017 for priority consideration. Applications are currently under review. The map below shows which lots are currently available and leased. However, during the review period, some lots may appear available, but may soon become leased. Lots that remain available after the review period will be allotted via a first come, first served basis. Soil tests are currently in process for any lot that has not yet been tested.

The garden lease process provides information on the application process and what you will need to complete for each phase of the process. All gardens must submit a draft site plan before a lease will be processed. View a sample site plan. If you are interested in applying for a lot after April 14, please fill out a hard copy of the garden request form. Please send the completed form to Greg Simbeck at For questions or to find out if a particular lot is under review, contact Greg Simbeck at 612-673-3773.

Garden     Administrative FeeLease FeeSecurity DepositTotal Annual FeeLiability Insurance Coverage
Community Garden$50$1$0$51$1 million
Market Garden or Urban Farm$50$150$0$200$2 million

Map of Community Gardens and Market Gardens

The map below shows vacant City-owned parcels that are currently available and leased for community gardens and market gardens. All available lots have had soil tests conducted or will be tested as soon as the ground thaws this spring, with results expected within a few weeks after the tests are conducted. Lots with soil tests showing toxins above accepted levels will be required to use raised beds for gardens.

Blue icons indicate parcels currently available for lease. Green icons indicate parcels currently leased.
Click each icon for additional information about each parcel.



For City-owned vacant land to be considered for lease as a community garden or market garden, it must meet one of the following criteria.
It will be made available with the associated lease term.



 Lease Term2

Category A

Properties with conditions that pose marketing challenges (i.e. north/south facing lots, on high vehicular traffic corridors, adjacent to identified problem properties, etc.).

1 Year

Category B

Properties slated for Multifamily Housing or Business Development projects that are NOT needed for site assemblage OR being actively marketed for redevelopment OR subject to a pending sale OR have exclusive development rights.

1 Year

Category C

Undersized Properties that are 4,000 square feet or less and not adjacent to a city-owned property.

3 Years3

Category D

Undevelopable Properties with issues, including lack of public utilities, challenging public utilities (e.g., cross sewer connection), challenging soils, challenging topography, irregularly shaped or has less than a 35 foot frontage and no alley access.

5 Years3

1A property could fit more than one category.
2 Each new garden lease will be for one year and evaluated for a renewal based on the Lease Term in the table above. Subsequent renewal will be considered on a maximum term as illustrated in the table above. Community gardens are prioritized over commercial gardens.
3 After identified side yard sale strategies are pursued, these properties may be considered for sale as a permanent community garden pursuant to the City of Minneapolis Real Estate Disposition Policy. The side yard sale strategies are to offer the properties for side yard sale to the owners of the adjacent properties, if the adjacent propert(ies) are not larger than the average parcel on the block; if no interest, lease until adjacent owners express interest to purchase or there is a change in ownership, or, consider for sale as a permanent community garden.

Last updated Apr 17, 2017



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