Minneapolis Garden Lease Program
The priority application process for the 2020 growing season is now open! Review this web page and then complete a garden request form by February 14th.
Interested in leasing a lot? Start here
City-owned vacant lots are available to qualifying community or market gardens to lease to grow food.
- View the map to see which lots are available. Click on individual icons for each lot to view soil test and lease length information.
- Determine if you qualify as a community or market garden and review the different lease requirements in the table below.
- Fill out a garden request form. If your request is approved, you will work with City staff to complete the lease requirements, detailed in the lease application packet.
|Qualify as an eligible garden group|| |
Defined as, “land used by a group of individuals to grow food or ornamental crops for donation or personal use. Community gardens may be divided into separate plots or may be farmed collectively by members of the group” (Minneapolis Code §520.160; 536.20).
One or two individuals intending to grow food for themselves or their family are not eligible to lease a lot as a community garden.
Defined as, “land used to grow or process food or ornamental crops to sell or donate” (Minneapolis Code §520.160; 536.20).
Market gardens can be one person or a group of individuals.
|Notify nearby neighbors of intent to lease garden lot(s)||Required||Required|
|Obtain sponsorship||Identify a sponsor organization, such as a neighborhood organization or 501(c)(3) non-profit. Sponsor organizations sign the lease with the City and often support insurance fees.||No sponsor organization required, but must be a business or non-profit registered to operate in Minnesota.|
|Complete City of Minneapolis online bidder registration process & W-9 form||Sponsor organizations must complete if not already registered with City.||Businesses or non-profits must complete if not already registered with City.|
|Draft and submit a garden site plan to meet zoning and development standards.||Required||Required|
|Comply with Pollinator Friendly City Resolution||Required||Required|
|Provide liability insurance coverage||$1 million||$2 million|
|Pay the one-time administrative fee||$50||$50|
|Pay the annual lease fee||$1/year||$150/year|
For more detailed information about lease requirements, view the lease application packet.
- Compost. Low and no-cost compost is available each spring and fall, while supplies last, for qualifying community gardens only.
- Water access. Learn more about options for accessing water for your garden and apply for a garden hydrant permit.
- Supporting pollinators. Learn more about pollinator friendly practices and how to create pollinator habitat.
- Seeking a plot in an existing community garden?
- Apply for an individual plot at a community garden in Minneapolis parks
- Ask your neighbors or check bulletin boards at local coffee shops, businesses or libraries for openings at existing gardens
- Ask your neighborhood organization
- Join the COMGAR listserv and write a post with what you're looking for
- Check out Minnesota Community Gardening (formerly Gardening Matters) for other resources and helpful community gardening tips
For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats, please contact 311. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000. TTY users can call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626. Para asistencia 612-673-2700, Rau kev pab 612-673-2800, Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500.
Last updated Jan 8, 2020