Minneapolis Garden Lease Program
Apply to lease a lot for your community or market garden! Review the garden lease process and complete a Garden Request Form by February 28th. Contact [email protected] or call 612-673-2466 with any questions.
City Lots Available for Community and Market Gardens
Upcoming Garden Lease Program Info Sessions - Save the Date!
- Info Session #1 - in English (interpreter available upon request; please RSVP below): Wednesday, January 30th | 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Waite House, Community Room, 2323 11th Ave S Minneapolis
- Info Session #2 - in Lao & Hmong: Monday, February 4th | 4:00 - 5:00 pm program in Lao, 5:00 - 6:00 pm same program in Hmong
Harrison Recreation Center, 503 Irving Ave N Minneapolis
Garden Lease Program Overview & How to Apply
The garden lease process and the table below provide an overview of the application process and what garden groups will need to complete for each phase of the application. The application period to request to lease a lot(s) is open from January 3rd to February 28th, 2019. After the application process closes, requests for available garden lots will be considered on a rolling basis, first-come first-served.
|Overview of Leasing Requirements||Community Gardens||Market Gardens|
|Must be an Eligible Garden Group||Definition: A use in which land managed by a group of individuals is used 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)||Definition: An establishment where food or ornamental crops are grown or processed to be sold or donated (Minneapolis Code §520.160; 536.20)|
|Sponsorship||Must have a sponsor organization, such as a neighborhood organization or other 501(c)(3) non-profit.||Does not require a sponsor organization, but must be a business registered to operate in Minnesota.|
|Liability Insurance Coverage||$1 million||$2 million|
|Draft a site plan to meet zoning and development standards for gardens. View a sample site plan.||Required||Required|
|Comply with Pollinator Friendly City Resolution||Required||Required|
- Low and no-cost compost is available each spring and fall, while supplies last, for qualifying community gardens only. The 2019 compost application is available now and is due by April 19th for spring compost deliveries.
- The Water Works Permit Office issues garden water permits to community and market gardens to access a specific fire hydrant when there is no other water option available. Learn more or apply for a permit (issues seasonally).
- Learn more about pollinator friendly practices and how to create pollinator habitat.
- If you are seeking a plot in an existing Minneapolis community garden, please view a map of existing community gardens on the Gardening Matters website.
Last updated Jan 17, 2019