We are proud to offer a robust and engaging Community Gardens Program. We operate six community gardens throughout the City of Eugene.
The gardens are a hub of engagement that offer many benefits for the community. They provide an abundance of healthy and nutritious food for garden members that increases their food security.
Throughout the pandemic, our gardens have provided important mental and physical health benefits. We are proud to share that through our partnerships with community-based organizations, scholarship program, and diversity in garden leadership, we have been successful at engaging many diverse communities.
Our program truly sets Eugene apart from other municipalities.
The Community Gardens are full for 2023 and the waitlist is closed.
New gardener registration for 2024 will be open January 1 and close February 15. If there are more applications than plots available, plot assignment is determined by lottery.
There are six community gardens throughout Eugene with a total of more than 340 plots.
About the Plots
There are three plot sizes:
- Approx. 300 square-feet for $60 per year
- Approx. 600 square-feet for $100 per year
- Raised bed at Alton Baker for $25 per year
The cost includes access to garden tools and water. Most plots are staked and numbered. Each garden has a site coordinator who can help answer questions, share expertise and assist with problems or concerns that arise.
Our garden program partners with many community organizations who manage plots in order to serve their clients or the community in various ways. We believe that by making garden spaces available to these organizations, we expand the scope of our mission.
Mission: Allies, LLC is a provider organization that provides support services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Lane County, OR.
Allies, LLC has a plot at River House Community Garden as a space to do group activities in Spring, Summer and Fall. The garden has been a safe space and sanctuary for individuals who look to our programs as a social network and a support system.
Mission: Helping the unhoused rebuild their lives through intentional community.
We hope to bring interested clients on a weekly basis to build a deeper relationship with one another living in our Safe Spot Communities. We also see this as an opportunity to rebuild self-confidence by learning, teaching, and sharing the joy of growing their own food.
Mission: Herbalists Without Borders vision is a global community where all people have access to affordable natural and botanical health and wellness. To bring that vision into reality, we work to create educational, advocacy and grassroots model projects to fill the gaps in health justice locally and internationally.
HWB has a plot at the Skinner City Community Garden. Their plot is a bilingual learning garden to grow medicinal herbs in partnership with Huerto de la Familia.
Mission: Huerto de la Familia (HDLF) increase the health and economic security of Latinos in Lane County, Oregon by providing opportunities and training in organic agriculture and business creation to families.
HDLF shares management of the Skinner City Community Garden in order to provide personal plots to Latino families so they can grow healthy, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food.
Mission: Morganic Roots Ecofirm provides high quality, beautiful and sustainable designs and installations to our clients and those in need. To spread knowledge to minorities and the less privileged about a holistic sustainable life and growing food.
Morganic Roots has a plot at the Matthews Community Garden. They use the plot as an educational garden with workshops and recording videos, and to share produce to those in need.
Mission: Petersen Barn Community Center provides opportunities for growth, learning and connection for the community. Active Bethel Citizens (ABC) is the neighborhood association for the Bethel neighborhood. Their mission is to promote a sense of community cohesiveness and self-reliance.
Active Bethel Citizens is growing an herb garden at the Petersen Barn Community Center in order to teach the community how to grow and use the different herbs planted.
Mission: Making strides towards narcolepsy awareness with the Suddenly Sleepy Sleepwalk 5K plus other community advocacy, fundraising, art and educational efforts.
The garden serves as grounds to educate and facilitate educational activities, hosted and or designed with community engagement and advocacy in mind. We teach S.T.E.M. & S.T.E.A.M. principles while raising awareness for a great cause.
Planting and Harvest Calendar (Oregon Tilth)
Planting Calendar for Eugene (Farmers Almanac)
Grow Guides (Down to Earth)
Companion Planting (Portland Nursery)
Eugene Toolbox Project (volunteer-driven tool-lending library)
Find resources, take courses, or submit questions to master gardeners.
Short URL to this page: www.eugene-or.gov/communitygardens