Community Gardens

PROGRAM & LOCATIONS

The City of Portland’s Parks Department partners with Cultivating Community to manage 11 Community Gardens located in neighborhoods throughout the city.

 View a map of garden locations.

Sign Up! Individual garden space is available to all Portland residents. Here’s how to sign up:
 
  •  Fill out a Garden Plot Request Form. All gardens currently have a wait-list. When you sign up, Cultivating Community will send you a confirmation email and your name will be added to the Portland Community Garden waiting list.
  •  Respond to the annual “Renew Your Interest” email to maintain your position on the waiting list.
  • As soon as a garden plot becomes available, Cultivating Community will contact you. 
  • Attend an orientation at the garden site you have selected. At this time you will be asked to agree to follow the Garden Guidelines and to pay the plot fee.


Photo credits Rowen Gorman

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost?

  • Garden plots cost $40 each year for a single plot (65 square feet or smaller) or $60 each year for a double plot (70 square feet or larger).
  • We do not want the fee to be a barrier for anyone accessing a garden plot. Community Gardens are a tool for reducing food insecurity in Portland. If you cannot afford the cost of the plot we offer scholarship funds. The reduced fee for qualifying gardeners is $15. 
  • If you would like to donate to the scholarship fund please [ WHAT IS THE BEST WAY?]

What size garden should I select?

  • We recommend a single plot for beginning gardeners, and households of 1-2 people.
  • We recommend a double plot for households of 2 or more people and for experienced gardeners.

What resources are included?

  • Compost and woodchips for your garden plot
  • Access to a shed with garden tools available for your use  
  • Water provided during the growing season
  • Community garden events and educational workshops
  • Year-end pot luck gathering.

How long is the wait for a garden plot?

  • In the last two years we have worked with volunteers to build three more community gardens.  This has dramatically reduced the waiting period for garden access.
  • Depending on the garden sites you choose, the wait is usually 1-2 seasons.
  • We are actively adding Community Gardens and growing spaces in an effort to increase food access and decrease the wait time for a garden plot.

How else can I get involved?

  • Visit CultivatingCommunity.org for information about their free garden workshop series, volunteer opportunities, and monthly garden newsletter. 

Want to organize a new community garden in your neighborhood?
The City of Portland works with groups interested in creating new Community Gardens located on public City land.

other  gardening opportunities


Here are some other gardener projects in our community:

  • Mt. Joy Orchard - A group called "Friends of Mt. Joy Orchard" organize work parties to maintain this newly planted public orchard with a 40 fruit tree orchard and plant library.
  • Fox Field Food Forest - A food forest project run by the Resilience Hub that will provide year-round food in East Bayside.
  • Friends of Forest City - Portland is known as the "Forest City" and this group connects to many other edible orchards and tree projects.
  • Portland's Tree Planting Program - The City of Portland has programs to help plant trees for yourself or in the community.
  • Resilience Hub Permaculture Meetup - This meetup group is a great group of people dedicated to growing their own food and gardening in the style of Permaculture. Joining the group gives access to tons of events and education.
  • Portland Tool Library - Tools for any gardener and kitchen job.