Community Gardens

COVID-19 Pandemic Disclaimer: Many community gardens have delayed their seasons due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please make sure to contact the community garden you are interested in applying and participating with to learn more about their individual rules and actions at this time. 

Best Practices for community garden visitors during the pandemic:

  • Follow the CDC’s current guidelines on social distancing, handwashing and wear a mask. 
  • Follow all current guidelines/rules listed by the individual garden. 
  • Avoid touching surfaces like gates, latches, door knobs, etc. 
  • Wash your hands and produce once you get home. 
  • Limit interactions with others, if you must interact with others, make sure you remain 6 feet apart. 
  • Do not visit the garden if you are feeling sick or have felt sick in the past week. 

Here are some current resources for community gardens and COVID-19: https://nccommunitygardens.ces.ncsu.edu/COVID-19-faq-for-community-gardens/

https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/FS/FS34200.pdf

Community Gardens are shared spaces where members have a plot in which to grow their own food. Community Gardens are especially useful for apartment and condo dwellers, and others without their own space to grow. There are many different community gardens in the area that have different growing practices and ideals, make sure you pick the one that most resonates with you. 

Maine

ELIOT: Marshwood Middle School Garden

Location: Marshwood Middle School, 626 H.L. Dow Hwy., Eliot, ME 03903

Contact: Emily Stauffer, science teacher, (207) 439-1399

ELIOT: United Methodist Church Community Garden

Location: Eliot United Methodist Church, 238 Harold L. Dow Hwy/Route 236, Eliot, ME 03903

Contact: William Gilbert at [email protected], or call Eliot UMC at (207) 439-6593

Website: www.eliotumc.com

Description: In keeping with our vision statement to reach out and help others both globally and locally, the idea of a community garden was born. The Garden consists of twelve 4×30 foot beds. It is open to anyone who desires a garden plot. Space available.

KENNEBUNK: Kennebunk Community Garden

Location: West Kennebunk Recreational Area, Holland Road, Kennebunk, ME

Contact: [email protected] (207) 604-1326

Website: https://www.kennebunkmaine.us/717/Community-Garden-Committee

Mailing Address: Kennebunk Community Garden Committee, 1 Summer St, Kennebunk, ME 04043

Plots: 10′ x 10′ plots, 10′ x 20′ double-plots available for additional fee; limit of 2 plots per family

Fees: $25/plot for residents, $35/plot for non-residents; sliding scale available

Description: Anyone interested in renting plots may register at Kennebunk Town Hall during regular business hours. Plots will be assigned on a first-come, first served basis. Planting is expected to begin Memorial Day weekend. In addition to approximately 44 individual plots, a large part of the area is dedicated to raising produce for local food banks and shelters.

OGUNQUIT: Community Garden at Beach Plum Farm

Location: 610 Main Street/Route 1, Ogunquit, ME 03907

Contact: Great Works Land Trust, (207) 646-3604, [email protected]

Mailing Address: PO Box 151, South Berwick, ME 03908

Website: www.gwrlt.org

Plots: 20′ x 25′ plots

Fees: $35/GWRLT member, $45/non-member

Season & Hours: May – October, 7 a.m. to dusk

Description: A 22-acre conserved saltwater farm with public walking trails and the home office of Great Works Regional Land Trust. We currently provide 50 garden plots to the public. Past gardeners are given a right of first refusal each year starting in April. Water is provided and there is a shed for tool storage and garden carts. Organic practices only.

SACO: Saco Community Garden

Location: Haley Park, King St, Saco, ME

Contact: [email protected]

Website: https://sacocommunitygarden.org

Mailing Address: Saco Community Garden, c/o Margaret Mills, 168 Simpson Rd, Saco, ME 04072

Plots: 44 seasonal and 10 year-round 10′ x 10′ plots, plus one accessible plot

Fees: Seasonal plots: $25/residents, $35/non-residents

Year-round plots are $35/residents, $45/non-residents

Description: Established in 2009, the Saco Community Garden on King Street in Saco is a place for people to rent a plot and garden for themselves.  Onsite amenities include: Individual 10′ x 10′ plots in quality loam augmented with MOGFA-certified organic compost, water, garden shed, shade porch and picnic table, wheelbarrows and hand tools, compost bins, and convenient parking. Volunteers organized this project, and continue to help make this community of gardeners a success!

SANFORD: Carpentier Park Kids’ Garden

Location: Carpentier Park, Sanford, ME 04073

Contact: Rosie Brooks, Agrosintl @ aol.com

Mailing Address: PO Box 948, Alfred, ME 04002

Plots: About 24 plots, about 6′ x 6′

Season: June through August

Fees: None

Residency requirements: None

Work requirements: Weeding and watering as needed

Description: This vegetable and flower garden was started in June 2008 by neighborhood youth involved in the Strategies for a Stronger Sanford group. They plan to build on their success with other improvements to Carpentier Park.

SOUTH BERWICK: South Berwick Community Garden

Location: Willow Drive, South Berwick, ME

Contact: Mimi Demers, (207) 384-5258; [email protected]

Website: http://www.southberwickmaine.org, Facebook

Mailing Address: c/o Mimi Demers, 132 Belle Marsh Road, South Berwick, ME 03908

Plots: 31 plots, 4′ X 10′ raised beds

Season & fees: Spring-Fall, $15/plot

Residency requirements: Must be a South Berwick resident. 

Work requirements: Maintain your own plot, follow the guidelines, and keep in touch with the co-ordinator.

Description: We have about 20 families involved. We come together officially only once a year, in the spring, to go over the guidelines (we garden organically) and share ideas and our stories of successes and failures. We work together to grow a few plots cooperatively, to provide food for the local food pantry. We have an annual Harvest Potluck, just for fun.

YORK: York Community Garden

Location: York Town Farm, Long Sands Rd, York, ME

Contact: Chris Colby

Description: The town farm includes the York Community Garden of an estimated seven garden plots, run informally by Chris Colby, who maintains two large vegetable gardens there. If someone wants a garden plot, they contact Colby, but there is no formal town process for applying.

Massachusetts

NEWBURYPORT: New Eden Community Garden

Location: First Parish Church of Newbury, 20 High Rd, Newbury, MA 01951

Contact:  [email protected]  or Adam Kowal, [email protected]

Website: https://firstparishofnewbury.org/new-eden-gardens/

Description: The New Eden Collaborative of First Parish Church brings together individuals, families, and organizations in a mission to model an environmentally and ethically sustainable Community.The Gardens were designed to give participants the skills and satisfaction that growing crops in an environmentally sustainable manner with other gardeners brings.  Alternatives to synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides are incorporated and our practices are guided by National Organic Standards. All prospective gardeners are given an application, a garden covenant and NEC organic gardening guidelines. A small plot costs $65 and a large plot $155.

 

New Hampshire

DOVER: Good Earth Garden

Location: St. John’s United Methodist Church, 28 Cataract Ave, Dover, NH

Contact: Marsha Pelletier, St. John’s Garden Committee

Website:http://stjohnsdover.org/the-good-earth-garden/

Description: The Good Earth Community Garden is coordinated by St. John’s UMC members. The mission is to feed those in the Dover Community that may need food, educate the Dover community about how to grow their own food, and be a retreat for thoughtful prayer and meditation. Members may have their own plot to grow and can assist with items that will be donated to local food pantries and ministries. 

DOVER: Dover High School & Community Garden

 

Location:Dover High School at 25 Alumni Drive in Dover, NH

Contact:Heather Fabbri at 603.516.6995 or [email protected]

Mailing Address:25 Alumni Drive, Dover, NH 03820

Plot size:8 X 4

Fees:No fees, but summer help with weeding and watering is part of the commitment

Season & Hours: 3 pm until dark during school year (late August-mid June); 6 am until dark during summer months

Description:Dover High School has a large fenced area with 22 8 X 4 raised beds, raspberry bushes, a hoop house, garden shed, and room to expand. Interested parties would create their own garden bed in the available space. Help with weeding and watering throughout the garden during the summer months is expected.

DURHAM: Community Garden at Wagon Hill Farm

Location: Wagon Hill Farm, Route 4, Durham, NH

Contact: Filson Glanz; (603) 868-5398, [email protected]

Description: The Wagon Hill Community Garden opened at Wagon Hill Farm the summer of 2009 with just nine 10′ x 10′ spaces carved out of the clay in the field.  Now, they have more than 100 garden spaces and 80+ gardeners. With an annual membership , each person cultivates their own bed, shares access to tools, water, manure and compost as well as the benefits from periodic community events and education programs. 

DURHAM: Cornucopia Community Garden

Location: The Waysmeet Center – UNH, 15 Mill Road, Durham, NH

Contact:  [email protected]

Website:https://www.waysmeetcenter.org/events/

Description: A new community garden in the backyard of the Waysmeet Center will provide a source of food to the Cornucopia food pantry when regular donations can’t. The community garden grows tomatoes, peppers, carrots, beans, parsley and garlic on approximately 160 square feet in the backyard of the Center. The backyard also contains a compost unit that the residents are encouraged to use for the future health of the garden. Once the vegetables are ready to be harvested, they will be picked and given away to Cornucopia food pantry users. Any extra food will be used during the school year at the Waysmeet Center’s community dinners. 

DURHAM: Turning Point Community Garden

Location: Turning Point Farm, Wednesday Hill Road, Durham

Contact: Ellen, [email protected]

Website: Facebook Page

Description: Located on land lent by the owners of Turning Point Farm, this project was begun by a UNH graduate student to provide a space for the community to sustainably produce food, energy and other commodities, while serving as a social center for the exchange of ideas and knowledge regarding sustainable farming and living.

DURHAM: UNH Organic Gardening Club

Location: University of New Hampshire, Spinney Lane, Durham, NH

Contact: [email protected]

Website: https://www.unh.edu/healthyunh/resource/organic-garden-club

Description:The UNH Organic Garden Club (OGC) is a student-run organization established in 2003. OGC is part of the Food & Society Initiativeof the UNH Office of Sustainability, which seeks to create a sustainable food system at UNH and to integrate issues of sustainable food and agriculture into the curriculum, operations, research, and engagement efforts at the University. OGC maintains a two-acre farm on the Campus-Community Farm, a 30-acre USDA certified organic site. In the winter of 2004, OGC collaborated with UNH’s Students Without Bordersto secure a $10,000 grant from the UNH Parent’s Association to create the “built” components of the farm site, including drip irrigation and a shed. The first growing season was the spring/summer of 2004. Crops harvested at the site are purchased by UNH Dining Services and sold at a weekly UNH Durham campus farm stand during the growing season. In 2007, OGC was voted Student Organization of the Year, and the Durham Community Dinners won Best Community Project of the Year!

DURHAM: Saint George’s Community Garden

Location: Durham

Contact[email protected]

Description: The Saint George’s Community Garden now has plots available for rent for the 2013 growing season. The rate this year is $10/season for a 4’x4′ plot and $20/season for a 4’x8′ plot. Please e-mail me, the garden steward, at [email protected] for an application packet if you would like to garden with us this season. It’s not too late to plant.

EXETER: Exeter High School Community Garden

Location: Exeter High School, 1 Blue Hawk Drive, Exeter, NH

Contact: Tracey Miller, [email protected]

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/exetercommunitygarden/home 

Description: The Exeter Community Garden is a new garden that was created by the EHS Student Environment Club and a group of Citizen volunteers. They are looking for volunteers to help build new beds and maintain the garden over the summer months. The food is being used in the school cafeteria.

GREENLAND: Living Innovations Community Garden

Location: Living Innovations, 47 Tide Mill Rd, Greenland, NH

Contact: Neal Ouellett or Veronica Polak, (603) 422-7308 or [email protected]

Description: Living Innovations, a provider of both in-home and community-based services, is requesting local gardeners to tend its parcels of land at its corporate headquarters at 47 Tide Mill Road off Route 33. Living Innovations will provide the land, fencing, water and use of restrooms during our regular business hours. One of the sections of the garden will be reserved for a group of active seniors who belong to Wentworth Connections, a membership organization and senior center on Parrott Avenue in Portsmouth. The other plots will be available to Greenland and other Seacoast residents on a first-come basis.

HAMPTON: Hampton Victory Garden

Location: Barbour Rd, Hampton, NH

Contact: Ellen Conklin, [email protected]

Plots: 40 plots, 15′ x 20′

Fee: $25

Description: Since 1993, residents of Hampton, NH have been gardening in community on Barbour Road as “The Hampton Victory Garden” located on a one-time chicken farm, the fertile soil is home to 40 plots. Gardeners are welcome to grow most crops.

NEWFIELDS: Paul Memorial Library Community Garden

Location: Paul Memorial Library, 76 Main St, Newfields, NH 03856

Contact: (603) 778-8169; [email protected]

Website: https://paulmemoriallibrary.org/community-garden/

Mailing Address: PO Box 200, Newfields, NH 03856

Plots: 10 plots, 6′ x 30′

Season: April – November

Fees: $30 a plot, can have up to two 

Residency requirements: Newfields residents given priority

Work requirements: None

Description: In spirit with responsible land use and cultivation of a community effort to local sustainability, the Paul Memorial Library offers up a portion of its generous space to residents for the purpose of an organic gardening experience. This opportunity comes on an annual basis and is available to residents who have a committed desire to grow their own vegetables, herbs, flowers or fruit.

 

NEWMARKET: Newmarket Community Garden

Location: 76 Dame Road, Newmarket, NH 03857

Contact: Maggie Schier,  [email protected]

Website: https://www.facebook.com/newmarketcommunitygarden/

Plots: 33 plots, averaging 5′ x 8′

Fees: $30 per plot per season

Residency requirements: Priority given to Newmarket residents.

Description: First formed in 2006, we are a small grassroots organization with a mission to strengthen our community through the shared experience of growing local, organic foods and medicines. We offer members access to our tool sheds and compost piles, and we have a large rain barrel system which supplies us with all of our water for the season.  During the summer, we meet in the garden for monthly potlucks and campfires. We use a message board and a group email list for communication. We start and end the season with a mandatory group work day (first Saturdays of May and November 9 a.m. – noon).

NORTH HAMPTON: North Hampton Community Garden

Location:Route 111, Exeter Road, North Hampton.   West of Route 1 and just East of 95. Across from Dearborn Park tennis courts

Contact: Cindy Jenkins ([email protected]) or Lisa Cote ([email protected])

Description: Plots are 15’ X 20’ for $25.00 or gardeners may use two plots totaling 15’ X 40’ for $40.00.  Water, mulch, mowing are provided. Sometimes wood chips are available. There are honey bee hives located at the Community Garden and gardens are grown using Organic methods.  Master Gardeners are available to advise, as well as our successful long time gardeners.

PORTSMOUTH: Atlantic Heights Community Garden

Location: Bedford Way, Portsmouth, NH

Description: Started in 2009 with 6, 4′ x 8′ raised beds. This garden is on city owned property in the Atlantic Heights Neighborhood. Parking in the Bedford way senior housing lot is prohibited. Please look for on-street spaces on nearby Kearsarge Way. Work days and fees for plots apply.

PORTSMOUTH:Community Garden at Strawbery Banke

Location: Strawbery Banke Museum, Marcy St, Portsmouth NH 03801

Website: www.strawberybanke.org

Plots: 22 raised beds; 4′ x 8′ & 4′ x 10′

Description: The community gardens at the museum have evolved over the last decade to offer underutilized space at the museum to gardeners from the larger community. More raised beds have been created annually and at present nearly three dozen gardeners from all walks of life participate in the project. The Community Garden was founded on the ideal of preserving green space, providing relaxation and recreation, and fostering community spirit. Open to all residents of the greater Portsmouth area, our members include Share Our Strength, Stepping Stones, Kiefe House, New Heights “Get Green” program and numerous families and individuals from the region. Members learn about organic gardening, reap a nutritious harvest, enjoy monthly gatherings and donate excess produce to the community. Members join together for monthly potlucks and to beautify and maintain the community garden space. We are still growing as a teaching garden, and learning as a community. All members are encouraged to become members of the museum, expected to utilize organic practices, and required to grow at least one heirloom crop in order to help keep the tradition of back yard gardening alive at Strawbery Banke Museum. Our dreams include an interactive education area/exhibit panel, community outreach in the form of a lecture series, construction of compost bins, and more raised beds for our growing community of gardeners!

PORTSMOUTH:Rock Street Community Garden

Location: Portsmouth, NH at the End of Rock Street, behind Heinemann (Hanover St.), by the railroad tracks next to North Mill Pond.

Contact: Jimmy owns the square brick building (metal shop) in front of the garden and he can help you find your spot (if there is one) and show you the ropes.

Number & Size of plots: There’s about 12 plots, some people have been growing there for YEARS so make sure you clear your spot selection with Jimmy first.

Work Requirement: weeding, watering and upkeep.

Description: The garden is for the Islington Creek Neighborhood (Bridge St. towards Cabot; Islington to N. Mill Pond). People start by talking to Jimmy and then selecting sites and marking them with a wooden stake with their name and street around the end of March/beginning of April, there is no fee. There is a shed to store tools/supplies and Jimmy can open it for you. There is water supplied.

PORTSMOUTH: Urban Forestry Center Community Garden

Location: Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Road, Portsmouth, NH 03801

Contact: Jeanne Deflorio,  [email protected]

Plots: 12 plots, 10′ x 10′ (Some are split into 5′ x 10′)

Description: The garden is located at the beautiful Urban Forestry Center.  The annual cost is $10.00 for a 5 x 10 plot, and $20 for a 10 x 10 plot.  There is a permanent fence and water is provided. There is currently a waiting list. 

ROLLINSFORD: Rollinsford Garden & Local Sustainability Club

Location: 400-433 Foundry Street, Rollinsford, NH 03869 

Website: rollinsfordcommunitygarden.weebly.com

Plots: 25 plots

Description: Located off of Foundry St. in Rollinsford, the Rollinsford Community Garden sits on the southern banks of the Salmon Falls River. Once privately used for cattle nearly thirty years ago, the fourteen acre allotment known as the ‘famous fourteen’ was purchased by the town to protect it from development. We will be constructing twenty five 4’x12′ raised beds which will be available for folks to rent for $25 per year. There they will have the opportunity to learn and grow whatever they would like, as well as get to know their neighbor. Beginning March 13 we will be taking applications for the beds. The beds will be awarded on a first come first serve basis.

RYE: Rye Junior High School Community Garden

Location: Rye Junior High School, 501 Washington Rd, Rye, NH 03870

Contact: Mary Coombs, mcoombs @ sau50.org

Website: https://sites.google.com/a/sau50.org/rjh-community-garden/

Description: An example of how a school garden and a community garden can co-exist brilliantly, especially given the school schedule and need for summer caretakers. Also a great example of using a wiki to organize. The mission of the RJH Community Garden is to provide a space where students and community members may work together to create and maintain a year-round vegetable garden on the school grounds. This garden will be a learning aid to reinforce studies in natural science and other curriculum areas as well as a vehicle for connecting Rye students with the expertise of community members. The garden is located on the RJH property behind of the school athletic field.

SANDOWN: Sandown Community Garden

Location: 320 Main St, Sandown, NH

Contact: Christy Ortins, [email protected] (603) 887-6085

Description: The Sandown Community Garden provides small plots of land to town residents who do not have a home garden or maybe need more space than they have. The garden is sponsored by the Sandown Garden Club of Kingston and the Community Garden Committee.

Resources

  • Seacoast Community Garden Network – For all Seacoast gardeners, with a special focus on Community Gardens; includes an interactive discussion forum and free classifieds.
  • American Community Garden Association – ACGA is a bi-national nonprofit membership organization of professionals, volunteers and supporters of community greening in urban and rural communities.
  • Seacoast Grow-A-Row – A community-based program encouraging individual and community gardeners to plant and donate an extra row of produce in support of local food pantries and food relief organizations. Contact: Kim Truesdale, 603-502-3602, [email protected]
  • School Gardens Initiative – A special project of UNH Cooperative Extension, Rockingham Co. Master Gardeners, to support the establishment and maintenance of gardens linked to curriculum in the public schools of Rockingham County, New Hampshire.
  • Maine Harvest for Hunger – A volunteer opportunity for University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers, the program is open to all interested gardeners and is now active in 15 counties.
  • Ample Harvest – A national website helping gardeners to find nearby pantries to share their harvest with; searchable database.
  • SNAP Gardens– Promotes use of SNAP EBT benefits (Food Stamps) to buy seeds and plants which produce food for the household to eat.
  • University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension
  • University of Maine Cooperative Extension
  • “Grow a Row? Grow a Garden for the Hungry!” – Article with suggested vegetables to grow and preparation before delivery to pantries.