Community Gardens

Enjoy the Bounty of the Earth

Since 1978, Eugene’s community gardens have been growing friendships, community involvement and an appreciation of the land. By giving participants the opportunity to cultivate their own gardens, the Community Gardens Program helps people experience a special connection to the earth and their community.

Grow your own food in the #1 city for urban farming!

How to apply for a plot

The 2020 community garden plot lottery is now open! Interested gardeners may submit Plot Use Permit Applications with payment for entry.

Download a Permit Application or pick one up at Parks and Open Space, 1820 Roosevelt Blvd., Eugene, OR 97402. The deadline to submit an application with payment is February 12. We encourage everyone to read through the Community Gardens Manual before submitting an application to understand the expectations and commitment of renting a community garden plot.

The initial lottery will be drawn from the pool of City of Eugene residents. If plots are still available after the City-resident lottery, a second lottery will be drawn. Individuals chosen by the lottery to receive a Plot Use Permit will be assigned a plot based on their preferences stated on the application forms. The permit process must be completed with 10 days of notification. If the permit issuance process for a new plot is not completed within 10 days of notification, the plot may be reassigned.

Individuals not chosen by lottery will be placed on a waiting list and will be contacted when a plot becomes available.

There are six community gardens throughout Eugene with a total of more than 340 plots: 

  • Amazon Gardens at 27th Avenue and High Street
  • Mathews Gardens at 15th Avenue and Hayes Street
  • Whiteaker Gardens at the end of North Polk Street
  • River House Gardens at 301 North Adams Street
  • Alton Baker Gardens at the east end of the Alton Baker Park parking lot
  • Skinner City Farm at the west end of Skinner Butte Park

About the Plots

There are three plot sizes:

  1. Approx. 300 square-feet for $60 per year
  2. Approx. 600 square-feet for $100 per year
  3. 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.

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