Community members that are interested in growing their own food but don’t have enough space are encouraged to apply for a garden plot through the City of Eugene for the 2017 season. There are more than 300 gardening plots located at six sites throughout Eugene, and the application deadline is Monday, Feb. 13. Eugene’s access to community gardens is one of the reasons it was named the #1 urban farming city in America by Citi IO.
Plots are located at:
- Alton Baker – East end of Alton Baker parking lot
- Amazon -27th Ave. and High St.
- Mathews – 15th Ave. and Hayes St.
- River House – 301 North Adams St.
- Skinner City Farm – West end of Skinner Butte Park
- Whiteaker – End of North Polk St.
Applications are made available in English and Spanish online at www.eugene-or.gov/communitygardens, at the Parks and Open Space Division offices located at 1820 Roosevelt Blvd. in Eugene, or by calling 541-682-4800.
Seasonal plot use permit fees are $60 for an approximately 200 sq. ft. plot and $100 for an approximately 400 sq. ft. plot. Gardeners have access to the plot of land, water and shared tools. On-site coordinators are willing and able to help answer gardening questions and gardeners will be the first to know about free gardening workshops starting in March.
Plots will be awarded through a lottery. The lottery drawing will be conducted at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 1820 Roosevelt Blvd., and will be open to the public including potential gardeners. And, for the first time ever, those that don’t receive a plot through the lottery will be added to a waiting list until a plot becomes available, instead of having to reapply.
For additional information, please call 541-954-1082 or visit www.eugene-or.gov/communitygardens.