Circle Area Community Garden
Below is a list of important dates that our gardeners need to know. Check back frequently for updates!
- February 13 - Applications Available
- February 20 - Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.
- April 15 - First Day of Planting
- June 2 - Deadline for Planting
- Orientation Dates for Gardeners TBD
What is a Community Garden?
A Community Garden is a single piece of land gardened collectively by a group of people. Community Gardens provide access to fresh produce and plants as well as access to satisfying labor, neighborhood improvement, sense of community and connection to the environment. They are publicly functioning in terms of ownership, access and management, as well as typically owned in trust by local governments or nonprofits.
About the Garden
The Circle Area Community is located on the corner of Edwin and Cambridge Streets. The garden consists of 25 plots approximately 4' x 12' in size and 5 plots that are 4' x 10'.
Applications along with the non-refundable $20.00 fee can be mailed or hand delivered to the Municipal Service Center. The garden plots are filled on a first-come first-served basis, so get your application in early. When garden plots fill, a wait list will be created. Paper applications are available at the Municipal Service Center, City Hall and the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library. Plots are limited to one plot per household. Gardeners will be contacted with plot assignments and information on orientation dates.
What is provided at the Community Garden
- Community space on which to grow food, herbs and flowers
- An organic, prepared and nutrient rich soil in which to grow
- Water for self-irrigation
- Amenities include a gazebo and exterior boundary fencing
- Plot monitoring by Parks and Recreation Staff
- During the growing season our Garden Manager will be on site approximately 15-20 hours each week to oversee garden activities and answer questions.
Click to the right to see a complete list of the rules and guidelines for gardeners of the Community Garden. Below are items of special importance:
- Produce grown through this program cannot be for commercial use and may not be sold.
- This is an organic garden, therefore use of your own fertilizers, insecticides or week repellents is NOT allowed at any time.
The City will not provide any plant material or seeds for growing. Gardeners will be responsible for providing their own plant material.
Volunteer and Educational Opportunities
Even if you are not interested in maintaining a plot for the season, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved by volunteering. We are always looking for individuals who are interested in volunteering their time and talents. Positions are available on the garden oversight committee as well. Please contact Stephanie Richardson on how you can get involved.