Welcome to the Ithaca Community Gardens, a program of Project Growing Hope!
Project Growing Hope is a not-for-profit membership organization devoted to furthering community food self-sufficiency. Our main project is the Ithaca Community Gardens. As a member you can choose to maintain your own garden plot; use the garden tools, manure, and compost; take part in and organize educational workshops and social events; and help maintain the shared community spaces in the Gardens. And of course there’s the opportunity to learn and share with a community of friendly gardeners! There are also many opportunities to get involved in community events. Check out our events calendar below for upcoming garden events.
2017 Wait List
New to the Community Gardens? To put your name on the wait list for either a fall 2017 garden plot, or a 2018 plot click here. As of 7/20/17 the Gardens are full with a few people on the wait list. Plots usually become available as the season progresses, so if you’re interested in rehabilitating an abandoned plot, preparing a fall plot for next season, or would just like to be sure to get a plot next spring, sign up now!
Upcoming 2017 Workdays
Saturday, July 29, from 10–noon. and a mid-August weekday evening (date to be determined)
(the remaining 2017 “last Saturday of the month” workday dates are July 29, Aug 26, Sept 30, Oct 28, mark your calendars!)
During gardening season (April to October), workdays are held the last Saturday of every month from 10 am to noon (see dates above). Everyone who is able is encouraged to attend as many of these workdays as possible, to share the work and join the fun.The next Saturday workday of the season is Saturday July 29, from 10–noon.
“ALTERNATE” WORKDAYS: one non-Saturday mid-month workday per month, we’ll announce exact time & dates here as we schedule them: the next one will be a mid-August weekday evening. (One Sunday a month from 3–5 pm during May, Sept and October, and one weekday evening a month during the hotter months of June to August.)
STILL NEED TO MAKE UP 2016 WORK HOURS? The deadline to complete these work hours was extended to June 30, after which we’ll be billing for the hours due unless you’ve made a plan with Karen & started doing the work on your own. Suggested jobs: sift & bag finished compost on highway side, trim brush outside of railroad-side fence. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. FRIENDLY REMINDER: starting 2017, work hours must be done in the year they are owed; to renew plots in 2018, any owed work hours must be paid at the rate of $15/hour.
BOARD MEETINGS: board meets regularly the 3rd Tuesday of the month. The next meeting is Tuesday, Aug. 15, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, at 204 E. Lewis St. Gardeners are welcome to attend, advance notice is helpful. Meeting minutes are available upon request from RonLiso@ithacacommunitygardens.org.
ANNUAL AGWAY GIFT CARD RAFFLE: the raffle drawing was held on June 24, 2017, it was won by a member of the Ithaca community, not a community gardener this year. We’ll have an update on how close we came to meeting our $500 fundraising goal soon.
SPECIAL JOBS available. Poison ivy elimination. Compost sifting & bagging. Tidy the Gardens “face” along Rte. 13. Email email@example.com for details.The Hidden Impacts of the Ithaca Community Gardens (PDF)
Tompkins Weekly article on the Gardens on p. 7 of the May 22, 2017. Read about about Fallen Tree Center for a Resilient Future, a fellow community organization in the Northeast of Ithaca that includes small community garden plots: blog post, article.
PGH received PRACTICAL SUPPORT from SUSTAINABLE TOMPKINS in 2015.
Commemorating former gardener AUNG HTOO (March 1, 1979 – June 4, 2017)
Chao-Fu Cheng (February 18, 1942 – March 17, 2015) Commemoration Page – Includes video from Open Garden Days Dedication