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 a 2017 garden plot, click here. As of 5/17/17 there is one plot available, with no names yet on the wait list. Also a few plots will likely become available toward the end of May, as gardener’s circumstances change.

Upcoming 2017 Workdays

Sunday, May 21, from 3–5 pm & Saturday, May 27, from 10–noon

(the remaining 2017 “last Saturday of the month” workday dates are May 27, June 24, 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). The next Sat. workday of the season is Saturday May 27, from 10–noon, you’ll come and meet some of your fellow gardeners! Everyone who is able is encouraged to attend as many of these workdays as possible, to share the work and join the fun.

NEW “ALTERNATE” WORKDAYS: one non-Saturday mid-month workday, we’ll announce exact time & dates here as we schedule them: the first one is Sunday, May 21, from 3–5 pm. One Sunday a month from 3–5 pm during May, Sept and October, and one weekday a month from 5:30–7:30 pm during the hotter months of June to August. 

STILL NEED TO MAKE UP 2016 WORK HOURS? The deadline to complete these work hours has been extended to May 31, 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. You’ve already received an email with suggested jobs, so please take action now if you don’t want to be billed. Suggested jobs: sift & bag finished compost, dig comfrey & mint from a plot that needs rehabilitation. Contact president@ithacacommunitygardens.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.

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