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 Gardens 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 10/12/17 there is at least one abandoned plot available as a fall plot, and about 7 people have already joined the wait list for a spring 2018 plot. 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, please sign up now! FYI we often have up to 30 plots available in the spring.

2018 Workdays

April 28, May 19, June 30, July 28, August 25, September 29, October 27

During gardening season (April to October), workdays are mostly held the last Saturday of every month from 9 am to noon (see 2018 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.

“ALTERNATE” WORKDAYS: one non-Saturday mid-month workday per month, time & dates announced here as they’re scheduled(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 or 2017 WORK HOURS? We will bill for any hours due unless you’ve made a plan with Karen & started doing the work on your own. Suggested jobs: screen & bag finished compost on highway side, bundle brush outside of railroad-side fence, clear weeds from fences. Contact president@ithacacommunitygardens.org . FRIENDLY REMINDER: starting 2017, work hours must be done or paid for 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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