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.

2018 Wait List

New to the Community Gardens? To put your name on the wait list for a 2018 plot click here. As of mid-December 2017 there are about 11 people already on the wait list. 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.

Gardening News

  • CALENDARS for SALE: The beautiful calendar that resulted from our first annual gardener photo contest is available now for purchase at the following stores: Home Green Home on the Commons, IthacaMade in Dewitt Mall, Agway at Fulton, and Sunny Days on the corner of Green and Cayuga Streets. See here for more detail.

  • PETITION: The Gardens is gathering petition signatures to encourage the City of Ithaca to keep the Gardens permanently at our current location at Carpenter Circle. We would like to show that there is wide support for this, so whether you garden with us or not, if you value having a large, central community garden in the heart of downtown Ithaca, please follow these instructions to help us gather petition signatures. 

  • LAND/PERMANENCY MEETINGS: Gardeners interested in working on the land/permanency issue, the next meeting is Tuesday December 12, 7:30 tp 9 pm at 321 North Albany Street.

  • BOARD MEETINGS: The board meets regularly the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 7 to 9 pm at  321 North Albany Street; the next meeting is January 16. Gardeners are welcome to attend board meetings, advance notice is helpful. Meeting minutes are available upon request from RonLiso@ithacacommunitygardens.org.

  • The ANNUAL MEMBER MEETING was Nov. 8, 2017; 16 people attended, and we elected new board members Marty Hiller, Eva Marques, Sheryl Swink, and Olivier Zanen.  

  • The Hidden Impacts of the Ithaca Community Gardens (PDF) Excerpted recently in the Ithaca Times, see here.

  • SPECIAL JOBS available: check plot numbering stakes. Brush trimming, poison ivy elimination, compost screening & bagging. Tidy the Gardens “face” along Rte. 13. For more detail, please email president@ithacacommunitygardens.org  

  • WHEN DO i WATER MY PLOT? Check this water deficit calculator frequently for whether you need to water (provided by Cornell’s CSF – Climate Smart Farming Program) 


  • How to Deal with BINDWEED in the Gardens

  • Tompkins Weekly article on the Gardens on p. 7 of the May 22, 2017 issue. 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.


  • 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