Welcome to the Ithaca Community Gardens, a program of Project Growing Hope!

Project Growing Hope is a 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, and take part in and organize educational workshops and social events. 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.

2016 Wait List

New to the Community Gardens? To put your name on the Wait List for a 2016 garden plot, click here. The Gardens are full but a few plots usually become available as the season progresses.

Regular 2016 Saturday Workdays

(Apr 30, May 21) June 25, July 30, Aug 27, Sept 24, Oct 29

During gardening season (April to October), workdays are held the last Saturday of every month (except May date avoids Memorial Day holiday). Everyone who is able is encouraged to attend as many of these workdays as possible, to share the work and join the fun!

Gardening News

  • Fundraising RAFFLE: Please help sell raffle tickets (details here) to keep the Gardens affordable for all. The raffle drawing will be held on June 25, so please help sell more tickets between now & then by contacting Judith Barker (judithbarker@ithacacommunitygardens.org).

  • There will be a Special MEMBERSHIP MEETING on Sunday June 12 from 1 to 2;30 pm (if necessary to let everyone speak we will continue until 3 pm) at the Gardens. The purpose is for the board to obtain member input before making a decision regarding Maguire’s proposal to move the Gardens to the north end of Carpenter Park. Detailed information regarding the matter will be/is available here, and has been emailed to all members. Contact secretary@ithacacommunitygardens.org if you need it emailed again.

    The proposed new garden perimeters have been marked with stakes, so gardeners can come by the Gardens between 11 am to 1 pm on the 12th to visualize the move and talk to board members. We will also solicit member input via an online survey, so everyone will have a chance to give the board their input, whether they can attend the meeting or not. The matter is complex and we appreciate everyone’s help making the best decision possible.

  • Next BOARD MEETING has been scheduled for the usual 2nd Thursday of July (June 14) from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at 309 Washington St.Gardeners are welcome to attend, advance notice helpful.

  • SPECIAL JOBS Available. Highlights: tool manager desperately needed (inventory tools, purchase as needed, & track warranty info). Sheet mulch weeding, mowing, beautify the Gardens “face” along Rte. 13. Compost sifting & bagging. Email secretary@ithacacommunitygardens.org for details.

  • The Hidden Impacts of the Ithaca Community Gardens (PDF)

  • Chao-Fu Cheng (February 18, 1942 – March 17, 2015) Commemoration Page – Includes video from Open Garden Days Dedication

  • How to Deal with BINDWEED in the Gardens