Community Partnerships

We are proud and delighted to have partnerships with the following organizations: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County; Friendship Donations Network (FDN); Ithaca Carshare; Tompkins Community Action (TCAction); Challenge Workforce Solutions, Unity House of Cayuga County; Cultura Ithaca; Dispositional Alternatives Program (DAP), Family & Children’s Service of Ithaca (Youth Services); the Rainbow Healing Center of America, Inc.; and Northern Light Learning Center.

  • Friendship Donations Network

Founded in 1988 by Sara Pines, Friendship Donations Network’s mission is to rescue fresh nutritious food from stores and farms that would otherwise be thrown away and redistribute it to neighbors in need. This is accomplished by an extensive network of volunteers who pick up donations of mostly perishable excess and day-old food and deliver them to pantries and programs that serve in excess of 2,100 people weekly.

Neighborhood Food Hubs make donating garden produce easy! The Gardens serve as a volunteer Hub Holder, hosting a cooler by our garden sheds twice a week, which serves as a drop-off location for produce. Many gardeners make weekly food donations to the community through this program. The donations are distributed to food pantries, local meal programs, and individuals. Gardeners donated more than 2,800 pounds of produce during the 2014 pilot season of Neighborhood Food Hubs.

Neighborhood Food Hubs aim to help home gardeners donate their extra garden bounty; connect neighbors and communities to fresh, healthy, hyper-local food; and reduce waste.

Hubs help to improve community access to fresh food; raise awareness about the impact of homegrown food; and rescue lovingly grown food from an untimely end at the compost heap.

For more information contact Meaghan Sheehan Rosen, Program Coordinator | 607.216.9522 | |

  • Ithaca Carshare

Ithaca Carshare is a local nonprofit with the mission of enhancing community access to transportation while reducing negative environmental and economic impacts of car use. They are invested in staying in touch with the community’s interests and needs.

Ithaca Carshare is waiving application fees for Community Gardeners (a $40 saving). Ithaca Carshare offers 24/7 self-serve access to fuel-efficient cars, a minivan, and a truck conveniently located in Ithaca.

  • Tompkins Community Action

We have a working partnership with Tompkins Community Action: they donate plants in the spring, and we donate vegetables to their food pantries.

  • Community Group Garden Plots

We provide free plots to six community organizations who use them for educational programs and activities that directly benefit underserved populations: Challenge Workforce Solutions (people with disabilities), Unity House of Cayuga County (people with mental illness, developmental disabilities, or in recovery), ¡Cultura Ithaca!, Dispositional Alternatives Program (youth at risk), Northern Light Learning Center (homeschooled children), and the Rainbow Healing Center of America, Inc.

  • GreenStar’s Reusable Bag Program

The Ithaca Community Gardens was chosen as one of the three non-profits to participate in GreenStar’s “Bring Your Own Bag, Use It for Good” program for April to June 2015. Shoppers who brought their own bag were given a wooden token and were able to chose what charity would receive a donation. GreenStar donated five cents for each token given to the Gardens. Thanks to everyone who participated.