What is a Community Garden?
A community garden is a place where neighbors and families gather to grow healthy delicious food. Each person (or family/group) has their own plot to grow their own herbs, flowers, fruits or vegetables. Gardeners enjoy the outdoors, get some exercise, grow heart healthy foods and get to know their gardening neighbors. It’s an opportunity for experienced and novice gardeners alike, for those who may not have the right space to garden at home, or simply would like to garden with others. The garden provides a place for our older generation to connect with young people and share their gardening expertise, preserving and passing on their knowledge to the next generation.
What is Included in a Plot?
100 sq ft plots are available on a first come-first served basis, for $40 (with a sliding scale for families demonstrating need) per plot per season. Tilling, water and tools are included. Educational sessions and growing advice will be available through Master Gardeners and other area experts.
How is Our Garden Unique?
The community garden includes “Plant It Forward” plots – separate garden plots where the produce grown is donated to the New Ulm Food Shelf and families in need. These plots are also used as an educational demonstration garden. Community garden members, on a voluntary basis, tend these plots along with Putting Green staff and other volunteers.
To sign up for a garden plot:
1. Download the two documents found below (CG Garden Application & Contract and CG Gardener Waiver & Release)
2. Mail the two completed forms along with your payment to:
New Ulm Community Garden
PO Box 91
New Ulm, MN 56073
Questions? Contact our Garden Manager Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (507) 291-8668.
The New Ulm Community Garden had its beginning as the Growing Green Farm, a collaboration between MRCI Worksource and Putting Green. For five years, the two non-profits worked together on sustainable small-scale farming operations that employed MRCI clients and area youth. The produce grown on the farm was made available to the community through CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) membership.