Community Gardens in Lincoln

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Community Crops coordinates many community gardens in Lincoln, Nebraska. The gardens are spread throughout the city to accommodate our participants. Our gardeners come from many different backgrounds and together they beautify our city while growing food for themselves. See the map below for the garden locations.

Plot fees are on a sliding scale basis, and financial assistance is available for everyone who qualifies.
If you have questions about the gardens, please contact us at info@communitycrops.org or (402) 474-9802.

How do I become a community gardener?

Garden applications for 2017 are now available! We recommend signing up as soon as possible to ensure you get a plot in your preferred location.  The application deadline is February 15th, 2017.  You can sign up using our electronic form, or by paper application!  If you prefer paper, you can stop by our office to fill one out, or call us at 402.474.9802 to request one by mail.  Our office hours are 9am – 4pm, Monday – Friday.

 

Community Gardening Plots and Fees

As a community gardener, you can expect to pay an annual plot fee, and an additional security deposit. Plot fees will differ based on the size of your plot, and if you qualify for financial assistance or not.  Your security deposit, which covers set up and clean up costs, is roll-able or refundable if you clean up your plot at the end of the year. It will also differ based on if you garden with financial assistance or not.

One garden plot is equivalent to 100 sq. ft (10′ x 10′), which is equal to 9.3 sq. meters (3.05m x 3.05m).  You can sign up for more than one plot, though we generally do not give more than 4 plots to one applicant due to demand and space limitations.

Below is the breakdown of the sizes and costs – both financial aid and full price rates are listed:

  •  1 plot [100sq ft./9.3sq. meters]: $10-$75
  •  2 plots [200 sq ft./18.6 sq. meters]: $20-$150
  •  3 plots [300 sq. ft./27.9 sq. meters]: $30-$225
  •  4 plots [400 sq. ft./37.2 sq. meters]: $40-$300
  •  A full price security deposit is $50, while reduced cost deposit for financial aid gardeners is $25, regardless of plot size.

Email amyg@communitycrops.org or call our office at 402.474.9802 if you have questions about our program!

See our gardens in action

This video features one of our many partners in the Community Garden program, Live Yes! Studios. Live Yes! does amazing work, helping developmentally disabled adults through arts education. For two years now, Live Yes! has had a garden plot at our Southminster garden, where clients grow food and explore nature. The video below was produced by Nolan Tredway.

Become a Community Garden Sponsor

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Local businesses are instrumental in providing community garden space.  It’s great recognition for the business, and means more resources for growing food for the gardeners!

Community Crops Garden Map on Google

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Community Crops Garden Locations

46th Street Antelope Southern Heights 1st and L
Northeast Church Oak Lake Church Peter Pan Park 1st Presbyterian
Southminster Church 14th and Hudson Rosemont Church Newman Church

Starting a Community Garden with Crops

Are you interested in partnering with Crops to develop a community garden? Whether you have land already or want to work with an existing garden, we would like to partner with you. We have put together some suggestions on how a community garden best works.

AmeriCorps Members Serving with Community Crops

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AmeriCorps members through ServeNebraska provide important service to the community and youth gardens, ensuring that everyone has access to healthy, local food. Positions start annually in September.