Community Gardens in Lincoln


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 or (402) 474-9802.

How do I become a community gardener?

The gardens are currently full for the 2021 season, but we are still accepting applicants for our waitlist!

Waitlist applicants receive placements if gardeners leave the program mid season, and are eligible for a special enrollment period before the applications open to the general public. Waitlist applications also help us continue to evaluate the need and location for new gardens.

2021 New Gardener Application 

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 or call our office at 402.474.9802 if you have questions about our program!

Community Crops Garden Map on Google

Community Crops Garden Locations

46th Street Antelope Southern Heights 14th and Hudson
Newman Church Oak Lake Church Peter Pan Park 1st Presbyterian
Mustard Seed (Middlecross Church) Alpha Kappa Alpha Garden (14th & D)

Become a Community Garden Sponsor


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!

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.

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.