Community Gardens

Community Gardens Make it Easy to Move, Grow, Learn and Share

If you’ve always wanted to grow your own food but just don’t know where or how to start, look for a community garden near you.

Most community gardens will provide clear guidelines on participating, resources on growing, and recommendations to set you up for a successful garden. Many community gardens provide tools and make sure water is set up and easy to use. Thanks to University of Extension Master Gardener programs, there’s always someone to help problem solve.

Gardening provides multiple health benefits by increasing consumption of fresh vegetables, and fruits, as well as full body exercise. Community gardens also provide the social support and shared knowledge you can’t get from gardening alone. Because of this, experienced gardeners are encouraged to participate in their community garden as well. There will be opportunities to share information with each other about successes and challenges. Community gardening also make it easy to find someone to help water your garden plot if you’ll be gone for a few days.

If a particular plot is more garden than you want to manage, ask about signing up with a friend or neighbor. Often businesses, service groups, faith groups, and workplace wellness groups are encouraged to give gardening a try.

Here are a few community gardens in the Healthy Northland region. Make sure to check in soon. Planting time will be here soon!

Deer River:
Deer River Community Garden. Accepting applications now!
Gardeners of all ages and experience levels are encouraged to rent a plot.

Grand Rapids:
The Itasca Community Garden
Gardeners of all ages and experiences levels are encouraged to rent a plot.

Two Harbors:
Marek Fuller Community Garden

Four Growing Together gardens:
– 216 Chestnut Street, handicapped-accessible raised bed gardens
– Pine Mill Court (for PMC residents), between fenced playground and creek

– Northside Park (intersection of 8th Ave W and 13th St N)

– North Bailey’s Lake (behind Pohaki Lumber)

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