Community Gardens are shared spaces where members have a plot in which to grow their own food. Community Gardens are especially useful for apartment and condo dwellers, and others without their own space to grow. Community Garden Resources
ELIOT: Marshwood Middle School Garden
Location: Marshwood Middle School, 626 H.L. Dow Hwy., Eliot, ME 03903
Contact: Emily Stauffer, science teacher, (207) 439-1399
ELIOT: United Methodist Church Community Garden
Location: Eliot United Methodist Church, 238 Harold L. Dow Hwy/Route 236, Eliot, ME 03903
Contact: William Gilbert at email@example.com, or call Eliot UMC at (207) 439-6593
Description: In keeping with our vision statement to reach out and help others both globally and locally, the idea of a community garden was born. The Garden consists of ten 4×30 foot beds. It is open to anyone who desires a garden plot. Space available.
KENNEBUNK: Kennebunk Community Garden
Location: West Kennebunk Recreational Area, Holland Road, Kennebunk, ME
Mailing Address: Kennebunk Community Garden Committee, 1 Summer St, Kennebunk, ME 04043
Plots: 10′ x 10′ plots, 10′ x 20′ double-plots available for additional fee; limit of 2 plots per family
Fees: $25/plot for residents, $35/plot for non-residents; sliding scale available
Description: Anyone interested in renting plots may register at Kennebunk Town Hall during regular business hours. Plots will be assigned on a first-come, first served basis. Planting is expected to begin Memorial Day weekend. In addition to approximately 44 individual plots, a large part of the area is dedicated to raising produce for local food banks and shelters.
OGUNQUIT: Community Garden at Beach Plum Farm
Location: 610 Main Street/Route 1, Ogunquit, ME 03907
Contact: Great Works Land Trust, (207) 646-3604, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mailing Address: PO Box 151, South Berwick, ME 03908
Plots: 20′ x 25′ plots
Fees: $35/GWRLT member, $45/non-member
Season & Hours: May – October, 7 a.m. to dusk
Description: A 22-acre conserved saltwater farm with public walking trails and the home office of Great Works Regional Land Trust. We currently provide 50 garden plots to the public. Past gardeners are given a right of first refusal each year starting in April. Water is provided and there is a shed for tool storage and garden carts. Organic practices only.
SACO: Saco Community Garden
Location: Haley Park, King St, Saco, ME
Contact: (207) 283-1025, email@example.com
Mailing Address: Saco Community Garden, c/o Margaret Mills, 168 Simpson Rd, Saco, ME 04072
Plots: 48 individual 10′ x 10′ plots
Fees: $25/residents, $30/non-residents
Description: The Garden is at Haley Park on King Street in Saco. It is a place for people to rent a plot and garden for themselves. There is enough room for 48 individual plots in quality loam augmented with MOFGA certified organic compost. Onsite amenities will include: water hookups, garden shed, wheelbarrows and hand tools, on-street parking, and compost area. Volunteers organized this project, and they continue to help make this community of gardeners a success. Anyone can volunteer and anyone can sign up to rent a plot while space is available. In addition, Master Gardeners can be contacted to assist those new to gardening as well as answer your gardening questions throughout the season.
SANFORD: Carpentier Park Kids’ Garden
Location: Carpentier Park, Sanford, ME 04073
Contact: Rosie Brooks, Agrosintl @ aol.com
Mailing Address: PO Box 948, Alfred, ME 04002
Plots: About 24 plots, about 6′ x 6′
Season: June through August
Residency requirements: None
Work requirements: Weeding and watering as needed
Description: This vegetable and flower garden was started in June 2008 by neighborhood youth involved in the Strategies for a Stronger Sanford group. They plan to build on their success with other improvements to Carpentier Park.
SOUTH BERWICK: South Berwick Community Garden
Location: Willow Drive, South Berwick, ME
Contact: Mimi Demers, (207) 384-5258, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mailing Address: c/o Mimi Demers, 132 Belle Marsh Road, South Berwick, ME 03908
Plots: 23 plots, 4′ X 10′ raised beds
Season & fees: spring-fall, $10/plot
Residency requirements: must live in South Berwick
Work requirements: maintain your own plot, follow the guidelines, keep in touch with the co-ordinator
Description: We have about 15 families involved. We come together officially only once a year, in the spring, to go over the guidelines (we mostly garden organically) and share ideas and our stories of successes and failures. We work together to grow a few plots cooperatively, to provide food for the local food pantry. We have an annual Open Garden Day, so interested members of the public can drop in to get a better idea of what we do and why.
YORK: York Community Garden
Location: York Town Farm, Long Sands Rd, York, ME
Contact: Chris Colby
Description: The town farm includes the York Community Garden of an estimated seven garden plots, run informally by Chris Colby, who maintains two large vegetable gardens there. If someone wants a garden plot, they contact Colby, but there is no formal town process for applying.
NEWBURYPORT: New Eden Community Garden
Location: First Parish Church of Newbury, 20 High Rd, Newbury, MA 01951
Contact: Erin Stack, Garden Coordinator, email@example.com
Description: The New Eden Collaborative of First Parish Church’s Organic Community Garden is now in it’s fourth year and has grown from 12 to 41 garden plots. All prospective gardeners are given an application, a garden covenant and NEC organic gardening guidelines. For more information on becoming a New Eden gardener go to the garden page or contact Erin Stack, our New Eden Collaborative Coordinator, through our website.
DOVER: Dover Cassily Community Garden
Location: Hillside Drive/Beckwith Park, Dover, NH 03820
Description: Dover’s Cassily Community Garden came to fruition in the summer of 2007. The 3-acre plot of conservation land was graciously offered to be used for the purpose of a community garden by the City of Dover. We help foster community and build personal relationships in everything we do. All garden stewards work on one contiguous garden together, from the design, to planting, weeding, harvesting, community building, and eating (yummy!). We believe in giving back to the community and to those that are less fortunate. Food is distributed three ways: (1) some is distributed to garden stewards, (2) some is donated to the Dover food pantry, and (3) some is sold to raise funds for the garden. Of course we keep some to plant the next year as well! Everybody that wants to work in the garden must sign a city waiver form and deliver it to the City Manager’s office at City Hall. Suggested membership fee is $25 for individuals, $45 for families of any size, and $15 for students or seniors.
DOVER: Good Earth Garden
Location: St. John’s United Methodist Church, 28 Cataract Ave, Dover, NH
Contact: Marsha Pelletier, St. John’s Garden Committee
DURHAM: Community Garden at Wagon Hill Farm
Location: Wagon Hill Farm, Route 4, Durham, NH
Contact: Filson Glanz; (603) 868-5398, firstname.lastname@example.org
Description: This garden is new for 2009 and is one of several being planned in Durham and vicinity. Several dozen plots will be made available at Wagon Hill and more in the coming years.
DURHAM: Cornucopia Community Garden
Location: The Waysmeet Center – UNH, 15 Mill Road, Durham, NH
Contact: Cathie Plante, can62[at]cisunix.unh.edu
Description: A new community garden in the backyard of the Waysmeet Center will provide a source of food to the Cornucopia food pantry when regular donations can’t. The garden is the brainchild of Larry Brickner-Wood and Cathie Plante, an intern at the food pantry, and is a part of Plante’s Capstone senior project at UNH. The community garden will grow tomatoes, peppers, carrots, beans, parsley and garlic on approximately 160 square feet in the backyard of the Center. The backyard will also contain a compost unit that the residents will be encouraged to use for the future health of the garden. Once the vegetables are ready to be harvested, they will be picked and given away to Cornucopia food pantry users. Any extra food will be used during the school year at the Waysmeet Center’s community dinners. Various UNH organizations will help in the construction of the garden. The Thompson School Forestry Club has agreed to remove trees from the Center’s backyard, the Organic Garden Club will help plant the garden, the Thompson School Horticulture program will give planting and landscaping advice, and Kingman Farm will provide the compost to begin the garden and the compost center. Said Plante, “This is how community is built.”
DURHAM: Turning Point Community Garden
Location: Turning Point Farm, Wednesday Hill Road, Durham
Contact: Ellen, edm23[at]cisunix.unh.edu
Website: Facebook page
Description: Located on land lent by the owners of Turning Point Farm, this project was begun by a UNH graduate student to provide a space for the community to sustainably produce food, energy and other commodities, while serving as a social center for the exchange of ideas and knowledge regarding sustainable farming and living.
DURHAM: UNH Organic Gardening Club
Location: University of New Hampshire, Spinney Lane, Durham, NH
Description: The UNH Organic Garden Club (OGC) is a student-run organization established in 2003. OGC is part of the Food & Society Initiative of the UNH Office of Sustainability, which seeks to create a sustainable food system at UNH and to integrate issues of sustainable food and agriculture into the curriculum, operations, research, and engagement efforts at the University. OGC maintains a two-acre farm on the Campus-Community Farm, a 30-acre USDA certified organic site. In the winter of 2004, OGC collaborated with UNH’s Students Without Borders to secure a $10,000 grant from the UNH Parent’s Association to create the “built” components of the farm site, including drip irrigation and a shed. The first growing season was the spring/summer of 2004. Crops harvested at the site are purchased by UNH Dining Services and sold at a weekly UNH Durham campus farm stand during the growing season. In 2007, OGC was voted Student Organization of the Year, and the Durham Community Dinners won Best Community Project of the Year!
DURHAM: Saint George’s Community Garden
Description: The Saint George’s Community Garden now has plots available for rent for the 2013 growing season. The rate this year is $10/season for a 4′x4′ plot and $20/season for a 4′x8′ plot. Please e-mail me, the garden steward, at email@example.com for an application packet if you would like to garden with us this season. It’s not too late to plant.
EXETER: Exeter High School Community Garden
Location: Exeter High School, 1 Blue Hawk Drive, Exeter, NH
Contact: Tracey Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org
Description: The Exeter Community Garden is a new garden that was created by the EHS Student Environment Club and a group of Citizen volunteers. They are looking for volunteers to help build new beds and maintain the garden over the summer months. The food is being used in the school cafeteria.
GREENLAND: Living Innovations Community Garden
Location: Living Innovations, 47 Tide Mill Rd, Greenland, NH
Contact: Neal Ouellett or Veronica Polak, (603) 422-7308 or email@example.com
Description: Living Innovations, a provider of both in-home and community-based services, is requesting local gardeners to tend its parcels of land at its corporate headquarters at 47 Tide Mill Road off Route 33. Living Innovations will provide the land, fencing, water and use of restrooms during our regular business hours. One of the sections of the garden will be reserved for a group of active seniors who belong to Wentworth Connections, a membership organization and senior center on Parrott Avenue in Portsmouth. The other plots will be available to Greenland and other Seacoast residents on a first-come basis.
HAMPTON: Hampton Victory Garden
Location: Barbour Rd, Hampton, NH
Contact: Cindy Willis, firstname.lastname@example.org
Plots: 40 plots, 15′ x 20′
Description: Since 1993, residents of Hampton, NH have been gardening in community on Barbour Road as “The Hampton Victory Garden” located on a one-time chicken farm, the fertile soil is home to 40 plots. Gardeners are welcome to grow most crops.
NEWFIELDS: Paul Memorial Library Community Garden
Location: Paul Memorial Library, 76 Main St, Newfields, NH 03856
Contact: (603) 778-8169
Mailing Address: PO Box 200, Newfields, NH 03856
Plots: 10 plots, 6′ x 30′
Season: April – November
Fees: $25 yearly fee
Residency requirements: Newfields residents given priority
Work requirements: None
Description: Begun April 2008 by the Library Trustees in an effort to promote local organic produce to otherwise land-deprived citizens, enhancing knowledge and experience of growing one’s own food.
NEWMARKET: Newmarket Community Garden
Location: Dame Road, Newmarket, NH 03857
Contact: Maggie Schier, email@example.com
Plots: 32 plots, averaging 4′ x 8′
Fees: $25 per plot per season
Residency requirements: none
Work requirements: Still a work in progress. This is our 6th summer, so we continue to develop as an entity. Basically, each member is responsible for their own plot, and the group shares upkeep responsibilities for the garden as a whole.
Description: We are a small, grassroots group with a mission to grow locally raised food products in the town of Newmarket. We have a catch/rain barrel system for water supply and shared tool access and compost pile. During the summer, we meet monthly for group potlucks and networking, and use a message board and group email list for communication. We start and end the season with a work day (Sat. 9 a.m. – noon) which entails putting up the deer fencing and setting up the rain barrel system, and taking the structures down for the winter. We welcome questions regarding our process as well as input/feedback from other Seacoast community gardens.
NORTH HAMPTON: North Hampton Community Garden
Location: Marston Farm, Exeter Rd, North Hampton, NH
Contact: Robert Copp, (603) 964-5209 or Robert.Copp@comcast.net
Description: The expanded garden plots are 15′ X 20′ and still $20.00. Gardeners may buy two plots if desired. The $20 fee is for rototilling each plot, and gardeners are asked to use only organic pesticides and fertilizers.
PORTSMOUTH: Atlantic Heights Community Garden
Location: Bedford Way, Portsmouth, NH
Contact: Cristy Cardoso, firstname.lastname@example.org
Description: Started in 2009 with 6, 4′ x 8′ raised beds. This garden is on city owned property in the Atlantic Heights Neighborhood. Parking in the Bedford way senior housing lot is prohibited. Please look for on-street spaces on nearby Kearsarge Way. Work days and fees for plots apply.
PORTSMOUTH: Community Garden at Strawbery Banke
Location: Strawbery Banke Museum, Marcy St, Portsmouth NH 03801
Plots: 22 raised beds; 4′ x 8′ & 4′ x 10′
Description: The community gardens at the museum have evolved over the last decade to offer underutilized space at the museum to gardeners from the larger community. More raised beds have been created annually and at present nearly three dozen gardeners from all walks of life participate in the project. The Community Garden was founded on the ideal of preserving green space, providing relaxation and recreation, and fostering community spirit. Open to all residents of the greater Portsmouth area, our members include Share Our Strength, Stepping Stones, Kiefe House, New Heights “Get Green” program and numerous families and individuals from the region. Members learn about organic gardening, reap a nutritious harvest, enjoy monthly gatherings and donate excess produce to the community. Members join together for monthly potlucks and to beautify and maintain the community garden space. We are still growing as a teaching garden, and learning as a community. All members are encouraged to become members of the museum, expected to utilize organic practices, and required to grow at least one heirloom crop in order to help keep the tradition of back yard gardening alive at Strawbery Banke Museum. Our dreams include an interactive education area/exhibit panel, community outreach in the form of a lecture series, construction of compost bins, and more raised beds for our growing community of gardeners!
PORTSMOUTH: Rock Street Community Garden
Location: Portsmouth, NH at the End of Rock Street, behind Heinemann (Hanover St.), by the railroad tracks next to North Mill Pond.
Contact: Jimmy owns the square brick building (metal shop) in front of the garden and he can help you find your spot (if there is one) and show you the ropes
Number & Size of plots: There’s about 12 plots, some people have been growing there for YEARS so make sure you clear your spot selection with Jimmy first
Work Requirement: weeding, watering and upkeep.
Description: The garden is for the Islington Creek Neighborhood (Bridge St. towards Cabot; Islington to N. Mill Pond) people start by talking to Jimmy and then selecting sites and marking them with a wooden stake with their name and street around the end of March/beginning of April, there is no fee. There is a shed to store tools/supplies and Jimmy can open it for you. There is water supplied.
PORTSMOUTH: Urban Forestry Center Community Garden
Location: Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Road, Portsmouth, NH 03801
Contact: Jeanne Fogg, email@example.com
Plots: 12 plots, 10′ x 10′
Description: The garden is located at the beautiful Urban Forestry Center. Members have the option to split their plot into a 5 x 5 if they want a smaller plot. Cost is $10.00 for a plot. Members meet in the spring to install the fence and again in the fall to remove it.
ROLLINSFORD: Rollinsford Garden & Local Sustainability Club
Location: 400-433 Foundry Street, Rollinsford, NH 03869
Plots: 25 plots
Description: Located off of Foundry St. in Rollinsford, the Rollinsford Community Garden sits on the southern banks of the Salmon Falls River. Once privately used for cattle nearly thirty years ago, the fourteen acre allotment known as the ‘famous fourteen’ was purchased by the town to protect it from development. We will be constructing twenty five 4′x12′ raised beds which will be avaiable for folks to rent for $25 per year. There they will have the opportunity to learn and grow what ever they would like, as well as get to know their neighboor. Begining March 13 we will be taking applications for the beds. The beds will be awarded on a first come first serve basis.
RYE: Rye Junior High School Community Garden
Location: Rye Junior High School, 501 Washington Rd, Rye, NH 03870
Contact: Mary Coombs, mcoombs @ sau50.org
Description: An example of how a school garden and a community garden can co-exist brilliantly, especially given the school schedule and need for summer caretakers. Also a great example of using a wiki to organize. The mission of the RJH Community Garden is to provide a space where students and community members may work together to create and maintain a year-round vegetable garden on the school grounds. This garden will be a learning aid to reinforce studies in natural science and other curriculum areas as well as a vehicle for connecting Rye students with the expertise of community members. The garden is located on the RJH property behind of the school athletic field.
SANDOWN: Sandown Community Garden
Location: Main St, Sandown, NH
Contact: Gail Cerva, (603) 887-3481
Description: New in April 2010, the Sandown Community Garden provides small plots of land to town residents who do not have a home garden or maybe need more space than they have. Last year the Sandown Conservation Commission approved the use of a parcel of conservation land on Main Street for this purpose. The garden is sponsored by the Sandown Garden Club of Kingston and the Community Garden Committee.
- Seacoast Community Garden Network - For all Seacoast gardeners, with a special focus on Community Gardens; includes an interactive discussion forum and free classifieds.
- Interactive map of New Hampshire Community Gardens - Information about location and contacts for each community garden, sponsored by the UNH Cooperative Extension.
- American Community Garden Association - ACGA is a bi-national nonprofit membership organization of professionals, volunteers and supporters of community greening in urban and rural communities.
- Seacoast Grow-A-Row - A community-based program encouraging individual and community gardeners to plant and donate an extra row of produce in support of local food pantries and food relief organizations. Contact: Kim Truesdale, 603-502-3602, kim@5210StepsUp.org.
- School Gardens Initiative - A special project of UNH Cooperative Extension, Rockingham Co. Master Gardeners, to support the establishment and maintenance of gardens linked to curriculum in the public schools of Rockingham County, New Hampshire.
- Maine Harvest for Hunger - A volunteer opportunity for University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers, the program is open to all interested gardeners and is now active in 15 counties.
- Ample Harvest - A national website helping gardeners to find nearby pantries to share their harvest with; searchable database.
- SNAP Gardens - Promotes use of SNAP EBT benefits (Food Stamps) to buy seeds and plants which produce food for the household to eat.
- University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension
- University of Maine Cooperative Extension
- “Steps to Organizing Your Community Garden”
- “Grow a Row? Grow a Garden for the Hungry!” - Article with suggested vegetables to grow and preparation before delivery to pantries.