Project Growing Hope

Community Group Garden Plot Application

Project Growing Hope (PGH) makes garden plots at the Ithaca Community Gardens available for free to community groups and individuals that use their plots for programs that directly benefit underserved populations within the surrounding community in the form of education and/or increased access to healthy food. Groups that work with youth, the differently-abled, seniors and/or low-income individuals and families are encouraged to apply. All regular procedures & rules (details found at apply, except all fees are waived, there are no voting privileges associated with these plots, and the group’s project leader submits a one-page report at the end of the season, describing what was accomplished, how many participated and, if possible, providing participant comments or photos that we have permission to use in garden publicity and grant applications.

We also require that the leader of your organization’s garden project attend one of the spring orientations, if at all possible. Any interested gardeners are also welcome to attend. This season’s orientations will be posted on the home page of our website. Garden events throughout the season are announced on the Community Gardens’ email list. You can choose to receive important mailings, such as notification about the annual meeting in the fall, either by email or postal mail.

To apply for a community group plot, use this online form to complete the registration procedure. FYI renewals are processed annually with an early March deadline. The online application asks you to provide the following information, and send any additional supporting materials that describe the groups/individuals you work with and how you will use your garden plot:

Please note that requests for these free plots are subject to board approval. • 607-216-8770 (leave message) •