APPLY FOR A COMMUNITY GARDEN GRANT

photo by Green Tallahassee
Don't have a yard to plant a garden?  Want to grow in a community with others and learn from each other's expertise? The City of Tallahassee and Leon County each provide grants to groups of people who would like to start a community garden.  

There is a simple application that can be downloaded from the links below. 

Community gardens provide a way to bring neighbors together to provide food for your family, gain a little physical activity, maybe trade tools, seeds and growing suggestions.   A number of community gardens have been springing up in Tallahassee and Leon County.  The one pictured above is in the Southwood community.  

The City of Tallahassee has a community garden program that may get you and your neighbors started.  It takes a group of at least ten people who want to build and maintain the garden together.  Plots are located on City-owned property.  Contact the City Community Garden Coordinator at Koren.Taylor@talgov.com  A complete overview of the City's program is here.  

Leon County's Community Garden program also provides plots on County property, when at least eight people come together to operate and maintain the garden.  The County program provides three kinds of support:  a grant program for financial assistance, if needed, material assistance through mulch, compost bins and rain barrels and technical consultation through the Leon County Cooperative Extension.

More information is available online at Growing Green.

Both programs prohibit the erection of any permanent structures on the garden sites and require that the gardens be maintained.  

The County also operates a program called Stakeholder Gardens which are organized for civic purposes (including education and/or response to food security deficits in communities), neighborhood revitalization or neighborhood beautification. Currently, Second Harvest of the Big Bend is operating this type of garden to provide fresh produce to individuals seeking food assistance. 
The garden at Second Harvest was moved off the property at the request of their management.