Are you interested in starting a community garden? Interested in joining one that already exists?
Thanks to RCAM for our community garden photo.
In Spring 2015, the Park Commission approved processes for applying to run community gardens on City park lands. As a result, Lynn encourages residents to establish, manage, and maintain their own community garden sites on City-owned parks. Below are instructions and steps to create a new community garden on a Lynn park.
Community gardens are cultivated and maintained spaces where volunteers work collectively to achieve a common goal of growing fresh, healthy produce in our city. Currently the City has four active community gardens, run by various community and City groups.
How do I start a garden?
All new community gardens require advanced planning and approval through the Park Commission. Linked here, you will find the steps you need to take, and the required forms you need to fill out, to complete this process.
The following are the related forms required in the application. PDF downloads are available at the bottom of this page.
- New Community Garden Application form
- Community Garden Guidelines
- Community Garden Rules
- Community Garden Release Form
- Community Gardener Application
- Sample Garden Map
How do I join an existing garden?
Each garden is managed by one or more volunteer Garden Coordinators. Coordinators assign plots, help gardeners get seeds and compost, and provide information and advice to those who want it. Garden plots are available based on protocols decided by each garden site. Gardeners are charged a nominal fee of $25 per year and asked to sign a letter of agreement recognizing the cities rights and the gardener's responsibilities.
Who do I contact?
For more support with application process or full information on existing gardens, and who to contact to be involved, please visit the website of the Lynn Food and Fitness Alliance.
All questions about the application process for new gardens, please contact Abigail Conner, Community Garden Network Coordinator with Lynn Food and Fitness Alliance.
For inquiries about existing garden site operations and maintenance, please contact Lisa Nerich, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Public Works.