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Community Gardens

Community Gardens

Plot Update as of April 24, 2015

All gardens have been tilled, staked and water has been turned on. All sites are now ready for planting.

Start a community garden and discover friendship while growing your flowers and food!

Do you enjoy growing things but lack the space to do so? Community gardening is a wonderful opportunity to meet others with the same interests. Experience the gratification of producing flowers and food for your table.

Vancouver Parks and Recreation's Community Garden Program has a plot to meet your needs. We have a variety of plot sizes and types, multiple garden locations and more community partners to help you be a successful gardener.


Local Gardening Resource Database
Do you need information on gardening techniques? How to start your own garden? Other gardening resources in Clark County? Connect to the Vancouver Clark Community Grown partnership, where local Vancouver and Clark County resources are available to help answer your gardening questions.

This program was developed through joint efforts of Clark County, WSU Clark County Extension, Vancouver Parks and Recreation and other community garden advocates.

Vancouver Community Garden Plot Opportunities

View the Community Garden brochure in English, Spanish or Russian at the links below.
We have plots to address a variety of gardening needs.

Marshall Community Park Garden
1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd.

  • 75 plots - 20' x 20'
  • 20 plots - 10' x 10'
  • 3 raised beds - 4' x 12'
  • 4 round raised containers

Access to restrooms, drinking fountains, picnic tables, benches, parking

Haagen Community Park Garden
NE 9th St, west of NE 136th Ave

  • 12 plots - 20' x 20'
  • 12 plots - 10' x 10'
  • 4 raised beds - 4' x 12'-

Access to restrooms, drinking fountains, picnic tables, benches, parking

Campus Garden
Campus Drive & 65th Avenue

  • 75 plots - 20' x 20'

Ellsworth Road Garden
SE 10th Street & Ellsworth Road

  • 50 plots - 20' x 20'
  • Access to parking

Fruit Valley Park
31st Street & Fruit Valley Rd

  • 24 plots - 20' x 20'
  • 8 plots - 10' x 10'
  • Access to benches and limited parking
     

Garden Plot Rates

Please keep in mind plot measurements are approximate!

Size City Resident Non-Resident Senior City Resident Senior Non-Resident
20x20 $40 $46 $30 $34
10x10 $20 $23 $15 $17
Raised Beds $15 $17 $10 $12
  • Senior Rates (65 and older) 
     

2015 Garden Schedule (subject to change)

This is a tentative gardening schedule. Wet weather and reductions in staff and resources have necessitated the site prep/tilling and staking/stringing to be bumped to late April/early May.

  • Site prep/tilling: Early to Mid-April
  • Staking & stringing: Approximately April 20-22
  • Start of plantings: April 24
  • Last day of season: TBD
  • Clean-up completed: TBD

All dates are weather permitting.
 

Registration information

2015 Registration Dates:
Returning 2014 Gardeners: February 17-22 
New Gardeners: February 23 

  • Registration begins at 8am daily.
  • Initial registration is limited to one plot
  • Returning gardeners may register by phone IF they are reserving the same plot from the previous year. All other registrations must be done in-person at the Marshall Community Center.

Other Non-City Garden Sites


Food Gardens in Neighborhood Parks
Are you interested in working with your neighborhood association to create a community food garden in your neighborhood park? We may be able to help.

Go to our policy for starting a food garden in your neighborhood park for more information about how to get one started. Food gardens in your neighborhood create active spaces in the park, promote conversations with your neighbors, promote healthy lifestyles and build community.

The Clark County Gardens
Located Clark County's Heritage Farm at 78th Street in Hazel Dell, this property used to be the site of the County's "poor farm", where poverty stricken families lived and worked during the early part of the 20th Century.

It was deeded to WSU for agricultural research in 1949. Ownership reverted back to the County in 2008. A commitment to the property's history, combined with a modern vision for sustainable practices and community access, resulted in the opening of community gardens there in 2010.

The Clark County Gardens registration information

Rose Village Neighborhood Gardens


There are two neighborhood gardens in the Rose Village Neighborhood.  Both gardens are volunteer-led efforts to bring food garden options closer to the local residents. These projects are led by the 4th Plain Green-Up Team and Americans Building Community, a Vancouver-based 501(c) (3) Community Development Corporation.

Gateway Garden -- located at 39th and P Street. This garden site is provided through a partnership with the City of Vancouver and a private property owner in Rose Village neighborhood.

  • 6 plots - 20' x 20'
  • 6 plots - 10' x 20'
  • 6 plots - 10' x 10'

The garden site does not have direct water plumbing; however, a system of water storage containers are supplied with water by an adjacent property owner with plumbing to a garden standpipe.  There are no restrooms or drinking water on site.  There are a couple of benches, and parking is available along 39th street east of the P street intersection.

Village Plaza Garden – This garden site is provided by the owners of Everyday Deals Discount Grocery located at the corner of St John’s Blvd and Fort Vancouver Way in the Rose Village Plaza next to Laundry Love.

  • 14 plots - 10' x 10'
  • 6 raised beds - 4' x 10'
  • 5 raised beds - 4' x 8'

Access to restrooms is limited to those doing business with local businesses in the area.  There is a picnic table on site and parking is available in the Everyday Deals parking lot.

Fees are consistent with city community gardens. Gardeners participate in their own garden plot, provide general site maintenance and can garden year around. Mentors are available. Contact Mark Maggiora at 360-992-9969 or email 4thPlainGardens@abcinc.us for more information.

Bagley Downs Neighborhood Gardens at Nicholson Commons


There are two gardens at this site located at 4912 Nicholson road on property owned by the SW Washington Community Land Trust:

Food Bank Garden -- This garden site is established to support the fresh fruit and vegetable needs of people served by the St. Vincent dePaul Food Pantry at Stapleton Road and 4th Plain Blvd through a partnership with the Clark County Food Bank. 

  • 20 plots – 4’ x 20’

Registered SVdP Food Pantry users can register to pick produce on site.  We are working with Food Bank nutritionists to equip Pantry users on how to grow their own food and adopt a plot to tend food growth.  We welcome volunteers who are interested in assisting in the food production operation.    

Neighborhood Garden – This garden site is available to residents living in the Bagley Downs neighborhood. 

  • 1 plot - 5' x 10'
  • 21 plots - 10' x 10'
  • 8 raised beds - 5' x 10' (To be established)

Both gardens are volunteer-led efforts to bring food garden options closer to the local residents.  The garden site is administered by the 4th Plain Green-Up Team and Americans Building Community, a Vancouver-based 501(c) (3) Community Development Corporation.  

Fees are consistent with city community gardens. Gardeners participate in both their own plot in the neighborhood garden and provide general site maintenance.  They can garden year around and are required to assist with maintaining a Food Bank plot. Mentors are available. Contact Mark Maggiora at 360-992-9969 or email 4thPlainGardens@abcinc.us for more information.

This is also the site of a low-income home ownership demonstration project called the “Affordable Street of Dreams” program—a collaboration between Americans Building Community and the SW Washington Community Land Trust.  The home was renovated through donations, volunteers and Community Development Block Grant funds offered by the City of Vancouver and Clark County.

Columbia River Healthy Homeland Garden


This large garden is located just west of Columbia River Mental Health Services, and just north of Carr Chevrolet & 4th Plain Blvd on NE 65th Avenue. It is a volunteer-led effort by and for nearby neighbors.

This project is led by Columbia River Mental Health Services (owner of the property).

Fees are consistent with city community gardens. Gardeners participate in their own garden plot and provide general site maintenance.  Garden registration begins the first week in March and any plots available after returning gardeners register are made available to new gardeners.

Contact Shawna Phillips at 360-993-3030 or email Shawnab@crmhs.org for more information.

Call 487-7100 or e-mail us for more information.