The New Haven Land Trust manages nearly 50 community vegetable gardens by providing technical assistance and supplies. We work with neighborhood residents, tenant associations, block watches, social service agencies, schools, youth groups, and the elderly. Greening our urban areas puts vacant lots to productive use. Community gardening provides neighbors with exercise, stress relief, a sense of well being, and opportunities for family time and learning new skills. Best of all, neighbors enjoy delicious homegrown bounty
Get a plot in a Community Garden
Apply To Start a Community Garden - Have a group of people intrested in starting a community garden? Let us know and we might be able to help.
(We suggest new gardens apply by March 15, but please contact us at any time)
Volunteer at a garden - If you want to help maintain the community gardens let us know by email to [email protected]. Volunteers with access to yard equipment are particularly desirable.
Existing Garden Coordinators
If you are interested in joining an existing community garden in your neighborhood please contact the New Haven Land Trust office for more details, 203-562-6655 or Email
. If you would like to advocate and form a New Community Garden at a vacant lot in your community you can fill out this form
to proceed with the application process.
Be prepared to lead and recruit a group of neighbors interested in participating. The Community Garden will be managed by the New Haven Land Trust, but the Garden Coordinators and community garden members are responsible for recruitment, labor and organization of community work days to maintain the integrity of the gardens. Soil ammendments, such as topsoil and compost will be provided by the Land Trust including water access, seedlings and seeds when available. A nominal fee is asked of community garden members to share and offset costs and supplies. Initial instruction, assistance, and materials will be provided.