Community Garden Resources

What is a community garden?

The American Community Garden Association defines a community garden  as “any piece of land gardened by a group of people.” Gardens come in all shapes and sizes and take on many different organizational structures. They can be made of multiple plots or just one community plot. They can be used for growing food or flowers or both. Sometimes gardens are on private property, but are open to the community. Other times they are on city land or are connected to parks, schools, hospitals or churches.

This section is intended to provide resources for organizations and individuals in the city of Lowell interested in starting community gardens. We have attempted to collect information regarding organizational structure, city of Lowell regulations, costs, funding options and models of gardens in other cities and states. If you would like more information or are interested in talking with someone about starting a garden, please contact Lydia Sisson at

City of Lowell

The city recognizes the important role that local food systems play in promoting the health and well-being of residents, and has developed a formal program for groups wishing to establish, manage, and maintain their own community gardens on city-owned property. We hope the newly established community gardening program will provide residents with a variety of environmental, educational, and social benefits.

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