Community Gardens


VINES has 19 community gardens in the Greater Binghamton area, including Johnson City, Hillcrest, Dickinson, Endicott, Endwell and Vestal. At a VINES community garden, you can rent your own raised garden bed for a yearly fee (cost per site is listed in each garden profiled below). Each garden bed comes built and ready for planting with fertile soil and on-site water as well as access to compost, water and seeds.

Community Garden Applications Now Open!

Application Review Dates:

Returning Garden Members: January 8- February 18th 2021

New Members from Under-Represented Groups: February 18th28th, 2021

New Members/General Public: March 1st-March 31st, 2021

Availability is limited and preference is given to people living in the neighborhood of the garden. If you have questions, contact VINES at christina@vinesgardens.org or call the VINES Community Gardens Office at 607-323-3171.

If you are interested in bringing a new community garden site to your neighborhood, please register for our Community Garden Proposal Workshop on Saturday, February 13th at 1 pm. Also, please check out VINES’ Community Garden Proposal Process. We appreciate your interest and dedication to transforming and beautifying vacant urban lots!

Interested in volunteering to build a garden, help at our existing gardens for beautification workdays, or renting a community garden plot in the future? Sign up here!



Abbott Street Community Garden

19.5 Abbott Street, Binghamton

The Abbott Street Community Garden was built in the Fall of 2018 through a VINES Community Garden Proposal. The project was spearheaded by local residents to bring a community garden with 10 raised garden beds and 6 handicap accessible beds to the East Side of Binghamton.

Garden Rental Fee: $20 per plot (10×4 ft) or Accessible Beds (these are high enough to be used standing or while in a wheelchair or scooter).


Chenango Street Community Garden

1182 Chenango St, Hillcrest, NY

The Chenango Community Garden is located on the campus of the Children’s Home of Wyoming Conference. The garden is used by the Children’s Home for Work Based Learning opportunities for residents, but also has beds available for rent to the general public. 

Garden Rental Fee: $25 per plot (10×4 ft)


Columbus Park Community Garden*

26 Columbus Park East, Binghamton

The Columbus Park Community Garden is VINES’ first community garden, and is located immediately East of Columbus Park. The site features a rooftop rainwater harvesting system constructed by VINES’ Binghamton Youth Program, a large VINES Mural and an ever-expanding pollinator garden designed to attract bees and other wildlife. *VINES is currently reviewing new names for this Community Garden.

Garden Rental Fee: $20/plot (8’x3’ft)

This garden site is accepting Site Co-Coordinator Applications.


Corbett Ave Community Garden

26 Corbett Ave, Binghamton

The Corbett Avenue Community Garden was a gift of the late Binghamton University professor Dick Andrus who recruited groups of students from Binghamton University to help with construction of the raised beds and deer fence in 2008. There are 10 raised garden beds, several in-ground plots, and several perennial garden spaces on this sloped permaculture-style garden. The perimeter landscaping includes ornamental plantings, herbs, and areas for growing deer resistant crops such as garlic and rhubarb 

Garden Rental Fee: $20/plot


Davis Avenue Community Garden

1701 Davis Ave. Endwell, NY

This  garden is the first of VINES’ Community Gardens in Endwell. This garden was awarded a VINES Community Garden grant in 2018, and features a “deer proof” fence, radial raised bed design, and other features to revitalize this flood-prone property. This garden has ongoing partnerships with the designed in partnership with the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners and the Endwell Rotary, with plans to double the size of the garden in Spring 2021.

Garden Rental Fee: $20 per plot (10×4 ft)


Deerfield Place Community Garden

4737 Deerfield Place, Vestal, NY

VINES has partnered with Temple Israel in Vestal to bring a community garden to the Deerfield Place community. The garden supports programs such as JCC as well as garden beds for other residents. This garden features a deer-proof double fence built by the community.

Garden Rental Fee: $25 per plot (10×4 ft.)

This garden site is accepting Site Co-Coordinator Applications

 


Front Street Community Garden

250 Front Street, Binghamton

Binghamton’s 10th community garden, this garden was built in less than a day by neighbors and volunteers. The garden was founded in partnership with the First Ward Action Council and is located within the Binghamton Gateway Housing Community. Priority for garden plot rentals will be given to residents of these homes and the surrounding blocks.

Garden Rental Fee: $20 per plot (10×4 ft).


Gregory Lane Community Garden

10 Gregory Lane, Binghamton

Gregory Lane Garden was built in 2012. The land for the garden was donated to VINES through the generous support of several neighbors who wanted to see the previously vacant lot developed into a beautiful greenspace. The garden contains 22 raised beds, including 6 accessible beds, an ornamental flower garden and a rock garden populated with ornamental kale and succulent plants.

Garden Rental Fee: $25 per plot (10×4 ft) or Accessible Bed (these are high enough to be used standing or while in a wheelchair or scooter).


Laurel Avenue Community Garden

128 Laurel Avenue, Binghamton

The Laurel Avenue Community garden was developed in partnership with the Binghamton University Price-Waterhouse Coopers Scholars. The site has 22 raised beds, a common space with ornamental plantings, perennial herbs and flowers, fruit trees and shrubs. Recent projects include a new arbor for vining plants and some weed-blocking paths designed to catch and redirect rainwater.

Garden Rental Fee: $25 per plot (10×4 ft).


Liberty Street Community Garden

79 & 90 Liberty Street, Binghamton

VINES constructed this garden on the North Side of Binghamton in 2009 with funding from the City of Binghamton and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The City of Binghamton had demolished a blighted house on this site just the year before, and it sat vacant until VINES transformed it into a garden. In 2010, VINES purchased the property from the City, ensuring that the site will stay a community garden for the long term.  In addition to the 13 raised garden beds, the garden has now expanded to the East Side of the street, offering 11 additional garden beds. The garden has apple trees and a small pavilion with cord wood constructed walls. The Liberty St Community Garden partners regularly with the Lee Barta Community Center and United Way of Broome County.  

Garden Rental Fee: $20 per plot (mix of 8×5 and 10×4 ft)

This garden site is accepting Site Co-Coordinator Applications


 Mather Street Community Garden

26 Mather Street, Binghamton

 

This garden lives on Binghamton’s Westside north of Main Street and bordering Thorpe Street. The garden’s creation is part of an ongoing effort to revitalize neighborhoods through a partnership with Safe Streets Binghamton and the Design Your Own Park project. The site hosts a wildflower patch located out front and a compost system.  The garden has twelve 8’ x 5’ beds, with wood chip mulch placed down around them to suppress weed growth.

Garden Rental Fee: $20 per plot (8×5 ft).


Mercereau Park Community Garden

604 South Loder Avenue, Endicott

 

Constructed in the Fall of 2019, this garden is VINES’ first garden in Endicott. The garden sports a unique radial design, a rainwater harvesting system, and is conveniently located next to Mercereau Park. This garden is growing and members are developing a native pollinator garden, herb garden, and children’s garden over the next three years.

Garden Rental Fee: $20 per plot (10X4 ft).


 Otsiningo Community Garden

1 Bevier Street, Dickinson, NY

VINES’ largest and most diverse garden, Otsiningo currently offers both raised beds and nearly 100 in-ground plots that are plowed annually. Founded in 1996, the garden was operated for 23 years by the Otsiningo Community Gardeners Association. In 2020, VINES has taken over management of the garden but it will operate largely the same as it always has. Plans are in place to install new permanent fencing and signage in 2021.

Garden Rental Fees: $25 per in ground plot (20×20 ft), $25 per raised bed (4×12 feet), and $25 per tall Raised Bed (4×12 feet).


Park Street Community Garden

46 Park St, Binghamton, NY

This is Binghamton’s 11th community garden, and was built over the course of 6 hours by neighbors and volunteers. The land for the Park St. garden was home to a supporter of VINES who lost their home on the site to a fire. It was her dream to repurpose the land into a community garden and we are so happy that we were able to work with her to make this happen. Priority for garden plot rentals will be given to residents of these homes and the surrounding blocks.

Garden Rental Fee: $25 per plot (10×4 ft).


Phelps Park Community Garden

600 State Street, Binghamton

Phelps Park community garden has 10 beds. There is access to water, a garden box with tools, compost bins, and lots of sun (as long as Mother Nature participates). The garden is surrounded by a split rail fence and flowers. It is located in a city park with swings, basketball court, benches and plenty of open, green space. The garden is a partnership between the park’s committee and the Lee Barta Community Center.

Garden rental fee: $20 per plot (10×4 ft)

This garden site is accepting Site Co-Coordinator Applications


Pine Street Community Garden

67 Pine St. Binghamton, NY

This site is located just south of NYSEG stadium parking. The land is being leased from a private owner. Pine Street was the site of one of the first VINES gardens and was moved from 15 Pine St to 67. Unfortunately, 15 Pine St is now a(nother) paved parking lot. Future plans for this site are plantings of fruit bushes and trees along the perimeters.

Garden Rental Fee: $20 per plot (10×4 ft).

This garden site is accepting Site Co-Coordinator Applications


North Side Community Garden

530 State Street, Binghamton

The Salvation Army and VINES built this community garden in October 2015 on a vacant lot next to the Family Dollar on Chenango St. Our most permaculture-style garden, this site offers both traditional raised beds but some beautiful food forest and hugulkulture style gardens. The lot is the future site of a new Salvation Army facility that will include a recreation center and job training services. VINES and Salvation Army manage the garden together, but VINES processes all sign-up requests. A special thank you to Noon Rotary and Lowe’s for donating funds to build this garden. Plans for 2021 include designing an ornamental pathway for foot traffic going to and from the Family Dollar.

Garden Rental Fee: $20 per plot (10×4 ft).

This garden site is accepting Site Co-Coordinator Applications


Sherman St. (Family Enrichment Network) Community Garden

52 Sherman St, Johnson City, NY

This is VINES’ first Johnson City Garden, and garden outside the city of Binghamton. This garden was built in less than a day by neighbors and volunteers in October 2017. The garden was founded in partnership with the Family Enrichment Network. Priority for garden plot rentals will be given to residents of these homes and the surrounding blocks.

Garden Rental Fee: $20 per plot (10×4 ft)

This garden site is accepting Site Co-Coordinator Applications


Affiliate Gardens

Affiliate gardens are managed by their own group and operate independent of VINES. We provide them with help when requested. We value these relationships and are happy to see other community gardens in Binghamton!

United Presbyterian Church “Community Meal” Garden

42 Chenango Street, Binghamton, NY

Started by the United Presbyterian Church in the spring of 2014, the Community Meal Garden began renting garden plots to the general public in 2020 in response to the increase in demand for garden plots during the Covid-19 Pandemic. The garden supplies a portion of the vegetables used in the church’s free community meal every Tuesday of the month. In exchange for affordable office space, VINES manages the plot, providing services like crop planning, planting and harvesting. The garden is always in need of volunteers to assist in weeding, watering and maintaining the space. If you are interested in any of these tasks or have other ways to contribute, please contact email christina@vinesgardens.org.


Other Gardens in the Community

Valley Church Community Garden

1452 River Road, Town of Chenango

Built by members of the Valley Church in 2016, this is Town of Chenango’s first community garden. Plots are still available. Visit their website at www.valleychurchny.org to sign up for a 4′ x 10′ foot raised bed or a 10′ by 10′ plot at ground level.