New Community Gardens


Steps to Building a New Community Garden

Please note: Deadline to submit New Community Garden Proposals for 2021 is now closed.

A community garden typically takes 1-2 years to build, from the time we process and approve a proposal to completion. Neighborhood energy and effort are the strongest factors for successful gardens. The more people that are involved in the development and implementation of the community garden, the easier and smoother the process becomes, and the faster their vision can become a reality.

Please refer to our New Community Garden Proposal Manual for more detailed information.

For a copy of the New Community Garden Application Form, click here.

To receive more information, please complete our New Community Garden Inquiry Form.

VINES Community Garden Proposal Process

Read the Garden Proposal Manual

VINES has compiled a Garden Proposal Manual which outlines the process for submitting a Community Garden Proposal. Please find a downloadable version of our Manual here.

The Manual includes:

  • Information on VINES’ Community Garden history
  • Roles of community members
  • Project timeline
  • Example Budget
  • Scoring system that will be used to review all garden proposals. 

Submitting a Garden Proposal :

To submit a proposal you must have attended VINES’ Garden Proposal Workshop. 

VINES Community Garden Proposal Form: Word Document

VINES Community Garden Budget Template: Word Download
A mandatory portion of the proposal is to complete a budget draft. An example is provided in the Garden Proposal Manual. Please find an editable blank copy above.

Deadlines & Dates :

Mandatory Garden Proposal Workshop – February 
This workshop is mandatory and a required step to submitting a VINES Community Garden Proposal.

Community Garden Proposal Due – May 1st, 2021

Community Garden Proposal Decisions – June 1st

Community Garden Acceptance Planning Meeting – June/July
Upon proposal review, VINES will schedule a meeting with accepted proposals to discuss the next steps towards building your garden!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

To review current FAQs please click here. If you have any remaining questions, please email info@vinesgardens.org or call 607-323-3171.

Supporting Documents :

VINES Community Garden Proposal Outreach Forms

VINES Standard Community Garden Bed Specs

Community Garden Design Elements

VINES Site Coordinator Job Description & Application