Garden Proposals

VINES Community Garden Proposal

VINES has set a goal to expand our community garden program, with our “20 by 2020” campaign. This goal was set because of continuous community inquiries and support of our existing community gardens. With VINES’ rapid expansion, we have decided to formalize our process with a New Garden Proposal application. VINES wants to be sure garden sites are chosen equitably, while maintaining our core values of improving food accessibility to communities and building community.

Garden Proposal Manual:

VINES has compiled a Garden Proposal Manual which will outline the process for submitting a Community Garden Proposal. Please find our Garden Proposal Manual here.

The Manual includes information on VINES’ Community Garden history, roles of community members, a project timeline and scoring criterion that will be used to review all garden proposals. Reviewing the Community Garden Proposal Manual and looking at existing gardens for inspiration is a great first step towards bringing a community garden to your neighborhood.

Submitting a Garden Proposal :

To submit a proposal you must have attended VINES’ Garden Proposal Workshop. Community Garden Proposals are due April 2019.

VINES 2018 Community Garden Proposal: Word Download or PDF Download. Check back in the fall for an updated file.
The Garden Proposal document can be downloaded in word, pdf, or you may request to receive a hard copy by calling 607-205-8108.

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.

2019 Deadlines & Dates :

Mandatory Garden Proposal Workshop – Fall 2018, Date TBD
This workshop is mandatory and a required step to submitting a VINES Community Garden Proposal for 2019. Our next workshop will be Fall 2018, date TBD. If you are interested in joining us for this workshop and learning more about submitting a proposal, please fill out our Garden Proposal Inquiry Form.

Community Garden Proposal Due April 2019.
Proposals can be mailed to VINES at: PO Box 3104, Binghamton, New York 13902, submitted electronically to, or delivered in person to VINES Offices (42 Chenango Street, Binghamton, New York 13902)

Community Garden Proposal Decisions – May 2019

Community Garden Acceptance Planning Meeting – May-June 2019
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 or call 607-205-8108. All questions and answers will be recorded and updated to our FAQ document posted here. Last revised 12.12.2017

Supporting Documents :

VINES Standard Community Garden Bed Specs

Community Garden Design Elements

VINES Site Coordinator Job Description & Application

2018 Community Garden Member Application