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 attend VINES’ Garden Proposal Workshop on Saturday, February 17th from 10 am – 1 pm in the Upper Lounge at United Presbyterian Church (42 Chenango Street, Binghamton 13902). This workshop is free and a required step to completing a VINES Community Garden Proposal. Please register for the workshop here. If you are unavailable to make this workshop, please notify VINES immediately, for alternative scheduling information. Community Garden Proposals are due Friday, April 20, 2018. 

VINES 2018 Community Garden Proposal: Word Download or PDF Download
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.

2018 Deadlines & Dates :

Mandatory Garden Proposal Workshop – Saturday, February 17th from 10 am – 1 pm
This workshop is mandatory and a required step to completing a VINES Community Garden Proposal. The meeting will be held in the Upper Lounge at United Presbyterian Church (42 Chenango Street, Binghamton 13902). Please register for the workshop here.

Community Garden Proposal Due Friday, April 20, 2018 by end of business day.
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 2018

Community Garden Acceptance Planning Meeting – May-June 2018
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 (check back soon)

2018 Community Garden Member Application (check back soon)