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Returning Gardener Application Period Closed

The 2016 applications for returning gardeners are no longer available. If you would like to return but did not fill out an application, please apply with us in February when the new gardener application process begins. Hoping for a great 2016 season!

Community Garden Video

This video features one of our many partners in the Community Garden program, Live Yes! Studios. Live Yes! does amazing work, helping developmentally disabled adults through arts education. For two years now, Live Yes! has had a garden plot at our Southminster garden, where clients grow food and explore nature. The video below was produced by Nolan Tredway.

Community Crops: Jessica Prenosil and Live Yes Studios Artists from Nolan Tredway on Vimeo.

Garden Orientation Documents

If you missed the orientations this year, you can get the information covered here:

Community Garden Rules and Important Dates 2015

Resources on Growing Vegetables

Plot Fee Payment

If you are a community gardener with Crops and still need to pay your fees for 2015, please use the following link: Click here to pay on-line for your garden plot.

Community Garden Plots Waiting List

If you'd like to get a plot for 2016, please fill out the Garden Plot Waiting List and we will contact you in February to register.

Community Gardens in Lincoln

Community Crops coordinates many community gardens in Lincoln, Nebraska. The gardens are spread throughout the city to accommodate our participants. Our gardeners come from many different backgrounds and together they beautify our city while growing food for themselves. See the map below for the garden locations.

Plot fees are on a sliding scale basis, and financial assistance is available for everyone who qualifies.

Become a Community Crops Garden Sponsor! Click here for more information.

If you have questions about the gardens, please contact us at or (402) 474-9802.

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Community Crops Garden Locations

Crops Community Gardens
46th Street Antelope Southern Heights 1st and L
Northeast Church Oak Lake Church Peter Pan Park 1st Presbyterian
Southminster Church 14th and Hudson Rosemont Church Newman Church

Crops Garden Map on Google

The map has photos and descriptions of all our garden locations, plus our farm and market sites.

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Garden Plot Fees

A small garden plot (10'x10') costs $10 - $75 per growing season, depending on income.

A medium garden plot (20'x10') costs $20 - $150 per growing season, depending on income.

All gardeners need to pay a $50 clean up deposit, which is refundable at the end of the growing season if you clean up your plot.

Starting a Community Garden with Crops

Are you interested in partnering with Crops to develop a community garden? Whether you have land already or want to work with an existing garden, we would like to partner with you. We have put together some suggestions on how a community garden best works. Read Community Garden Partner Information

Garden Information

Why do our gardeners like their plots? Here's what a few have said: "It's relaxing.", "Lots of good, fresh vegetables that taste better than what's in the stores", "Good therapy.", "To keep my family healthy and to meet new friends."

Crops Gardens in the News

Article in the Journal Star by program manager Ben McShane-Jewell about the benefits of community gardens

Crops' Community Garden program manager Ben McShane-Jewell interviewed at volunteer event at 1st & L on KLKN Sept 12th 2013.

Community garden was a neighborhood effort in the Lincoln Journal Star, June 2012.

Amy Brt, former Community Garden Program Manager, was featured on Channel 8 news. Click here to watch the segment

Local foods were the feature in a KOLN news feature, with plenty of shots of the Crops Farmers' Market. Watch here.

Another feature on KOLN introduces some of our community gardeners Click here to watch.

Garden Advisory Committee

Keep up on everything that's happening with the Garden Advisory Committee. Check out the meeting minutes, agenda and program goals.

Join the Crops Mailing List

To get regular e-mails from Crops when we have news and upcoming events, sign up for our monthly newsletter to hear about classes, events, job openings and much more. You can also choose to get notice of volunteer opportunities. Sign up at our Newsletter Page.

Low Pressure Gravity Drip Irrigation Systems

Watch a video describing an innovative Low Pressure Gravity Drip Irrigation System that you can build yourself at low-cost. This second video shows more about how to implement this system. The descriptive pamphlet of the system is also quite helpful.

Yards to Gardens

Do you have a backyard where you would love to have people garden? Some extra land that could grow a lot of tomatoes? Or do you need a place to grow, maybe something closer to your home than the nearest community garden? Yards to Gardens is a great resource for you. Enter in your location and contact information to network with others who have land or need it in our area!

American Community Gardening Association

The American Community Gardening Association is a great resource for community gardens. The active listserv gives many good ideas and the site has a good guide for starting a new garden.