The city recognizes the role that community agriculture has in promoting sustainable communities through providing locally grown food and building a strong sense of place. As a result, the City provides land for the development of community agriculture needs that benefit Flagstaff.
The City's Sustainability Office manages plot registration and partners with a local non-profit organization, Terra BIRDS, to maintain community garden sites and lead educational programming located on City owned property. This project serves to educate the community on how to grow food in Flagstaff's unique high elevation environment, arid climate and short growing season.
Plot rental information and locations for each of the City-sponsored community gardens are listed below:
How to apply
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- Plots are rented from May-October for $65 each. Full and half scholarships are available to those who demonstrate financial need within the application process.
- Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis from March-April. Submitting an application does not guarantee a plot.
- Returning gardeners are able to secure their plot from the previous year by submitting required paperwork and payment by April 1st, 2022.
- New gardeners who submit an application will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis to rent any remaining plots after returning gardeners. New gardeners may be placed on a waiting list if there are no immediate openings.
The Flagstaff East Public Library provides "The Little Seed Library" to "keep seeds in the hands of the people". Library card holders can check out seed packets and later in the season are encouraged to save seeds to bring back to the library for other community members to utilize. Learn more here.
Keeping invasive weeds at bay is an important part of keeping crops healthy. Check out the Northern Arizona Invasive Plants finder that includes photos and extensive information of common weeds to help identify them while in the garden.
Become a garden volunteer! Terra BIRDs and the Sustainability Office will be hosting garden work parties May-October on most Thursdays during the summer from 4:30-6:30pm. Check out our schedule and register using the link here.
We are hosting the Garden Workshop & Food Stories Series again this season! Check out a list of our first three events below:
- Introduction to High Altitude Gardening: Saturday, May 14th 10AM at the Southside Garden (900 S O'Leary St)
- Pests, Pollinators, and Plants: Saturday, June 18th 10 AM at the Bonito Garden (527 W Elm Ave)
- Water Harvesting & Smart Water Use: Saturday, July 30th 10 AM at Ponderosa High School (2384 N Steves Blvd)
Bonito Community Garden
Address: 527 W Elm Ave.
Izabel Community Garden
Address: 2300 N Izabel St.
Southside Community Garden
Address: 900 S O'Leary St.
In addition to three gardens with rentable plots available to residents, many other demonstration gardens and working community gardens are offered by other organizations and individuals within Flagstaff. Check out the interactive map of all gardens in Flagstaff.