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Community Gardens

If you would like to start a garden this spring, but don't have available land, consider renting a plot in one of the following community gardens in Tompkins County.


City of Ithaca Floral Avenue Community Garden

Register: Questions about plot registrations can be directed to

Plot size: 10' x 15' or 15' x 15'
Garden location: Floral Avenue (Rt 13A), next to the inlet. 
Fees: $20 for 10' x 15';  $35 for 15' x 15'; water, compost, mulch and tools available. Sliding scale fee available.

Ithaca Community Gardens

Register:To join the Ithaca Community Gardens, please fill out this simple online form, or mail your name, address, and phone number to Ithaca Community Gardens, PO Box 804, Ithaca, NY 14851; plot registration will be done by email unless you request otherwise. You will be placed on the New Gardener waiting list and we will notify you when a plot is available. New Gardeners are limited to one plot at registration.

Plot size:~16.74' x 16.74’ (~ 280 sq ft, length & width vary), and half plots. Inexperienced gardeners encouraged to start with a half-size plot, as gardening is a lot of work — healthy work and fun work, but still, regular work!

Garden location: Downtown, near the Ithaca Farmers’ Marketturn west off of Rt. 13 at Third Street and then turn left onto Carpenter Circle, just before the railroad tracks.

Fees: 2021 Full plot: $50 per year ($15 member fee and $35 plot use fee for water, tools, manure, etc.). Half-plot: $35 per year ($15 member fee and $20 plot fee). Financial assistance is available for those unable to afford the full fees.

Work requirement: 8 hour minimum work commitment per year (or pay $10 per hour not worked) to help maintain the all-volunteer run Gardens..



Town of Ithaca Community Garden - West Hill

Register: Call Town of Ithaca Clerk at 273-1721 for an application or go to the office at 215 N. Tioga St.
Plot size: 10' x 10' or 20' x 20' – 80 plots available
Garden location: Rt 79, West Hill, turn into Linderman Creek apartment complex and drive north and west up the hill at the back of the apartment complex
Fees: $20; water, compost, mulch and tools are available
Other info: No dogs allowed in garden

Cornell Community Garden East Hill

Plot Size: 20' x 25'
Garden location: Freese Rd. between Hanshaw and Dryden, near Cornell Dyce Honey Bee Lab
Fees: $30 per plot; compost and water are included


East Shore Community Garden / Gardens of Grace

Register: For an application contact Denise Moore, 607-533-4229 or email:

Located at: 2049 East Shore Drive, Lansing

Plot size: Individual plots are 10' X 15'. Larger sizes may be available. There is water available and the garden is fenced. There is also opportunity for gardeners to share their excess produce with the Lansing community with a free produce cart at the end of the driveway during harvest season. No fees.

Common Field, 320 Peruville Rd. Lansing

Register: For information contact Chris Muka, 607-533-3553

Plot size: Land available for gardening. Plot sizes are flexible depending on what you need. No running water, but pond and stream nearby. Bring your own tools, etc.

Last updated May 5, 2023