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Community Garden Plots Available

Plots are still available in the City’s Community Garden.  Now in its fourth year, the Common Ground Community Garden is located off Wheeler Avenue, behind the Armory, east of Smith Elementary School.  The Cortland City Youth Bureau oversees the Garden with help from DPW and volunteer members of the City’s Environmental Advisory Committee. 

City residents may reserve raised bed plots for a seasonal rental fee ranging from $10 (4’x4’) to $20 (4’x8’).  Fee includes access to free City Water, compost, shared tools (rakes, shovels, trowels, wheelbarrow, etc.) and storage space in a locked shed.  Download Application.  Or, contact the Youth Bureau at 607-753-3021 to reserve a plot or for more information.

Location

Off Wheeler Ave., east of Smith School, Behind Armory

Facilities

Fenced garden containing 20 raised bed plots ranging in size from 4’x4’ to 4’x8’ with access to City water, shared tools and secure storage.

Oversight

The Garden is administered by Cortland City Youth Bureau with help from DPW and additional volunteer support coordinated by City’s Environmental Advisory Committee.

Program

Plots are available – on a first come/first served basis – to City residents for a seasonal rental fee ranging from $10 - $20, depending on plot size.  Fee includes access to free on site city water supply, shared tools (rakes, shovels, trowels, wheelbarrow, etc.) and secure storage.  Smith School second graders participate in educational programs conducted by garden organizers.

Funding

Initial funding provided through Seven Valleys Health Care Coalition combined with City DPW’s in-kind donations, which included: use of land, site preparation and construction, water line, access road and perimeter maintenance.  City Youth Bureau now provides administration.  Additional donations provided by area businesses, including: Cobblestone Valley Farm (compost) and Gutchess Lumber (mulch).

History

Garden resulted from collaborative effort by community groups, including the City’s Environmental Advisory Committee, Sustainable Cortland, Seven Valleys Health Care Coalition and City government.

Purpose

To provide City residents with a low cost option for supplementing their diet with self-grown vegetables, supported by like-minded fellow gardeners, volunteers and program staff … and to elementary school students with related educational and hands-on experiences.

Common Ground Community Garden in Cortland NY