The Cultivate Hope Community Gardens program connects gardeners and small-scale farmers with resources to grow food and build community bonds.
Click here to sign up for a Downtown community garden plot for the 2020 season. If you’re interested in more land or multiple plots, please contact Zach at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why Provide Gardening Space?
There are many people in our community who would like to grow their own food but don’t have easy access to gardening plots or farm land. In particular, many African immigrants grew up in rural villages and grew their own food before coming to Cedar Rapids. Most now live in apartments and don’t have their own land to grow food.
When these community members gain access to land, they can:
- Grow healthy food for their families
- Grow food that reminds them of their native land
- Start food-related businesses
Matthew 25 has gardening spaces for rent at two locations in Cedar Rapids
Cultivate Hope Urban Farm
437 G Ave NW
Growing spaces are approximately 20’x20’
Cedar Hills Community Church
6455 E Ave NW
Growing spaces are approximately 20’ x 20’ or 50’ x 50’
All community garden plots for 2019 have been allocated. Check back in February for information about signing up for plots in 2020.
What resources are included?
- Compost for your garden plot
- Access to a variety of garden tools available for your use
- Water provided during the growing season
- Community events and educational workshops
- Year-end potluck gathering
We also offer ongoing education to empower and educate anyone, including individuals who have never gardened, to sustainably grow their own food. These are free and open to everyone.
If you would like to receive emails about upcoming workshops sign up here.
How much does it cost?
Growing spaces cost $30 each year for a small plot (20’ x 20’), or $50 each year for a large plot (50’ x 50’).
If you are not able to afford this amount, we have limited scholarship funds to offset the garden fee for people living on a limited income. The reduced fee for qualifying gardeners is $15 for small plots and $25 for large plots