Cultivate Hope Community Gardens

The Cultivate Hope Community Gardens program connects gardeners and small-scale farmers with resources to grow food and build community bonds

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. Some 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 maintains two locations of community garden plots 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 50’ x 50’

What resources are included?

  • Water provided during the growing season
  • Free use of a tiller, checked out from the Tool Library at the Matthew 25 office

How much does it cost?

  • 20′ x 20′ plot on the Cultivate Hope Urban Farm is $50 for the 2022 season
  • 50′ x 50′ plot on the Cedar Hills Community Church land is $50 for the 2022 season

More Information

To sign up for a plot or for more information, contact us at