Medford has 56,173 residents, and until the summer of 2015, had only one community garden at Riverbend Park. It has a long waiting list and cannot accommodate the number of people who desire gardening space. As soon as the new garden at Winthrop St was opened, it immediately had a waiting list twice as long as the number of available plots. We aim to create more community gardens for the City of Medford so that more people can become involved.
Commission Mission Statement
The goal of Medford’s Community Gardens Commission is to facilitate the building of new community gardens in our community. The Commission’s role is to work with City departments to identify feasible locations for community gardens, provide guidance in designing and building the gardens, and oversee the organization of the gardens.”
All available plots for 2016 have been assigned. To be placed on a waiting list when spaces become available please fill out the garden application:
For more information email MedfordGardens@gmail.com.
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What are the benefits to having Community Gardens?
- Enhance nutrition and increase physical activity
- Foster community ownership and civic pride
- Build community leaders
- Provide opportunities for inter-generational learning activities
- Stimulate social interactions between generations and cultures
- Allow people to grow traditional foods not available in super markets
- Serve as an outdoor classroom where youth can learn valuable skills
- Conserve resources by saving on the transportation and packaging of food
- Reduce family food budgets
- Preserve green space
- Recycle organic waste back into the soil
- Encourage people to understand the connections between people, agriculture, and nature