Community Gardening

Greenvale Park Community garden for 2008 is full, with a waiting list! If you are interested in gardening with us in the future, you are encouraged to fill out an application and send it in (instructions on application, which you can download from this website.) Having applications from interested gardeners will help us know how many potential gardeners are out there, so we can plan for expansion at Greenvale Park and at other Northfield locations in the future. If you are interested in helping us identify other good community gardening sites around town, please contact us at As interest in local food and sustainable living grows, we expect there will be more and more people interested in community gardening! We’d love to have more energetic folks to help work on expansion of opportunities in Northfield.

Upcoming Events for Greenvale Park Community Gardeners:

Gardener Gatherings
Tuesday April 15 or Wednesday April 16, 2008
6:30 – 8 pm at Greenvale Park School Cafeteria

This is our chance to meet fellow gardeners, learn about how the community garden works, sign up for your volunteer work teams, learn where your plot will be, and have a little fun too. We have some great heirloom seeds donated to us by Seed Savers Exchange, and these will be available at the meeting. 2008 community gardeners should attend one meeting or the other . . . whichever is more convenient.

Spring Work Day
Saturday, May 3 (rain alternate, Sunday May 4)
9 am – 3 pm (or till finished) at the garden site at Greenvale Park Elementary

We’ll need everyone’s help to edge the garden, put up the new fencing, mark plots, hang gates, mark communal tools, and a few other things. Come whenever you can for as long as you can. Bring work gloves if you have them. Also if you have a flat shovel you can lend for the day, bring that too.

2 Responses to “Community Garden FULL! – Upcoming Events”

  1. on 26 Apr 2008 at 10:44 amDerek Haars

    Dear fellow gardeners,

    I would like to inquire about any volunteer opportunities associated with the Greenvale Park Community Garden. I am a experienced organic gardener and farmer and would like to offer my skills to help people grow healthy sustainable food.

    You can reach me at either 507-301-2299 or

    Thanks for your time
    Derek Haars

  2. on 06 Mar 2009 at 7:23 amPatricia Benson

    I spoke to Betsey Buckheit a couple of weeks ago about the opportunity to create a community garden for those of us on the prairie, down near the soccer fields. She suggested the schools might be the place to start, and I’m wondering if you can share your wisdom in this process? Greenvale is full, but it is also nearly 3 miles from where I live in town, and all uphill!

    I have a rear-tine tiller that I used in a 2.5 acre commercial, organic, permaculture garden. My life changed an I know live in a subdivision. I have the gardening experience and some of the resources to make this happen, but I don’t have access to land. My yard is completely disturbed soil, all clay, and my first-year garden this past season taught me a lot about what I can and cannot do here. I would love to garden in community, but need some help getting started.

    Call me at 651.247.3213 (day) or 507.301.3074 (eve). Thanks!

    Pat Benson

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