Community Gardens Open Space and Recreational Areas

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The City of Philadelphia and PHDC have a strong commitment to community gardening and urban agriculture. Gardening is an important part in helping to transform and sustain communities. In the last five years, PHDC has done a lot of work in community gardening and urban agriculture. There is more work to do, but we are committed!

If you are interested in turning a vacant lot in your neighborhood into a community garden, use our property map to see if it is available. If you are already gardening on a lot but don’t have an agreement to do so, we may be able to formalize your garden.

If you would like to submit an application for a lot or lots find out if you’re eligible to purchase them.

Gardening Resources

Neighborhood Gardens Trust

PHS Garden Tenders Program

Public Interest Law Center –
Garden Justice Legal Initiative
215-627-7100 x236

Farm Philly Program
Department of Parks and Recreation
(Select “Environment” then
“Urban Agriculture”)