Community Gardens in the Parks
Community gardens in the parks provides opportunities for citizens to work together with neighbors to participate in or start a community garden in a local park. The City of Fayetteville is promoting and expanding greening efforts in our community by providing valuable outdoor space for citizens in Fayetteville to garden together.
2021 Spring Garden Registration will be taking place in February and March, 2021.
- Current Returning Gardener Registration: February 22 - 26
- New Gardeners (not currently participating in the garden program): March 8 - 12
Please contact Parks Volunteers via email for more information.
Participating in Community Gardens
There are 2 options available for participating in the community gardens in the parks program. You can participate in an existing park land community garden by having your name added to a waiting list and attending spring registration. Or you can work with other citizens to build a community garden on park land near your neighborhood. To have your name added to the waiting list email Parks Volunteers.
Existing Park Land Community Gardens
Walker Park Community Garden (WPCG)
The WPCG is located in Walker Park near the Senior Activity and Wellness Center at 945 South College Avenue. Established in 2011 with 20 plots, the garden now has 33 plots.
It is protected from deer by a 6 foot fence and supplied with a centrally located water spigot. Each plot is filled with a mix of topsoil, course sand and compost.
To learn more about participating in the WPCG, contact Parks Volunteers via email. You may also reach us by phone at 479-444-3467.
Jefferson Community Garden (JCG)
Located at 612 South College Avenue, this garden is made available for use as a community garden through a partnership between the city of Fayetteville and the Fayetteville school district.
Jefferson Community Garden is in the south yard of the Fayetteville Adult Education Center on the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and South College Avenue. With 10 plots available, the garden is surrounded with a wrought-iron fence and has a centrally located water spigot. Each plot is filled with a mix of topsoil, course sand and compost.
To learn more about participating in the JCG contact Parks Volunteers via email. You can also contact us by phone at 479-444-3467.
Yvonne Richardson Community Center (YRCC)
Designed and operated specifically for YRCC's After School and Summer FUN4KIDS programs, kids and volunteers plant the garden in spring and summer at this City-operated community garden.
Program activities include field trips and food preparation in the outdoor kitchen.
The garden is composed of raised beds in a 60 foot by 35 foot area. Rain is collected from the roof of a volunteer-constructed garden shed. Volunteers assist with day-to-day maintenance, mentoring and educational activities. Please contact the Yvonne Richardson Community Center via email or by phone at 479-444-3461 to learn how to join the Kids Crops Program.
- What is a community garden all about?
Community gardening is about individuals and families of diverse backgrounds gardening together. Everyone is welcome! Community gardens include people of diverse cultures and languages, with a range of incomes, and various levels of gardening experience.
Each individual, family, and organization has a plot to tend and opportunities to volunteer to keep the garden running smoothly.
- What size are the plots and how much do they cost?
Walker Park Community Garden: $20 to $40 for plots anywhere from 50 to 100 square feet.
Jefferson Community Garden: $20 to $30 for plots ranging from 30 to 60 square feet..
- How many plots do I get?
Because of limited space, rental is limited to 200 square feet of plot or plots per individual, family or organization.
- What do I get when I rent a plot?
A compost-enriched garden plot for 1 full year, a Gardener's Handbook, use of shared common tools, access to water, a supportive environment for learning about gardening and meeting other gardeners.
- What extra things can I purchase with my garden plot?
During Spring Registration straw for mulching your plot can be ordered for an additional reasonable cost.
- How can I conserve water?
Do not use overhead sprinklers, they are an inefficient waste of water. Never leave a hose on unattended! Water slowly; this avoids run-off by allowing the soil to absorb water. Create small "wells" around each plant or along the row; this focuses the water on the root area. While waiting to allow water to slowly soak in, tidy up your plot and adjoining path. Water is a finite resource - use it wisely.
- How do I control water pressure and prevent the hose from bursting?
Preserve the hose and control water pressure by adjusting the handle at the faucet. Do not turn off water from a hose-end valve with the faucet on. It is not necessary to fully open the faucet. Open the faucet slowly, approximately half way.
If any part of the hose breaks while you are using it, it is your responsibility to repair it immediately. Hose repair kits are available through your garden leaders or they are stored in a designated area.
- What do I have to do to stay in good standing with the garden?
Follow the Gardener Guidelines, be courteous and communicate. Maintain and weed your plot and adjacent walkways, harvest regularly, conserve water and respect fellow gardeners and their plots.
- What if I am unable to maintain or harvest my plot or plots?
Notify a Garden Leader immediately. If you need to relinquish your plot, it will be reassigned. If you need temporary assistance, it will be provided.
Please do not allow vegetables to rot on the vine - someone could use the food, plus, rotting vegetables are a potential source of plant disease.
- What about composting at the garden?
If a compost area is established at your garden, follow these guidelines: Do not add diseased plants, Bermuda grass, weed seed, junk food or meats.
- What do I do with garden debris that can’t be added to the compost?
There is an area dedicated in or near the garden where materials that cannot be composted are piled for city crews to haul off.
- Who do I contact for gardening advice or any garden issues?
The Garden Coordinator or a Garden Leader can assist with questions, suggest resources or team you up with a more experienced gardener. They can also help solve any issues that may arise. Contact information is provided in the Gardener's Handbook.