Community gardening in Duluth started in 1977, with a loosely organized group of gardeners who wanted to grow healthy food for themselves and their families. Together they secured use of neighborhood lots on which to grow vegetables. In 1981, after four successful years of gardening and a burgeoning interest from the community, the Duluth Community Garden Program (DCGP) was incorporated as a non-profit corporation. DCGP's mission is to strengthen community and foster self-sufficiency among the people of the Duluth area by providing access for all to food production and preservation resources and promoting sustainable gardening practices.
Currently we have 17 sites, and over 200 plots of 20' by 20', that were utilized by 133 gardeners in 2010. These gardeners- individuals, families, and several small non-profit organizations -- rent their plots on a sliding fee scale, paying no more than their incomes allow. Plots are situated throughout the city.
DCGP also serves the community through our Cannery and Kids Gardening Programs, both of which began in 1991. The Cannery provides canning education, information, recipes, equipment and jars to the community at no or very little cost, and Kids Gardening works with low-income children: teaching gardening, nutrition, and environmental awareness while encouraging teamwork.