Our Roots, Mission & Values


Land Stewardship

Land. Knowledge. Connection. Duluth Community Garden Program is a non-profit organization that has been working to bring people of the Duluth area community together on the land, growing and sharing good food at urban gardens throughout the city for nearly 40 years.

The program was started in 1977 by neighborhood organizers who created a few gardens on vacant lots  in Duluth“s Central Hillside. The idea caught on, with new people joining in to create gardens in other parts of the city. Today we steward 17 community garden sites — nearly ___ acres organically gardened by over 220 families.  Garden sites are subdivided into 400 sq ft plots which are made available on a sliding fee scale so that anyone, regardless of resources or experience, can have a place to grow fresh fruits and vegetables.

Community gardeners have a wealth of knowledge to share about growing, cooking and preserving food in our unique and often challenging climate. Classes, garden tours, work bees, and informal gatherings are organized for gardeners to learn from one another.

We also loan out garden tools, books and food preservation equipment to help grow and store the garden bounty.

You needn“t be a community gardener at one of our gardens to attend a class, visit a garden, or make use of other resources. Stop on by to see what we have to offer!