Community Garden

Our space for individuals and groups to practice self sustenance and resilience through growing their own food. No room for a garden at your home? Our gardeners work on learning how to grow food sustainably and resourcefully. The Garden is mostly volunteer run, focused on building community and practicing resilience. We are open to all CWU Students, Faculty, Staff, and Ellensburg community members.

To sign-up or get more information, email us.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who can participate?

    Priority is given to CWU students, however faculty, staff, and Ellensburg community members can also participate.

  • Do I have to pay a fee?

    No! There is no fee or financial requirement associated with the Community Garden. Thanks to funding from the Student and Activities Fee and the Farm as host, we are able to provide tools, seeds, and soil amendments, so that gardeners can participate if they do not have the means.

    Gardeners can purchase their own seeds, transplants, and supplies if they wish. Any soil amendments must be approved first by the Farm Manager.

  • What do the plots look like?

    We have two types of garden plots available for groups and individuals: raised bed and in-ground plots. Raised beds are 4 feet x 8 feet, raised 12 inches off the ground. In-ground plots are 4 feet by 8 feet, separated by 1 foot walkways. We also have a few large plots for large groups or families.

  • How long is the commitment?

    Gardeners agree to commit to the full season, April-October, with the option to come back the next year. In the event that you cannot fulfill the commitment, we ask that you to let the Farm Manager know, so that we can open the plot to others. Students who want to participate in Spring but cannot commit to the summer or fall can volunteer to help steward our food pantry plots.

  • What happens to produce if I leave early or don't harvest?

    If you leave early, we open the plot up to the community or harvest produce for the food pantries. If we notice that you have not been harvesting and that you have produce going to waste, we will check in with you to see if we can harvest any extra produce for the food banks. We understand that people have things come up, and we want to be sure that we are doing everything we can to get edible food to people.

  • Can I bring food scraps to the Garden to compost?

    No. Right now, we manage our compost piles by hand. We only have the capacity to process waste generated on-farm. Please do NOT bring scraps from home.

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