Welcome to Richmond Grows Gardens
A program of the city’s Green Richmond Initiative.
Under the leadership of Mayor Dwight C. Jones, our City Administration recognizes that community gardens provide economic benefits, increase social equity, strengthen our community, and promote environmental stewardship.
The goals of Richmond Grows Gardens are:
- To support the sustainability goals for the city of Richmond: improve the quality of life for residents, create a healthy environment and enhance economic development and job creation opportunities;
- To increase the public’s understanding of the value of community gardens and the need for community gardens in the city;
- To encourage and facilitate local urban agriculture which increases access to fresh, nutritional food for residents-particularly those in underserved communities; and
- To transform vacant and underutilized city parcels into productive gardens.
We support the development of community gardens throughout Richmond. We define a community garden as: A portion of city owned property used to grow fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs, wood products, native or ornamental plants for non-commercial purposes, i.e. where there is no exchange of goods for monetary value.
We offer city property for community gardens to incorporated organizations, unincorporated organizations and governmental organizations via an online application process. These Garden Groups are encouraged to engage with individual gardeners by creating their own policies to rent plots or otherwise let individuals use their parcel.
We also support commercial gardens. We define a commercial garden as: A portion of city owned property leased from the City of Richmond and used by the lessee to grow fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs, wood products, native or ornamental plants to exchange for monetary value off-site. We offer city property for commercial gardens to eligible applicants who must negotiate a lease with the city’s Department of Economic and Community Development. The lease also requires approval by City Council.
All Garden Groups, individual gardeners and commercial gardeners must follow the Richmond Grows Gardens Rules and Guidelines.
Please use the map below to select a potential parcel (Garden Site) to permit or lease. If you would like a plot to garden rather than permitting or leasing an entire city parcel, please click on a vegetable icon and use the contact information that appears. If you wish to choose and permit or lease an entire site, scroll in and click on the available site and the Permit Application will appear. You will have a maximum of 60 minutes to complete the application. You cannot save or return to the application.
Please review the application ahead of time using the link on the left side of the home page to ensure you have all the necessary information with you at the time to complete your application.