Grow Burnsville, a new citywide initiative, aims to build a long-term solution to help the rising challenge of food inequity in our community. We want every resident interested to have an opportunity to participate in our community gardens. All garden plots have a scholarship rate available if you are presented with a financial hardship.
The Community Gardener Agrees To:
- Supply my own seeds, plants and tools for preparation and cultivation of crops
- Keep garden pests (weeds, insects and diseases) under control using only approved organic products.
- Place organic waste in designated compost bins.
- Herbicides are prohibited
- Individual gardens may be fenced with chicken wire no more than two feet in height to protect crops from rabbits.
- Clean up my garden plot by the end of October.
- Agree to comply with all Federal, State and local laws and regulations.
- Be a good gardening neighbor:
- Limit activity for me and my family or guests to my personal plot
- Harvest produce from my garden plot only
- Remove paper and trash from the area
Community Garden Rules and Regulations
- Participants may garden at their own convenience during the hours of 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven-days-a-week.
- The community garden is intended for personal use only. Gardening for commercial use is not allowed.
- Garden plots are limited to one (1) per family.
- Children in the community garden must be supervised at all times.
- Garden plot participants are expected to keep their plots free of weeds, grass and other debris that harbor insects. Weeds over one (1) foot in height or weeds with seed heads must be removed. Weed definitions include devil or crab grass which can spread and choke off other plants.
- Weeds and cutting from your garden must be taken to designated compost area.
- No dumping of debris into other garden plots is allowed.
- Garden plots may not be used to grow perennial vegetables, illegal plants, plants that do not bear vegetables or spices, or trees of any kind.
- Crops, plants, vines and vegetation must be contained within the boundaries of one's garden plot. Overlapping into adjacent pathways or garden plots is prohibited.
- No fertilizers or insecticides will be used in any way, only organic products are permissible.
- Structures other than trellis for vines, tomatoes and melons are not allowed.
- Water spigot will be supplied for the entire community garden to utilize. No hoses allowed; buckets may be used.
- All crops must be harvested by the end of October or will be destroyed.
- All non-compostable materials must be removed by the end of October. You may be required to pay a penalty of up to $50 and/or banned from renting a plot in the future for leaving items such as: weed blocking material (plastic and fabric), any plastic or metal items. Or abandoning your plot.
- The City of Burnsville/Neill Park/Wolk assumes no liability for any injury, damage, theft or loss of property belonging to garden users participants, before, during or after their usage/lease.
- The City of Burnsville/Neill Park/Wolk reserves the right to have full access to all garden plots at any time in order to ensure that all rules, regulations, and laws are being observed, and if necessary may terminate a garden plot lease or activity for the safety and welfare of the property.
Crosstown East Community Garden
The Crosstown East Community Garden is located at 12551 Portland Ave. South. The garden is a standard style layout with plots in rows. There are 51 plots available.
Neill Park Community Garden
The Neill Park Community Garden is located at 13501 Upton Ave. The garden is a standard style layout with plots in rows. There are 39 plots available.
Gardeners are expected to supply their own gardening tools, as well as a bucket for hauling water to your plot. A water spigot is provided for all gardeners to utilize.
Wolk Park Community Garden
This garden is located at 13800 Parkwood Lane and has 48 spots available.
The Mandala style garden is a circular garden design where minimum paths are used to conserve space for plants. Each Mandala garden has 17 keyhole beds and 16 crop field beds. The keyholes are 8 feet in diameter and allow for intensive planting for one sitting or kneeling gardener. The field crop areas on the garden perimeter are for larger field crops that would crowd out small vegetables.
The field crop area is approximately 6x8 feet. This area is used for tall, broad and vine crops such as tomatoes, squash, potatoes, cucumber, zucchini, pole beans and corn. Many of these crops are grown as a cooperative venture so space can be utilized efficiently. Trellises will be provided in the field crop areas.