Welcome Gardeners

Announcements and Updates

We are no longer accepting applications for 2024 plots at this time as all plots are now reserved/assigned! If you are still interested in a plot, you can add your name to the waitlist here: https://forms.gle/m9UhMRXvQbfqBTXj9 

By adding your name to the waitlist, you will have priority should any plots become available throughout the rest of the year.

The waitlist link is also available as on the Apply page! Please contact Jonathan Balog (jbb5406@psu.edu) if you are interested or have questions.

Upcoming Events: 

Food Bank Donation Information

The garden is working to donate any extra produce to the State College Food Bank. If you have any vegetables or fruits that you would like to donate, please fill out this form. There is a laminated sign on the tool shed with a link to the form as well.  

After the form is completed, Isabella Pettita or another officer will pick up the items from the indicated plot and take them to the food bank. If you have any questions, please let us know!

Current items that are accepted:

Past Events

Garden Grow-How

The PSU Community Garden had a table at the Student Farm’s Garden Grow-How on March 27 at the HUB’s Heritage Hall. It was wonderful to see several of our gardeners there! The Grow-How featured succulent giveaways, composting information, door prizes and other helpful gardening resources.

At our table, we shared information about starting plants indoors and modeled an aquaponic system, grow lights, and some seedlings. Check out our plant guide on when to start seeds indoors, when to plant seeds outside/transplant, and when to harvest vegetables. It was great to see several new and returning PSU Community Gardeners to soak in all of the resources offered by the incredible PSU agriculture and gardening community!

Garden Grow-How, 3/27/2023

Photo credit: Eden Balog (no relation to Jonathan)

Region 6 Planting Guide

 About the Garden

The Penn State Community Garden was founded in 2009 and has since grown into a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students, faulty, staff, and community members interested in organic gardening in State College.  We are an official student club and a part of Penn State Sustainability.

As a student club, the garden must reserve 50% of our plots for students every year, but we welcome  Penn State faculty, staff, and State College community members to apply for the remaining plots.  Plot applications typically open in March of each year.

As a member of the Community Garden, you will have access to a 10' X 15' garden plot and free use of  garden tools, compost and mulch. We require that all plot members attend at least two garden workdays, where we work together to maintain and improve the garden.  We also offer free educational workshops and events to the public throughout the growing season.

For more information on applying for a garden plot, please visit the Apply page. For more information about the member requirements, please see our Gardener Agreement.  To check out upcoming Garden workdays, workshops, and other events, check out our Calendar. If you'd like to stay up to date with Garden news and events, please subscribe to our email listserve (instructions here). Feel free to contact us if you have any other questions!

Directions to the Garden

The garden is located on campus near the Medlar Baseball Field, downhill from the MorningStar solar home, with Tussey Mountain standing in the distance. Using Google Maps to navigate to the MorningStar Solar Home will bring you right to us! Please see 'Important Parking Information' below). 


Parking & Transportation monitors our parking area. If you do not have a permit to park on campus at Penn State-UP, you are at risk of getting a ticket. Please carefully read the information below. 

Carpooling and alternative transportation (such as biking) are encouraged! There is a CATA bus stop along the Blue Loop that will get you close to the garden (Porter Road at Jordan East Parking - Stop 281).