Welcome Gardeners

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, community gardening in State College. We are an official student club and a part of Penn State's Sustainability Institute.

As a student club, the garden must reserve 50% of the garden 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 plot member of our Community Garden, you will have access to a 10' X 15' garden plot and free educational workshops throughout the growing season. You will also get 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.

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!

Announcements and Updates

8/19/19: Join us for an Intro to Pickling workshop on Saturday, August 24th at 10am! We will meet upstairs in the MorningStar Solar Home. Some supplies will be provided, but please bring a few mason jars and lids and some vegetables for pickling (cucumbers, beans, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, etc). The workshop will be followed by a workday at 11am.

8/9/19: If you would like to learn more about the garden or chat with the executive board, we will be tabling at several upcoming events. Come visit us!

  • New Graduate Student Orientation: August 22nd, 5-6:30pm, Bryce Jordan Center
  • Graduate Student Organization Involvement Fair: September 4th, 9am-12pm, Heritage Hall in HUB-Robeson Center
  • Lion Bash: September 10th, 5-8pm, Downtown State College

8/9/19: Mark your calendars for the Seed to Savory Harvest Potluck meal on Sunday, September 29th from 1-3pm at Tudek Park! Bring a dish to share from your garden bounty and exchange recipes with other local gardeners. RSVP by clicking the photo below!

IMPORTANT PARKING INFORMATION:

Parking & Transportation is more actively monitoring our parking area during business hours. If you do not have a permit to park on campus at Penn State-UP, you are at risk of getting a ticket. P&T is informed of our scheduled workdays and workshops, and all gardeners are allowed to park onsite at these times. Outside of those days and times, here is how you can comply with University parking rules:

1. If you are a community member who DOES NOT have an affiliation with the university, your name has been given to the Parking Office on campus for you to pick up a free permit, valid at the parking area at the garden until November 9th (our last scheduled workday/garden closing). You will need to bring an ID and the plate number it is associated with.

2. If you are a faculty/staff/student member, you must have a permit to not be at risk of being ticketed. The options for permits or parking that are valid in the area are the following:

a. Purchase a Commuter Permit ($10/month); Summer Student Commuter pass ($17 valid now until August 18th)

b. Purchase an EVE permit for evening/weekend access ($6/month)

c. Pay at the pay station at Jordan East ($1/hour)

d. If you are a student with a ride pass, you can also get an EVE permit for $6/month

If you do not purchase a permit, you will be at risk of being ticketed. Otherwise, carpooling and alternative transportation are encouraged. We are still working with Parking and Transportation on other solutions, so check back in for any changes!

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! You can park in the grassy area uphill from the garden (however, see 'Important Parking Information' above).