Welcome Gardeners

Announcements and Updates

3/20/20: In light of the ongoing spread of Covid-19, we have developed a set of guidelines for working in the garden to minimize risk of transmission.

  • Per CDC recommendations, only 10 people will be allowed in the garden at any given time. We’ve created a sign-up sheet for working in the garden here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1PxZzzUG-eRJDttkATnggsGVKACIJGCOdUmWQGDhug_w/edit#gid=0. Whenever you’re planning to visit your plot, enter your name and plot number in this sheet, and check that none of your adjacent plot neighbors are planning to be there. If 10 people are already signed up for that time slot, please plan to come another time.
  • If you arrive at the garden and 10 people are already there, please come back another time. We will be operating on an honor system since the garden officers will not be constantly monitoring activity at the site. However, following this system will allow us to stay open, so please be flexible and respectful of maintaining proper distance from other gardeners.
  • Spray bottles of bleach will be installed at the toolshed and garden gates. We ask that you wipe down tools, wheelbarrow handles, and water pump handles before and after you use them, as well as gate latches.
  • Additionally, we will put hand soap down by the water pumps.
  • If you have your own gardening or work gloves, we strongly recommend that you wear them while you are at the garden.

3/14/20: All plots for the 2020 growing season have now been filled! You are still welcome to apply for a spot on the waitlist.

3/14/20: The 4th Annual Community Seed Swap, which was scheduled for March 24th, has been postponed until further notice.

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's Sustainability Institute.

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!


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).