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


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, parking around our site is on university property and must follow the rules of the university (policy BS03), as states: "Every faculty/staff employee of the University or of an affiliated program (regardless of shift or office location) wishing to use parking facilities operated by the University Parking Office on the University Park campus, or any property owned or leased by The Pennsylvania State University, must register their vehicle with the Parking Office and, while parked, properly display an authorized parking permit.”

We are working on a more permanent parking solution with the Parking & Transportation office, particularly for garden members who are not affiliated with the University, but be aware that for now, parking on site during the day runs the risk of getting a ticket.

6/14/2019: Reminder that there is a workday next Wednesday, June 19th, from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Come help us finish cleaning up the pollinator garden so we can get it replanted! All gardeners must attend two workdays during the growing season.

5/6/2019: All plots are filled and applications for the 2019 growing season are now closed. Happy gardening!

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).