Welcome Gardeners

Covid-19 Rules of Operation

As of April 8th, 2020, the Community Garden has been approved to open under the rules of operation outlined in this document. We will update this document with any additional rules as needed. They key points are outlined below:

  • You may only work in the garden during scheduled open hours, and must sign up on the OPEN HOUR SPREADSHEET. You may not attend open hours at the same time as any of your immediately adjacent plot neighbors.
  • You will only be permitted to work in your plot after you have signed the liability agreement.
  • You must maintain a distance of at least ten feet from other gardeners at all times.
  • You may bring guests to work in your plot with you if and only if you are already in close contact with them (i.e. you live together). You must enter both names separately in the open hour spreadsheet, and your guest must also sign the liability agreement.
  • You must wear gardening gloves and a face mask or covering the entire time you are on garden property.
  • You must bring your own tools to the garden. The shared tool shed will be locked until further notice.
  • You must sanitize gate latches, water pump handles, and wheelbarrow handles before and after you use them. You must wait ten minutes after another gardener has finished using and sanitizing these surfaces before touching them yourself.
  • If you begin experiencing Covid-19 symptoms or are exposed to someone experiencing these symptoms, you are expected to self-quarantine for 14 days. You may not visit your plot during quarantine.


Under this system, plot owners can complete their requirement to attend at least 2 workdays throughout the season in the following ways:


  • Periodically, we will schedule two-hour workdays for weekend mornings, 10am-12pm.
  • You will have to sign up for the workday ahead of time as with any open hour slot, and we'll use the same sign-up spreadsheet to facilitate that.
  • Workday groups will be limited to 10 people.


  • We will also offer the option for you to come during any open hours and put in at least 1.5 hours towards workday tasks.
  • You will still have to sign up for that time on the open hour spreadsheet, but under the "Plot number" column, enter "WORKDAY" instead of your plot number.
  • We will confirm with the open hour host for that day that you were present and working on workday tasks, so be sure to check in with them when you arrive.
  • A list of tasks you should work on during this time can be found here!

Announcements and Updates

7/10/20: Parking enforcement has resumed on campus. Please refer to the parking information below to avoid being ticketed while at the garden.

4/23/20: All plots are now filled, but you can still apply for our waitlist by filling out our application form. There is usually some plot turnover throughout the season.

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.

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).