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
10/14/19: There are only a few workdays left before the end of the season! You must attend at least two workdays to be eligible to renew your plot for next year. The remaining workdays will be held on:
- October 23rd, 5pm to 7pm
- November 2nd, 10am to 12pm
- November 9th, 10am to 12pm
10/14/19: A huge thanks to everyone who helped at the workday this Saturday! We were able to give our compost system a much-needed upgrade. Please see Compost Etiquette for information on where to put your compost inputs.
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).