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NC State Extension

Land for Community Gardens

Landscape plan of Fayetteville Community Garden

Landscape plan of Fayetteville Community Garden

Selecting a Site

Places to Look for Land To Garden

  • Parks
  • Communities of Faith
  • Schools
  • Community and Senior Centers
  • Vacant Lots
  • Flood Plain
  • Planning and Zoning Department

Negotiate with Landowner

  • Length of Lease (recommend no less than 5 years)
  • Who will provide water 7 security
  • What liability insurance will be required
  • Fee (and when due)
  • Resources provided by the landowner
  • Grounds for termination of lease
  • Primary contact for gardeners and landowner

Interested in purchasing the land to make the Community Garden Permanent?

Below is a list of land conservation organizations that either have ‘garden’ in their title or have indicated on the Land Trust Alliance 2010 census that ‘urban parks, gardens or open spaces’ were ‘very’ or ‘extremely important’ priorities.

The Land Trust Alliance has offered to help Community Gardening groups connect with these organizations by: making introductions; helping to gauge organizational interest; facilitating land acquisition; and partnering in other ways.


  • Blue Ridge Conservancy, PO Box 568, Boone, NC, 28607-0568
  • Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, 847 Case Street, Hendersonville, NC, 28792-6503
  • Saluda Community Land Trust, PO Box 732, Saluda, NC, 28773-0732


  • Davidson Lands Conservancy, PO Box 1952, Davidson, NC, 28036-1952
  • Piedmont Land Conservancy, PO Box 4025, 1515 W Cornwallis Rd, Ste 205, Greensboro, NC, 27404-4025
  • Triangle Greenways Council, 520 Polk St., Raleigh, NC 27604-1960
  • Triangle Land Conservancy, 1101 Haynes St Ste 205, Raleigh, NC, 27604-1455

Coastal Plain

  • Northeast New Hanover Conservancy, 1513 Futch Creek Rd, Wilmington, NC, 28411-9375

Thank you to Lisa Poser for gathering this information.