Start a Garden

Looking to Start a Community Garden in Cleveland? The Summer Sprout Community Garden program can help! Gardens enrolled in Summer Sprout may be eligible for soil testing, soil amendments, tilling services, plants, seeds, materials for raised beds, technical assistance and education. Existing community gardens may also be eligible!


In order to become a participating garden, the project must meet the following requirements:

1) Location of garden must be within Cleveland city limits; not a suburb

2) The designated “Garden Leader” must complete Dig In! training prior to applying (provided by OSU Extension each Spring); Cost of class is $50

3) The garden must have a minimum of 5 gardeners who are committed to participating in the garden; these 5 gardeners cannot be all from the same family

4) Must have documented permission to use land for purpose of gardening

5) Must have an identified water source at or near the garden site

6) Must not sell any of the produce from the garden; all produce must go to the gardeners or be donated


General Timeline for Joining Summer Sprout:

Step 1 is to sign up for the Dig In training. This is a mandatory 5 week course offered each Spring.

Step 2 is to submit a new garden application in the Summer.

By Fall, each applicant will be notified of acceptance status and next steps.

By Spring of the following year, newly accepted gardens will be eligible to receive materials and services from the Summer Sprout program.


Dig In! Training

Register for our Dig In! Community Garden Training Program. Dig In! helps community members gain the knowledge and skills necessary to plan, design, and build a thriving and sustainable community garden.  This is a requirement for all new gardens or new garden leaders. Cost of the program is $50.00.

Registration is now closed. To be notified when the next registration period opens, please contact Carrie at

To see class descriptions, click here