Community Gardens at Cornell

We Invite you to garden with us!

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About Us

We rent garden plots that include field preparation, compost, cover crops, and water.  Plots are available to Cornell students, members of the Cornell community, and area residents.

We furnish surplus vegetables we grow to the Food Donation Network.

We encourage Cornell scientists and researchers to visit and engage with us, as citizen scientists, to advance research.

General Information

  • Prospective gardeners can reach out at any time to be added to our mailing list. The mailing list is used to communicate important dates and direct people to reserve plots
  • There will be an optional meeting for club members and officers in the early spring
  • All of our members must complete a "Best Gardening Practices" gardening class provided by Cornell Cooperative Extension. We provide recordings of the session available for people who can't make it in person. We will record an attestation that each gardener reviewed the material
  • Gardening can begin after the fields are plowed and plots are marked. Usually early-mid May, although very wet weather can delay our access to the gardens.
  • Staking to mark the plots will be sometime in late April or early May. Volunteers are needed!
  • Some Gardeners Fence their plots and some don't.  It is a personal preference.  Deer are not a major problem but there are some smaller critters that may want to share the harvest.
  • Gardens must be cleared October 2, 2021 with a final volunteer cleanup on October 2 or October 3 immediately followed by a volunteer clean-up effort so that the the fields can be prepared for the next season.
  • Fields are plowed each fall and disked each spring by Cornell Farm Services. We rotate gardening between the north and the south fields every two years. The 2021 season is our second season in the south field. The other field is cover cropped with winter rye in the fall, inter-seeded with clover in the spring and mowed in the late summer of the first fallow year. The clover remains as cover for year two and is incorporated back into the soil at the end of year two.
  • Full Details of our license agreement with Cornell including expectations, rules and operating procedures: 2020-2021 Cornell Community Gardens License.

COVID-19 Statement

All gardeners must comply with all orders, directives, and health and safety guidelines issued by New York State, and all orders, directives and health and safety guidelines issued by the federal government (including the Center for Disease Control and Prevention) and Cornell University relating to COVID-19.

Do not visit the garden if you are feeling ill or have reason to believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19. Masks should be worn whenever you cannot maintain six feet of distance from other gardeners.  Follow proper hygiene procedures when using any shared equipment, including water valves.

Reservation Instructions

Complete the online form located here to register for a plot (there is a plot map below and in the online registration showing available plots). Plots are 20' X 25' and cost $30 per season. Registration Form here:

Our field is now full.  You may complete the form below to indicate that you would like to be put on a waiting list.  Do not make a payment and do not indicate preferred plots.  Plots that have not been worked by June 15 will be offered to the waiting list on a first-come-first-served basis


If you have any problems completing the form online, please contact

Then pay for your plot(s) using paypal (be sure to add the number of plots you are reserving)

PayPal Link:


Send a check ($30 per plot) to
Community Gardens at Cornell
PO Box 4062
Ithaca, NY 14852-4062

Plot Map Showing Reservations

The Gardens are located on Freese Road in Dryden Approximately 2 miles from the Cornell Campus