Community Garden Program and Plots

Garden and grow your skills

Come see all you can sprout in the rich soil at Dodge Nature Center! Join Dodge’s Community Garden Program, offered at the Main Property in West St. Paul and Shepard Farm in Cottage Grove from May to October every year.

Join the program by renting a plot. You’ll get a garden plot package (see details below), guidance from Dodge’s experienced staff and volunteers, and a supportive community of fellow gardeners. Read the Garden Program Information Sheet for more details.

Garden Plot Package

A garden plot rental includes an approximately 15′ x 15′ plot, water, use of tools, compost as a soil amendment, and an organic gardening class with Dodge’s experienced staff or volunteers.

Cost: $135/plot

2024 Season

Registration for the 2024 growing season is open! Plots are assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis. If you previously rented a garden plot, you can request the same plot again but we cannot guarantee your request. Renters will be emailed when plots are assigned and gardens open.

Garden at Shepard Farm

SOLD OUT | Garden at the Main Property

2024 Gardener Sessions

Main Property in West St. Paul

1701 Charlton Street

Shepard Farm in Cottage Grove

8946 70th Street S

Gardener Orientation Session
Wednesday, April 10, 2024
6:00 p.m.

Learn Organic Gardening Practices
Wednesday, April 17, 2024
6:00 p.m.
Gardener Orientation Session
Thursday, April 11, 2024
6:00 p.m.

Learn Organic Gardening Practices
Thursday, April 18, 2024
6:00 p.m.


Email [email protected] or call Don, Farm Director, at 651-789-5285.

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