Urban Gardening Program
The Urban Gardening Program assists Duval County residents in growing vegetables and culinary herbs by providing educational programs, maintaining a demonstration garden, and establishing school and community gardens. For more information contact Mary Puckett by e-mail or by phone at 255-7450.
For general vegetable gardening questions contact a Master Gardener Monday through Friday from 9AM to noon and 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM by phone at (904)255-7450.
Urban Garden Demonstration Site
The demonstration garden is maintained by the Urban Gardening Program Assistant, Urban Gardening Aide and Master Gardener Volunteers. It provides the latest methods in:
It is a great place to learn about vegetable and herb gardening. To visit the site please contact Mary Puckett at (904) 255-7450 to arrange a date and time.
Community Gardening Program
Community gardens are another facet to the Urban Garden Program. There are four UF/IFAS managed community gardens throughout Jacksonville and many others that we assist. Gardeners agree to adhere to a good faith agreement prior to joining the garden. Any resident of Duval County is able to obtain a plot to grow vegetables, culinary herbs, or edible flowers. The plots are given away on a first come first serve basis.
The Urban Gardening Program assists the community gardens by being a liaison between the gardeners and land owners and provides information, knowledge, workshops, and/or handouts that gardeners need to be successful in establishing and maintaining a community garden.
Duval County Residents that live in the beaches area can apply for a plot at the Beaches Organic Community Garden.
For information on starting a Community Garden and related issues, please refer to our starting kit and other information listed below.
- Starting a Community Garden
- Community Gardening Starter Kit
- Developing Urban Community Projects
- Community Gardens Regulations 2012
- Direct Marketing Regulations
- Cottage Food Legislation
Reasons to join a community garden:
- Don't have anywhere to grow your own vegetables
- Meet new people
- Fresh Food and Improved Nutrition
- Personal Satisfaction
- Exercise and Recreation
- Supplement Food Budget
To inquire about obtaining a plot please contact (904) 255-7450 or firstname.lastname@example.org