Salida Community Garden

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The Community Garden provides and opportunity for people of all ages to grow a garden while beautifying the community and offering educational programming on garden-related topics.

We typically begin contacting past season plot holders every February to see if they are returning. We do keep a list of interested gardeners to contact if/when additional plots are available. Please contact GARNA at or 539-5106 if you would like to be put on the waiting list.

See an article that sums up the “community” in community gardens: Colorado Central Magazine, Sept 2017, Author Ericka Kastner

2019 Season

Currently, all plots are full for the 2019 growing season. Please contact GARNA at or 539-5106 to be added to the waitlist for 2020.

To keep “Community” in the Salida Community Garden, gardeners each year must contribute a total of 3 hours per plot on one or more of the garden work days (or as otherwise arranged).

2019 Garden work days:

  • Saturday, May 4, 9 am – noon
  • Sunday, July 7, 5 pm – 8 pm and Potluck Dinner
  • Saturday, August 17, 9 am – noon
  • Sunday, October 13, 1 pm – 4 pm

Growing Community

Community gardens are as much about cultivating community as they are about cultivating plants. The Salida Community Garden provides an opportunity to grow more than just flowers and vegetables. When you plant with other people, you grow in a unique way too.

Growing a Space for a Garden

The Salida Community Garden began its first season in Spring 2003. Its mission is to provide an opportunity for people of all ages to grow a garden while beautifying the community. It also offers educational programming on garden-related topics.

The garden is located at the corner of Second and I Streets in downtown Salida. Community Garden organizers cleared and cleaned a rundown lot loaned by a local family while volunteers donated time and materials toward construction of the garden site. A big thank you to the Mazzotta Family for generously allowing GARNA to use this property.

  • The garden is open May through October.
  • Vegetables and annual flowers may be grown.
  •  Organic principles of gardening are followed (no chemical pesticides, fertilizers, or herbicides are used).
  •  10 x 20′ plots are available for individuals or groups for a fee of $50.00 per season. Water is included in the fee and gardeners are expected to comply with City water regulations.
  •  Hoses are provided, but gardeners are expected to provide their own sprinkler heads. Soil is tilled annually and amended through the Community Garden’s composting program and the planting of nitrogen fixing cover crops.
  • The Salida Community Garden is a gated facility in order to protect the gardens from vandalism and animal damage.
  • Plots are assigned on a first come, first served basis.

Growing Learning Experiences

In addition to providing garden space. the Community Garden offers a variety of garden related programs during the summer months. Examples of past classes have included: Introduction to Composting, Principles of Xeriscape, and Principles of Organic Gardening.

Growing Relationships

Participating in a community garden can be a unique and wonderful experience. Community gardens are ideal for people without their own space. but even people who have their own land enjoy the community spirit that can be felt when people plant together.

The Garden

The Garden

Full bloom

Full bloom

10th year anniversary

10th year anniversary


GARNA is the Arkansas River Valley’s only local broadly focused conservation and educational institution with non-profit status. GARNA is supported by membership fees…will you join us?

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