Community & School Gardens

What is a community garden?

A community garden in a place where individuals, community members, groups, and organizations can come together to garden. Community gardens come in all shapes, sizes, and locations. You can find community gardeners tending a communal gardening space or working on individual garden plots. They can be located in vacant lots, unused green spaces, schools, community parks, church property, neighborhood squares, or even an unused parking or paved area!

Garden plots can be in ground, raised beds, in containers, or any combination of those. They can be for growing produce, flowers and plants, encouraging pollinators, or all of the above. Some gardens are for growing food, some focus on mentoring and teaching, some help the community gather, rally, and become united.

Why garden?

Gardening has some significant and important benefits including:

  • Produces nutritious food
  • Reduces family food budgets
  • Conserves resources
  • Stimulates social interaction
  • Encourages self-reliance
  • Beautifies neighborhoods and preserves green space
  • Creates opportunity for recreation, exercise, therapy and education

Sources: The American Community Gardening Association and


Broad Street Community Garden

Has 10 to 12 plots. Volunteers from the Northeast Neighborhood Association and others maintain the property. Three more plots are available for community members.

Address: 51 North Broad Street, York, PA 17403

Phone: 717.578.8979




Garden of Hope

This was on of the first community garden projects born from a relationship between York City’s ReDevelopment Authority and it’s private citizens.  A testiment to the public support for such projects, this garden has been going strong for many years.  Located near the Parkway Housing Community, this garden represents how positive use of previously vacant areas throughout the city can be utilized for green space.

Address: Cottage Hill Road, York, PA 17401

**At this time the contact for this garden is unknown.  Please visit the location for more details.

Email contact for general info: Tia Bess, Diverse/Urban Educator for Penn State Extension York County, at or 717.840.7408.

God’s Garden (York City)

Formerly known as “St. Mary’s Garden”, this community garden is sponsored by volunteers from Grace Fellowship Church in North Codorus Township and Girl Scout Troop No. 1010. Located behind St. Mary’s Church and Our Daily Bread, God’s Garden has both individual plots and community plots. Produce from the community plots is donated to Our Daily Bread soup kitchen.

The garden has 15 plots (16 x 20).  Available individual plots can be used at no cost.

Address: 331 South George Street, York, PA 17401

For more information please visit the garden site or call 717.814.9145



Unitarian Universalist Congregation of York

Emphasis is on the institutional plots for donation to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church food pantry and York County food bank. Crispus Attucks has some individual plots. Goal for 2012 is adding more space for family plots.

Address: 925 South George Street, Grounds of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of York York, PA 17403

Manager/ Garden contact: Steve Snell

Phone: 717.683.3528




United Way Community Garden

This was the first of many community gardens in York City to be funded by The York City Bureau of Health. Born from an initiative to address childhood obesity and fresh food availability issues in York City, the United Way Garden has been an exemplary model for community gardens.

Located on the front end of the United Way’s property, the garden offers 41 plots (8-by-4-feet with a depth of 16 in.) to gardeners for $10 each per year. Includes access to tools and a water source.

Address: 800 East King Street, York, PA

To sign up or for more information contact:  Shaun Underkoffler at or 717.854.5090