Community Gardens

Medford Area Community Gardens

A community garden is a piece of land gardened by members of the community. Community gardens provide a source of inexpensive, nutritious food, an opportunity for physical activity, and a source of personal and community pride.

Our Mission

Our mission is to enhance the well-being and beauty of the community by assisting people in growing and consuming fresh produce, encouraging cross-cultural relationships, and creating an educational and accessible garden in an attractive setting.

Benefits of a Community Garden*

  • ECONOMIC – Community gardeners save an estimated $75-380 in food costs per season.
  • HEALTH – People who live with gardeners eat more fruits and vegetables on a daily basis, and their children eat healthier, more nutrient rich diets than do non-gardening families.
  • YOUTH – Community gardens give youth a safe place to interact with peers and can involve them in beneficial activities.
  • CULTURE – Community gardens offer unique opportunities to establish relationships within and across physical, social, and cultural barriers.

Enjoy fresh produce all summer long and/or grow for freezing, canning, or storing, too.


  • The garden beds in the Community Gardens are located on the south side of the Rural Virtual Academy building and will be available to rent anytime between May 15 – June 4, 2023.
  • Most beds are 4’x8’ or 3’x8′ and rent for $12 per season. Smaller beds rent for $7.
  • Some beds are elevated on legs and are suitable for those with limited mobility.
  • The garden beds are filled with compost, and the aisles between the beds are covered with wood mulch. Each bed is laid out in grids for use of the square foot gardening technique, which gardeners are expected to follow. See the video and handbook for information.
  • Water is available at the site. The garden area is surrounded by rabbit resistant wire.
  • Garden members are welcome to relax in the picnic area located outside of the garden.

The Community Gardens are a great way to enjoy the company of other gardeners and share gardening tips as well as producing tasty vegetables.

For more information or to reserve a bed, call UW-Extension, 715-748-3327 extension 2 or 3.

Our Location

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Square Foot Gardening How-to (.pdf)

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