How Do I Get Started?


Easy Steps to Participating in the Indy Urban Garden Program


If you are interested in finding gardening space for yourself or a community group on city-owned land, the following steps will help you along in the process. If you have any questions regarding the process, requirements of participation, or any other concern, please contact the city’s Office of Sustainability at

1.  Identify an area for your garden space. This can be done by looking over a map of vacant lots under the management of Renew Indianapolis, the community land bank, at The list of properties can also be downloaded. Each available city lot can be licensed for a period of between three and five years.

2.  Contact the Urban Gardening Coordinator at the Office of Sustainability at or 317-327-5388 to confirm that the desired lot is available.

3.  Fill out an Urban Garden Program application, available at Questions range from determining the accessibility of water, to the number of individuals involved in the garden effort, to pest control and plot maintenance. Be sure to fill out the form thoroughly to help your project get off the ground more quickly! You may be asked to explain any answers during a follow-up interview. Also be sure to review the few rules for establishment of the garden, available at the same link, above.

4.  If your project is a good fit with the Indy Urban Garden Program, we will ask you and/or your organization to sign a license agreement for a three- to five-year term. Each individual participating in gardening through the Urban Garden Program is also required to fill out a waiver indemnifying the city for any activities on the parcel.

5.  Recruit friends, family, and neighbors to join you! Turning an urban garden from a dream into reality requires active community participation. You are free to determine what and when you want to plant. The Office of Sustainability will gladly put you in touch with experienced gardeners who may help advance your project. If you have any questions, contact