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Community Gardens

A community garden is a neighborhood area used by a group of people to grow fruits, vegetables and flowers.  The group shares the responsibility of planting, tending, and harvesting the garden for their use. Community gardens can improve the image and safety of neighborhoods, bring neighbors together, and help residents access healthy food and be physically active while having fun.

The Conservation Section works to facilitate local community gardens by developing municipal policies and educating community groups about available resources and tools, such as:

Community Gardens

Chula Vista Community Garden Policy
In 2010, the City of Chula Vista adopted a community garden policy that provides a framework for community groups wishing to establish gardens on City-owned, vacant properties.

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Current Community Gardens

Chula Vista Gardens
As of December 2013, the only community garden in Chula Vista providing garden Gracia y Paz Community Garden Schematicspace to members of the general public is at Vista Square Elementary.  There is also a new community garden being created at Gracia y Paz Church, if you would like to help construct the garden or to reserve your plot, click here.  

For information on school gardens, please contact Brian Kennedy of the Chula Vista Elementary School District, at

Nearby Gardens

Olivewood Gardens - A garden aducation center for south San Diego County, which offers classes for adults and children in National City.

Seeds at City College - A teaching garden with a focus on growing vegetables located on the campus of San Diego City College.

For a map of other community gardens in the San Diego area, please visit the San Diego Community Garden Network.

Need help? Contact the City's Conservation Section at 619-409-3893!

Your Community, Your Environment, Your Choice

Volunteer with the San Diego Community Garden Network

Visit the South Bay Botanic Garden at Southwestern College

Read a Guide about Starting a Community Garden

Additional Information

American Community Gardening Association

Victory Garden San Diego

UC Master Gardeners Association - San Diego Chapter

Landscape & Nursery Technology Program - Southwestern College


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