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Renewing our region's culture of backyard gardening

Our Mission

A Garden In Every Lot is all about renewing our community’s culture of backyard gardening. We help both individual community members and community organizations overcome barriers to starting a garden. We accomplish this by offering garden site assessment & preparation, tilling, seeds, plant starts, mulch, and by helping community members work with local landlords and governmental bodies.


In concert with our community partners, we help coordinate gardening-focused educational programs and

community-building events.


Start Your
Own Garden!

Visit our Build a Garden page to learn more about how we can help you get a garden started in your own backyard!


A recap of the 2022 installation season

Thank you to our partners for
making this season possible: 

The Leighty Foundation
Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa
The Wellmark Foundation
Waterloo 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count!

View the 2022 Season Review here. 
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"I have always wanted to grow some of my own food, but I was nervous about planting anything since my neighborhood is full of squirrels, who dig up everything in my yard, and rabbits, who eat anything new in my yard.


The 'A Garden In Every Lot' program helped me get started, which was huge. I relayed my concerns about the critters and after they tilled my garden area, they gave me a chicken wire fence to put around it. They even gave me some starter plants! I am so grateful to this program and plan to plant even more next summer."


- Anna Crenshaw, 2021 Gardener