REGISTRATION OPENED: 2023 Living Earth Community Garden Information and Registration

Living Earth Community Garden is fully managed and sponsored by the Living Earth Center. Living Earth Center is a non-profit fully incorporated as a 501c3 charitable organization. It is sponsored in part by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, as well as through the generosity of donors.

Important Forms

2023 Living Earth Community Garden Registration Form

RETURN GARDENERS (Those that had a plot last year at the Community Garden) 
Please fill out the from below by no later than March 15th to secure your garden plots from last year. Please note: If registration is not received, your plot will be forfeited and new gardeners will have an option to register for plots on a first come- first served basis.  All return gardeners must attend a spring update meeting on Monday, April 17th at 6:00 PM. A meeting invite will be emailed out. Those unable to attend, must email to receive the recording.

NEW GARDENERS (Those that did not had a plot at Living Earth Garden last year)
Please fill out the form below. Plots will be assigned on a first come first served basis depending on availability. You will be informed if you have received a plot by no later than March 31st, otherwise, you will be placed on a waitlist and contacted when a plot opens up.  If assigned a plot, all new gardeners must attending ONE of the following trainings:

-       Monday, April 24th, 2023 at 5:30 PM at Living Earth Gardens

-       Tuesday, April 25th, 2023 at 5:30 PM at Living Earth Gardens

-       Saturday, April 29th from 9:00-10:00 AM at Living Earth Garden

For questions, please contact Mal Murphy, Garden Manager at

Gardener Information
Please indicate who the primary contact will be for your garden plot.
First Name *
Last Name *
Address Line 1 *
City *
State/Province *
Postal Code *
Please list the names, phone numbers and/or emails of any other gardeners who will be gardening in your plot
Garden Plot Information
Are you a new or returning gardener?
If you are a returning gardener, do you wish to keep the same plot(s) you had last year?
If no, please contact Laura Peterson at to set up a time to be reassigned new plot(s).
How many garden plots would you like?
Garden plots are approximately 10' x 10'. The maximum amount of plots a gardener can have is 5 if space permits. If plots need to be filled, gardeners may take on more on a year to year basis.
Community Event and Volunteer Information
Will you attend the Garden Opening and Potluck on Saturday, April 22 from 10-12?
In the spirit of community, we ask all Gardeners to attend the Spring Barn Clean Up and Potluck. The event occurs no matter the weather.
Please indicate what volunteer team are you interested in? Please see descriptions at the beginning of the form. (Please check all that apply)
All gardeners are asked to join a volunteer "team" to complete 4 hours of volunteer community service.
Demographic Information

Living Earth Center is committed to understanding the views, needs and wants of different members of the community. It asks optional demographic questions to better understand the community we serve, to secure outside funding and grants, and to inform programs and workshops in addition to delivering better services, make decisions based on evidence about the local population. Data collected will not be stored in individual's records, rather collected for qualitative review only. If you do not feel comfortable sharing the below information, it will not impact your garden application. 

Are you:
Are you of Hispanic, Latino, or Latino origin?
How would you describe yourself?
What is your age?
Can you tell us your household income?
Do you consider yourself to be a disabled person?
Do currently or have you served in the U.S. Armed Forces?
Health and Emergency Contact Information
The Living Earth Community Garden is a no hose garden. However, exceptions are made for those with documented medical need.
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Please provide the name of an emergency contact that does not also garden at the Living Earth Community Garden
I have read and understand the liability waiver
Please submit signed liability waivers for all people who plan to utilize the community garden.
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I have read and understand the Garden Contract. I understand that I must submit a signed contract before gardening at the
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Please note, only ONE garden contract per plot is required.
Payment and Fees
I am intersted in a scholarship
Plots are priced on a sliding scale. The first plot is $30, each additional plot is $10. We invite gardeners who can afford more to pay more if they are willing. This fee will go toward expenses of the community garden (electricity, water bills, compost, toilet fees, tools, maintenance, and education etc.). The fee includes ONE wheel barrow of compost per plot, water, the use of tools, and access to the barn. Nobody is turned away for inability to pay. Scholarships are available upon request. If you are interested in a scholarship, please leave this field blank or enter the amount that you can pay.
Payment Option
Before your plot can be secured, payment must be received. Nobody is turned away for inability to pay. If you are interested in receiving a scholarship, please check the Pay Later option. Please submit a check or cash for the total amount. Checks can be made out to Living Earth Center and mailed to 170 Good Counsel Dr. Mankato, MN 56001. If you submit payment and are not granted a plot or decide not to garden before May 1st, you will be fully refunded.
Credit Card Information

Your security code is the 3-digit code at the end of the signature field on your card's back.

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