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Join Us in Cultivating a Thriving Community

Welcome to Rice Street Gardens, your local organic community garden celebrating diversity and the joy of gardening.  


General Gardener Information

Before gardening, it's crucial to familiarize yourself with our rules and safety guidelines. Follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Register during the designated times. (Closed for 2024)
    • Returning gardeners, starting February 1​

    • New gardeners, starting March 15

(Your name will go on our waiting list)​

  • Step 2: Read the rules and guidelines below and watch an orientation movie.

  • Step 3: Attend one training session at Galilee Lutheran Church (across the street from the gardens)  and pay your plot fee: (Closed for 2024)
    • Saturday, April 6, English 9 am, Karen 10 am, Nepali 11 am.

    • Friday, April 12, Nepali 4 pm, English 5 pm, Karen 6 pm

    • Thursday, April 18, Karen 4 pm, Nepali, 5 pm, English 6 pm

         Be sure to bring identification including your address. Only one plot per household​.

Rules and Agreements

English (below):   

  • Complete annual orientation & pay plot fee, one plot per household.

  • Volunteer to help maintain property as needed.

  • Take all personal trash home or in a container bin. Do not put trash in compost or toilet.

  • Keep grounds & paths clear of weeds, rocks, glass, trash, buckets, debris.

  • Do not waste water & refill water tank after using. 

  • Use organic products only, no chemicals, herbicides, pesticides allowed.

  • No smoking, no chewing/spitting, no abusive language, no weapons.

  • Supervise family & guests while at garden.

  • Respect fellow gardeners, their items & plots.

  • Tools & compost provided for Rice Street Gardeners only.

  • Cross street at signaled intersections. 

  • Clean up & clear out personal items by 10/20/2024.

  • Notify Council if you no longer want a plot. Plots cannot be given to others.

  • Break a rule, lose your plot.

  • Gardeners, family members or guests cannot sue the Board of Water Commissioners of City of  Saint Paul, Galilee Lutheran Church, or Rice Street Gardens.

Rules in Nepali 

Rules in Karen

Gardener Orientation Movies

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2024 Season Plan

  • February: Registration for returning gardeners.

  • March: Registration for new gardeners; waiting list notification.

  • April 6, 12, and 18: Training and Fee Collection Days.

    • $20 plot fee payment during training sessions (no online payments).

  • May 1: Plot assignments posted; start plot work. Water turned on, port-a-podies in place, trash collection starts.

  • There will be occasional "garden work days" and celebrations. Watch for texts and emails with details.

  • October 20: Gardens must be cleared out 

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