Community Garden

Norristown Sprouts LogoWelcome to the Norristown Sprouts Community Garden!

This community garden is maintained by the Montgomery County Office of Public Health (MCOPH) and community members. The garden is a joint partnership between Norristown Area School District and MCOPH and is located at Eisenhower Science and Technology Leadership Academy at 1601 Markley Street in Norristown, PA. The Norristown Sprouts Community Garden was founded in 2021 to primarily serve Norristown residents and surrounding community members to increase the community’s access to healthy foods.  

What is a Community Garden?

A community garden is a shared plot of land where people gather together to grow fresh vegetables, herbs, plants, and flowers. Community gardens give everyone, a chance to enjoy the pleasures of gardening, even if they do not have the space at home. Community gardens typically have rules to ensure the garden is maintained properly and that members share in the upkeep. 

What are the benefits of participating in a Community Garden?

There are many benefits of community gardens including beautifying the community, producing fresh produce, fostering healthy lifestyles, building stronger communities, educational opportunities, and a cleaner environment.

Difference between a Communal bed and an individual bed

An individual bed is a plot in which the gardener will maintain, grow, and reap the benefits from that space only. Communal gardening is sharing and working on a plot with one or more neighbors. Communal garden plots allow multiple people to partake in maintaining and harvesting the plants. Norristown Sprouts will feature a few communal beds in the garden. If you sign-up to help maintain the communal beds, you will also be able to reap the benefits from those plots as well, i.e. you will be able to take the vegetables or herbs grown in that plot.

When is our Garden Open?

The garden is open from March/April through November (weather permitting). Garden visitation is permitted only during the designated hours due to the garden’s location on school property:

Days of the WeekDuring the School YearOutside of the School Year and Summer School If Summer School is in Session
Monday - FridaySunrise to 7:00 am and 4:00 pm-dusk Sunrise - dusk 1:00 pm  -dusk 
Saturday - SundaySunrise - dusk  Sunrise - dusk  Sunrise - dusk  


How do you get a garden plot?

Applications are accepted March - April 2024. If your application is submitted after April 30, you may be placed on a waitlist.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a Norristown resident, Norristown school, or Norristown organization
  • Be 16 years or older
  • Have or are able to obtain current child clearances (can be obtained for free here)

All applicants must complete the following steps:

  1. Complete an application here.
  2. Read and sign the garden agreement here.
  3. Read and sign the individual waiver here.
  4. Submit child clearances during the application process (see step 1 above) or email us.

Garden Map

What are the next steps?

  1. The membership team will confirm if you completed steps 2, 3, and 4. 
  2. Once you complete those steps, the membership team will contact you to arrange a walk-through and orientation of the garden. During this time, you will pick your garden plot number. See the image to the right for available plots (click image to enlarge). If you are on the waitlist, you will be contacted if a plot opens.

Contact Information

Please complete our form we'll get back to you within 3 business days.

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