Start or Join

Thank you for your interest in starting a garden and/or orchard project with Gateway Greening or having your existing project join the Gateway Greening network! Check out what a network project is and the benefits of joining our network here.


Blades Community Garden Installation 2016

Blades Community Garden Installation, 2016

Please review the general categories listed below and click on the option that best describes your situation to find out how your community project can partner with Gateway Greening.

I want to start a Community/School Garden/Orchard

Eligibility Checklist:

    • Project must be located within St. Louis City, St. Louis County, or within the I-270/I-255 loop in Illinois.
    • Project must not be within 0.25 mile of an existing Gateway Greening network project with capacity for additional members. Please visit Gateway Greening’s online map of projects to see what projects already exist in our network.
    • Youth projects must have parent and/or community leadership. Projects led entirely by teachers will not be considered.
    • Preference will be given to groups in historically underserved areas.


Initial steps:

      • Complete the “New Project Interest Form” (below).
      • At least one member of your group must attend a New Project Orientation.  You can register for one by filling out the “New Project Interest Form.” To view the New Project Orientation online, click here. Note that attending a Garden Project Orientation is still necessary, even if you have looked over the presentation in advance.
      • Members must commit to actively participate in completing community development and garden planning activities.
      • Garden project members must collectively complete a total of 15 hours of volunteer service at a neighboring Gateway Greening network project prior to receiving garden infrastructure or supplies.
      • Members must contribute towards the fundraising plan. Groups are encouraged to maximize and leverage existing resources among their members and broader community.

Want to learn more about starting a community garden with Gateway Greening? Please fill out the New Project Interest Form!

My Community Project wants to join the Gateway Greening Network
      • What is a Gateway Greening Network Project?
      • If you are an established garden or orchard outside of the Gateway Greening network seeking supplies or materials and/or are interested in becoming a Gateway Greening project, please follow the instructions for “new” project above.

I am an individual looking to join a Gateway Greening Garden or Orchard

Are you new to the neighborhood? Do you want to grow your own food and community at the same time? Looking to make new friends? You’ve come to the right place! Check out our map of projects to find a Gateway Greening Community Garden or Orchard near you!

To learn more about a Gateway Greening Network Project, please email or call the Gateway Greening office at 314-588-9600.

Want to learn more about starting a community agriculture project with Gateway Greening? Please fill out the New Project Interest Form!



Community Projects Manager



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