WELCOME TO GARDEN SWAP | Are you Ready to swap?



Share food.

Build community.

Improve the environment.

A project of Cultivating Sustainable Communities

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Does it Cost Anything?

There is no cost associated with participating in GardenSwap.  Our partnership with Sharing Backyards allows us to bring you the mapping technology for free.

In the near future we will be developing starter training for new gardeners and skill-building workshops for those seeking to improve their gardening skills.  These workshops will have nominal fees associated with them.

How long will it take to get the started?

Right away!  Pick a city and enter your information.  When a potential match is made you will be contacted by the other interested party. 

Once you’ve found a match, GardenSwap can support urban gardeners in their endeavor by adequately facilitating the relationship between gardener and yard-owner, while still allowing the arrangement to be sufficiently “organic” to the liking of the participants.

Each arranged “pair” will be unique. This means that individual gardens may be small or large, high-intensity or low-maintenance, and can otherwise be tailored to the arrangement that works best for the people involved.  GardenSwap facilitates an easy way for you to search what you need within your community.  Need land to farm? We can help you find it.  Want someone to help you farm your land?  GardenSwap can help you facilitate that too.

About our partner - Sharing Backyards

Sharing Backyards encourages urban gardening by connecting those who have space to garden and are willing to share with those who would like to have a gardening space. The program makes maximum use of city space by making sure that even those who dwell in apartments, condos, and shared housing have ample place to garden. It connects neighbors of different socio-economic conditions together in a atmosphere of trust while doing something that beautifies the homeowner's yard and provides food for everyone.

So what makes an effective sharing backyards program? Location, location, location! Our program links people who are geographically close to each other. A garden that is close to where the gardener lives is more likely to receive the love and care it needs to thrive. Our system uses web-mapping technology to deliver a very intuitive interactive online map where users can instantly see which listings provides a potential partner.


Things to consider about sharing your land

There are a number of issues that you might want to consider when making arrangements to share your gardening space with another member of your community. Considerations:

  1. Time

  2. Tools

  3. Soil

  4. Seeds / Transplant

  5. Water

  6. Harvest

  7. Privacy and Security

Click on the document link to read some questions to get your started in considering how you are willing to share your space. Thinking about these questions ahead of time will ease the process of later forming an agreement with a gardener.