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MARC Community Garden

Our community garden is open to anyone who wants to learn how to grow food with others. Both seasoned gardeners and beginners can enjoy this space. Each season, we collectively grow food in a large shared space and share our harvest with anyone who helps us maintain the garden. We also rent out thirty-five 4'x8' plots in which people can grow their own food to take home.

Our mission: In our garden, we create a positive community space where we grow healthy food and friendships. We do this through learning, open communication, and caring for each other and nature.

Become a friend of the garden

Interested in being a part of the garden, but don't want to rent a plot? Friends of the Garden are committed volunteers that help plant, maintain and contribute to our gardens. Friends are required to make a donation (of their choice) to the gardens. 1 donation/household. Friends of the Garden get to harvest from the shared spaces.

Apply for a Volunteer Position
You could be....

Garden Committee Member

Garden Photographer

Teaching a Workshop


Weed eating

Planting, watering


Social Media

2nd Saturday and/or Farmer's Market

Staining, repairs

Cooking and Gardening Workshops

Summer cooking and gardening workshops are one way we learn together here at the garden. This summer, the novel coronavirus has changed the way we operate and the best way to stay up to date with garden happenings is by signing up for our weekly newsletter Email List and checking our garden FB page.
Rent a Plot

The MARC Community Garden rents out 4'x8' plots each season, including five wheelchair accessible, waist-high beds. We provide workshops and one-on-one support for new gardeners. Gardeners of all ages are welcome to garden with us.
The garden is committed to accessibility for all Meadville area residents. Volunteer hours can take a variety of forms and can be recorded on Meadville Time Trade.

$40 per bed

$30 + 1 volunteer hour

$20 + 2 volunteer hours

$10 + 3 volunteer hours

$10 for SNAP, WIC, Medical ACCESS or other government assistance programs


Become a friend of the MARC Garden

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MARC Community Garden Workshop

Andrew Sipple, Education Coordinator at Goodell Gardens and Homestead will present a program to help gardeners attract pollinators to the garden by incorporating native plants. 

According to the Penn State Extension Master Gardener Manual, native plants or plants indigenous to a given area improve wildlife habitat, maintain and conserve regional plant diversity, avoid the introduction of exotic invasive plants, and create and maintain a "sense of place" by adding native plants as horticultural specimens. 

Andrew Sipple is an avid naturalist and environmental educator. His chief enthusiasm is the study of plants and their vital importance in ecosystems. As Education Coordinator at Goodell Gardens and Homestead, he works to connect people of all ages and walks of life to the beauty of nature and the importance of sustainability. A lover of cats and classical music, he is also a passionate advocate for equity and social justice.