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UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County’s Community Gardens Program facilitates the creation and management of community gardens in Sarasota County to support community development and sustainable local agriculture. Community gardens provide many benefits to gardeners and the community, including:

  • Supporting urban agriculture
  • Promoting a sense of community
  • Reducing food costs
  • Improving health and nutrition
  • Enhancing recreational opportunities

Getting into Gardens

Community gardens are popular places, with members eager to welcome friends, neighbors and others interested in not only growing produce but in learning about gardening and sharing their gardening experiences. Learn more about how you can join this community of growers, or start a garden in your area, by visiting our information page, calling 941-861-9900 or emailing

If you are already a program member, you can save your time and resources by skipping the classroom orientation session and instead viewing the information in our new video series. Please note that link will take you to an event page where you'll need to register, which will allow us to note that you have completed orientation.

For gardeners in our programs and those just working the soil on their own, we're preparing videos on a variety of topics. Our first video focuses on methods for "Putting Your Garden to Bed" for the season, and how that will help keep weeds at bay. Check this site regularly for new videos.

A Community of Gardens

View editions of our "A Community of Gardens" newsletter, with content for those helping to grow gardens and communities.

Community Gardens In Sarasota County

View Community Gardens in Sarasota County in a larger map

Bayou Oaks
3530 Old Bradenton Road
Sarasota 34234
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Bee Ridge
4430 S Lockwood Ridge Road
Sarasota 34231
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McIntosh Road
Sarasota 34238
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1390 Old Englewood Road
Englewood 34223
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509 Collins Road
Sarasota 34275
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234 Nippino Trail
Sarasota 34275
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North Port
Durango Ave. / San Jose St.
North Port 34287
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Grant Programs

Please check individual grant program sites for details regarding funding availability and grant deadlines.