Community Gardens

Reading Time in the Children’s Garden

Children’s Garden Events

Due to COVID-19, all events have been postponed to a later date, but please feel free to visit the garden with your family.

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Field Trips at the Children’s Garden

 A field trip to the Dig Local Network Children’s Garden at Jarboe Park in Neptune Beach offers students hands-on experiences in gardening and ecology. For example, there is a sensory garden, where children can touch and taste various vegetables, smell the flowers, play Lady Bug tic-tac-toe or hopscotch, then go back to class and journal about their experiences. The Children’s Community Garden provides young people with an outdoor classroom where they can develop meaningful connections with the natural world.

Community Garden

Currently, our Jarboe Park Community Garden plots are at capacity. If you would like to be placed on a short wait list, please complete online application. 

Community gardens play a major role in our mission to provide access to good nutritious food. They bring fresh produce directly to participants and allow for educational opportunities in horticulture and food cultivation. They have the potential to unite communities and transform neighborhoods. It doesn’t take much more to understand why starting community gardens is one of our three primary methods for creating good food access.

The Network manages two community gardens:

  • Dutton Island Garden | 96 Dutton Island Road, Atlantic Beach
    The garden in Dutton Island was the first project undertaken by Dig Local in August 2011 and established in January 2012. The property and project was done in partnership with Beaches Habitat for Humanity. We believe the garden will nurture a sense of community within the Donner area and set aside space for the cultivation of homegrown produce. More than just a few plots, The DIG Project will provide educational opportunities for participants and community members alike. The DIG Project aspires to be a refuge in an area with limited access to agricultural education, nutritious food, and outdoor activities.
  • Beaches Organic Community Garden | Jarboe Park, Neptune Beach – Located in Jarboe Park in Neptune Beach, Beaches Community Garden serves as a place where individuals, families and groups can rent plots for a small fee in order to grow organic vegetables, herbs, and other edibles. The garden also serves the community through educational programs and workshops, publications, demonstration native plant gardens, a children’s garden, and guided garden tours.

Apply to join a community garden today.

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Here’s what you need to know to plan your visit:

  • Every person is welcome.
  • For Education classes the fee is $20.00 and open to all, dawn to dusk, 365 days a year.
  • For all other events the fee is $50.00 and open to all, dawn to dusk, 365 days a year.
  • Well-behaved dogs on leashes allowable in some areas of the Garden. Children have the right of way.
  • Planning a visit from out of town or bringing a group? Please let us know so we can communicate any important updates and register your visit.