Corvallis Environmental Center manages the community gardens in partnership with Corvallis Parks and Recreation:

 

Dunawi Creek Community Gardens

Dunawi Creek Community Garden is located in Bruce Starker Arts Park on SW 45th Pl and Country Club Dr. in Southwest Corvallis.  This 2-acre garden hosts nearly 100 community garden plots, a native plant garden, a shared small-fruit area, and provides four ADA-accessible garden beds.  Garden amenities include a stocked tool shed, access to wood chips & leaves, city water, a knowledgeable garden manager, and a picnic table.  The park features a play toy structure, picnic tables, duck pond, and an amphitheater.  The Corvallis-Philomath bike path offers easy accessibility as does the Corvallis Transit System bus stop located at the corner of the park.

 

Interested in having a garden plot?

If you are interested in being a NEW community gardener, contact the Community Garden Manager to add your name to our list by emailing: SAGE@corvallisenvironmentalcenter.org or calling 541-753-9211.  New gardeners will be contacted in April if a plot is available for them.

Plot Fees

All gardeners pay a $25 deposit, refundable at the end of the season after completing 6 hours of community labor, cleaning up your garden for the winter and informing the garden manager.

Perennial (year-round) plots. These fees cover April 1 – March 31

  • 400 sq ft full-year plot: $75 plot rental

Annual plots.  May-October 

  • 200 square foot annual plots $45
  • 100 square foot plots $35

ADA raised beds (reserved for handicapped or elderly)

  • 4′ x 8′ $30/year

Community Labor

To receive your plot deposit return, community gardeners need to complete 6 hours of ‘community labor’ at Dunawi Creek Community Garden. This work may include: mowing, weedwacking, tools repair, helping with community berry patches, pumpkin patch, and/or squash patch; work on the compost program/bins, orienting new members, etc. For more ideas, gardeners may contact the Garden Manager directly. These community service hours are self recorded and reported to the Garden Manager before November 15. Deposit refunds will be available by December 15th.

End of the year clean up: For half-year plots (200 sq ft and 100 sq ft), this means removing all plants, weeds, and other materials and structures, and laying down at least 4 inches of leaves (which are provided). The same applies to perennial plots (400 sq ft) in regards to removing weeds, spent plants, trash as well as laying down leaf mulch. Additionally, all gardens structures need to be completely secure or taken down. (For example, no tarps, row cover, fencing, pots, etc blowing around). Gardeners planning to return the following year may elect to continue gardening over the winter and use a different mulch so long as their garden plot soil is covered to the same degree; ie: straw, living crops / cover crop, sheet mulch, etc. This material is NOT provided by the Garden Manager.

Organic Standards

Dunawi Creek follows standards outlined by the Organic Materials Review Institute. Please visit their website, www.omri.org to learn more about products, standards, and general organic information. It is your responsibility to find out what is organic and what isn’t.

Here are some basic organic practices:

  • No treated lumber
  • No chemical slug bait
  • Organic fertilizer and organic pest control only
  • Grow sustainably
  • Use cover crops or mulch over winter
  • Mulch to conserve soil moisture
  • Rotate crops yearly

To reserve a plot or if you have any questions please contact the Garden Manager at: sage@corvallisenvironmentalcenter.org