Dunawi Creek Community Gardens
Dunawi Creek Community Garden is located in Bruce Starker Arts Park on SW 45th Place 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?
New and returning gardeners can register here for 2020.
All gardeners pay a $25 deposit, refundable at the end of the season after completing 6 hours of community service, cleaning up your garden for the winter and informing the garden manager (more details below).
All plots are year-round, January through December 31st.
400 square foot plot: $100 (+ $25 refundable deposit)
200 square foot plots $60 (+ $25 refundable deposit)
100 square foot plots $45 (+ $25 refundable deposit)
ADA Raised Beds, 32 square foot plots $15 (no deposit)
To qualify for a refund of the $25 deposit, the community gardener must:
Complete 6 hours of ‘community service’ at DCCG. This work may include: mowing, weed wacking, tools repair, helping with community berry patches, pumpkin patch, and/or squash patch; work on the compost program/bins, etc. For more ideas, gardeners may contact the Community Agriculture Manager directly. These community service hours are self recorded and reported to the Community Agriculture Manager upon completion and before November 15th.
Clean up their garden plot at the end of the growing season. This means removing all spent plants, weeds, and other materials and structures, and laying down at least 4 inches of mulch (leaves provided). Additionally, all gardens structures need to be completely secure or taken down. (For example, no tarps, row cover, fencing, pots, etc. blowing around.)
Gardeners may leave winter harvest and/or overwintering plants in the ground.
Gardeners planning to return the following year may elect to use a different mulch so long as their garden plot soil is covered to the same degree; ie: straw, living cover crop, sheet mulch, etc. This material is NOT provided by the Community Agriculture Manager.
Deposit requests made before November 15th will be processed and mailed out by December 15th.
Gardeners that plan to return the following year may request to have their $25 deposit rolled over. As an alternative, the $25 deposit could be donated back to the CEC which would continue to support wonderful nature-based programs for the community.
Dunawi Creek follows standards outlined by the Organic Materials Review Institute. Please visit their website, 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
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 Community Agriculture Manager at:
Corvallis Environmental Center manages the community gardens in partnership with Corvallis Parks and Recreation.