Community Garden

The Luther College Community Garden offers a great way to learn more about gardening. Put your green thumbs to work in creating beautiful and bountiful harvests that can be enjoyed throughout the summer and well into fall and winter.

2024 Season Details. NEW: All Plots are Free!

Please read following details carefully before submitting the plot request form.


  • May 1: Plot request form is due
  • June 1: All plots must be planted by this date unless prior arrangements have been made
  • Fall: You are required to clean-up your plot at the end of the season. Stay tuned for more details about when and how.

Plot Sizes

Three sizes of community garden plots are available. The full plot will be approximately 20’x20′, half plots will measure 20’x10′ and student plots will be 10’x10′. Students are strongly encouraged to share a student plot with 2 or more students.


Full plot: FREE
Half plot: FREE
Student plot: FREE

All garden plot orders must be submitted before May 1.


As with previous years, we will make plots available the third week of May.

Planting Deadline

All plots need to be planted by June 1, 2023 or they will be tilled under and planted with a cover crop.


We ask that community gardeners help maintain the pathways surrounding their plots. Student gardeners may assist with this by lining the main pathways of the garden with mulch.


It is very important to always close gates behind you when entering or leaving the garden to keep critters out.


There are a few tools provided to gardeners. You may need to bring some of your own.


Please no pets in the garden, the Luther College Gardens have been GAP certified by the USDA. In this certification we cannot allow pets in the gardens. Past the tool sheds are some nice trees to leash dogs at in the shade.

Before Applying for a Plot

Be sure to read Policies and Procedures and the Waiver of Liability and Hold Harmless Agreement carefully before applying for a community garden plot.

Luther College is responsible for:

  • Managing community garden subscriptions, with priority given to faculty/staff who have had a plot in previous years.
  • Organizing workshops and educational/social events.
  • Controlling weeds on the periphery of the garden and near the water source.
  • Providing basic garden tools.
  • Working to ensure adequate fencing to deter deer and other animals.
  • Enforcing policies and procedures to ensure a positive gardening experience for all.

As a Community Gardener, we ask that you:

  • Thoroughly read the “Policies and Procedures” and “Waiver of Liability and Hold Harmless Agreement.”
  • Plant something in your garden by June 1st and keep the plot in production for the entirety of the season. Plots not planted by this date will be planted by the Luther College Gardeners or offered to individuals on the waiting list.
  • Prepare your plot for winter (pull up plant materials) by November 15th.
  • Visit your garden at least once a week to weed, harvest, water.
  • Keep the pathways near your plot clear of plants. Mulch pathways near your plot.
  • Notify the Sustainability Office if for any reason you need to abandon your plot.
  • Clean-up your plot if it becomes messy and you receive a notice to clean it up.
  • Keep trash and litter out of your garden and surrounding areas.
  • Plant tall crops where they will not shade neighboring gardens.
  • Pick only your own crops, unless given permission by another plot user.
  • Not use any pesticides, insecticides and herbicides.
  • Keep pets outside of the garden gates.
  • Plant only annual varieties for ease of Spring tilling.
  • Understand that if your plot becomes unkept you will be notified and given one week to clean it up before we till it under.
  • Close all gates upon leaving.
  • Have fun and enjoy the beautiful Decorah Summer!

The Waiver of Liability and Hold Harmless Agreement applies to the following groups:

  • College Faculty and Staff
  • Students

I, and my immediate family, in consideration of use of Luther College property for personal gardens, hereby release Luther College, the Board of Regents of Luther College, its officers, employees and agents, from any and all liability for damage to or loss of personal property, sickness or injury from whatever source, legal entanglements, imprisonment, death, or loss of money, which might occur while using Luther College property for personal gardening purposes. I verify that I will be responsible for any costs that occur as a result of my use.

I agree to use my personal insurance as a primary medical coverage if an accident or injury occurs.

I agree to waive any recourse against Luther for injury while gardening or any illness from the produce that is harvested. There is no relationship between the produce, the producer, and Luther College.

I agree the produce will be for our own use and not sold or given to other parties.

I agree that the gardening activity in these gardens has no relationship to work at Luther and gardeners would not be eligible for work compensation. This activity will not in any way be considered college work time.

I agree to notify Luther of anyone other than my immediate family that might assist in the assigned garden area and provide a signed waiver of liability to the Facilities Services office in advance.