GRuB's Garden Project

Applications CLOSED for a 2024 GRuB Garden Project garden.

The application for 2024 gardens is now closed. If you didn't get a chance to fill out an application, stay tuned next year! Questions? Send us an email at:

How Does The GRuB Garden Project Work?

GRuB Garden Beds

Each spring, GRuB partners with veterans, individuals, families, and organizations to build backyard vegetable gardens. We work throughout Thurston County, and into Mason, Pierce, and other counties, to provide the public with access to the knowledge and resources needed to grow fresh, healthy, and culturally appropriate foods. The Grub Garden Project offers gardens, vegetable seeds, plant starts, cover crop mix, and our extensive gardening workshop series, and encourages connections within the greater gardening community.

Am I Eligible For a Free Garden?

To qualify for a free backyard garden, applicants must have an income at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines at the time of application. To determine household eligibility, please see the chart on the 2024 Garden Project Info or email Types of gardens available vary throughout the season and will be indicated on the application.

Applications will be reviewed to ensure eligibility and garden recipients will be contacted once selected.

These services were made possible with the generous funding from Inspire Olympia.

More about the GRuB Garden Project :


If you represent a school, non-profit, or tribe and you’re interested in partnering with GRuB to build gardens at your facility, please contact to discuss your vision and possibilities for collaboration.

From our Gardeners: 

"[gardening] has made me more physical, especially coming out of the military with an injury, its been a motivator"

"It has been the highlight of my summer.  We eat a lot of greens, even the cabbage and broccoli leaves…been eating out of it for the past 2 months. I'd say about half of the food in our meals is from the garden. Lots of greens…steamed…in green juice…[gardener name] is off insulin and I certainly think the food is a factor."

Do you have an idea for a Community Garden and would like GRuB to help?