Victory Garden Project

Apply For Your Free GRuB Backyard Garden!

2020 GRuB Garden Applications are available here.  

*50 gardens are available for 2020 and you can apply until filled. Gardeners applications will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis.

Due to increased food insecurity within our community due to the COVID-19 pandemic, GRuB is expanding its regular backyard garden build capacity from 50 free gardens to AT LEAST 100! We are now accepting applications for our second round of 50 garden installations! Review our free garden application materials, and follow the link to apply.  Questions?  Email: or call (360) 522-3476

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 to provide the public with access to the knowledge and resources needed to grow fresh, healthy, and culturally appropriate foods. The GGP 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 185% of the federal poverty guidelines at the time of application. To determine household eligibility, please see the chart on the 2020 Garden Application 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.

More about the Victory Garden Project :


If you live in Thurston County but don’t qualify for a free garden, consider partnering with GRuB by purchasing a Food Investment Garden (F.I.G.)! It’s a double-win: invest in your health & enjoyment by growing your own food AND invest in GRuB’s mission.

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 2018 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."

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