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2019 VGP Garden Applications will be available in English & Spanish. The application Deadline is January 31st. 

Victory Garden Project applications (formerly the Kitchen Garden Project) are accepted throughout January each year and applicants for household gardens are contacted by mid February.  If you missed your chance to apply for a garden this year, please check back toward the end of this calendar year to apply for the following spring or contact to request to be contacted when applications are available.

If you live in Thurston County but don’t qualify for a free VGP garden, consider partnering with GRuB by purchasing a sliding-scale 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.

How Does The Victory Garden Project Work?

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Each spring, GRuB’s Victory Garden Project (VGP) 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 VGP offers gardens, vegetable seeds, plant starts, cover crop mix, and our extensive gardening workshop series, and encourages connections within the greater gardening community.

What Kind Of Garden Am I Eligible For?

To qualify for a free VGP 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 2018 Garden Application or email

Applications will be reviewed to ensure eligibility and garden recipients will be selected through a lottery process. Selected applicants will be contacted by February 10th and invited to one of our required orientation meetings to learn more about partnering with the VGP. Orientations are scheduled to begin in late February, and gardens are built from late March until May.

Double Dug or Container Garden – What’s The Best Option?

A raised bed garden is constructed from 2″ by 6″ untreated fir. Three 4′ by 8′ frames are filled with a nutrient-rich garden soil and compost mix. A trellis capable of supporting peas or beans is attached to one of the beds. Raised beds are excellent choices for people with mobility issues. The 4′ by 8′ frames can be stacked to raise the bed to a height that can be managed by those with limited mobility.  Raised beds typically last 6 to 8 seasons in the Northwest.

A container garden consists of 3 Earthbox container gardens, each measuring 13"x11"x25."  If you live in an apartment, prefer not to leave your patio or have other physical or location constraints, container gardens could be a great option for you. Visit the earthbox website to learn more about them before you apply.

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