GRuB's Garden Project

Apply For Your Free GRuB Backyard Garden!

GGP Garden Applications are currently closed. The application to request a spring 2023 garden will open up in December 2022. Gardeners' applications will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis

Questions?  Email: or call (360) 522-3476

How Does The GRuB Garden Project Work?

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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 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 2022 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 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 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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