Victory Garden Project

Join the Victory Garden Project!

2020 VGP Garden Applications are available in English & en Español. The application deadline is January 31st. 

Victory Garden Project applications (formerly the Kitchen Garden Project) are accepted throughout January each year.  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 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."

How Does The Victory Garden Project Work?

GRuB Victory Garden Boxes

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 2020 Garden Application (in English)  (en Español) or email

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

Raised Bed or Container Garden – What’s The Best Option?

A raised bed garden is constructed from 2″ by 8″ 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 3 to 5 seasons in the Northwest.

A container garden consists of three 25-gallon Root Pouch container gardens, each measuring 13" wide by 16.5 inches high.  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 Root Pouch website to learn more about them before you apply.

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