Non Profit Community-Owned Gardens in Lakeland, Florida


The Backyard Community Gardens will be a place for Lakelanders to come together and grow their own food. It is our absolute mission to make locally and organically grown food more accessible to the community. We feel strongly that organic and sustainable growing practices are vital to protecting the environment and human health.

Florida’s waterways, wildlife, and land are repeatedly challenged by commercial farming practices. By the over-use of fertilizers and irrigation, the application of synthetic pesticides, and the disregard for natural ecosystems, our drinking water and Florida’s diverse habitats continue to be endangered.

The Backyard wants to re-introduce the concept of growing your own food, in your own backyard (those without one, use ours!), using organic gardening practices, to help combat irresponsible farming practices, but also to promote healthy living. It’s important not only to eat more fresh produce everyday, but to know what is in (and on) your food. Some members of our wonderful team have personally lost loved ones to disease that is directly linked to poor nutrition and diet.


Public Garden Workday – Saturday, 3/17

We are hosting a public garden workday this Saturday, 3/17 between 9am and 12pm. For this workday event, we'll be hauling (via wheelbarrows) and shoveling 10 tons of dirt into the individual garden beds! Bring your shovel, and if you have a wheelbarrow to share, that...

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What a beautiful day for a build out 🌞

What a beautiful day it was for a build out! THANK YOU to all who came out to support us on Saturday! With your help, we were able to build ALL 21 garden beds, place and line them, and even begin the process of filling them with soil!! 💓 Our hearts are bursting with...

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Volunteer for The Backyard Build Out (Take 2)

IT'S HAPPENING! Saturday, February 17th will be the BIG day and we're looking for volunteers to help us get started! The Backyard Community Gardens Build Out (take 2 -- after the challenge we faced that you can read about here) will take place from 8am - 12pm and...

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