The Cornucopia Community Garden is Ventura's largest community garden—with approximately 145 plots available for growing healthy organic fruits, vegetables and flowers. Managed by staff from the City of Ventura Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Partnerships, the garden attracts community members from all walks of life who come together to cultivate the land and celebrate their harvest. The garden opened in September, 1984 after Parks and Recreation staff supervised the site’s conversion and the City funded initial setup costs. In 1980, the City Council accepted this 3.2 acre donation of property (previously a citrus orchard) within a Southern California Edison Company right-of-way located on Telephone Road, west of the Harmon Barranca.
There are approximatley 145 garden plots at the Cornucopia Community Garden. Each plot is approximately 18’ x 20’-25’. Garden plots are rented and assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis by contacting the garden manager.
Current rental fees are $85 per plot for six months, due on January 1st and July 1st. An $85 refundable garden deposit is also required to rent a plot. Rental fees include: water, trash, green waste disposal, access to community compost, mulch, use of a portable restroom, and use of garden tools and equipment. Rental fees go towards site maintenance, partial water use, and staff costs associated with running the garden.
Customers who live outside Ventura’s city limits must add a 10% surcharge to help defray costs for the upkeep of parks and facilities used by our classes and activities which are funded by resident city taxes. See rules and regulations below for details.
Interested parties should leave a message with their name and number on the garden voicemail line: (805) 658-4754. A garden manager will contact you within 1-2 business days to schedule a time to meet at the garden for an orientation/tour. (Please note that City Hall is closed every other Friday.)
Two staff members from the City of Ventura Parks, Recreation, and Community Partnerships Department currently serve as the Garden Managers. They oversee the day-to-day operation of the garden, handle registration and billing, maintain and enforce garden rules and guidelines, and are available to show plots to potential gardeners.
The Friends of the Cornucopia Community Garden meet on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 9 am to 11 am for a monthly workday. Join in and help spruce up and beautify our community garden. General maintenance of Cornucopia Garden’s common areas has great potential as a team building experience both on the family level—to teach children about sustaining their environment and growing local food sources—as well as for corporate groups or service clubs. Please go to our Calendar of Volunteer Opportunities to sign up! Volunteers under the age of 15 may volunteer if accompanied by a parent or guardian. All minors under the age of 18 are required to bring a waiver signed by a parent/guardian. Verification of community service hours can be provided upon request.
Interested in learning more about the Cornucopia Community Garden?
- Please call: (805) 658 – 4754 to leave a message on our voicemail
Visit Cornucopia Garden on Telephone Rd between Ramelli Ave and Johnson Dr near the Ventura Community Park (marked "A" on the map below). For an interactive Google map CLICK HERE or the map below.