Contact Information

Barb Curchack, Ph.D.
Psychology Professor
Inver Hills Community College

August Hoffman, Ph.D.
Psychology Professor
Metropolitan State University


Wednesdays: 10 a.m. - noon
Thursdays: 10 a.m. - noon
Saturdays: Noon - 2 p.m.

Getting to the Garden

The community garden is located on the south side of campus, directly behind Heritage Hall. To get there, park in either the College Center or South parking lot, and follow the outdoor stairs between Heritage Hall and the Business building. Continue along the path behind Heritage Hall to the garden.

In the News

PIONEER PRESS: Professors, students to travel to Newtown, Conn., for community orchard planting (Aug. 18, 2013)

STAR TRIBUNE: Inver Hills Community College gardeners anxious for second season 
(May 1, 2013)

Community Garden

The Inver Hills Community College-Metropolitan State University Interdisciplinary Community Garden and Orchard is located behind Heritage Hall on the south side of the Inver Hills campus. Established in spring 2012, the garden is maintained by students, faculty, staff and community members, and generates produce for local community food shelves, as well as for individual students and community members who grow produce for personal use in reserved plots.

We have a full plot of gardeners!

Thank you to everyone who applied for plots. All plots are now filled. Please fill out the Individual Plot Application form below to join the waiting list.

Apply for a Plot

Individual Plot Application pdf

Residents of St. Paul, Inver Grove Heights and surrounding areas are invited each winter to submit applications to grow food as a community or reserve a space for personal use in the garden. Individual plots are 10 feet by 10 feet, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority going to students enrolled at Inver Hills and Metro State.

In season, gardeners work on site seasonally on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon, and Saturdays from noon to 2 p.m. All are invited to drop by, pick up a shovel and share in this community service! Gardens are messy places; please wear sturdy shoes and dress accordingly.

If you would like to donate to the community garden fund, you may do so via the Inver Hills Foundation at Thank you for your support!

Newtown, CT Orchard

Our gardeners planted an orchard in Newtown, Conn., in honor of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. A part of the city of Newtown's public Victory Garden, the fruit tree orchard was established Oct. 5, 2013 with a tree planting ceremony and community-wide planting effort.

Produce from the trees ultimately will be donated to food shelves in the Newtown community, which was shattered in December 2012 by the Sandy Hook shooting that took the lives of 20 first grade students, six school personnel and the shooter's mother.

Community Garden Photos