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BEC's Community Garden

Butte Environmental Council manages the Oak Way Community Garden, located at 8th Ave & Highway 32 (Nord), and adjacent to the Oak Way Community Park. The garden has 40 plots on a half-acre that serves about 20 families at any given time. Gardeners grow their choosing of food, flowers, medicine, and/or fiber. We partner with Drop in the Bucket Composting Service to recycle food scraps from the community and produce rich soil on site. We believe putting our hands in the dirt has the power to heal hearts and minds, and we invite you to participate in this community project. 

There are two garden plot sizes, 15x15' and 25x25', each with its own water spigot. There are a few smaller plots in various shapes and sizes that range from 4x8' to 8x16'. If you are interested in renting a plot at the garden, please call the BEC ofice at (530)891-6424. We will answer any questions you might have and place your name on the garden waitlist. You will then be contacted as soon as a plot becomes available. 

See Garden Rules & Agreements here



Becoming a sponsor helps support the many services the Oak Way Community Garden provides. Financial support of the garden helps make improvements in pathway accessibility and raised bed accessibility, and also helps us fundraise towards our goal of a tool storage shed and a paid Garden Coordinator who helps with projects, events, and the overall success of the gardeners. Join the sponsors below in supporting this fruitful community effort. 



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The renewal form & plot fees are due by March 1st each year.

Renewal Form: Please print and fill out the renewal form. Click here to download form. Forms are also available at the office. Call (530)891-6424 to schedule an office visit.

Return the renewal form by either: 1) Email to, 2) Mail to the BEC office at Butte Environmental Council, 313 Walnut Street #140, Chico CA 95928, or 3) Visit the BEC office and drop the form in the black mail slot on the door. 

Plot Fees & Payment Options: Until March 1st, you can only renew the plot(s) you already have. If you would like to renew for your current plot(s), please submit your renewal form with a check made out to Butte Environmental Council, or pay by credit card through our secure portal below. BEC wants the garden to be as accessible as possible; The fees cover the cost of gardener water usage. All other costs of running the garden are fundraised for. 

  • 15x15’ plots - $100.00                    
  • 25x25’ plots - $250.00
  • Smaller raised beds are between $15 and $65. Please call the office to confirm pricing. 

If you would like to have a different or additional plot, please call the office at (530)891-6424 and you will be added to the waitlist. 

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