ArtPark provides a relaxing desertscape ideal for finding inspiration. The outdoor campus creatively blends community gardens and orchard trees with hands-on education where guests can experience a sustainable and ecofriendly environment. Take a moment to taste your way through the park and become part of the ever-changing world of a desert garden. Fresh produce is available most days and visitors are always welcome!

Production gardens, orchard and vegetable sales

Delicious fresh vegetables for sale!
Wednesday and Friday mornings, till sold out.

Seasonal vegetables are available weekly at the ArtPark. These super fresh veggies are for sale for $5, a bag. Selection and days available vary by season, but available fruits and vegetables are always harvest-day fresh. Harvest days are posted on the BAI calendar of events and Facebook page. Looking for just a pinch of oregano or a bag of swiss chard? 

Stop by the gardens any morning and ask a volunteer what’s available; ArtPark volunteers are always happy to help transform your next meal into something great! The gardens provide bumper crops of squash, onions, salad greens, swiss chard, herbs, eggplant, peaches, apples, and figs in season. Produce is also available for those in need, with over 25% of all fruits and vegetables donated to local families suffering from financial hardship.

Community Gardens

Community plots for rent
The ArtPark community garden provides food for individual families and the community at large. Over 30 large garden plots are available to grow an assorted mix of desert hearty vegetables, herbs, flowers, and succulents. Classes are available throughout the spring and fall season, offering tips on soil, pruning, seed germination, beekeeping, watering, disease, and pest mitigation. If you are interested in renting a community garden plot, please stop by the gardens to speak with a volunteer, or email artfarm@borregoartinstitute.org And if you are looking for an oasis of beauty and creative gardening, come stroll through gardens at your leisure. 

Bring a camera or paintbrush – inspiration is everywhere!

Compost Program

Scraps to Soil!
Help the ArtPark gardens by dropping off kitchen scraps.
Your left-over vegetable peelings, bread, coffee grounds, and other kitchen waste is turned directly into compost that goes back into the Community Gardens. Healthy soil is a major part of growing in a desert environment, and your kitchen scraps help make it possible. Dropping off compostable material at the ArtPark is quick and easy, and volunteers are happy to share more about the compost program next time you stop by the ArtPark.

New picnic tables

Become a Table Sponsor
Stainless steel sign with your personal message

Twenty-six concrete tables have been added to the center of town, starting at the Art Park and continuing west along Palm Canyon Drive to the Mall. The tables provide a peaceful place to enjoy a rest or a meal and have been a great addition to town. 

Please contact the BAI if you are interested in becoming a full or partial table sponsor. Name plates can be added to full table sponsorships of $1,000 and are a great way to commemorate loved ones. The tables are beautiful and constructed to last a lifetime.

Please email ArtFarm@BorregoArtInstitute or call 760/767-5152.


The ArtPark garden classroom is an ideal location to learn about various topics surrounding organic growing and healthy eating. Classes and single-day field trip opportunities are offered to students throughout San Diego, Riverside and Imperial county. Choose from various topics, and our team of dedicated teachers will provide an enriching, age-appropriate learning opportunity for your students. Many lessons are funded through grants and private donations to provide students with the opportunity to learn free of charge. Email us at artfarm@borregoartinstitute.org

Art and creative expression are part of every class, so join us outdoors for a fun and inspiring learning experience in the ArtPark garden classroom.


The ArtPark gardens are driven by volunteers dedicated to growing, harvesting, sharing and connecting with the Borrego community through the arts. Volunteers provide many services, including; daily gardening, facility improvements, fundraising, teaching classes, community outreach, and preparing produce. Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to stop by the gardens between 8:00-11:00 am weekdays and meet with Wade. 

Volunteer training is also available each season to learn the necessary information about the garden program and how your talents can best be used. A volunteer handbook is available, which includes safety information and various ways to become involved.

Take the first step - Volunteer at the Gardens!


Below are various items we need for the Community Garden and Home schooling program.

Contact us at  artfarm@borregoartinstitute.org if you can provide any of these things. Please take into consideration that all donated items need to be in good working condition.

  • Heavy-duty tomato cages (or materials to make our own)
  • Hoses and hand tools in good condition
  • Vegetable seeds and plants
  • Tillers
  • Wheelbarrows and Extra Wheels
  • Compost Tumblers
  • Water Coolers


Open Thursday - Sunday 10 am - 4 pm
Closed on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.

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Borrego Art Institute

665 Palm Canyon Drive, at Christmas Circle

Borrego Springs, CA 92004

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 2383

Borrego Springs, CA 92004

Phone: (760) 767.5152
Email: gallery@borregoartinstitute.org

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