A lot of people want to know what a community garden actually is and how to become involved. Basically a community garden is a place where individuals or families rent a plot, and can grow whatever they like to put food on their table, herbs for the kitchen or flowers in an arrangement. You bring your own seeds, plants and tools and care for it as you would in your own backyard.
Community gardens are also about education. You’re part of a group of like-minded individuals who are happy to talk kale or delve into the complexities of manure. It’s also a place where Master Gardeners and those who’ve been growing gardens for decades are willing and able to explain what’s happening and what you can do to remedy a problem. There are classes available throughout the season to offer gardening tips, ways to use what you harvest, as well as to answer questions along the way. You also have veteran gardeners available nearly any time you need a question answered, which makes community gardens ideal for new gardeners. At the end of the season we come together for our annual meeting and end of year celebration during our “Plot Luck” in October. It’s a perfect way to culminate a productive growing year.
We also grow vegetables for charitable organizations. The greenhouse and Salvation Army are completely dedicated to these causes, but in many years we set aside a plot (or plots) to grow vegetables for Meals on Wheels or the Cascade County Food Bank.
We have a couple of different ways to be part of this growing organization. You are automatically a member when you rent a plot in one of the gardens. You’re considered a “Supporting Member” if you donate at least $10. This entitles you to join us for all of our classes for the year, and enjoy the incredible food and fellowship at the Plot Luck. It’s a great way to be part of the community gardens even if you have a garden in your backyard. If you’re interested in joining us as either a growing member or supporting member, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 406-750-1700 and we’ll email you the application.