A community garden can be a single piece of land cultivated and gardened collectively by a group of people, or it can be a series of individual/ plots that members of a community rent. Some community gardens grow fruits,vegetables and herbs and dedicate a portion to be sold at farmers markets to provide a revenue stream to purchase seeds, tools, insurance, mulch, or water.
The research shows that community gardens have several significant benefits for a community including:
Community gardens increase access to fruits and vegetables and if consumption is significant it will displace food choices that are high in sodium, saturated fat, and added sugars.
Chippewa Enterprises Inc. Garden:
CEI is a DAC (day activity center) in Montevideo, MN for developmental disabilities. SHIP partnered with CEI in 2017 to build a community garden to increase accessibility of healthy eating and fresh produce for all clients and staff. The community garden was built by the Montevideo School Ag. Class, who also helped CEI clients plant the greenhouse located at CEI. Local community members helped CEI clients transfer plants into the raised beds. The community garden consists of 6 raised beds, all being wheelchair accessible. Other vine produce is located in a plot next to CEI. Plans continue next year to expand with an orchard.
Murdock Community Garden:
SHIP partnered with the City of Murdock in 2017 to build a community garden in order to increase healthy eating and food accessibility in Murdock, a town without a grocery store or farmer’s market. The Murdock Community Garden is available for all residents to take harvest as they please- local 4H is maintaining the garden. Extra produce will be used at KMS and The Gabriel House. The Community Garden consists of three raised beds, two planters- with a bench and trellis, and two raspberry bush raised beds.
If you are interested in partnering with us to make community healthy eating changes, we would love to hear from you. Contact Countryside SHIP.