Why Start a Community Garden?phineinthegarden

Many families living in the city would like to grow some of their own fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Some want to save money on their food bills. Others like the freshness, flavor and wholesomeness of home grown produce. And for many, gardening is a relaxing way to exercise and enjoy being out doors. There are also families from other cultures who would like to grow traditional foods not available in the supermarket.

Community gardens beautify neighborhoods and help bring neighbors closer together. They have been proven as tools to reduce neighborhood crime particularly when vacant, blighted lots are targeted for garden development. Community gardens provide safe, recreational green space in urban areas with little or no park land, and can contribute greatly to keeping urban air clean.

Those who are lucky enough to have sunny backyards or balconies can plant a garden whenever they have the time and energy. But what about those who do not have a place to garden? For these people, community gardens may be the answer..

Our Mission

The Community Garden Network of Jackson County, Oregon acts as an advocate for gardening space throughout Jackson County, connecting people with gardens. We offer educational support to existing and developing gardens.

Our Purpose Is...

to offer a tool kit for starting a communy garden.

to support community garden managment.

to coordinate Master Gardeners and volunteers interested in acting as mentors/instructors at community gardens.

to support produce donations to food pantries.

to share resources, tools, and equiptment.

to hold monthly meetings to provide networking opportunities.

to offer local community garden information through our blog and website.