Blue Heron Park Community Garden
The Blue Heron Park Community Garden (BHPCG) was started in April 2004 by a local Special Ed teacher, her students, and community volunteers; their first planting was in June 2004. The existing garden is approximately 16,000 sq. ft., with 23 full and half-size (20’ x 20’ and 20’ x 10’) plots, and one full-size donation plot planted, maintained and harvested which benefits the local Phoenix Food Pantry (serving 200 people/month) and Community Kitchen (serving 250 people twice/month).
As the economy and housing increasingly provide less land for gardening, our waiting list for plots has grown. In early 2013, the Phoenix City Council voted to dedicate an adjacent piece of Blue Heron Park land to expand our garden. The expansion area is about 10,000 sq. ft., with 21 projected plots, including another donation plot. This project will be completed incrementally as funding and resources allow. Many families struggling to make ends meet benefit from having a garden plot or donations we make to our Food Pantry. The garden makes a difference in the quality and quantity of food families need to survive. Homeless people who camp along nearby Bear Creek also benefit from the Garden and the Pantry; we let them know about options when they come by.
Our goals are to provide additional opportunities for people to grow their own healthy foods and learn sustainable methods of self-sufficiency; donate more fresh produce to the Pantry and Kitchen through the donation plots and surplus from members’ plots; encourage more youth involvement; educate all parties on the wonders of plant science; and widen and deepen new and existing relationships with local and regional organizations.
BHPCG is one of the oldest community gardens in the region, a model for other community gardens, and is associated with Community Garden Network of Jackson County, Oregon.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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Kitchen Gardeners International
3 Powderhorn Drive,
Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA