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Helena Community Gardens

Helena Community Gardens is a non-profit organization managing eight gardens around the city of Helena, Montana. Our mission is to build gardens, provide the tools and knowledge to grow food, and increase access to healthy and affordable food. We have a vision that everyone in Helena should be within walking distance of a garden, and that all community gardens should be accessible to everyone. Everyone in Helena should also have access to healthy and affordable fresh foods as well as know how to garden and harvest these foods. Helena Food Share (our local food bank) and their clients are our direct beneficiaries and benefit from produce grown in one of our eight gardens around the city. Through Helena Community Gardens a sense of community and common purpose is achieved and relationships within neighborhoods and gardeners are enhanced. The environment also benefits through the open space gardens provide, organic practices, and the reduced fossil fuels necessary to access food.

Waukesha Garden is the largest community garden in Helena and has been managed by the Helena Parks and Recreation Department since the 1970s. This garden is located on a city park and is surrounded by playgrounds, single-family homes, and multi-unit housing developments. The city has now handed this garden over to be managed by Helena Community Gardens. As a non-profit we would like to continue to manage this garden in-line with our other community gardens. This includes building beds to grow vegetables for our local food bank and shelters, reinforcing fencing to keep deer out, building smaller plots to make room for more gardeners, and providing tables and space for the local community to gather. This garden will help to expand on our mission and goal to have everyone in Helena within walking distance of a garden.

Where it's at:

Garrison and Hudson Streets
Helena, MT 59601
United States

Garden type:

community garden

Garden size (in square feet):

30960

Garden beneficiaries:

families and food insecure people

Number of people reached:

200

What this project needs:

funds
tools
seedlings
volunteer labor
fruit bushes
fruit trees
soil
lumber
greenhouse
coldframe
garden cart
beehive
chicken coop
outdoor oven

Project leaders:

Kim Degner
Jim Auer

About us:

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
info@kgi.org
(207) 956-0606