Northside Community Garden
Garden City Harvest’s (GCH) mission is to build community through agriculture, in part by growing food with and for people with low incomes. GCH manages 7 community gardens (310 plots reaching over 1,000 individuals), including the Northside Community Garden - Missoula’s oldest community garden. Since the 70s, the Northside Community Garden has provided gardening opportunities for people with low to moderate incomes with limited access to garden space. GCH’s Community Gardens program reflects the proverb, “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” We are teaching men, women and children to garden thereby creating self-reliance.
The Northside is one of GCH’s most popular gardens, with a chronic wait list. Last season, we expanded by 20 plots, totaling 97. In 2013, 78% of the gardeners at Northside ranged from very low to moderate incomes. Many depend on the garden to put whole, fresh food on their table. GCH has found that gardeners – especially newcomers – need the right tools, ease of communication, and mentorship from the Leadership Team (our garden’s Board of Directors) and staff.
With the increased demand for our garden plots, our 7.5’ x 8’ tool shed is no longer sufficient. An upgrade is essential to provide gardeners with the tools for success.
The new shed will serve several purposes:
- store more tools for our gardeners
- Wash station: We will construct an attached wash station
- Shade structure: We will construct an attached shade structure to provide a community gathering space
- Communication center: gardeners will be empowered to communicate and obtain announcements from the Leadership Team and GCH.
This shed will help us serve our gardeners better as we collaborate to create access to healthy food for all in our community.
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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