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Taylorville Community Garden

The mission of our garden is to provide access to a community garden experience while cultivating community through education and locally grown food. Our vision is to help grow a healthier community, one garden at a time. One of our goals is to provide education and help nurture a sustainable interest in community gardens through a cooperative learning process. We would like to develop fellowship and encourage the use of the garden as a central gathering and meeting place for our community. We want to stay “Local” and support the availability of healthy, locally produced food.

Our garden site was prepared in the Fall of 2012 and we had our first production year in 2013. We formed our core group of volunteers, created committees, and started our educational seminars. In our garden, volunteers from throughout the community will help with garden chores, and by doing so; they will share in the produce harvested. We want to include those who are unable to physically work in the garden, therefore; produce may also be earned by attending our educational seminars. Produce may also be earned by donating tools, seeds, or other useful items for the garden. No one is turned away.

During out 2013 growing season, Tayorville Community Garden volunteers distributed approximately 3,000 pounds of healthy, organically grown produce to members of our community.

The majority of the produce from our garden is donated to the Taylorville Emergency Food Pantry. We worked together to coordinate our harvesting and distribution schedules with the food pantry’s schedule. The Taylorville Emergency Food Pantry serves aproximately 2,000 people per year, and we have distributed to them weekly during our harvesting season. We are excited to also include produce deliveries to the Christian County Mental Health Association for use in their group homes for the developmentally disabled. 


Where it's at:

1500 W Franklin St
Taylorville, IL 62568
United States

Garden type:

community garden

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Garden beneficiaries:

food insecure people and at-risk youth

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What this project needs:

volunteer labor
watering hose
irrigation system

Project leaders:

Patty Rykhus
Bill Kerns

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
(207) 956-0606