Gardens, gardens everywhere: KC nonprofit helps metro area grow produce

Paseo West Community Garden is located at 8th and Troost, an area with many homeless shelters. The garden has 23 raised beds and donated over 2000 pounds of fresh food to neighbors last year.

Paseo West Community Garden was established in the spring of 2013 with the help of the students in the Pryor Center for Leadership program at William Jewell College.

Paseo West Community Garden is located at 8th and Troost, an area with many homeless shelters. The garden has 23 raised beds and donated over 2000 pounds of fresh food to neighbors last year.

Paseo West welcomes neighbors to come in and pick produce straight from the garden.

They have a rotating crew of volunteers that help out with various garden projects.

One of the highlights is a BBQ lunch Paseo West hosts every June. Paseo West invites the neighborhood residents into the garden for grilled vegetables, salads and veggie burgers and then lets everyone pick a bag of greens or cabbage or onions to take home and enjoy.


 

Kansas City Community Gardens (KCCG) is a not-for-profit organization that assists low-income persons and community organizations in the metropolitan area to produce food from garden plots located in backyards, vacant lots, schools and at community sites.

We provide free technical assistance and support to home and community gardeners on how to grow and increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables. KCCG also offers low-cost seeds and plants and gardening supplies as well as over 50 free workshops annually.

As part of our mission to increase access to fresh, healthy food, KCCG’s Community Partner Gardens program assists nonprofits, neighborhood groups, senior living centers, faith-based organizations and a multitude of other groups to establish food gardens.

A community garden is a group of gardeners who come together to grow food. Some community gardens have plots that are rented out to individuals. The individual gardeners are responsible for planting, watering, mulching, weeding and harvesting their own gardens. Garden expenses, such as water, are typically paid for through seasonal rental fees.

Another type of community garden is a group growing food for their own group. Gardeners share the decision making, responsibility and maintenance of the garden. Group gardens might have scheduled work days and assigned days of the week when they are responsible for watering. The harvest is sometimes used in the organization’s kitchen or shared among participants. Many group gardens choose to donate extra food they grow to local food pantries or share their crops with neighbors.

From creating a vision and mission, to implementing an outreach plan, to assisting with a planting day, Kansas City Community Gardens helps make community gardens a success. Community Partner Gardens coordinators attend garden planning meetings and conduct site visits to talk with gardeners about goals, successes and struggles.

Located in Independence, Missouri, Sterling Plaza Resident’s Victory Garden was established in the spring of 2015 and has 12 active gardeners. Sterling Plaza’s residents are all seniors who live independently. They have a garden committee that makes the decisions regarding what to grow in their raised beds. The food is shared at their potlucks. Last year when they harvested green beans, one resident donated potatoes and a ham. They cooked it all together and had a feast for all their neighbors. The garden is more than the food grown, it is a community of growth. The residents spend time in the garden sharing stories from their past and making new friends.

Paseo West Community Garden was established in the spring of 2013 with the help of the students in the Pryor Center for Leadership program at William Jewell College. Paseo West Community Garden is located at 8th and Troost, an area with many homeless shelters. The garden has 23 raised beds and donated over 2000 pounds of fresh food to neighbors last year. Paseo West welcomes neighbors to come in and pick produce straight from the garden. They have a rotating crew of volunteers that help out with various garden projects. One of the highlights is a BBQ lunch Paseo West hosts every June. Paseo West invites the neighborhood residents into the garden for grilled vegetables, salads and veggie burgers and then lets everyone pick a bag of greens or cabbage or onions to take home and enjoy.

Connect:

Facebook: @KansasCityCommunityGardens

Twitter: @KC_Gardens

Instagram: kccommunitygardens

If anyone is outside of the KC metro area, they can take advantage of KCCG’s resources for their home, school or community garden at www.beanstalkseeds.com

FB: @beanstalkseeds

Twitter: @beanstalk_seeds

Instagram: beanstalkseeds

 


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