Spotlight on Bethel Church Community Garden

We recently harvested 349 pounds of sweet potatoes from the Bethel Community Garden along with some late season green beans, tomatoes, beets, squash, and some surprise watermelons we found hiding in the weeds.
Great gardening year!  Thanks for your support.

Linda Coats,
Bethel Church Community Garden

a huge late-season harvest of sweet potatoes and a few melonsThis garden, run by and for the Bethel Church community, has been a member of our coalition since 2011. Some produce is donated to St. Francis House and similar charities and some is shared by gardeners.

Support this garden and others with a donation through CoMo Gives this month.

Spotlight on Friendship Garden Club

One of our newest member gardens is the Friendship Garden Club, which started their project this past winter and became a member at the same time. The garden is hosted by the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, but is open to anyone regardless of religious affiliation. Part of their vision for the garden is to build health and fellowship in their community. And they want the garden to provide healthy food options for the community in a low-income neighborhood.

At mid-season this year, they had this progress report:

We have 9 out of 12 plots occupied so far & we are recruiting for late season plants/gardeners. This experience has been a blast!! Calvin Miles & I co-chair FRIENDSHIP GARDENS & are, thoroughly, enjoying our ‘labor of LOVE’ & are grateful most of everything we planted is flourishing. GOD is so Good!

Dee Campbell Carter
Friendship Garden Club


a gardener prepares a new raised bed at Friendship Gardenvolunteers at the Friendship Garden site

Help this garden flourish next year, with a donation through CoMoGives during the month of December!

Growing Food, Growing Community

Community gardens give people a way to grow their own fresh food for themselves, their families, neighbors, coworkers and friends. If you have ever gardened you know the satisfaction of putting food you have grown onto the table. The Community Garden Coalition of Columbia and Boone County supports numerous community gardens as well as school-based gardens, helping hundreds to grow food locally and sustainably, often within walking distance of their home or apartment. Nurturing plants becomes a valuable way to nurture community relationships!

Help our gardeners and communities flourish next year with a donation through CoMoGives!

And, please share our request with your friends, family and fellow gardeners! We appreciate your support for community gardening!

Ann St. Garden in summer with a shed painted with an eggplant

Ann St. Garden, summer 2017

Ann St. Garden volunteers posing next to their shed

Ann St. gardeners, summer 2017

Spotlight on Ash St. Garden

Now that the weather’s turned and most of our gardens are dormant, it’s a good moment to look back on this season. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be highlighting some of our member gardens, starting today with Ash St. Garden.

One of the largest community gardens in Columbia, Ash St. Garden provided plots for more than 25 families this year and those plots helped feed about 85 family members. Garden leader Hari Poudel offered these pictures of the garden plots growing all kinds of vegetables in mid-June.

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Season’s End

kale planting in late fall, photo by Bill McKelveyAs frost creeps over the veggies, the weeds and the soil, the gardening season is coming to a close in Mid-Missouri again. Before you shift away from thinking about gardening for the winter, please do the following.

  • If you’re at a community or group garden, let your garden leader know whether you’re planning to return next year. This will help leaders know what plots will be available for newcomers.
  • Clean up your plot. If you need tips on how to put your garden to bed for the winter, consult your garden leader.
  • Consider making a year-end donation to the CGC to help with maintaining your community garden next year. We’re a very small, all-volunteer non-profit, and even modest contributions help us fund water, mulch, tools and more to support community gardening in Columbia.
    Donate here today, or wait for December when the CGC will be participating in the CoMo Gives local giving campaign.

Warm Season Transplants This Weekend

passing a bowl of cherry tomatoes from one pair of hands to another This Saturday and Sunday, May 6 & 7, the CGC will offer seedlings of warm-season vegetables to gardeners at our member gardens. We’ll have varieties of tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant. Sweet potato slips will be available too.

Saturday, May 6, 10 a.m to 2 p.m.
Sunday, May 7, 12 to 1 p.m.
at Claudell Commuity Garden,
711 Claudell Lane (map)

Plants are free to member gardeners, but we welcome donations of $1-$2 per 4-pack to help offset the cost. Row cover will be available for sale.