For the second year in a row, the Community Garden Coalition is participating in the CoMo Gives campaign to raise funds for our organization! The goal this year is to raise $7,500 during the month of December – and we need your help!
Even a modest donation can go a long way! Because we’re an all-volunteer organization, all the money we raise goes right back into improving and supporting our local gardens in neighborhoods and schools. Raising money from individuals in our community who support our ideas helps diversify our funding sources and allows us to be less reliant on grant funding.
We hope you will show your support for community gardening with a donation to our CoMo Gives CGC page between December 1 and 31. Also, please consider growing our gardening community by passing this message on to friends and family who may be interested!
You can also stay up to date on CGC happenings and this campaign by following us on Facebook.
Thank you for your support and consideration, and happy holidays from your CGC Board of Directors!
Sarah Kendrick, President
Jenny McDonald, Vice President
Bill McKelvey, Treasurer
Lauren Godsy, Secretary
Ann Marie Gortmaker
The Circus Lyon Community Garden got its start in 2006, when owner Mark Stevenson opened it up for the coalition to start a garden with support from neighbors. That first year, kids from a City of Columbia youth camp helped plant some donated tomatoes and marigolds. The kids got to get their hands in the dirt and learn about how to place young plants in the ground and water them.
Check out these photos from that first year!
The garden has continued to thrive since then, with gardeners even going on a float trip together in 2017. Like all of our neighborhood gardens, plots are open to anyone in the community who applies. Gardeners plant and harvest from their individual plots, and are expected to contribute to the general upkeep of the garden, like mowing and mulching.
Here’s a crew of Circus Lyon gardeners this spring after a work day to mulch a common area.
Support this community garden and others like it by donating to the Community Garden Coalition this December during CoMo Gives. Donate now through December 31! https://comogives.com/community-garden-coalition
On a cold morning early this year, friends of the Russell Boulevard Elementary garden built some new raised beds for their student gardeners with funding help from the Garden Coalition. We’re so thankful to volunteers like these for lending their muscle to help gardens grow and kids learn!
Help us fund more garden projects like this one in 2019 with a quick donation through CoMo Gives!
Did you know? The Community Garden Coalition has been around since 1983, supporting gardens, health, nutrition and community.
This year, we counted 31 member gardens to which we offer support. Right now, we’re getting ready to be a part of CoMo Gives, a donation project that has just as much community spirit as we do. We hope you’ll shake down the couch cushions for a few extra dollars to see if you can help us fund another year of water, mowers, mulch and hoses!
It all starts on #GivingTuesday!
(Wondering about the lovely felt banner pictured here? To the best of our knowledge it was made by generous and talented former CGC board member Barb Michaels.)
Well, that was an early snow! The 2018 gardening season has come to a close with some record low temperatures in Mid-Missouri this month. 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 next year.
- 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.
- Consider donating some of your time. Individual gardens need good leaders and team members and the board of the CGC could use some new members, too. Contact your garden leader or our board members to get involved.
This coming Sunday, June 24, from 2-5 p.m., join Peaceworks’ Center for Sustainable Living for the 2018 Edible Columbia Garden Tour. This year, the tour is exploring several new and very interesting topics, like butterfly and pollinator gardens, fruit trees, irrigation techniques, raised beds and unique uses of yard space for food production! And you’ll get to visit two Community Garden Coalition member gardens: Ash Street Community Garden and Ann Street Community Garden.
It’s time to plant all those delicious heat-loving veggies like tomatoes, peppers sweet potatoes and eggplant! For community gardeners, the CGC will host a plant and seed distribution this weekend, so make some time to come by and get what you need to fill out your garden and fill up your plates this summer.
Saturday, May 19
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday, May 20
12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Claudell Lane Garden
711 Claudell Lane
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. Plus, we still have lots of seeds to offer you for various vegetables and flowers!
Jardineros/as: Tendremos una distribución de plantas para la temporada cálida el sábado 19 de mayo de 10-2 y el domingo 20 de mayo de 12-2. Las plantas estarán disponibles por una donación de 50 centavos cada una en el Jardín de Claudell. Tendremos tomates, pimientos, berenjenas y camote. Si necesita semillas, estas estarán disponibles los mismos días a la misma hora, o puede contactar a Mira a su email: firstname.lastname@example.org.