Thanks & Happy New Year!

A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who supported community gardens during the CoMoGives local donations campaign!!! Whether you were able to give $10 or $200, or even just passed on our message, we are very grateful for your support!

We’re excited about a new year of gardening and hope that we can supply lots of new and continuing gardeners with the means to grow some of their own food in 2020. Our first meeting of the new year happens Wed., January 8 at the Columbia Public Library at 7 p.m. We welcome funding requests from member gardens, and we’d be happy to meet any volunteers who’d like to get involved.

Ann St. gardeners — thank you for sharing the love!

P.S. If you missed the CoMoGives donation deadline of Dec. 31, you can still give to the CGC anytime of year online or with a check via the good old USPS.

Support Community Gardening for Another Season

There are just a few days left to donate to your favorite local organizations through the CoMoGives local giving campaign! Share your support for community gardens in Columbia with a donation by December 31.👍❤️🥕🌱👏
https://comogives.com/product/community-garden-coalition-3/

The CGC has been helping gardens grow since 1983. Here’s a look back at some of the gardens we supported in 2019.

The support we receive from donors like you allows us to fund fences, tools, water, mulch, compost, plants, seeds and equipment at gardens like these. It only takes $10 to show your support for another great year of growing community through gardens.

Thank you for being a part of our community!

Cultivating Gardens & Community — With Your Help


In 2019, the Community Garden Coalition was pleased to support over 1,000 gardeners through another season of growing food and cultivating community. Our member gardeners include people stretching their food budgets, students learning about growing plants for the first time, people growing produce to donate to others and gardeners keeping alive food traditions from distant cultures.

To help community gardens thrive in Columbia, our all-volunteer group offers seeds, plants, water, insurance, tools and supplies. We believe that small gardens can have large benefits. They provide healthy food, stronger communities, greener neighborhoods and a sense of pride and shared accomplishment.

For the third year in a row, we’re joining the CoMoGives local giving campaign. Our goal is to raise $5,000 during the month of December – and we need your help!

We hope you will show your support for community gardening with a donation to the CGC through CoMoGives between December 1 and 31!
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Even a small donation can go a long way in our budget! Your dollars stay local, and they’ll go directly back into supporting community gardens used by your neighbors and friends with hoses, wheelbarrows, lawnmowers, seeds, compost and more.

We would also like to spread our message further this year. Can you help us spread the word about community gardening and our mission, by sharing this message with someone else you know?

You and your friends can also stay in touch with CGC and check on our progress by following us on Facebook. Thank you for your support and consideration, and happy holiday season from your CGC Board of Directors!

Kathy Doisy, President
Jenny McDonald, Vice President
Bill McKelvey, Treasurer
Lauren Godsy, Secretary
Ann Marie Gortmaker
Kristin Hatton
Sarah Kendrick
Zach Pietryla

Thank You, Gardeners, Volunteers & Donors!

Congratulations on another great season of gardening!

The Community Garden Coalition would like to thank all our hardworking garden leaders and volunteers and all our generous donors for their efforts. We are so appreciative of what you do and how you help your community!

Collage of garden images from 2019 with thank you message and request to donate through CoMoGives in December

We’re already thinking about the 2020 gardening season. We’re grateful to the City of Columbia social services granting program for continuing to support us next year. And we’re pleased to announce that the Community Foundation of Central Missouri will be supporting our seed and plant distribution with a grant next year.

We also depend on the support of many individual donors through the CoMoGives local giving campaign in December. Can you help us this year with a donation or by passing on our message to your friends and family?

You can donate to the CGC and many other great local organizations through CoMoGives starting Dec. 1.

Season’s End 2019

chicory seedlings in a raised bed wih light snow coverWith record cold temps and snow so far this November, most garden plots are finished producing for the season. Before you shift away from thinking about gardening for the winter, though, 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 new members, too. Contact your garden leader or our board members to get involved.

Spring Thaw Kick-Off Event February 23

mixed greens growing in a garden plot with decorative "spring" sign

Spring Thaw Community Gardening Kick-Off

Saturday, Feb. 23, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Activity & Recreation Center
Drop in anytime!

The Spring Thaw is the kick-off to the community gardening season. There will be representatives from all the gardens, so you can join a garden as a newcomer or confirm a plot assignment for previous gardeners. Plus, everyone can network and get gardening advice from other gardeners. We’ll have a limited quantity of free seeds available for gardeners at member gardens.

We’ll have some snacks and drinks to share also. Feel free to bring something to share yourself. Hope to see you there!

If you know someone who’d like to get a community garden plot this year, please share these event details!

Many Thanks and Upcoming Events

As we start to think about a fresh year of gardening, we want to call attention to the many many generous people who responded to our annual call for donations last month! We raised a total of $4,269.69!! And we have all of you to thank for donating or just spreading the word about what we do and why it matters. THANK YOU!!!

Mark Your Calendars
We’ve just set the dates for our season-opening events!

gardeners selecting seed packetsSeed Repacking Party
Tuesday, February 19, 5:30 p.m., Centro Latino
Help us get bulk seeds ready for distribution at our Spring Thaw. We’ll offer a meal in exchange for the assistance of a limited number of volunteers. RSVP will be required. Details to come!

Spring Thaw: Community Gardening Kick-Off
Saturday, February 23, 11 a.m.—1 p.m., ARC
Representatives from all the gardens attend, so new gardeners can join a garden and returning gardeners can get organized. Plus, everyone can network and get gardening advice. A limited quantity of free seeds will be available for gardeners at member gardens. Snacks and drinks provided!

Watch this site or our Facebook page for more details.

Support Diversity, Support Community Gardening

“The garden is the crossroads of our community. I can’t think of a better way to encourage diversity than a garden — it’s diversity in action!” – Johann Geyer, Unite 4 Health Garden

This is a good reminder that community gardens grow community as well as food! With only a few days left in 2018, the garden coalition needs donations large and small to continue our support of the diverse community gardens of Columbia next year.

There’s still time to help the Community Garden Coalition grow food and fellowship in 2019! Just visit our CoMoGives page to donate.

You can also help us by sending this message on to family, friends and neighbors. CoMo Gives will accept donations for us and 121 other great local groups through December 31.

We appreciate your support for community gardening!

Congratulations to Garden Leaders Don Day & Adam Saunders

Congratulations to Don Day, winner of a Missourian Progress Award for his dedication to social justice! Don has also been a dedicated garden leader at Broadway Christian Church garden for many years. Keep up all your good work, Don!

AND, congratulations to Adam Saunders, winner of a Progress Award for progress in philanthropy! Adam has been the garden leader at St. Joseph St. garden and other community gardening projects for many years in addition to his work with the Center for Urban Agriculture.

Our community is lucky to have you both!

Don Day Missourian Progress Award articleDon says one of the best ways to improve social equality…

…is to get to know each other. Statewide and nationally we’ve had a lot of encounters with people of different races. Really, if you get acquainted about people and learn about them, you find out they have a lot of the same problems and challenges that you do, and you find out they’re really great people.

Missourian Progress Award winner Adam Saunders articleAdam says…

Everybody eats, so there’s opportunities for tons and tons of progress in the world of food here in Boone County and across the country, really.

 

Read more about Don’t efforts to promote social justice, Adam’s work creating the agriculture park and about all the other folks making progress in our community in the Progress Edition of the Missourian.

Help Us Grow Gardens & Community With CoMo Gives

 

 

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!

CoMoGives.com

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
Kathy Doisy
Ann Marie Gortmaker