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!

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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Thank you! No, thank YOU!

Mike & G-ManOn January 18, the CGC hosted a party at Shakespeare’s South to thank all of those who lead our member gardens. Our organization offers all the money, advice and support we can muster, but the garden leaders are the real backbone of each community garden. So, though we already thanked them with food, beverage and some swanky door prizes, one more time, we say to them, “Thank you! We couldn’t do it without your work!

Garden Leaders at Shakes

We’d also like to thank the many people and businesses that generously donated goods or gift certificates for our event. The winners were pretty thrilled to go home with a little something awesome.

Our donors were:
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Bluebird Compost
Clovers
Easy Digging
Fergus Moore (handmade mug)
Lauren Renquist (handpainted Tom’s shoes)
Lucky’s
Sierra Rainsong (aloe plants)
Strawberry Hill Nursery
Westlake Ace Hardware

Community Garden Bike Tour

Bike Tour at Circus LyonsOn Saturday, June 18, the Community Garden Coalition teamed up with the PedNet Coalition for a bike tour of some of Columbia’s finest community gardens. Michelle Windmoeller of PedNet led the group as we cycled from garden to garden. Visiting a diverse array of gardens, we got a taste for what’s growing around town, from the Coalition’s newest garden at the Health Department to the chickens at the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture’s demonstration garden.

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