A community garden is a piece of land gardened by members of the community. Community gardens provide a source of inexpensive, nutritious food, an opportunity for physical activity, and a source of personal and community pride.
Our mission is to enhance the well-being and beauty of the community by assisting people in growing and consuming fresh produce, encouraging cross-cultural relationships, and creating an educational and accessible garden in an attractive setting.
To create an accessible and sensory outdoor experience
To bridge cultural gaps and create a shared community space where all are welcome
To assist community members in producing and consuming fresh, nutritious food
To educate the community about gardening and the importance of environmental stewardship
To create an appealing and attractive community landmark
Benefits of a Community Garden*
ECONOMIC – Community gardeners save an estimated $75-380 in food costs per season
HEALTH – People who live with gardeners eat more fruits and vegetables on a daily basis, and their children eat healthier, more nutrient rich diets than do non-gardening families
YOUTH – Community gardens give youth a safe place to interact with peers and can involve them in beneficial activities
CULTURE – Community gardens offer unique opportunities to establish relationships within and across physical, social, and cultural barrier
Before starting the Barron Community Garden, UW-Extension Barron County completed an extensive survey to determine the interest in creating a community garden in the City of Barron. Here are some of the findings:
- We collected a total of 220 responses.
- The top reasons for people not wanting to participate in a community garden were not having enough time, already having a garden, and not having childcare.
- 81 people said they were interested in participating in a community garden in Barron.
- The number one reason for wanting to participate in a community garden was access to fresh vegetables.
- 92% of respondents interested in participating in a community garden said they are willing to pay an annual fee under $25 for a garden plot
- 96% of respondents interested in participating in a community garden said they would like to receive help from experienced gardeners
- 53% of survey respondents identified as White (non-Hispanic), 43% identified as African, Black, or African-American.
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*Information provided by Gardening Matters “Multiple Benefits of Community Gardening“