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Welcome to Garden City Harvest

Garden City Harvest builds community through agriculture by growing produce with and for people with low-incomes, offering education and training in ecologically conscious agriculture, and using our sites for the personal restoration of youth and adults. Learn more about our Community Gardens and Neighborhood Farms.

Farm to School Program

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Farm to School educates Missoula’s youth through educational farm field trips, in-class lessons, structured school garden programming, summer camps, and classes on cooking, gardening, and farming. We connect Missoulians to their food and the place it is grown. Taking a hands-on, farm-based approach, our Farm to School program encourages youth and adults to explore connections between food, agriculture, science, and their everyday lives. We offer place-based education programs at the PEAS Farm, in 7 school gardens, and in MCPS classrooms. The Farm to School program is a partnership with the Missoula County Public Schools (MCPS) and Montana FoodCorps. Learn more ➤

Community Gardens

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Community Gardens create access to nutritious, affordable produce by teaching people to grow food to feed their own families using sustainable methods. There are 8 community garden sites located in low-income neighborhoods throughout the city. Each of our community gardens provides participants with a 15 by 15 foot plot, tools, water, compost, straw, common space, and the knowledge and guidance of a garden leadership team. Each garden offers potlucks and other community building events. Learn more ➤

Neighborhood Farms

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We grow tons (literally!) of fresh produce at our farms, making it accessible to everyone in the community, regardless of income. Our four urban farms include the Youth Farm (in partnership with Youth Homes), Orchard Gardens (in partnership with HomeWORD), the River Road Farm, and the PEAS Farm (a collaboration with the University of Montana Environmental Studies Program). While each farm is unique, they all offer CSAs for sale, and share in growing food for Missoulians in need, distributed through the Poverello Center, Missoula Food Bank, Youth Homes, and other agencies around town. Learn more ➤

Youth Development

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Our Youth Development program helps teens find a better path in life through farming.   We offer this program at two sites: the Youth Harvest Project based at the PEAS Farm, and the Youth Farm. Each site employs teens who are referred by our partners: Youth Drug Court, Youth Homes, Willard Alternative High School and the Human Resource Council. Through their work in the program youth learn life and job skills that set them up for success as they transition into young adulthood. Participants learn how to run a small farm, from planting and weeding to customer service and marketing. The program runs the famous Mobile Market – these youth run mobile farm stands at housing facilities for seniors and low income families. The Youth Harvest Project also offers therapeutic support in addition to the employment opportunity to project participants. Garden City Harvest youth development efforts provide at-risk youth with this potentially life-changing employment opportunity. Learn more ➤

Annual Report just in!

Some stories, some stats. Read all about Garden City Harvest in our Annual Report for 2014.

Upcoming Events

  • Cooking with Rachele: Russian Eats

    Wed 08/05/15 to Wed 08/05/15

    Join us for a cooking class with chef Rachele Ochsner to learn all about Russian-style beet caviar (no fish eggs involved!). You guessed it — we will use Orchard Farm raised beets and other veggies for this class. This is part of a 4 class series at our Orchard Gardens’ farm kitchen. Join us for

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  • Cooking Class with Rachele: Italian Eats

    Wed 08/12/15 to Fri 06/12/15

    Join us for a series of four cooking classes at Missoula’s Orchard Gardens Neighborhood Farm and Community Garden. Chef Rachele Ochsner will teach this is the final class in our four class series, where Rachele teaches how to make Italian Pasta Alfredo topped with local veggies from the Orchard Garden Farm, onsite. This is part

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  • Farm Party

    Thu 08/20/15

    Join us for the freshest party of the summer — Farm Party! It pays to get tickets in advance! Tickets in advance: Adults: $18 Kids: $8 Tickets at the Gate: Adults: $25 Kids: $10 Get religious with Reverend Slanky (funk and soul, percussion and horn — it’s funktastic) and down and dirty with Mudslide Charley (gutbucket blues, man).

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Garden City News

Annual Report just in!

Some stories, some stats. Read all about Garden City Harvest in our Annual Report for 2014. Read More→