Community Garden List
ASUM Community Garden
Location: Behind UM’s Lewis and Clark Village student housing on South Higgins, created in partnership with ASUM
Highlights: Covered community gathering space, automatic overhead watering, compost system, proximity to the University
The ASUM Community Garden is one of the oldest community gardens in Missoula. This garden started before the inception of Garden City Harvest! The beloved garden is now a part of the Associated Students of the University of Montana (ASUM), included in their bylaws and used by students, faculty, alumni and community members. It’s a place where students and community members get to know each other, share gardening techniques, plant starts, and a gain sense of community.
ASUM Gardeners say: “This garden is a steal—good soil, high fences, and free water!”
GARDEN OF EATON
Location: 1475 Eaton Street, behind the Blessed Trinity Catholic Church
Highlights: Community gathering space, composting system, herb wheel, community food plot, created in partnership with the Blessed Trinity Catholic Church
In true partnership form, the Garden of Eaton sprung to life as Garden City Harvest’s seventh community garden. This garden is located on the land of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church. The idea for a garden was formed by Jenna Finney, an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Poverello Center’s Joseph’s Residence (which used to be located next door to the garden), Blessed Trinity’s social justice committee, and Tim Hall of Garden City Harvest. This garden is a great example of community members digging in and working together to bring an idea to life.
Many thanks to Charlie Warner, owner of Rainmaker Lawn Sprinklers, for establishing an irrigation system, Hans Zuuring for the construction of a tool shed and picnic tables, Joyce Latimer for her organization of the church’s involvement, Blessed Trinity for the use of their land and water, and the City of Missoula Office of Neighborhoods for project start-up funds.
IVY street garden
Location: corner of Ivy, Marshall and Franklin Streets
Highlights: Shaded community area, native plant garden, ADA-accessible raised beds, individual garden bed hose bibs
Ivy Street Garden will be constructed in the spring of 2015. It will be built from the efforts of good neighbors, Nature’s Best, Rose Park Neighborhood Council, and Garden City Harvest. Built on City of Missoula underused park land, this little corner will offer a place for the community to gather, garden together, or simply enjoy as they pass by.
Location: behind Meadow Hill School
Highlights: School garden plots, outdoor classroom, greenhouse, raspberry patch, worm bin and community gathering space (including a fire pit!)
Meadow Hill Community Garden and Outdoor Classroom is the oldest vegetable and fruit school garden in Missoula. It is also a community garden, making it a unique place where many members of our community, young and old, can come together to work and learn.
Meadow Hill Flagship Community Garden
NORTHSIDE COMMUNITY GARDEN
Location: The Northside neighborhood at the intersection of Cooley Street and Holmes Street
Highlights: Hops teepee, raspberry patch, fruit trees, community food security plot, community gathering area, large scale composting
The Northside Community Garden is one of our longest-standing gardens. Initially, the garden was started by Missoula Urban Demonstration Project (MUD) and a group of Northside neighbors on the Helena Catholic Diocese’s land. Shortly thereafter, Garden City Harvest joined the partnership and now maintains what is now a thriving garden in the heart of the neighborhood.
Gardeners say. . .
“The garden brings people together for a positive purpose [and] provides an example/ experience for children to learn about food and gardening.”
Location: 210 North Grove Street next to Homeword affordable housing
Highlights: Hops-covered yome (a structure that blends dome and yurt – great for picnics!), community gathering space, handicap accessible garden beds
Orchard Gardens Neighborhood Farm and Community Garden was created in 2005 in partnership with Homeword at the affordable housing complex in the Orchard Homes neighborhood – a neighborhood rich in agricultural history. In the original plans for Orchard Gardens, a parking lot was planned where the garden and farm now grow. Homeword took into account the agricultural history of the neighborhood, and saw the opportunity to create a sustainable food system onsite. They opted to build a parking garage under the main apartment building and asked Garden City Harvest to come in and build a farm. Now a lush 1.5 acres grows each season. The bike path borders one side, North Reserve borders the other. Come check it out!
ORCHARD GARDENS COMMUNITY GARDEN
Location:1657 River Road, just west of the Russell Street Bridge
Highlights: community gathering area, compost
Established in 1997, this site is where it all began for Garden City Harvest. What began as a small community garden, is now home to many more community garden plots and a farm that includes Volunteer for Veggies program, a summer CSA share program and a winter CSA share program offering produce good for canning, freezing, and storing over winter. A green oasis just off Russell Street, River Road bustles in the spring, summer and fall with farmers, volunteers, community gardeners, CSA members, and a flock of chickens. In 2014, Garden City Harvest purchased River Road thanks to generous donors and City of Missoula’s Open Space funding. This was the first time Open Space funding was used to help secure an urban farm and community gardens!
RIVER ROAD NEIGHBORHOOD FARM & COMMUNITY GARDEN
MILWAUKEE TRAIL GARDEN
Location: Corso Apartment Homes – bordered by the Milwaukee Trail walk/bike path
Highlights:Community gathering area, just off Russell Street, the Milwaukee Trail and Mountain Line bus route
Just off the Miluwaukee Trail in the heart of a redevelopment district, this garden got its start in 2014 thanks to Farran Realty Partners and the Missoula Redevelopment Agency. The garden sits on an easement with the City of Missoula, and offers garden plots to Missoulians of all walks of life.
Location: Intersection of Inez and 2nd Streets
Highlights: herb and perennial garden, compost system, native plant garden
Jason Kiely and Gita Saedi Kiely helped to start the 2nd Street Community Garden when they first moved to the neighborhood, gathering support from their neighbors, applying for grants, and turning what was a weed patch that had to be maintained by Public Works into a vibrant, growing space. The garden is surrounded by a beautiful native plant garden, a passion project of another neighbor, and has an herb wheel and healthy compost system.
SECOND STREET COMMUNITY GARDEN
Plots: this garden does not function as a traditional community garden, and plots are not available for rent.
Location: Located behind the Providence Center, on your way into the city center of Missoula from Highway 90
Highlights: The garden grows food for the Missoula Food Bank and others in need in town.
MORE about Providence Garden.