Mission & History
Photo by Crackle Bingham
To build community through agriculture by growing food 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.
In the early part of the 20th century, Missoula earned the title “The Garden City” by producing fruits and vegetables for much of the surrounding region. Today, more than 90% of the produce we eat in Montana is shipped in from out of state.
Garden City Harvest was established in 1996 to provide local, sustainably grown produce to those in need. We are reviving the tradition of producing our own food for our community, focusing on the 20% of Missoulians who live in poverty. We started small, with a community garden and the beginnings of a student farm – what would become the PEAS Farm – and grew from there.
We accomplish our mission through four main programs: