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
UW-Extension Barron County recently 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.
Our plans for the Barron Community Garden include:
- Raised Beds of Varying Heights
Garden beds that will provide garden space for people of all heights and abilities, including those that are in wheelchairs.
- Hard Pathways
Much of the garden will be wheelchair accessible.
- Large Crop Area
Large plots to grow produce that will be maintained by volunteers and area organizations to be donated to the local senior meal program and the food pantry.
- Composting Area
The composting area will increase the sustainability of the garden, as well as provide educational opportunities.
- Individual/Family Plots
Our initial garden will include a few individual plots to help garner attention and build momentum in the community. The following year we will expand the garden and create dozens of individual plots, as needed.
- Teaching/Sensory Garden
In conjunction with our outdoor tables and gazebo area we want a small garden to use during educational opportunities. The garden will also serve to provide a sensory and therapeutic experience.
- Water Barrel System
The students were tasked with designing an affordable and durable water-collecting system. The system will collect water from the large roof of the Barron County Developmental Services, Inc. building.
We have formed a group of people who are enthusiastic about bringing a community garden to Barron. Our goal is to have a community garden by next year’s growing season.
Would you like to be a part of the planning team?
Contact Joel McReynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org or (715) 537-6380
*Information provided by Gardening Matters “Multiple Benefits of Community Gardening”