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GOAL:

Please help Springfield Community Gardens raise $10,000 to buy a greenhouse that will provide year-long produce to families in need.

During the winter of 2015-2016, we want to install a greenhouse at The Fairbanks. This new greenhouse will extend our growing potential, provide weather-protected space for hands-on educational workshops, and supply produce to process in an educational kitchen. It will also be the hub for growing plant starts for distribution at our 20 community gardens across the city.

We already lease a portion of the land for a large garden. This 30x72 greenhouse will be the hub for moving seeds, seed starts,  tools and other garden related items throughout our garden corridor in Zone 1. In partnership with The Fairbanks and the YMCA, we will also have use of an educational kitchen where we will make value-added products such as salsa to sell in order to sustain our programs.

Springfield Community Gardens builds neighborhood gardens where people grow healthy relationships, local food and community. We know we can’t do it on our own, so we’ve created strong partnerships with solid organizations that believe in our mission and have a complementary vision.

The Plan:

Because it is the part of our City that has the greatest need, Zone 1 has been an area of focus for our organization since 2010.  We have five community gardens there: Midtown; The Kitchen; Rare Breed; The Fairbanks; and The Grant Beach Garden. We have our offices at the The Fairbanks, a community center that focuses specifically on health and wellness for the Grant Beach neighborhood.

Our future vision includes promoting policies that allow fruit trees in parks designated specifically as food forests, thornless blackberries along sidewalks making up food corridors where people walk, cargo bikes moving food from garden-to-garden in the city, and a greenhouse to grow seedlings for our community gardens and provide fresh vegetables to a food-insecure neighborhood.

We are thrilled with the possibilities this new greenhouse will provide, and we hope you are too!


So, let’s get growing! Donate today!

Springfield Community Gardens Profile

Springfield Community Gardens builds neighborhood gardens where people grow and talk about healthy, local food. We are a grassrootsgrass-roots, volunteer-led organization comprised of every generation and walk of life ranging from the homeless, college students, military veterans and retired professionals. We are a group of volunteers who believe in growing healthy food and hanging out with our neighbors in order to create a city that values a sense of place centered on a local food culture. We know we can’t do it on our own, so we’ve created strong partnerships with solid organizations that believe in our mission and have a complementary vision.

Our Mission
To create gardens that strengthen neighborhoods where people grow healthy relationships, food, and community.

Our Vision
We envision a community where everyone has access to healthy, local food.

How We Got Started
Springfield Community Gardens (SCG) began when a small group of residents, MSU urban planning students and young professionals joined together with the idea of forming a community garden in the Grant Beach Neighborhood. Construction began in 2011 with the assistance of the Springfield-Greene County Parks Department and the City’s Planning and Neighborhoods Office.

In 2014, the Grant Beach Garden produced 2,000 lbs of fresh produce. Since then, SCG has experienced explosive growth and we are planting gardens throughout the city.


The Work We’ve Done
Since our inception, we have grown to twenty gardens and have created even more partnerships. In addition to providing land leases, water, insurance and technical support for community gardens, we also have several worthwhile  programs. These include our literacy program Grow to Ride that in partnership with Valley Water Mill Equestrian Center lets kids ride horses and garden--and the Grant Beach Produce Distribution in which we partner with OFH to donate large amounts of produce. So far in 2016, we have already donated 76,000 pounds of produce to food insecure neighbors!


Some of Our Partners

  • Springfield Greene County Health Department

  • City of Springfield Neighborhood Planning

  • Cox Health

  • Community Foundation of the Ozarks

  • Community Partnership of the Ozarks

  • Ozarks Food Harvest

  • The Fairbanks

  • The YMCA

  • Grant Beach Neighborhood Association

  • Springfield Greene County Park Board

  • Habitat for Humanity


What We Envision
One day, we want fruit trees in parks designated specifically as food forests, thornless blackberries along sidewalks making up food corridors where people walk, cargo bikes moving food from garden-to-garden in the city, and lots of art and entertainment in our community gardens. We know that growth must be incremental and asset-based, so we build up communities and encourage connection to one another; a focus that not only empowers individuals, but also creates a context based on particular demographics, strengths, needs, and personalities of each individual neighborhood hub.
Because it is the part of our City that has the greatest need, Zone 1 has been an area of focus for our organization since 2010.  We have five concentrated community gardens there: Midtown; The Kitchen; Rare Breed; The Fairbanks; and The Grant Beach Garden. The Grant Beach Garden is the hub of our pilot produce distribution program, and it has a community center, The Fairbanks that focuses specifically on health and wellness.

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