SJC Community Garden

Before we expanded into Boggs Tract, the original gardening plots were located on the north side of the County Fairgrounds. The Fairgrounds continues to allow a space for a small number of community members to continue to participate.

Why does the SJC Garden exist?

The SJC garden gives the community an opportunity to not only plant and harvest food in an urban setting, but also the opportunity to carry this knowledge into their own spaces. This bridge is intended to inspire a more healthy lifestyle for themselves, and their friends and family. When someone purchases an annual family plot, currently priced at the rate of $60 per year, they receive more than the plot. Seeds, equipment rentals, water, gas, electric, maintenance to the boxes, training, and security (camera surveillance) is also included.

The amount of fresh produce and vegetables produced by a plot can provide a supplementation that would otherwise be predominantly boxed and processed foods for the plot holder’s diet. In addition to nutritional benefits, the exercise, new skills, and healthy community involvement has been shown to branch into other urban gardens, such as the BUFA farm.

Photos courtesy of Aubrey Kimball (header)

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