STARTING A COMMUNITY GARDEN

watch this short video on starting a community garden

URBAN HARVEST COMMUNITY GARDEN PROGRAM

At Urban Harvest, our mission is to create thriving communities and increase access to fresh and local food. Our Community Gardens program provides resources and education to over 160 affiliate gardens – supporting communities in growing their own food and creating sustainable greenspaces. Our goal is to connect and support long-lasting gardens that will provide for their communities for years to come.

If you are interested in getting involved with an existing community garden in your neighborhood, check out our affiliate garden map.  If you are interested in starting a community garden, please watch the video above to learn more.

HOW DOES YOUR COMMUNITY GARDEN GROW?

Tips to make your garden sustainable, well-established and long-lasting:

  1. Meet monthly as a group with garden leaders and volunteers
  2. Develop a clear leadership team that makes decisions for the garden
  3. Inform gardeners of what goes on in the garden, day-to-day
  4. Build a large base of active gardeners
  5. Offer consistent events and programming

Houston community gardens create spaces for inter-generational interactions, connecting growers of all ages to the land, the neighborhood, & the people of the area.

These communal places improve mental well-being by providing a place to de-stress, meditate, and be productive in nature.

In low-income neighborhoods with limited access to fresh foods, community gardens introduce growers to new fruits and vegetables and make produce more accessible.

In the United States, food now travels between 1,500 and 2,500 miles from farm to table; Houston community gardens offer a local source of fresh fruits and vegetables, and reduce the local food system’s carbon footprint.

Locally-grown food from Houston community gardens are harvested at peak ripeness and reduce “food miles” that are required to transport nutritious food. This makes for foods that are fresher, more nutritious, and tastier when they reach the plate.

Affiliate Gardens
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We support almost 200 affiliate gardens, spanning 100 miles across the greater Houston area.
Donation Gardens
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65 gardens are in food deserts, and 25 donation gardens provide nutritious produce to shelters, food pantries, corner stores, and meal centers.
Transplants
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Since March 2017, we have provided over 12,160 transplants to affiliate gardens, creating the potential for over 270,465 pounds of organic, locally-grown produce through our seasonal hub distributions.
Seed Packets
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We give away free & seasonal seeds to affiliate gardens, along with planting guides on growing fresh fruits and vegetables in Houston’s unique climate.
Acres Greenspace
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Our Community Gardens program accounts for over 7.3 acres of diversified,  productive greenspace across Houston.
We educate affiliate gardens on how to grow fresh fruits and vegetables through free organic gardening classes & hands-on demonstrations.

Affiliate Gardens
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We support almost 150+ affiliate gardens, spanning 100 miles across the greater Houston area.

Fruit Trees
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Since our Annual Fruit Sale in 2020 and historic freezes, Urban Harvest has continued to provide over 1,015 trees to affiliate gardens by hosting annual Free Fruit tree distributions.

Transplants
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Since March 2017, we have provided over 12,160 transplants to affiliate gardens, creating the potential for over 270,465 pounds of organic, locally-grown produce through our seasonal hub distributions.

Seed Packets
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We give away free & seasonal seeds to affiliate gardens, along with planting guides on growing fresh fruits and vegetables in Houston’s unique climate.

Acres Greenspace
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Our Community Gardens program accounts for over 34 acres of diversified,  productive greenspace across Houston. We educate affiliate gardens on how to grow fresh fruits and vegetables through free organic gardening classes & hands-on demonstrations.