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Thurston County Public Health & Social Services works with local partners to increase access to healthy foods throughout the county.  Improved access to healthful foods such as fruits and vegetables improves the consumption of them, in turn decreasing the risk of chronic disease.  Community gardens contribute to the increased access to and consumption of fruits and vegetables (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). 

The Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Department completed an assessment of community gardens in Thurston County with the help of community members, including community garden coordinators around the county and the Thurston County Community Garden Advisory Committee and Work Group.  A community garden, for the purposes of this assessment, is defined as a collaborative, shared, open space that is accessible to residents of the local community who are the gardeners. These gardeners agree to share in the maintenance (plant, tend, harvest, etc.) and products of the garden, which include healthful and affordable fresh fruits and vegetables.  For more information on the Community Garden Assessment Report [PDF], Click Here...

There are currently eleven (11) community gardens in Thurston County.



Lacey Crossroads Community Garden [PDF] - Sustainable South Sound
St. Mark Community Garden [PDF] - St. Mark Lutheran Church


Capital Vision Community Garden [PDF] - Capital Vision Christian Church
Evergreen Community Gardens [PDF]  - The Evergreen State College
Garden of Weedin’ [PDF] - Westminister Presbyterian Church
Olympia Community Garden [PDF] - Sustainable South Sound
Sunrise Park Community Garden [PDF] - Olympia Park, Arts, & Recreation
Wendell Berry Community Garden [PDF] - Sustainable South Sound
Yauger Park Community Garden [PDF] - Olympia Park, Arts, & Recreation


Rainier High School Community Garden [PDF] - Rainier School District


Rochester Community Garden [PDF] - ROOF Community Services

IMAGE:  Community Garden

The Thurston County community garden project is funded by a Community Transformation Grant through the Washington State Department of Health.

To find out more about community gardens, visit: www.communitygarden.org.

For more information about the Thurston County community garden project, please send an email to Lesley Wigen.


For information on the health benefits of fruits and vegetables please visit: www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org

For information on a healthy diet which includes fruits and vegetables please visit: www.choosemyplate.gov

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This page last updated: 06/24/15