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],
There are currently eleven (11) community gardens in
COMMUNITY GARDEN PROFILES
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:
For more information about the Thurston County
community garden project, please send an email to