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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).

Community gardens included here meet the definition of 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.

There are currently thirteen (13) community gardens in Thurston County.

COMMUNITY GARDEN PROFILES

Lacey:

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

Olympia:

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

Rainier:

Rainier Community Garden [PDF] - Rainier School District

Rochester:

Rochester Community Garden [PDF] - ROOF Community Services

Thurston County Public Health and Social Services is currently working on a project that will increase the number of community gardens in low-income communities in the zip code areas of 98501 and 98503 so that there is improved access to fruits and vegetables for residents in those areas.  If you would like to start a community garden in either of these locations that would be:

  1) suitable for growing (lots of sun and access to water),
  2) open to the public to join and use, AND
  3) have a group to manage the garden on an ongoing basis.
     
Please Contact:  
ThurstonCommunityGardens@co.thurston.wa.us

LINK TO 2012 COMMUNITY GARDEN ASSESSMENT REPORT

For more information on community gardens including the 2012 Community Garden Assessment, Click Here...

Community Garden in Thurston County 

OTHER RESOURCES

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: 07/24/14