Founded in 1996, the Second Start Community Garden is a communal organic garden where people of all ages and levels of gardening experience can grow their own vegetables, flowers, and herbs. In addition to food, gardeners learn leadership skills and gain a sense of community.
Studies of community gardens estimate that a 64 square foot garden plot can save a family $600 in food purchases per year. Second Start Community Garden plots average 400 square feet — enough space for gardeners to realize a substantial savings in food costs. Gardeners with surplus vegetables may donate to organizations such as the OUR Center to help fight hunger in the community.
Interested in gardening with us? Second Start Community Garden has 60 plots, which can be rented by individuals or groups for a fee based on the renter's income. Gardeners sign a contract agreeing to participate in 8 hours of community work-share per season, plant by May 1, and use organic gardening techniques and water conservation practices.