Community gardens are a wonderful way to grow food if you are limited on space, and fellow gardeners typically love to share gardening tips. Growing extra food to donate can be a satisfying way to give back to the community.
California School Garden Network. Part of the Western Growers Foundation whose mission is to plant & sustain a fruit & vegetable garden in every willing California school, giving children the opportunity to learn where their food comes from & the importance of good nutrition. Learn about grant funding for school gardens. http://www.csgn.org/california.
California State Fair Farm School Tour Program; Sacramento. For grades K-6. See section Education: Tours & Fieldtrips.
The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (FTPF); Nationwide. This award-winning nonprofit group offers programs at the forefront of the global sustainability movement, serving community groups, schools, parks, neighborhoods & more. FTPF has helped plant fruit trees in upper CA through their innovative programs. http://www.ftpf.org. (831) 621-8096.
Chico Eat Learn Grow; Chico. Provides hands-on nutrition education through experiential school garden learning. Farm to School & Farm to Table programs that include gardening, cooking instruction, farm tours & more for schools, youth groups & community members. http://www.chicoeatlearngrow.org. (530) 342-1995.
Educational Garden Tours; Paradise. Local nonprofit Seat at the Table offers educational garden field trips for schools & other groups at the Paradise Neighborhood Garden. Learn about sustainable organic gardening. See the ways plants grow, visit a greenhouse, get hands-on experience. Visitors can plant something and take it home. Find them on Facebook. (530) 413-3974.
From the Ground Up Farms, Inc.; Chico. Nonprofit org. dedicated to establishing organic community gardens; residents work with experienced farmers & educators. Hands-on field trip experiences for schools, youth groups & others. Established an active children’s garden dedicated to Butte County homeschoolers. Offers gardening instruction & assistance, garden installation & maintenance, nutrition education workshops & much more. http://www.fromthegroundupfarms.org. 1692 Mangrove Ave. #105. (530) 513-7638.
GRUB (Growing Resourcefully Uniting Bellies) Education Program. A nonprofit offering healthy foods education programs including hands-on community & school garden design, building & growing food workshops & curriculum. Food preservation & cooking classes for all ages. Volunteering opportunities & internships. http://www.grubed.org. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or (530) 342-1995.
Humboldt Community Garden; Chico. Hosted by the Butte Environmental Council. 55 plots, two plot sizes, annual fee. Humboldt Rd. & El Monte Ave. (530) 891-6424.
Oak Way Community Garden; Chico. Hosted by the Butte Environmental Council. Universally accessible for those with limited mobility. Two plot sizes, annual fee. Located at 8th Ave. & Highway 32. (530) 891-6424.
Paradise Ridge Neighborhood Garden; Paradise. Year-round educational garden – learn about drought-tolerant gardening. By work-trade; a portion of food grown goes to community food banks. Find them on Facebook. 5704 Chapel Dr. (530) 413-3974.
Spring Seed Swap Event; Chico. Free annual event each spring, includes activities for all ages, a “potluck” style seed swap, speaker presentations, educational displays, & resource info. Seeds, plants, healthy foods & drinks for sale. Bring seeds, bulbs, plants & cuttings to swap, along with envelopes & pen; you don’t need seeds to attend. http://www.grubed.org.
(530) 342-3376 or (530) 828-6390.
The Worm Farm; Durham. Family farm featuring 4,200 linear feet of windrows of redworms. Learn about vermicomposting at this popular field trip destination. Learn to build a worm bin on site to take home. Hands-on group tours by appointment. Wear gardening clothes when visiting! Provides gardeners with a means of producing healthy plants while positively affecting the environment. http://www.thewormfarm.net. 9033 Esquon Rd., 7 miles south of Chico. (530) 894-1276.
UC Master Gardener Program Demonstration Gardens; Durham. Offers educational demonstration gardens, classes & workshops. Emphasis is on sustainable gardening practices & backyard food production. Also visit the ranch’s historical almond orchard.
http://www.patrickranchmuseum.org/features & ucanr.edu/sites/bcmg. Located at Patrick Ranch Museum, 10381 Midway (between Chico & Durham). UC program:
(530) 538-7201, Patrick Ranch: (530) 342-4359.
Anderson-Cottonwood ACCA Community Garden; Anderson. Community garden plots, free membership. Room for 10-12 individual garden plots. 25% of food grown goes to the ACCA Food Bank. St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 3001 Rupert Rd. (at entrance to Anderson River Park). (530) 275-4677.
People of Progress Community Gardens; Redding. Approximately 150 plots in two community gardens: Enterprise Park, approx. 1.25 acres, & the Matson, Mowder, & Howe Diestlehorst Garden on N. Court St., 1 acre. Annual fee. http://www.peopleofprogress.org. (530) 243-3811.
Mt. Shasta Community Garden. 1/3 acre garden with 31 plots. Located at Shastice Park. (530) 926-2494.
Siskiyou Land Trust Garden Share Project; Mt. Shasta. Members work together in a community garden & share produce, with extra produce donated to local programs. Annual membership fee. http://www.siskiyoulandtrust.org. (530) 926-2259.
Black Bear Garden & Solar Powered Nursery; Ashland. Walk through a “xeriscape” garden (the Greek word xēros means dry) & view its water-wise landscape. Xeric plants are selected for their beauty, low nutrient requirements, adaptability to hot, dry, windy conditions, & their ability to attract beneficial insects & birds. Also walk through a solar powered nursery with floating wetland. Free entry. Located at Scienceworks Hands on Museum, 1500 E. Main St. (541) 482-6767.
Jackson County Master Gardeners Demonstration Gardens; Central Point. Fruit orchards, decorative gardens, children’s garden, raised beds, working displays or vermiculture, a greenhouse & lath house, composting, test plots, workshops & more. Check hours online. http://www.jacksoncountymga.org. Southern Oregon Research & Extension Center, 569 Hanley Rd. Schedule a group tour (541) 858-0802.
OSU Lavender Garden; Central Point. The Oregon State University Lavender Garden is the Pacific Northwest’s first Lavender Collection & Demonstration Garden, with over 80 varieties of lavender. Visit this special venue & find your favorites! Open daily year-round for self-guided tours. 569 Hanley Rd. (541) 776-7371.
Sacramento River Discovery Center; Red Bluff. Features a 2-acre native plant garden that includes a drought-tolerant demo garden. Learn about organic gardening techniques, composting, & growing vegetables & other plants for annual spring & fall plant sales. Volunteer opportunities Tue-Sat in garden & greenhouse. 1000 Sale Ln. http://www.sacramentoriverdiscoverycenter.com. (530) 527-1196.