–Unite4Health Community Garden

    Unite4Health Community Garden

    Community garden

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    How did the Unite4Health Garden start?

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    The 2007 Boone County Health and Preventative Practices study (our latest available) showed that less than 71.7% of Boone County adults were actually getting the recommended 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

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    The vision to help change this came from two Community Garden Coalition members, one of whom is a nurse practitioner at the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services, who thought what better way to use the vacant land west of the department than for a community garden that could benefit the neighborhood and WIC participants.

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    The PedNet Coalition’s – Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities grant took it a step further when they got Community input from residents of First Ward who said they wanted greater access to low cost fruits and vegetables. PedNet then formed the Food Production at Home and in the Community Action Team, which took the lead in moving the effort forward. Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services, the City of Columbia’s Public Works Department, the PedNet Coalition, the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, the Community Garden Coalition and Boone County Extension then contributed dollars, labor and expertise to develop the 24-plot garden with fruit and berry bushes.

    What is the purpose of the garden?

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    PedNet Coalition’s – Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities then formed the Food Production in the Home and Community Action Team, which took the lead in moving the effort forward. Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services, the City of Columbia’s Public Works Department, the PedNet Coalition PedNet Coalition’s Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities, the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, the Community Garden Coalition and Boone County Extension then contributed dollars, labor and expertise to develop the 24-plot garden with fruit and berry bushes.

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    What are the plans for the future?

    The garden serves two purposes: education and food production. WIC participants have a plot with tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and butternut squash. Also, the various gardeners, including Public Health and Human Services employees and neighbors, donate their excess produce to the WIC nutrition education class participants throughout the growing season.

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    Get a Garden Plot

    Plots are assigned on a first-come first-served basis by of the leader(s) of each garden. In most cases, there is no fee for participation at member gardens, but we encourage you to make a small donation and to volunteer your time if you are able.

    Grow something great in your neighborhood!

    For more information contact garden leader: Mike Burden

     

    Map of Garden location, stop in and visit.
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    In the News:

    Community garden opens second season

    Community garden gets kids into veggies

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