Community Gardens Program
(The Gallucci Learning Garden)
What is a Community Garden?
The American Community Gardening Association uses a broad definition of what a community garden entails. It can be urban, suburban, or rural. It can grow flowers, vegetables or community. It can be one community plot, or can be many individual plots. It can be at a school, hospital, or in a neighborhood. Another way of thinking about community gardens are as “Community-managed open space”. They are different from a park or public space where some other entity ultimately decides the purpose and maintains the site. Community gardens are where the residents of a community are empowered to design, build and maintain spaces in the community.
Why Community Gardens?
(Green Thumb Community Garden)
Who we are/what we do:
While Community Gardening has been an activity enjoyed by residents of Tacoma and Pierce County for decades, the Tacoma/Pierce County Community Garden program was founded in 2010 through a collaborative effort led by the ACHIEVE coalition. The City of Tacoma took leadership role in creating a position to support the efforts of community gardeners county-wide. Initially housed at Forterra (formerly the Cascade Land Conservancy) as a pilot project, in 2012 the program was established as a permanent project of the Pierce Conservation District. We are supported by a diversity of community partners, including the City of Tacoma, Pierce County Public Works and Utilities, Metro Parks Tacoma, the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department, and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.
The program works to support gardeners throughout the county in several ways:
(Green Thumb Community Garden - Opening Ceremony)
Micaela Cooley Share the Harvest Program Coordinator
Emily Garofalo - Fruit Tree Steward Coordinator
Matt Price Harvest Against Hunger Gleaning Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org