El Buen Samaritano has a beautiful, organic community garden that hosts both plots for community members and production plots for our food pantry. Our garden is the perfect place to meet people, learn new things, and create something of your very own.
“Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.”
Our community garden hosts both production plots that yield produce for our food pantry throughout the year and plots available to community members on a seasonal basis. There are 19 total production plots and 17 community plots. Plot availability is dependent upon the beginning of each season. The Spring season begins March 1st and runs through the end of August, while the Fall season begins September 1st and runs through the end of February.
How to access services
Plots range from $15 – $30 per season depending upon size. To maintain your membership with El Buen Samaritano’s Community Garden, it is required to complete three hours of volunteer garden maintenance a month and to attend a mandatory orientation session at the beginning of the season. Fees include materials and supplies such as soil, mulch, compost, water, wheelbarrows and hand tools. You must provide your own plant starters and seeds. Our garden is maintained organically; no pesticides or other environmentally harmful products are used or permitted within the grounds.
Cost & Availability
September 1, 2020 – February 28, 2021 We have two 8×4 plots available at $15 each.
*Due to COVID-19 our garden classes are currently suspended* The garden is proud to partner with the Sustainable Food Center, which donates vegetable plants such as tomatoes, basil, peppers, and okra for our food pantry clients to take home. Through our partnership, we offer Spanish language introductory gardening classes for community members interested in learning about organic gardening techniques and processes, including best practices, seed starting, planting, soil culture and care, composting, water conservation, and pest identification and organic control. Classes are offered in the fall and spring.
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