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Community gardening

Community gardens offer residents without personal garden space a place to grow their own fruits and vegetables.

Benefits of community gardens

  • Affordable access to healthy produce that may otherwise not be available
  • Greater sense of community and neighborhood pride
  • Safe, beneficial place for youth to interact with others and get involved
  • Increased exercise and recreational activity
  • Greater social interaction and learning opportunities, promoting healthier individuals, families and, communities

There are 14 community gardens in Vancouver, which are organized by local neighborhood groups. Vancouver Parks and Recreation Board currently organizes five community garden locations:

  • Marshall Community Park - 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd.
  • Fruit Valley Park - 31st St. and Fruit Valley Rd
  • Haagen Community Park - NE 9th St, west of NE 136th Ave
  • Campus Gardens - Campus Drive and 65th Ave
  • Ellsworth Gardens - SE 10th St. and Ellsworth Rd.

For availability and more information regarding Vancouver Community Gardens, please visit the Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation website.

Find out more about 78th Street Heritage Farms which manages 20 x 20 garden plots for year-round gardeners.

Other community gardens are hosted by neighborhoods and non-profit organizations. To locate some of these options, check out Community Grown.

Growing Groceries Mentors

The Growing Groceries Mentor Program helps increase the success of community gardens in schools, churches and neighborhoods. After training, volunteer mentors put their skills to use in the community, helping residents with basic gardening, plant selection, pest management, garden design, and harvesting and preserving.

Become a mentor

Whether you are new to gardening or a seasoned pro, you can be a volunteer mentor.

Volunteers receive 16 hours of training in:

  • Organic vegetable gardening
  • Composting
  • Soils
  • Harvesting
  • Food preparation
  • Growing food cooperatively
  • Working with the community

Training begins in January. For more information visit the WSU Clark County Extension website.

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Spanish contact information

(360) 397-8000 ext. 7205

Russian contact information

(360) 397-8000 ext. 7214