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 vegetables, herbs and fruit
- Greater sense of community and neighborhood pride
- Safe, beneficial place for youth to interact with older adults
- Increased exercise and recreational activity
- Greater social interaction and learning opportunities, promoting healthier individuals, families and communities
- Getting people of all ages active, which improves overall physical health
Local community gardens
Vancouver Parks and Recreation Community Garden program has a variety of plot sizes and types, multiple locations and community partners. This program was developed through a collaboration of Clark County, WSU Clark County Extension, Vancouver Parks and Recreation and other community garden advocates. Current community garden opportunity locations are:
- Marshall Community Park - 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd.
- Fruit Valley Park - 31st Street and Fruit Valley Road
- Campus Gardens - Campus Drive and 65th Avenue
- Ellsworth Gardens - SE 10th Street and Ellsworth Road
- LeRoy Haagen Community Park - NE 9th Street, west of NE 136th Avenue
For availability regarding Vancouver Community Gardens, please call the Marshall Community Center at 360.487.7100 or for more information visit their website at the City of Vancouver Parks and Recreation.
Find out more about 78th Street Heritage Farm 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, a WSU Clark County Extension program.
Home composting is an excellent way to reuse your kitchen and yard wastes to benefit your garden. Clark County's Master Composter/Recycler Program educates the community about making compost for your garden as well as providing information on waste reduction and recycling.
For more information, contact the Chronic Disease Prevention team.