Springfield Community Gardens (SCG) first took root when a small group of residents, university students, and professionals joined together with the idea of forming a neighborhood garden in the Grant Beach Neighborhood.
Construction of the Grant Beach Community Garden began in 2010 with the assistance of the Springfield-Greene County Parks Department and the City of Springfield’s Neighborhoods and Planning Office. Since then, we have grown steadily. In 2017, in partnership with Ozarks Food Harvest, we distributed over 156,000 pounds of produce to families in need, and volunteers have logged more than 5,000 hours in SCG gardens. Dedicated volunteers like you ensure that Springfield Community Gardens will continue to enrich our community.
Springfield, let’s keep growing!
How We Grow Together
Springfield Community Gardens works with a network of volunteer community gardens to grow healthy food, build relationships, and generate social capital with each new garden.
We connect neighborhood leaders with available land—acquired through public and private channels. SCG also offers guidance and financial support to create a city-wide infrastructure for the quickly growing garden movement.
Working together, hand in soiled hand, Springfield residents of all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds can establish a more connected and aware community that empowers one another toward a common goal.
Because Springfield Community Gardens nurtures a sense of place, the movement retains community volunteers and attracts new members who want to become part of such a welcoming environment that encourages growing nutritious food.
Why We Exist
Community gardens can change lives. Because a garden provides a learning environment for gardening newcomers and seasoned growers alike, planting seeds yields more than food. Gardens promote physical activity, healthy eating, and community relationships.
As community gardens have sprouted up around the country, crime statistics have fallen nearby. Why? Gardens beautify the area, increasing property values and instilling a renewed sense of community pride among garden members.
SCG programs also exist to address the red flag issues of poverty, insufficient funding and looming threats of civic infrastructure detailed in the 2015 Springfield Community Focus Report. Addressing the rising poverty levels that impact so many Springfield children is a key focus. We have received funding from major organizations that share our mission of improving the community and its health.
Without the help of these generous organizations, Springfield Community Gardens would still be just a good idea:
- Community Foundation of the Ozarks
- Darr Family Foundation
- Convergence Partnership’s Innovation Fund
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant—CFDA Number 93.758
We want to say thank you very much to all those who support SCG's work. If you're ready to dig in too, Contact SCG today.*Springfield Community Gardens does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. Springfield Community Gardens is an equal opportunity employer.*