Springfield Community Gardens

June 9, 2016, 10:15 am

Looking for a rewarding way to give back to the community? Or maybe your neighborhood lacks a sustainable source for healthy, low-cost food? Either way, Springfield Community Gardens (SCG) can help.

SCG has been gardening around the community since 2010. Working with Ozarks Food Harvest, this year they distributed over 100,000 pounds of produce to families in need, and the dedicated volunteers logged more than 6,500 hours in SCG gardens.

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.

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 They Do What They Do

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.