The mission of the Housing Authority of Billings Community Gardens Project is to provide low-income individuals and families the opportunity to alleviate food insecurity and improve their diets by learning about and growing their own nutrient dense produce in a communal atmosphere.
Stopping hunger starts at home, that’s why the Housing Authority of Billings Community Gardens are working to provide sustainable models for growing healthy food and community in the greater Billings area.
The Housing Authority Community Gardens project, in collaboration with AmeriCorps VISTA, works to provide sustainable models for safe, affordable, and fresh produce to individuals and families in need.
New gardeners receive a variety of classes to ensure they reap the full benefits of their harvest, from starting seeds to seasonal cooking.
After our successful first year gardening at Whitetail Run in the Heights, we decided to build more gardens. So we expanded in 2013, adding 3 new gardens and initiating a bucket gardening program!
Whitetail Run Community Garden is a 50 plot garden with automatic irrigation systems, a compost station, a garden tepee, an herbal bed, and a big raised bed for flowers and chives. Berries grow along the fencing edging, and there are also fruit trees just outside the fence-line. Location: Sioux and Lake Elmo
Pleasantview Apartments has a handicap accessible, standing raised bed garden with 24 beds located right next to the recreation center. Location: 8th and Avenue D
St Johns is a smaller garden constructed from two 4X12 raised beds placed right over the grass. Location: 10th and St Johns
The Pumpkin Patch functions as a fundraiser, community service, and educational opportunity. Volunteers help set up the patch, till the soil, plant the seeds, weed the patch, and at the end of the season, enjoy a small storytelling event with live music and local storytellers. Location: Billings Heights
Bucket Gardening is an innovative way of growing a garden when you don't have enough space or suitable soil for a traditional garden. All you need is a five gallon bucket, which we provide, soil, seeds, water, and love! People tend to get the most out of bucket gardening when they grow herbs and viney plants like tomatoes and peas. But it is also possible to grow broccoli, lettuce, and carrots in buckets. Locations: South Side Billings
WANT TO GARDEN?
If you are a resident with the Housing Authority or live close to one of our community gardens and would like a plot, please fill out and applications and send it to us!
WANT TO VOLUNTEER?
We rely on the generous help of volunteers from Billings and afar to help keep our gardens going. There are MANY WAYS TO VOLUNTEER, so please don't be shy if you don't think you're a great gardener. Besides helping out with basic weeding or tending transplants in the cold months of April and May, volunteers can:
Teach Classes on Nutrition
Storytelling at the Pumpkin Patch
Garden Art Beautification
To Volunteer, please fill out an application or contact us for more info.
If you would like to attend one of our events or help volunteer at them, please contact us.
|Music in the Garden
||Saturday, 27 July 2013
||Saturday, 12th October 2013
|Pumpkin Patch Storytelling
Housing Authority of Billings