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 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 in 2012, we decided to build more gardens. So we expanded last year by 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 large raised-bed for flowers and herbs. 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. In 2014, in-ground beds will be added to this site, as well. Location: 8th and Avenue D
St. Johns Apartments offers a small garden comprised of two 4X12 raised beds. Location: 10th St W 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 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. We provide you with all the tools you need: a five-gallon bucket, soil, and seeds. People tend to get the most out of bucket gardening when they grow herbs and vine plants like tomatoes and peas. 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!
Whitetail Run Garden (open to all): Policies Application Frequently Asked Questions
Pleasantview Garden (open to Pleasantview tenants only): Policies Application
St. Johns Garden (open to St. Johns tenants only): Policies Application
Bucket Gardens (open to HAB tenants only): Flyer
Are you an HAB tenant who is interested in having a garden established in your area? Please fill out this survey, return it to us, and you'll receive a free packet of seeds!
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. We are seeking volunteers to help us with the following tasks:
- Providing basic garden maintenance
- Teaching classes to share gardening skills and knowledge
- Mentoring gardeners one-on-one
- Contributing to garden art beautification
- Event planning and organization
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.
Housing Authority of Billings
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