Growing Food and Community Through Gardening

By Published On: June 27th, 2019

Hundreds of local families are growing some of their own fresh produce this season in community gardens throughout Marion and Polk counties. Providing access to garden space is one of the ways that the Food Share and its network partners combat food insecurity and strengthen communities in our region.

The Food Share has the largest community gardens network in Oregon. And with the help of financial partners including the PGE Foundation, the Salem Foundation and the City of Salem, those gardens are flourishing. Their support makes it possible to offer volunteer garden coordinator training, gardening education, tools, compost, starts and more.

There are more than 65 community gardens in Marion and Polk counties. Click here for a map of public gardens. More information about our program is available here.