CCUA offers a hand-made raised bed vegetable garden, seeds, starts, tools, and mentoring through our Opportunity Garden program. The program is open to all low-income residents of Boone County and institutions that serve low-income or otherwise disadvantaged populations. Many households and institutions currently have Opportunity Gardens; many of these households are located within the Columbia Housing Authority. The Opportunity Garden program is free*.
*You must be committed to taking care of your garden for many years. CCUA will be available to help along the way, but you are responsible for maintaining and caring for your vegetable garden.
What you do:
- Download and fill out the application, landlord agreement, and volunteer waiver.
- Meet with CCUA staff in your yard or future garden site for an evaluation.
- Help install your garden beds with CCUA staff.
- Meet with CCUA to get basic essential tools and educational materials. Mentoring is available for new gardeners.
- Communicate with CCUA to request resources as needed.
- CCUA mentors can give tips on preparing and preserving the food you grow.
- Grow your own food in your yard.
- Enjoy fresh food for you and your family.
- Tell others about the program!
Special thanks to our funders and supporters in 2013: Heart of Missouri United Way and all of our landscaping clients.
Special thanks to our funders and supporters in 2012: Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Local Foods Grant, Boone Electric Cooperative Community Trust and all of our landscaping clients!
For more information or to request an application contact Trish at OG@ColumbiaUrbanAg.org
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