Since 2008, CCUA has maintained a Demonstration Garden in downtown Columbia, housing hundreds of fruits, vegetables, berries, herbs, and flowers. Nestled on the corner of the rapidly changing North Village Artists District, the Demo Garden is witness to a changing downtown landscape. The Bike Boulevard, Brookside on Walnut, Orr Street Studios, Wabash Bus Station, Boone County Family Resources and many more interesting players add to the diversity of the dynamic neighborhood.
The site is currently maintained by three adjacent households (5-7 people) with goals of home food production. The group operates like a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model by organizing to sharing expenses and labor while dividing produce equally. The fertile soil, abundant sunshine, aggressive succession planting, and daily attention results in one of the most attractive and productive gardens in Columbia. Come visit the garden any time! Come early to catch gardeners watering and tending plants before they head to work, or swing by on Saturday when the group is out demonstrating the possibility of community gardening in small spaces.
Thank you to Mark Stevenson for his generous commitment to urban agriculture!
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