The COPFC has partnered with Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council to provide you accurate and up-to-date information about our region’s community gardens. Below are resources that will help you with your gardening experience in Central Oregon and a comprehensive list of community gardens as of Summer 2012. Please help us make this list more comprehensive. If you are aware of a garden that should be listed, please email us.
What you will find on this website:
- Central Oregon Community Garden Grants
- Central Oregon Commuinity Garden Manual
- Donate Your Excess Food
- C.O. Community Garden List
Central Oregon Community Garden Grants
To further strengthen Central Oregon’s food security, Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC) is providing grants up to $2,000 to existing public community gardens throughout Central Oregon. This opportunity is part of Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council’s Cultivating Local Food project funded by the Meyer Memorial Trust to support Oregon-based food system projects. Contact Information: Katrina Van Dis, email
The following community gardens were provided grants:
- Nativity Lutheran Church – Community Garden & Food Forest (Bend)
To engage and education the community about food security and sustainable land practices; enrich our community by providing excess food to onsite food back and other non-profits; and empower people to be less reliant on industrial food and develop a means to be more sufficient and secure through their own gardening.
- Metolius Friends Community Garden
To provide fresh vegetables to anyone free of charge; address hunger issues for children and adults in the community; and provide a safe place to work together.
- Plainview Community Garden
To teach members to grow and learn techniques of gardening both in the greenhouse and outside plots, which will enhance their success in growing organically grown produce for themselves. Members will donate excess food to the local food bank.
- Redmond Organic Community Garden
To expand the Redmond-Community Organic Garden (R-COG) project to provide free plots and extend the season. Provide an opportunity for gardeners to learn and experience the benefits of growing locally.
- Sisters Community Garden
To improve soil quality, expand the number of plots, improve handicap access, and compost garden waste. The mission of the garden is to serve as a gathering place, a resource for education and an opportunity to realize the benefits and pleasure derived from gardening.
- Ward Park Community Garden (Prineville)
To provide a new pump system for water; install a green house at the garden for users to be able to start their plants early.
- Warm Springs Community Garden
To enlist more participation from community and sustain the participation through the entire growing season.
Central Oregon Community Garden Manual
- Community Gardens in Central Oregon
- The ABC’s of starting a community garden
- Garden Management
- Time Line for Planning a Community Garden
- And a Comprehensive Resource and Grant Guide for community gardens
Download the Community Gardening Manual_2013
Additional Resources include:
- Vegetable Gardening in Central Oregon, download
- Vegetable Gardening Calendar, download
- Sustainability tools for nursery and greenhouse operators: visit the Food Alliance
- Sustainable Commercial Greenhouse Production
Donate your Excess Food
Any surplus food from your garden can find a good home feeding the less fortunate in our region. Extra produce can be donated through the “Grow a Row” project to local food banks.
It is recommended that a call be made before dropping off to confirm the hours and that someone will be present.
What to donate: Tomatoes (slightly green), potatoes, zucchini, lettuce, green beans, carrots, spinach, corn, acorn squash, broccoli and any other vegetable that will store well.
- Prineville St. Vicent de Paul, 904 NE Court, Mon-Thur 2-4:30pm, 541-447-7662 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bend St. Vincent de Paul, 950 SE 3rd St., Mon-Thur 10-2pm, 389-6643 or email@example.com
- Bend The Salvation Army, 755 NE 2nd St., Mon-Fri 1-4pm, 389-8888
- Bend Community Center, 1036 NE 5th St., Mon-Fri, 312-2069
- Bend The Giving Plate, 61445 S Hwy. 97, Thur-Fri 10-4 and Sat 10-2pm, 410-3086 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bend Family Kitchen, Trinity Episcopal Church, 469 NW Wall, Mon/Wed/Fri 11-12:30pm, Sat 12-1, 610-6511
- Redmond NeighborImpact, 2303 SW 1st st., Mon-Fri 8-3pm, 548-2380×148
- Redmond St. Vincent de Paul, 1114 SW Evergreen, Wed & Thur 10-2pm, 923-5264
- Redmond Adventist Service Center, 945 SW Glacier, Tues 10-2pm, 923-0301
- Redmond Community Church, 237 SW 9th St., Tues & Thur 1-3pm, 923-3023
- Terrebonne Smith Rock Community Church, 8344 11th St., Tues 9-12pm, 548-1315
- Sisters Kiwanis Club, 225 N Oak, Thur 9-2pm
- Sisters Bread of Life. 442 Trinity Way, M 5:30-6, Thurs 12:45-1:30pm, 549-4184
- LaPine Community Kitchen, 16480 Finley Butte, Mon-Fri 12-2 (meals), Mon/Wed/Fri 1-2pm (pantry), 536-1312
- LaPine St. Vicent de Paul, 51484 Morson, Mon-Thur 10-2pm, 536-1956
- Madras Jeff. Co. Food Bank, 556 SE 7th St., Tues 1;30-5pm, 475+3105 or 610-3576
Central Oregon Community Garden List
The garden has 90 plots, 72 are 10 x10, and 18 are 15 x 12. They utilize organic practices. Annual member ship dues are $20 for a small plot and $35 for a larger plot. Members supply their own tools.The garden holds an annual open house in early spring for members to sign up for plots. Prior members gets plots first, then remaining plots go to those that have signed up. Note: There are limited plots available, since many people continue to renew their plots year after year.
Amy Jo Detweiler
Kansas Avenue Learning Garden
The learning garden is built on a former vacant city lot next to The Environmental Center and features 18 youth built garden beds of varying sizes, additional food growing containers, a flower garden, community art, and a large hoop house greenhouse. Amity Elementary School 4th graders design, plan and plant the larger garden beds and the pick me beds located out front for public harvest. Students return in the fall as 5th graders for harvesting and passing the garden on to the new 4th graders. The garden is also utilized by other schools for one time or ongoing service projects. Boys & Girls Club kids walk over for programming to maintain and harvest in the garden over the summer. Food not eaten by children in the garden is donated to The Family Kitchen. 3 3’x6’ beds are currently open to community members located close by with more public beds planned for the garden in the future as it is built out. Community work parties in the spring and fall contribute to the garden’s success, as well as partnerships with local Master Gardeners and other volunteers.
Nativity Lutheran Church/Common Table Community Garden & Food Forest
4,000 sq. ft. includes 89 individual garden plots providing fresh food for our non-profit cafe known as Common Table. 2012 will be our second full season in the sustainable Food Forest /Orchard designed by Tyler Pratt with over 111 (cold tolerant) fruit bearing trees and shrubs. An active beehive and a new year round green house are ready for the 2012 growing season. Information will be posted on the board next to the main food forest gate. Every Saturday from 9:00am to Noon volunteers are on site to maintain the area. Tools are located in the equipment shed. Thanks to our sponsors, Strictly Organic Coffee and Sparrow Bakery, refreshments are served @ 10:30am every Saturday morning.
60850 Brosterhous Road
The garden features 59 raised, 5-by-10-foot cedar planting beds with drip irrigation and is enclosed by an 8-foot-high wire fence. The beds have built-in seats around the perimeter, so sitting while weeding and tending the garden is convenient and comfortable. A water feature and a birdhouse, surrounded by blooming flowers, add to the peaceful atmosphere, and the two picnic tables in the shade invite people to sit and enjoy the setting. The community garden was built and is owned by West Bend Property Co., the developer of NorthWest Crossing, and is being managed by the Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener program. The NorthWest Crossing garden is one of two community gardens in Bend managed by OSU Master Gardeners.
This spring marks the third year for the Culver Community Garden located at the corner of Lewis and Slate Streets. A large variety of fresh vegetables are grown and donated to the Culver Community Food Bank to provide clients there with fresh produce during the growing season, according to Connie Richie, one of the volunteers facilitating the project. The excess produce, she adds, is sold at the local Farmer’s Market, with the proceeds given to the local food bank for the purchase of other needed items. Organizers of Culver’s community garden, it may be noted, were honored in January by Culver’s Lions Club as Organization of the Year for their efforts.
Connie Richie, 574-542-4810
Barbara Quivey, 574-842-2329
Cory Barnes email@example.com
Willow Creek Community Garden
The Madras Willow Creek Community Garden is located on the corner of 10th and B Street and was established by the Community Health Improvement Partnership (C.H.I.P.) in 2007 to promote a healthy community, provide food for families and create recreational and therapeutic opportunities for the community. Volunteers coordinated through C.H.I.P. maintain the garden and garden plots are available to anyone interested, but the number of plots is limited. A portion of the produce is donated to community food banks, community kitchens, community food vans, missions, churches, senior residential parks and anywhere else it’s needed. The garden is also used for educational purposes for our local youth programs. There are 20 plots, with the average size 4’X8’. Organic practices are used. Online registration is through Mountain View Hospital or by contacting Beth Ann Beamer. Some tools are available including garden carts.
Beth Ann Beamer or Annie Ayres
P: (541) 460-4023 or (541) 390-0487
The Margaret Dement Garden of Eatin’
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd & St. Marks Episcopal Church
Metolius Community Garden
firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-546-6109
Plainview Community Garden
Don and Linda Schnack
Prineville Presbetyrian Church
In 2006, church members took produce to the food bank and also sold the excess from the community garden at the Prineville Farmer’s Market each Saturday. From those produce sales, they donated all the proceeds to the local food bank. The total sales were over $700. We are working to apply for a WIC certificate this year so we can sell our produce to people who use food stamps. We meet in March for sign-ups for the Prineville Community Garden. Each year the interest in the garden grows. We are thankful to the many who pray for us and thankful for all who have supported this local mission.
Prineville Park and Recreation
Ward Park Community Garden
Gary Ward Park
1143 NW 9th St.
Redmond Community Organic Garden
House of Hope Ministries (HOHM) is honored to sponsor Redmond, Oregon’s first Community Organic Garden! The Garden opened in 2009 with 15 raised beds that were leased by VERY enthusiastic gardeners in the community, including kids from House of Hope.
Sisters Community Garden
Mission: To establish a beautiful garden that fosters community connections among Sisters area residents. The garden will serve as: a gathering place for a mosaic of people, a resource for education, and an opportunity to realize the benefits and pleasure derived from gardening. They are 35-40 plots available, ranging from 5’ to 10’ x 10’. They employ organic practices. The fees for plots are $15 for a small or $30 for a large plot. They have an opening day that they invite the community to come and sign up for a plot. They have two tall raised beds that are available for person’s needing accommodation. They have a tool shed full of tools that are available, although most people bring their own.
Warm Springs Community Garden
Warm Springs Youth Garden, OSU Extension Service Community Garden
The garden is gated, with raised beds, 6-7 plots. They have tools available.