Our Community Garden Program began in September of 2011 at our Main Branch in Theodore, AL with the mission and long-term goal to provide fresh, nutritious produce to our agency partners, educate the public about the benefits of growing their own produce and promote environmental awareness in the community. The program encompasses our onsite garden, educational workshops and resources for organizations in our service area to start their own gardens.
The Education Garden and Junior Master Gardener Program
Our Education Garden at the food bank consists of 14 raised beds and 2 pallet gardens. We also have an Education Pavilion with a vegetable washing station. We have partnered with Alabama 4-H to offer the Junior Master Gardener curriculum in our education garden. Last fall, students from the South Alabama Homeschool Group comprised our inaugural Junior Master Gardener class. The course takes about 8 months, at the end of which the students will receive a Junior Master Gardener certificate. The Junior Master Gardener Program is also being taught at Spencer-Westlawn Elementary School, Craighead Elementary School, Taylor Park Community Center, and will soon be taught at Hollinger’s Island Elementary School.
The Organic Promise
Behind our education garden we are growing food in 39 plots for our partner agencies: churches and non-profits running food pantries and soup kitchens. We prioritize organic methods in the garden—using compost and fish meal in place of synthetic fertilizers and integrated pest management instead of pesticides.
Every spring and fall, we offer a 4-part workshop series to the general public. Workshop topics include urban gardening, canning, composting, growing citrus, etc. Workshops are held at Bay Area Food Bank or at other gardens in our service area; we partner with Alabama Cooperative Extension System to ensure information provided at workshops is research-based.
Gardens in the Community
Our Community Garden Program also provides resources to community gardens within our service area. Bay Area Food Bank can provide help with the following:
Planning and Breaking Ground
Marketing and Promotion
Community Garden Map
Click the map below for community gardens in Mobile and Baldwin Counties. We often encounter people who are interested in community gardens, but aren’t aware of any active gardens near them. This map serves to connect gardens to their neighbors.
For more information about our Community Garden Programs or if you’re interested in volunteering in our community garden, please email email@example.com