Garden City Harvest | Neighborhood Farms

how neighborhood farms are creating change in missoula

There is a quiet revolution stirring in our food system. It is not happening so much on the distant farms that still provide us with the majority of our food; it is happening in cities, neighborhoods, and towns. It has evolved out of the basic need that every person has to know their food, and to have some sense of control over its safety and security.

- Michael Ableman

 

Nutrition makes a difference. Neighborhood farms grow food for many who would otherwise not have access to nutritious foods. This is a lifeline for many who want to stay healthy or regain their health. It brings all walks of life together because everybody eats.

Why Neighborhood Farms?

Community

The farms act as gathering places and outdoor classrooms.

Food security  28,762 lbs

Garden City Harvest not only reduces the chain from farm to plate by selling CSAs directly from the farm, but also grows food for 17 agencies, including the Missoula Food Bank, the Poverello, and all of Missoula’s Youth Homes.

Local jobs, local economy

We employ over 30 people. We offer many volunteer jobs (around 450 each season) including internships, Food Corps, and more. Plus, if you volunteer with Garden City Harvest, you take home vegetables in return.

Health

We grow healthy food for all, aiming to find ways for all Missoulians to have access. With a tight budget, healthy food is often the most flexible line item, replaced by higher calorie, packaged foods that cost less.

Farm stand style food distribution  18,083 lbs

  • FARMacy – Working with St. Patrick Hospital & the VA MT Healthcare System, we have developed a growing program to give prescriptions to patients working to manage their diabetes, weight, and more.
  • Mobile Market – Youth Development teens harvest and sell veggies (nothing over a $1/lb!) to seniors and low income families at our Mobile Market farm stands. Traveling to the seniors and families, these youth bring joy, connection, and health to those who are often marginalized in our community.
  • Orchard Gardens Farm Stand – Sells food to Orchard Gardens residents offering EBT options and subsidized prices.

Environment

Our farms go the extra mile by installing solar panels, using water saving measures, incorporating habitat for wildlife and pollinators, building the soil and, of course, skipping the chemicals. Any new projects keep the environment and climate change in mind.