School and Community Gardens

Community gardens help increase access to fresh produce available in our community to areas that are in need. Gardens are also a great way to encourage learning beyond the classroom. Since the original garden began in 2011 the gardens have produced over 16,825 pounds of fresh produce all going directly back into our community.

More than 16,000 pounds of fresh produce has been harvested in the school and community gardens

Amazonia Elementary

School and community garden at Amazonia Elementary

Amazonia’s garden was established in 2015, by Mosaic Life Care and the General Mills Champions for Healthy Kids Grant funded by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. The 15’ x 60’ garden is located on the backside of the school building near the playground. The garden grows a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, includes multiple varieties of fruit trees and a strawberry patch.

Location: 845 S. 6th Street, Amazonia, MO

 

Edison Elementary

School and community garden at Edison Elementary

Edison’s garden was established in 2014, by Live Well St. Joseph, and was funded by the MFH SIM grant. The 30’ x 50’ in ground garden, is located directly in front of the school which makes it easy for community members to drop by and pick a wide variety of fruits and vegetables on their way through mid-town.

Location: 515 N. 22nd Street, Saint Joseph, MO

 

Humboldt Elementary

School and community garden at Humboldt Elementary

Humboldt’s garden was established in 2013, by Live Well St. Joseph, and was funded by the MFH SIM grant. Humboldt’s garden features 20 raised beds and they grow a wide variety of fruits and vegetables as well as multiple apple trees. Humboldt’ students also expanded their garden in 2015 to include a greenhouse in which they can grow vegetables year round as well as help grow starter plants for upcoming growing seasons.

Location: 1520 N. 2nd Street, Saint Joseph, MO

 

Lake Contrary Elementary

School and community garden at Lake Contrary Elementary

Lake Contrary was the first school in the community to break ground on their garden, in 2011. The Live Well St. Joseph group helped implement the garden, in was funded by the Missouri Foundation for Health, MFH, with a Social Innovation Missouri, SIM grant.  Lake Contrary’s garden is a 45’ x 70’ in ground garden that grows various fruits and vegetables as well as includes multiple fruit trees and a compost bin. The garden is located in the rear corner of the school and is open to the community and the public during the growing season. 

Location: 1800 Alabama Street, Saint Joseph, MO 

Lindbergh Elementary

School and community garden at Lindbergh Elementary

Lindbergh’s garden was established in 2013, by Live Well St. Joseph, and was funded by the MFH SIM grant. Lindbergh’s unique raised bed garden features eight large terraced container boxes located on the sloping schoolyard in front of the school. Lindbergh’s garden is a spring and fall garden only at this time; here you can find many varieties of cool weather crops like spinach, lettuce and broccoli.

2812 St. Joseph Avenue, Saint Joseph, MO

 

Mark Twain Elementary

School and community garden at Mark Twain Elementary

Mark Twain’s garden was established in 2014, by Live Well St. Joseph, and was funded by the MFH SIM grant. Mark Twain’s houses an extremely large 40’ x 80’ in ground garden were they grow a variety of fruits and vegetables, as well as features a wide variety of fruit trees including apples, peach, pear and cherry. Mark Twain later expanded their garden in 2016 to include a few above ground container boxes and are the first in the district to try their hand with asparagus.

Location: 705 S. 31st Street, Saint Joseph, MO

Parkway Elementary

School and community garden at Parkway Elementary

Parkway’s garden was established in 2015, by Mosaic Life Care and the General Mills Champions for Healthy Kids Grant funded by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. Their garden is a 50’ x 60’ in ground garden that grows a wide variety of fruits and vegetables; it also is lined with a wide variety of fruit trees around the parameter of the garden fence.

Location: 2900 Duncan Street, Saint Joseph, MO

 

Pickett Elementary

School and community garden at Pickett Elementary

Pickett’s garden was established in the spring of 2012, by Live Well St. Joseph, and was funded by the MFH SIM grant. Pickett’s garden is a 45’ x 70’ in ground garden that grows various fruits and vegetables; here you can even find some “show” vegetables, in which the students hope to enter into local contests. 

Location: 3923 Pickett Road, Saint Joseph, MO

 


 

To find out more about a specific school garden and their harvest schedule, follow them on Facebook and/or Twitter:

Amazonia

Twitter - @SavannahRIII

Edison

Twitter - @Edison_Eagles

Humboldt

Twitter - @HumboldtElem

Lake Contrary   

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Lake-Contrary-Elementary-179840892047533/ 

Twitter - @LakeContraryEle

Lindbergh

Twitter - @LindberghFlyers

Mark Twain

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/marktwaingarden/ 

Twitter - @MarkTwainEagles

Parkway

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ParkwayPanthersSJSD/ 

Twitter - @ParkwaySJSD

Pickett

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Pickett-Elementary-190502101051255/

Twitter - @PickettElem

Additional Resources

Check out the University of Missouri Extension Office’s Seasonal and Simple site and/or download the FREE smartphone app. This is a great resource to find out when certain fruits and vegetables are in season, find simple and easy-to-make recipes and learn more about different types of fruits and vegetables.