Community Gardens

garden-with-signHelp provide fresh and healthy fruits and veggies to our food pantry while beautifying Cedar Rapids. Learn more about Olivet Neighborhood Mission’s Community Gardens, a source of sustainable nourishment where you can donate your time and talent ― no green thumb required.

Benefits of the Community Gardens

In addition to providing a place to grow delicious fresh options for our food pantry, our Community Gardens serve as an outdoor classroom where children and families in Cedar Rapids learn to grow their own food and respect our natural environment.

About the Gardens

There are 46 garden plots on our property, including:

  • 25 garden plots maintained by volunteer gardeners who grow seasonal produce for community members who need food assistance
  • 21 plots available for families to plant and maintain

garden-to-buildingBuilt By Locals to Feed Locals

The original gardens were built by kids from the former Linn County Youth Shelter through a partnership with Olivet Neighborhood Mission. Our second set of gardens were built by a boy scout for his Eagle Scout service project.

Reserve Your Plot

Want to get involved? Contact us today to reserve a plot. Gardening starts early each spring, with harvests lasting into the fall.