In 2016, Helena Community Gardens surveyed current gardeners and garden managers. After the results were compiled, they were studied and analyzed. This survey will help for future planning, and also give a snapshot of who the organizations currently serves.
Thank you to the group who worked so hard on this: Libby Khumalo, Patricia Christian, and Asha Consultants!
Link to survey: Helena Community Gardens Impact Survey
Join HCG and other organizations for a free community dinner, Sunday, September 25th from 4-6pm. Sponsored by The Helena Food Collaborative and hosted by Helena Food Share.
This Open House event is for all community members and will feature food made with locally grown produce prepared by high school chefs with help from Margaret at Benny’s Bistro.
Come enjoy live music along with information on community groups working to support the local food systems in and around Helena. The entire family is welcome! Please bring your own chair.
AERO – Alternative Energy Resources Organization
Helena Community Gardens
Kids Hunger Coalition
Helena Food Share
Helena’s North Valley Cooperative CSA
Lewis and Clark County Extension
United Way of the Lewis & Clark Area
Helena Food Collaborative
Thank you to Triple Divide Spirits for hosting HCG on community night this summer!
We are *SO EXCITED* to announce HCG has received a $3,000 grant from Town Pump Charitable Foundation!
This money will go towards a new shed at Selma Held garden, and updated watering system and soil improvements at Bausch garden.
We are so grateful for Town Pump and the Kenneally family!
If you purchase things on Amazon, consider going to http://smile.amazon.com, and choose to support Helena Community Gardens. Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to HCG!
Helena Community Gardens and AERO recently hired a shared position. Find out more about her at http://helenagardens.org/about/staff/
Don’t forget to check out our Gardening for Newbies class on Saturday!
Please visit https://givelocalhelena.org/ and donate to Helena Community Gardens!
Are you interested in becoming a Garden Manager at our newest community garden at the Sixth Ward Garden Park? Please contact us!
AERO, Carroll College, the Montana Departments of Environmental Quality and Natural Resources & Conservation are hosting the 2016 Helena Earth Day Expo at Carroll College. Helena Community Gardens will have a table and a seed starting demo and workshop, presented in cooperation with the North Valley Co-op CSA. The event is on the Trinity Lawn. More details here. Hope to see you there!
Join us for the St. Paul’s Methodist Church Wednesday Night Dinner series featuring Helena Community Gardens on April 27th at 5:30pm. HCG volunteers will be providing legendary soups, salads, desserts, along with locally made bread and fun and lively conversation! It will be a great meal, a great place to meet new folks, and an event to learn more about Helena Community Gardens.
Suggested dontations: $5 Adults / $3 Children
Hope to see you there!
We are announcing a shared position between the Alternative Energy Resources Organization and Helena Community Gardens. This 20 hour per week position will focus on grant writing and fund development, marketing, communications, and program assistance… Read more here.
To request a garden plot for 2016, please contact the Garden Manager directly or fill out the form, here.
Harvest Celebration for Helena Community Gardens
Everyone is invited to the 2015 Harvest Celebration on Saturday, November 14 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, in Helena. Festivities include music, a dancing for all ages, a delicious potluck dinner, and a hootenanny. The silent auction and donations will benefit Helena Community Gardens, which builds gardens, provides the tools and knowledge to grow food, and increases access to healthy and affordable food.
From 3 to 3:45 pm, Judy Fjell teaches Good Dog Ukulele School, open to all skill levels. Participants are encouraged to bring their own ukuleles, and instruments will also be available to borrow.
4:15 to 5:15 pm, the folk dance for all ages features a live caller with music by WMD. No experience necessary!
At 5:30 pm there is a potluck dinner with delicious creations by local gardeners and cooks.
A silent auction throughout the event raises funds for ongoing community garden projects. To donate to the auction, please contact Katie Knight at 406-465-5261, or email@example.com
At 6:45 pm, musicians Judy Fjell and Jim Schulz kick off the hootenanny. A hootenanny is a traditional sing-along gathering that began in the late fifties and early sixties based on folk music, spirituals, and messages of the times. All are welcome. No prior singing experience is necessary to join in the spirit of these truly American songs. Parents are encouraged to bring cushions and blankets for children to sit on the floor.
For more information, contact Katie Knight 406-465-5261 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Judy Fjell at 406-930-1650 or email@example.com.
October is Good Eats for Local Feats Month
Dine out at your favorite restaurants on the following dates and a portion of your purchase will be donated to Helena Community Gardens. Thank you to all the restaurants who have signed up to help with these efforts this year. Here is the schedule:
WED 7 – Sweetgrass Bakery – Sourdough Day
322 Fuller Avenue • 443-1103
THURS 8 – Murry’s – breakfast/lunch
438 North Last Chance Gulch • 431-2886
WED 14 – Karmadillos – lunch/dinner
139 Reeders Alley • 442-2595
WED 21 – Great Ape Crêpes – dinner 5-8pm
625 Euclid Ave • 442-5850
FRI 23 – No Sweat Cafe – breakfast/lunch
427 North Last Chance Gulch • 442-6954
WED 28 – Benny’s Bistro – lunch/dinner
108 E 6th Ave • 443-0105
HYP Harvest Dinner
Join us on Thursday, October 8th at the Holter Museum from 6-8pm for a Fall Harvest Dinner and Homebrew Competition Sponsored by Helena Young Professionals. For more information and to RSVP, please click here.
Help Sleeping Giant Citizens Council raise money to put solar panels on the library! The date is October 11 Register and more info here.
November 14, more details to come!
There is a lot going on this Fall! Keep an eye on our upcoming events:
Growing Rainbows – September 19
Table at State Employee Charitable Giving Campaign – September 28
Good Eats – stay tuned!
Lacto-fermentation class – October 3
Sun Run – October 11
Hootenanny – November 14
We are posting garden stories, photos, and garden accounts… See the first one here! Feel free to submit ideas, photos, or anything you would like posted online!
Welcome to the Helena Community Gardens site. HCG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to making garden space accessible to all Helenans. We currently maintain seven gardens in the area, and are working on adding more.
Click the tabs above to learn more, including how you can get your own garden plot.