Opportunity Gardens

CORONA VIRUS UPDATE: Now more than ever, families need the skills to grow their own food at home. Staff from our Opportunity Gardens Program will continue to mentor clients at their homes. All mentoring sessions will occur outdoors with adequate space maintained between CCUA staff and participants. Staff will call ahead of time to determine if clients are feeling well or have been in contact with someone infected with the virus. We are still accepting application for 2020.

The Opportunity Gardens Program empowers people to grow food for themselves by providing mentoring services and garden supplies. The program is open to all low-income residents of Columbia, Missouri.

*You must be committed to taking care of your vegetable garden for several years. CCUA will support you as you become an independent gardener. You are responsible for maintaining and caring for your vegetable garden.

What you do:

  1. Complete the online application, or download, print, fill out, and turn in the paper application and landlord agreement.
  2. Meet with CCUA staff in your yard or future garden site for an evaluation.
  3. Help install your garden beds with CCUA staff.
  4. Meet with CCUA to get basic essential tools and educational materials. (Mentoring is available for new gardeners.)
  5. CCUA mentors can give tips on preparing and preserving the food you grow.
  6. Enjoy growing your own food and sharing fresh food with family and friends.

For more information, contact Carrie at carrie@columbiaurbanag.org

Want to Get Involved?

As a volunteer: Visit our volunteer page to learn more about volunteering with CCUA.

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