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Community Gardens & Food Forests

Woman Working in Proctor Community Garden
Growing our social capital, by connecting people and building community

The Community Garden program provides gardening opportunities for the physical and social benefit of the people and neighborhoods of Tacoma. Opportunities include meeting your neighbors, becoming more self-reliant, beautifying your neighborhood, producing nutritious food, reducing your family food budget, conserving resources and getting outdoors for some healthy exercise.

Since September 2012, Pierce Conservation District (PCD) has been working with gardeners to oversee general operations at 66 gardens throughout the county, approximately half of which are located in Tacoma. The partnership agreement includes Metro Parks, City of Tacoma, Pierce County Public Works and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. For questions about a specific garden please contact the site coordinator.

 Franklin Community Garden FRANKLIN PARK COMMUNITY GARDEN
1201 Puget Sound Ave. (S. 12th St. at S. Puget Sound Ave.)
Questions? Contact on-site coordinator:
Susan Wigley (253) 507-9575
 Close Up of Plants in Franklin Community Garden KANDLE PARK COMMUNITY GARDEN
2323 N. Shirley St. (N. 26th St. at N. Shirley St.)
Questions? Contact on-site coordinator:
Kristen McIvor (253) 363-1846
 Plants in Franklin Community Garden MCCARVER PARK COMMUNITY GARDEN
2301 South J St. (S. 23rd & South J St.)
Questions? Contact on-site coordinator:
Julia Martin-Lombardi (253) 381-7501
Community Garden in Neighbors' Park NEIGHBORS PARK COMMUNITY GARDEN
722 South I St.
Questions? Contact on-site coordinator:
neighborsparkgarden@gmail.com
 Proctor Community Garden PROCTOR COMMUNITY GARDEN
3901 N. 21st St. (N. 21st St. at Proctor)
Questions? Contact on-site coordinator:
Margaret Bailey (253) 759-4481
2013 Improvements - new fence and gates
 Close Up of Plants in Franklin Community Garden ROGERS PARK (DOMETOP) COMMUNITY GARDEN
3151 East L St. (E 34th & East L St.)
Questions? Contact on-site coordinator:
Lynette Scheidt (253) 905-8018
 Plants in Franklin Community Garden SWAN CREEK PARK COMMUNITY GARDEN
2820 Pioneer Way E. (E. 42nd & Roosevelt)
Questions? Contact on-site coordinator:
Sue Bernstein (253) 472-7264
 
OTHER CITY OF TACOMA/PIERCE COUNTY COMMUNITY GARDENS

THEFT
Metro Parks Tacoma understands that theft of produce is an ongoing challenge in Community Gardens. Some methods to deter theft which have worked in other Community Gardens are:

  • Plant thorny plants around the perimeter of the garden.
  • Keep a presence in the garden. More people in the gardens more often means less opportunity for theft.
  • Harvest ripe fruits and vegetables immediately to give thieves nothing to take.
  • Plant less popular items on the outside of the garden, i.e. potatoes instead of tomatoes
  • Plant different items that will throw off thieves such as purple cauliflower or white eggplant.

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