About Our Gardens
The Hub Community Garden Program manages 2 community gardens, where volunteers and patrons come to learn how to grow produce organically and economically, as we grow fresh food together for the food pantry. Over the 14 years of this program, MHC volunteers, interns and staff have raised more than 24,000 pounds of organic fruits and vegetables. In 2016, MHC will be tending our on-site Pantry Garden and food forest, and the southern portion of the Ernie D. Butler Park Community Gardens. At both sites we grow a wide variety of perennial fruits, herbs, flowers and annual vegetables.
At the Cupboard, we see the full food cycle many times over: We compost all our spoiled produce at the pantry, it turns into organic soil, which is then worked into vegetable gardens to help re-grow healthy food for all of us. Giving patrons and community members the knowledge, skills, and materials to start their own at-home vegetable gardens through our Garden and Youth Education Program promotes long-term community and family self-sufficiency. MHC not only distributes food and education, we also offer vegetable plants, seeds and even tools to patrons interested in home gardening.
From April through October, we host drop in garden workdates, where volunteers of all ages and abilities are welcome to come and learn to garden while growing food for our food pantry. Please check back with us in 2017 for workdate hours.
- Want to learn more about volunteering in the Hub Gardens? Contact Kendra, or check out our Garden Volunteer Manual for more information.
- The Garden Program will be seeking Garden Interns for the 2017 Garden Season. Check out the description here to learn more.
- MHC’s Garden Program hosts organic gardening workshops and demonstrations all year long. Check out the Garden Know How page for the Garden Pantry Demonstration and Workshop schedule, and come on by to pick up some seeds, information, and even borrow tools to get you started!
Read below to learn more about each of MHC’s garden sites
Butler Park Garden: MHC stewards the southern plots in the City of Bloomington Butler Park Community Garden. The Hub Butler site includes a 16×30’ hoop house for seed starting, vermicomposting, and season extension. The Butler Park site is gardened in partnership with the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation.
MHC Pantry Garden: Our home pantry garden at 1100 West Allen St. allows us to showcase a wide variety of food gardening techniques to MHC pantry patrons and community members. This garden includes an edible food forest, accessible raised beds, container plantings, as well as on site composting and worm composting. Patrons are welcome to harvest fruits, vegetables and herbs directly from this garden when they visit the food pantry, attend a class, or anytime! We also host weekly youth gardening activities on site. See Youth Garden Page for details.
Directions to MHC’s Community Gardens
Directions to Butler Park Garden (1020 W 9th St):
• Head west on 8th Street from Walnut St.
• Turn right onto Fairview Street
• Turn left onto 9th Street and pass Ernie D. Butler Park on your right.
• The Butler Garden is at the far west end of the park, past the baseball fields. MHC manages the southern plots next to the hoop house.
Directions to the Pantry Garden(1100 W Allen St):
• Take Rogers St. to West Allen St. (north of W. Patterson, south of W. 1st St.)
• Turn west on W. Allen
• Cross over Patterson St. MHC is the white warehouse with the blue awning on the right side of Allen St., across from the Budweiser Plant
MHC’s Garden Program would not exist without many generous donors. 2015 Garden Program In-Kind donors include:
- Bread and Roses
- Hart Farm
- Heartland Farm
- Harvest Moon Flowers
- Worm’s Way
- Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company
- Terroir Seeds
- Territorial Seed Company
- Johnnys’ Selected Seeds
- Pine Tree Garden Seeds
- High Mowing Organic Seeds
- Turtle Tree Seed
- Park Seed Wholesale
- Bountiful Gardens
- Wylie House
- Peaceful Valley Farm Supply
- Burpee Seeds