1. MHC’s Community Garden Program provides a space for individuals and families to interact with all things green and growing. 

    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.

    Over the 17 years of this program, MHC volunteers, interns and staff have raised more than 24,000 pounds of organic fruits and vegetables. MHC currently tends 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.

    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.


    Get Involved

    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. Experienced gardeners, come share your expertise with new gardeners. We supply the garden, the tools, plants, and a plan.  To get involved, just drop by during our weekly workdates!  Cancellations due to weather will be posted on our Facebook page.

    March Workdates:

           March Pantry Garden Special Workdate: Friday, March 9th 2-4pm

           March Butler Garden Special Workdate: Monday, March 26th, 5-7pm


    April Through October: (Directions are Below)

    Mondays at Butler Park Garden: 5:00pm-7:00pm

    Wednesdays at MHC Pantry Garden 4:00pm-6:00pm



    • 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.

    Olivia and the Giant CarrotWEB

    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.  2017 Garden Program In-Kind donors include:

    • Bread and Roses
    • Hart Farm
    • Heartland Farm
    • Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company
    • Terroir Seeds
    • Territorial Seed Company
    • Renee’s Garden
    • Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
    • Fedco Seeds
    • Johnnys’ Selected Seeds
    • High Mowing Organic Seeds
    • Park Seed Wholesale
    • Bountiful Gardens
    • Wylie House
    • Peaceful Valley Farm Supply
    • Burpee Seeds
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