Siouxland Community Gardens

How to Garden for the Health of the Community

There are many benefits of gardening to the individual and the community.

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Plant a garden.

Get information on how to start a garden in your own backyard.

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Donate extra produce.

Up From the Earth exists to connect extra produce from home gardens to people in need. Find out how to donate extra produce.

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Plant an extra row.

As you plan this year’s garden, plant an extra row of whatever you’d normally cultivate (tomatoes, carrots, lettuce, beans) to donate.

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Support Community Garden projects.

To start a community garden or learn more, contact Becky Carlson. You can also check out the American Community Gardening Association.

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Individual Benefits

Better Mental Health

According to a study in Norway, the effortless attention of gardening may help improve depression symptoms.

Nutrition

The food you grow yourself is the freshest and healthiest food you can eat.

Brain Health

Some research suggests that the physical activity associated with gardening can help lower the risk of developing dementia.

Stress Relief

A recent study in the Netherlands suggests that gardening can fight stress even better than other relaxing leisure activities.

Exercise

Gardening gets you out in the fresh air and sunshine – and it also gets your blood moving.

Community Benefits

Revitalize communities in industrial areas.

Community gardens lend to the attractiveness of the neighborhood and may add to home values, helps attract business investment, and improves the neighborhood reputation.

Beautify vacant lots.

To create community loyalty to your town, research shows that beauty is one of the top three factors.

Revive and beautify public parks.

Gardening allows opportunities for individuals to relax, undertake physical activity, socialize and mix with neighbors. Public parks are the best place to be able to do all the above activities.

Gardens provide fresh produce and nutritionally rich foods!

Gardens provide opportunities to learn about gardening and sustainable living practices, (like composting and recycling), along with being an important source of low-cost fresh produce for a healthy diet.

Decrease violence and improve social well-being.

Gardens can provide a neutral space where people come together, socialize, and relationships or partnerships take form. We know when people are invested in their community/neighborhood, violence goes down and social well-being is increased.

Garden Locations

Jones Street

Jones Street Community Garden has 17 raised plots that are all 4 ft x10 ft and one is ADA accessible. There is a shed onsite, as well water access. There is no cost, it is a first come first serve service.

Jones Street Community Garden in Sioux City, IA

Location

Jones Street Community Garden
1505 Dale Street
Sioux City, IA 51105

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Contact Information

Call 712-279-6328 and ask for community gardens to reserve a plot.

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St Thomas’ Episcopal Church

St Thomas’ Episcopal Church Community Garden has twenty 4ft x 8ft raised plots.There is no cost to for a plot.

St Thomas’ Episcopal Church Community Garden

Location

St Thomas’ Episcopal Church Community Garden
406 12th Street
Sioux City, IA 51105

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Contact Information

Call the church at (712) 938-2107 and ask to reserve a plot.

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Mary J. Tregilia Community Garden

Mary Tregilia is a community space created for folks who may not have a backyard of their own. It has a picnic area with a barbeque, it also has 16 community garden plots, each approximately 100 square feet in size.

Location

Mary J. Tregilia Community Garden
900 Jennings Street,
Sioux City Iowa 51105

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Contact Information

Call (712) 258-5137 or email Jim at jimbo@netzero.com

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UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s

Located next to the Ronald McDonald House in Sioux City, Iowa. Reserve one of 24 spots in this raised bed garden. Garden beds are available for $25 for the season on a first come, first served basis. The garden is available for planting in mid-May.

Location

UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Community Garden
2500 Nebraska St,
Sioux City, IA 51104

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Contact Information

Call UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Finance Department at (712) 279-3133 or visit St. Luke’s Community Garden for more information.

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South Sioux City

The two sites have three different plot options; 5’x10’:$10, 10’x15’:$20, and 10’x 20’:$25. Applications can be picked up and dropped off at the South Sioux City Public Library (Director’s office or Meeting Room).

Community garden in South Sioux City

Location 1

Bryan School Site
230 W 32nd St
South Sioux City, NE 68776

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Location 2

River Hills Church Site
1017-1099 6th Ave
South Sioux City, NE 68776

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Contact Information

Cristina Perez (Español) cristinap@cfra.org

Español

Amy Radding (English/Spanish)
amyr@cfra.org

English/Spanish

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Get in Touch

For more information on community gardens, contact Becky Carlson directly at (712) 279-6119 or jrcarlson@siouxlanddistricthealth.org or send our team a message today!

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