Community Garden

IU Health Garden

Behind The Retreat is several acres of land that IU Health Goshen has decided to use for garden space. Sara Stalter, the Sodexo food service director at the IU Health Goshen Hospital, is coordinating this garden and using connections in the Goshen community to make it happen. The ground was tilled in the fall of 2015 and Paul Steury’s 7th grade science students from Goshen Middle School were there to learn from the process. In May of 2016, these same students will be the first to plant the new garden.

Trackside Community Garden

Trackside began in the summer of 2013 as a gift from the 2013 Goshen College senior class. Students who started Trackside hoped to utilize the garden as an opportunity for community members and college students to interact. With college students always moving in and out, it has been somewhat challenging to meet the needs of students in the short-term and the needs of neighbors in the long-term. “When food is ready, how do we get it to people who can use it?” said Josh Yoder, current garden coordinator.

Elkhart County Clubhouse Garden

The garden located at the Elkhart County Clubhouse functions as a private garden and gets its staff and members involved in producing some of their own food. Although it is still a work in progress, the Clubhouse garden has seen an increase in energy, which has fueled its development in the past few years. The Clubhouse has an ongoing relationship with the Goshen Farmers Market and receives a CSA share that the Clubhouse kitchen and members use. 

Red Tail Farm Community Garden

Red Tail Farm has included a neighborhood and community garden in the past, however the community garden will not continue to be part of the farm in the immediate future. Red Tail is transitioning into housing market-based garden initiatives such as Flowers by Phoebe (http://www.flowersbyphoebe.com/the-gardens/), as well as other agriculture-related ventures. Anyone interested in potentially working with Red Tail is invited to contact Adam.  

Chamberlain Neighborhood Community Garden

The Chamberlain Neighborhood Garden has provided a space for people to gather, and the annual picnic is well-attended. In addition to bringing neighbors together, its proximity to the Boys & Girls Club has created opportunities for kids to get involved. Nathan Mateer Rempel, garden coordinator, has worked at the garden for the past six years and believes the best way to build a relationship with gardening is to start at a young age.

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