Kansas City Community Gardens

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Our Mission

To empower and inspire low-income households, community groups, and schools in the Kansas City Metropolitan area to grow their own vegetables and fruit.

Our History
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For over thirty years, KCCG staff have assisted community and backyard gardeners throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area to improve nutrition, reduce food costs, combat obesity, increase physical activity, encourage neighborhood leadership, and promote locally grown and sustainable food.

KCCG began in 1979 as the Metropolitan Lutheran Ministry’s “Community Garden Project,” an initiative started to help low-income families save money on grocery bills. In 1985, the organization became incorporated as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

In 2003 KCCG moved from its original location at the former Old Ballpark Community Garden located at 22nd and Brooklyn to their current location in Swope Park. The Swope Park location allowed for larger administrative offices and the building of our Beanstalk Children’s Garden.

KCCG has grown from a staff of three to 26 and currently supports 670 community garden and orchard sites and 2,548 home gardeners!

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In 2020, KCCG...

Supported 670 community garden and orchard sites and 2,548 home gardens.

Empowered 37,000+ households who grew more than 1,026,200 pounds of food.

In total, KCCG gardeners cultivated more than $2 million of healthy fruits and vegetables!

See Our Gardeners in Action
KCCG Programs
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Beanstalk Children's Garden

The Beanstalk Children’s Garden provides nutrition and environmental education to Kansas City’s youth in a unique urban garden setting, using a STEM-based curriculum tailored to meet the needs of all learning levels.

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Community Partner Gardens

CPG assists community groups, faith-based organizations, neighborhood associations, & other non-profits with having successful vegetable gardens through technical assistance & access low-cost gardening resources.

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Individual & Family Gardens

KCCG is one of the only gardening organizations in the country dedicated to helping home gardeners have successful gardens. We help people grow food for themselves in backyards, vacant lots and at community garden sites.

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Rent A Plot

Whether you are dealing with too much shade in your backyard, an apartment or rental house with no place to garden or you need more room to grow, a community garden rental plot can help solve all of these problems and more!

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The Giving Grove

The Giving Grove helps KC metropolitan and surrounding communities grow, harvest, and share healthy food by providing the resources needed to plant orchards at schools, churches, and other vacant land.

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Schoolyard Gardens

The SYG program works with schools metro-wide to establish vegetable gardens on school grounds. KCCG staff support school staff and students so to produce successful gardens, exposing students to the wonders of growing their own food.