St. Cloud State Community Garden

A Community Growing Together

Upcoming Events Photos Watering Tips About the Garden This Year's Garden Map History of the Garden Meeting Notes

Welcome to the homepage for the Saint Cloud Community Garden! We are in our sixth year of building a community vegetable, fruit, and flower garden in Saint Cloud on the St. Cloud State University Campus. We welcome anyone from the surrounding communities to join us in this project.

The garden is located on Fifth Avenue S. near Sixth St., next to SCSU's Women's Center. Click here for a map.

Click here to see photos of our work in the garden.

Click on the above window to see a recent video of the garden, created by gardener Valerie Mikelson.

(Click here to see a slide show of our 2008 season)

The Garden web site has moved. Please click here to view the new web site to find out about current happenings in the garden.

The Mission of the Community Garden:
We are a group of Saint Cloud State University staff, students, faculty, and Saint Cloud community members creating a unified network to envision, plan, plant, tend, and harvest food and flowers together.

The Goals of the Garden:

  • To create a beautiful green space for all to enjoy.
  • To create connection between people and the land.
  • To educate and expand knowledge about:
    Sustainable agriculture
    A variety of cultural foods and flowers
    Gardening processes
    Food preparation
    Natural environments and organic practices
    Community building
  • To share food and ideas.
  • To provide access to land.
  • To preserve land, culture, and tradition.

Want to get involved? Contact Tracy Ore, the garden's organizer.

Click here to see a Quicktime movie of the planting of the garden our first year.

The History of the Community Garden Project
The idea of a community garden is an outgrowth of Tracy Ore's (professor in the Sociology Department at SCSU) "Politics of Food" course, and her research on sustainable agriculture and community organizing. SCSU has set aside land next to the Women's Center (on Fifth Avenue South near Sixth Street) and has dedicated some funds to cover the costs of tools and other start-up needs. Although the garden is connected to the SCSU, the vision is to use the garden to foster and build bridges between the university and larger community and to create a space where people can participate in planting, growing, and harvesting our own food.


For more information, contact us!


Back to Tracy Ore's Web Page




Page last updated April 13, 2011