Community Gardens

In 2014, The Billings Parks and Recreation Department opened its first Community Garden at Amend Park with the assistance of two AmeriCorps VISTAs. The Department recognized the benefits of a community garden including: education and access to fresh, affordable, healthy, local food.  The garden received a citation of merit award from the Montana Trails, Recreation and Parks Association for Agency Excellence in 2015.

About the Garden

  • The garden is located on the northeast corner of Amend Park off of S Billings Blvd
  • It is one acre in size, with various plot sizes available: 10′ X 10′ or 20′ X 20′.  In 2016 the garden will also feature accessible raised beds for those with limited mobility and a greenhouse
  • Plots range in price from $20 to $40 depending on the size
  • All applicants must pay an additional $15 deposit that will be refunded at the end of the season as long as the plot is properly maintained
  • Plot fees can be waived based on income eligibility
  • The garden season lasts May-October
  • Water hook ups are available near each plot (all plot owners are responsible for watering their own plot)
  • All skill levels are welcome
  • Educational courses are held throughout the summer to help gardeners along the way
  • All gardeners can sign up to have a garden mentor who will help them throughout the growing season

For more information, like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AmendParkCommunityGarden

 

The garden is closed for the season. 2016 applications open on March 1st. 

 

How to Apply

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Currently, only paper applications are being accepted.  To receive an application, visit the Parks and Recreation Office (390 N 23rd St.), email prvista1@ci.billings.mt.us, or visit this website on or after March 1st, 2016 and follow the registration link.
  • Payments can only be made in the forms of a check or cash at this time.

Any questions or concerns can be emailed to prvista1@ci.billings.mt.us.

Summer Programing

  • Green Thumb Camp :  More information to come soon
  • Playhouse and Adventure Camps: These camps run through the recreation division will be at the garden site throughout the growing season. 
  • Garden Educational Workshops: Free for everyone. Sign up through prvista1@ci.billings.mt.us or by calling 657-8308.Topics and dates with be released in the spring of 2016.
  • Nutrition Workshops: Free for everyone. Topics and dates will be determined at a later date.
  • Parade of Gardens: Free event for all! Take a tour of different community gardens in Billings and learn what services they offer. There is also a chance to win a prize by entering your name in the raffle. 
  • Scarecrow Fun 5K and 1 Mile Walk/Run: A family-friendly event to run at Riverfront Park, as well as raise money for the community garden.  More information will be available in the spring of 2016. 

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Volunteer for events
  • Help with garden maintenance
  • Teach a class
  • Become a garden mentor

Click here to download a volunteer application

For more information about volunteering, applying for a garden plot, or donating to the garden, please call 657-8371 or email waitec@ci.billings.mt.us

Plots after Mem.Day Jim's Jungle Plants Donated

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