Community Gardens Program
In 2014, The Billings Parks and Recreation Department, in conjunction with the Billings Metro VISTA Project, opened Billings’s first city-operated community garden at Amend Park. The Department recognized the benefits of a community garden, including education, empowerment, food security, and so much more. Since then, the program has evolved to include a container garden opportunity in 2016, South Side Sprouts, and the Parkland Gleaning Project in 2018 as a community effort to expand food security throughout Billings.
- This 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′, 10 X 20, or 20′ X 20′ ground plots, 3′ X 6′ raised beds, and a greenhouse.
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- South Side Sprouts was designed to give low-income community members all the benefits of a community garden, while addressing the issues of the traditional stationary community garden site.
- With container gardens, there is no need to travel or do extensive landscaping in order to grow fresh produce. This allows access to individuals who might not be able to participate in a traditional community gardens.
- The project includes the online GPS mapping of fruit trees growing in various public parks, and recording the location into a publicly accessible database http://Fallingfruit.org.
- The installation of multiple Edible Forests on parkland is also a vital element of the project. The fruit grown in the parks will be available for the community to utilize as a food resource.
Visit Comanche, Highland, Kings Green, Lillis, Optimist, Primrose, and Rose Parks to glean fruit for yourself and your family!