A community garden was organized and started in 2008. The plots are 10×20 and the cost is $10 each, one plot per person.
Gardening is the second-most popular recreational activity in America. It is a great source of exercise and also allows people to provide healthy, fresh food for themselves and their families. The number one reason people give for not gardening in Glendive is deer. The number three reason given is the high cost of water. Through grant funds received from the Montana Department of Agriculture and the Northwest Area Foundation, Dawson County Extension, in conjunction with Community Giving Assistance Towards Employment‘s (GATE) Farm-to-Table Project (FFT), provided both novice and expert gardeners a deer-proof gardening location with free water.
More than 45 people participated in the community garden by utilizing one or more of the 121 10’x20′ plots to provide local, fresh food for their families and the community.
Hoses and gardening tools were provided for participants if they did not have their own. A loader tractor with a rototiller was borrowed from the county correctional facility to work up the plots. Dawson County Extension has worked with the county’s correctional facility in developing their own gardening program to provide more fresh, nutritious food for its inmates.
Through this program, local residents have been able to increase their amount of outside activity while providing their families with nutritious, low-cost fresh vegetables. Participants have been able to “learn by doing” and have increased their knowledge of a valuable life skill.