About the Garden
The Garden is an urban farm that serves as a community classroom used to teach such topics as gardening basics and nutrition education. Utilizing strategic ecosystems, the Garden maximizes the use of each resource, providing a practical and sustainable model for individual gardeners to follow. The Garden focuses on community outreach, equipping students, apartment residents, and homeowners alike with the training needed to grow fresh, healthy food on a budget.
Since August 2009, the Garden project has served as a full production, all-organic urban farm and the cornerstone of our Nutrition Education Program. In 2010, the one-acre site produced 20,000 lbs of fresh produce including: watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, beans, and many herbs. Now, we are growing more variety than ever with a focus on heirloom plants.
Mobile Harvest Program
In 2018, the Garden launched its Mobile Harvest Program, which provides fresh produce to high need areas of our community.
In addition, the Garden continued to support multiple community garden sites to help provide healthy organic produce to area food deserts.
The Garden at High Plains Food Bank is offering a drive-through produce distribution, based on availability at 3 weekly sites:
- Monday - Heal the City, located in the Generation Next parking lot at 6th and Tennessee, beginning at 12:30PM
- Tuesday - Amarillo College, located in the parking lot of the STEM research facility at 22nd and Van Buren, beginning at 11:30AM
- Wednesday - ACTS Community, located at 202 S Louisiana, beginning at 11:30AM
Plant a Row for the Hungry
Have your own garden? Please consider "Plant a Row for the Hungry," a national campaign initiated by the Garden Writes Association that encourages home gardeners to plant an extra row to donate to those in need. For more information, please contact Cara.
Each year we host a series of workshops on a variety of topics relevant to first time and experienced gardeners. Click here to view the current schedule and RSVP.
Gardening in the Texas Panhandle can be a difficult task. For budding gardeners seeking guidance, we offer on-site training year round which coincides with current projects in the Garden. Please contact Cara for more information.
Speaking engagements can be scheduled upon request.
Our regular times for volunteers to come work in the Garden are Tuesday and Thursday mornings froms 9 until 11. We also offer opportunities on some Saturdays. Volunteering in the garden must be scheduled and confirmed ahead of time. To sign up (or submit an inquiry), please fill out this form.
Please be aware that the majority of our volunteer work is done outside, weather permitting. Please wear comfortable, weather appropriate clothes and closed toe shoes. Also, given the nature of the work, expect to get at least a little dirty.
The Garden is a family friendly environment, and we accept volunteers of all ages. Anyone age 13 or under must be accompanied by an adult.
Interested in starting your own garden? The Garden at High Plains Food Bank is a teaching and learning environment which allows us to use our experiences (good and bad!) to help others. Be sure to browse the documents, websites and publications listed here for a multitude of information for gardening in the Panhandle.
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