The Jordan Street Garden was founded in 2009 by members of the Veterans Park Neighborhood Association. A vacant lot was converted into a garden. It’s located at 30th and Jordan, near the Davis Park apartments where many refugees live. The garden serves 15 families including African, Eastern European, Bhutanese, and Syrian families, and has a children’s garden, too. This garden serves many moms and kids, who are able to walk to the garden from home.
The Jordan Street Garden is a Global Garden, a program of the Idaho Office for Refugees. There are eight Global Gardens in Boise, Eagle, and Star which provide garden or farm space for around 100 refugee families as well as training in horticultural production and marketing. For more information watch the video below.
CSA Subscriptions: You can help support the Global Gardens and get a season’s worth of vegetables by buying a subscription to their CSA. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Basically you pay one price for the whole season, and each week from June through September you get a delicious bag of whatever produce is available from the farm.
Getting involved: There is currently a waiting list for neighbors that are interested. Receiving a plot is based on need, proximity to the garden, and volunteer hours. Most importantly you must be able to play well with others because this truly is a “community” garden where we help each other live a more productive and healthy life.
Donate: As the next growing season approaches we’re be looking to collect more donations of plant starts, garden tools (especially hoes), a couple of hoses, and staking materials. We have a big wish for a picnic table, and would like to gather some funds to start holding educational and art workshops for the children. If a neighbor from the VPNA sees an opportunity to help, we would be grateful.