La Crescent Community Garden
Project for La Crescent Area Healthy Community Partnership

We are a community garden offering plots to local residents. We work together to grow food for ourselves, others and the food shelf.

The La Crescent Community Garden was established in 2006 as a program of the La Crescent Area Healthy Community Partnership. The Community Garden is a volunteer organization in collaboration with Messiah Lutheran Church. The garden is located on the corner of the church property on Jonathan Lane and N. 9th St in La Crescent.

The goals of the garden are:

  • To offer garden plots to members of the La Crescent community
  • To encourage participants to eat seasonally and locally
  • To grow food for ourselves, the local food shelf and others
  • To garden as organically as possible
  • To create an opportunity for community members to work together


The La Crescent Community Garden is lucky to have Boy Scout Ben Barrett from La Crescent Troop #33 working on an Eagle Scout project for us! He has helped us fundraise the majority of what we need, and now we need YOU to help push us to the finish line!

The La Crescent Community Garden has grown and thrived with help from many community volunteers; with donations of time, money, and in-kind donations from various individuals, local organizations and businesses. 

All 43 of our plots are rented, by 34 gardeners and their families. We have approximately 11 plots planted communally and maintained by about 20 of the gardeners; these group areas are to provide food to share with the La Crescent Food Shelf and others, and to share with those who manage these plots. 

We have built a beautiful and functional fence, and had Eagle Scout Sid Olson build us compost bins and an informational kiosk to help provide education to gardeners and the public.  We have grown in size, outgrowing our crowded tool bin, and truly need a shed to house our tiller, tools, and other supplies. 

The shed has been designed with help from community gardeners over the past winter. The total cost is estimated at $3,000, and you can see what we have raised already on our progress bar on the right side of the page.  It will be located between the gate and the compost bins, and be flush with the fence, allowing access from inside the garden. The design includes gutters that will feed rainwater to two rain barrels, to help us conserve water.

Please help us with this project - we are so thankful in advance for your support!

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