What We Do

The Placer Community Gardens Program aims to build grass-roots, community-oriented solutions to feeding and nourishing those in need.

The program connects individuals, community organizations and businesses, with local gardeners and farmers to grow, harvest and distribute fresh produce to more than 700,000 individuals in our service area each year.

How it Works

Registered Gardens

Private gardens, commercial farms, orchards, ranches, and public/community gardens register as members of the Placer Community Gardens Program. In turn, they are linked with a variety of resources (materials, volunteers etc.) In exchange we expect each garden to donate a portion of their harvest to the Placer Food Bank.

Harvest Volunteers

Individuals and groups register to support the Placer Community Gardens Program with their time and talent. These volunteers are then matched with a local garden, farm or ranch based on their skills, interests, location and availability. Volunteers may elect to build garden boxes, prepare gardens for planting, plant or harvest crops.

Harvest Distribution

Most of the fresh food harvested from Placer Community Gardens member gardens is directed to Placer Food Bank for distribution to more than 83 local hunger-relief organizations including food pantries/closets, soup kitchens, senior and children’s programs and churches.