Community Garden

Thrivent/Woodson YMCA Community Garden update


The Thrivent Woodson YMCA Community Garden will kick off its fourth growing season in the spring. The garden helps to support local families’ nutritional needs with healthy and delicious seasonal vegetables, harvested entirely by volunteers.

Volunteer work in the garden will be needed through September. Join us one time or multiple times. Stay up to date on the garden Facebook page, Thrivent/Woodson YMCA Community Garden.

Our volunteer experience means:

  • Working outside
  • Gardening
  • Giving back
  • Forming friendships with other community members



Garden History:

The Woodson YMCA Community Garden began as  ½ acre property along Camp Phillips Road, owned by Tony Schillinger.  He generously agreed to allow the Y to install a vegetable garden for community use.  After creating raised beds, a drip irrigation system was installed.  A large portion of start-up costs for installation were provided by Thrivent Financial.  The Woodson YMCA believes strongly in being a place where families can grow stronger together in spirit, mind and body. What better place to begin a community garden to support local families’ nutritional needs with healthy and delicious seasonal vegetables?

The first planting day was June 3, 2014.  We had 112 different volunteers who donated 283 hours of labor to harvest 4,183 lbs of produce in our first year with the garden. All produce was donated to about 8 local food pantries.  A team of volunteers were back at work in the second year, weeding, picking and distributing fresh vegetables for families in need in our area. The garden produced beans, peppers, squash, peas, zucchini, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and other crops. We believe the garden is a valuable tool for service. It makes a meaningful impact as part of the Y’s Togetherhood program initiative. We’d love to have you help to continue this important work.







Planting day volunteers on June 3, 2014






field plow

Garden plot after initial plow May 14, 2014