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Fresno’s Freedom School

The year-round vegetable farm and job-skills program is an investment in the city's African-American youth. Click to see more!

Dr. Ruth Dahlquist-Willard, a small farms advisor with the University of California Cooperative Extension Service in Fresno, occasionally works with community programs like the Freedom School. “It’s a small group, but they are filling an important role in the food security of our communities,” she said. “You’ve got projects like the Freedom School and the Sweet Potato Project [run by the West Fresno Family Resource Center] that are providing young people opportunities they might not have had in job development.”

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Harris grew up in West Fresno and remains passionate about the need to lift up its low-income residents. One recent analysis rated Fresno, 8 percent of whose 527,000 residents are Black, the 10th-worst U.S. city for African-Americans to live in: the Black median income is $25,895, less than half the average white income in the city, and the Black poverty rate is 41.2 percent—one of the largest rates for any city—compared with a 13 percent white poverty rate. Fresno was the only West Coast metro area to make the list.

“When the children come [to the Freedom School], they see a sense of self, a sense of love, a sense of purpose, a sense of someone to care about me,” Harris said. “At the Freedom School, we are about character-building. We’re about discipline. We’re about having fun.”

Community of Gardens. Smithsonian Gardens

Growing garden history through your images, stories, & exhibits

Smithsonian Gardens Exhibitions
Welcome to Community of Gardens, a digital archive hosted by Smithsonian Gardens in partnership with our Archives of American Gardens and created by YOU. By contributing images, videos, and stories to this website, your participation will help others to better understand the meaning and value of gardens to American life – today and in the future. Community of Gardens is the Smithsonian’s digital home for sharing and preserving the stories of gardens and the gardeners who make them grow.

Perm Farm Brochure
The Yosemite Village Permaculture Garden and Urban Farm is an educational garden and small farm incubator located in South West Fresno, behind the Yosemite Village Apartments on California Avenue. The goal of the garden is to develop a model for a community-based food system by encouraging neighborhood based production, increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and supporting an entrepreneurial food based economy.

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YoVille Garden Leadership Team Agreements

Community Life Garden

We are creating a community garden nonprofit centrally located within five miles from Reedley, Orange Cove and Dinuba, on the corner of Manning and Crawford. We are grateful to all our great volunteers that have assisted us with our garden building efforts and thankful for the awesome support from our local businesses. For more information about the Community Life Garden visit their website.

The UCCE Master Gardeners Fresno County continue to support our efforts to create a sustainable community garden.

With the stay-at-home orders in place, we had to cancel our March and April events. We recognize the seriousness of this pandemic and have revised our calendar for the rest of the year. For more events at this garden click here!


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Since 1970, Fresno Metro Ministry has actively advocated for the health and well-being of our community. Join us in in honoring our longstanding history of community action, as we enter a new era of "Learning, Connecting and Engaging to Achieve Healthy People and Healthy Places."  Under construction is the 7 acre Yosemite Village Permaculture Garden. For more information visit FRESNO METRO MINISTRY website click here!
Courtesy of Fresno Metro Ministries Community Garden Coalition

From Plot to Plate Video

Al Radka community garden

Al Radka
City Parks Dept sponsored. Managed by Fresno Metro Ministry. 98 plots with the dimensions of 10' X 20'. On site composting, demo plot, storage shed.
10' X 20' plots, tool shed, composting, decomposed granite paths.
Bathrooms, water fountains, playground, open spaces.

More information visit website click here

Garden of Hope/ Dream Center

The Garden of Hope is located at the Dream Center right across the street from the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden of the Sun on Winery Avenue. The Discovery Center is also located near both sites. 

The Dream Center offers many programs to find out more click here

What Are the Benefits of Community Gardens?

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Gardening is one strategy for improving much-needed access to fresh produce. But, many Fresno residents live in apartments or in home where they do not have space for gardening. Community gardens provide space by repurposing vacant land.

Have gardening questions or concerns

Contact our Master Gardener Helpline 

Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm 

Phone number: 559-241-7534 to talk with a Master Gardener 

Or e-mail us: Mgfresno@ucdavis.edu

Clovis Botanical Garden

Clovis Botanical Garden is a water-wise demonstration garden sustained by the community through memberships, donations, grants and maintained by dedicated volunteers. The land is owned by the City of Clovis, bordered by Dry Creek Trail and Dry Creek Park. Clovis Botanical Garden is a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat.

Water wise Plant Sale: Friday October 18, 2019 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Saturday, October 19, 2019 9 am to 1 pm.


Community Garden Resources

Life Labs Community garden help

To help advocates work with local governments to adopt these types of policies, NPLAN, a project of ChangeLab Solutions, developed this policy package that includes model language that can be incorporated into local land use guidelines. We also recommend that you look at our model policies, which can help advocates work with local governments to create and sustain these important neighborhood resources