Kentfield Gardens

Kentfield Gardens is an all-volunteer community garden open to the public, whose mission is teaching the importance of growing and eating healthy, organic foods.

A vast cross-section of happy community gardeners with knees in the dirt, bond over planting, weeding, picking, and cooking food. Children earn dirty fingernails too, working and playing all day in the garden. Just by being exposed to it, they learn to care for plants and the importance of balanced nutrition. The effects and impact of an inclusive, interactive community space like this garden are immeasurable.

Kentfield Gardens is located in Chico, California, a University town (home to California State University Chico) located in the agricultural valley of central Northern California. The garden is a quarter acre in size, located within city limits in a residential area not typically known for community gardens or farming. 

A rare photo. These two seldom sit still. Todd and Molly Hall explain the history of Kentfield Gardens and how they partnered with From the Ground Up to make a real impact on their community with the garden.

Positive community impact through nutrition.

While the area is known for a vibrant arts scene and university, there aren’t many free places for families to go together to learn and play in the same space. In powerful collaboration with a local nutrition outreach program, ‘From the Ground Up,’ Kentfield Gardens has become a safe, public space for anyone to come and learn how to garden and eat healthy foods. 

Owners, Todd and Molly Hall partnered with From the Ground Up to run and manage this Kentfield Gardens. Directly across from their home, Todd and Molly purchased and rescued the eye-sore piece of land to host a community garden in their neighborhood instead of letting it sit empty, collecting trash year after year. Todd and Molly are both local artists and art enthusiasts who have worked tirelessly to support the local art community. This garden allowed them to host a more public type of community that was both new and familiar to them. After a year or so of managing (and mis-managing) the garden, Todd and Molly welcomed Jenny Lowry and crew of From the Ground Up to take the reigns, elevating the garden to an even greater mission and capacity, teaching people how to grow and eat sustainable, healthy foods.

 

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Kentfield Gardens has a 'Self-Pick' area with a major variety of veggies and greens. If it's not labeled, take a little nibble or just ask someone!

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CHICO, CA

Kentfield Garden is located in Chico, California. Chico is a University town (home to California State University Chico) located in the agricultural valley of central Northern California. Kentfield Garden is a ¼ acre lot located within the city and is in a residential area not typically known for community gardens or farming.

While the neighbors located around the garden are the most directly affected and use it to buy fresh organic produce (from the farm stand) or hang out in the public picnic area or simply come over to smell the flowers (literally) it’s all of Chico that is affected. In our 2 days visit to Kentfield Gardens, we were welcomed by all and got an amazing cross-section of activities that normally happen throughout the year at the garden, presented to us in a highly-orchestrated volunteer driven ‘samplings’ afternoon. There were kids planting. There were musicians playing. There were businesswomen weeding. There was a bicycle-powered, mobile cafe. There was a delicious lunch straight from the garden. Life-like scarecrows were being made. There was a bonfire. There were even 2 generations of belly dancers. Most of all, there were people with different beliefs and backgrounds, coming together without judgement to be part of something beautiful.

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Todd and Molly Hall have partnered with From the Ground Up to run and manage this project. Todd and Molly bought the practically abandoned and empty piece of land to have a place to grow a community garden in their neighborhood instead of seeing it sit empty collecting trash year after year. Todd and Molly are both local artists and art enthusiasts who have worked tirelessly to support the local art community. This garden allowed them to host a more public type of community that was both new and familiar to them. From the Ground Up is a not for profit organization focused on teaching people how to grow and eat sustainable healthy foods.

Todd Hall. Ring leader and chief catalyst, Kentfield Gardens.

Todd Hall. Ring leader and chief catalyst, Kentfield Gardens.